Large Conference Venues in London
Find a large conference venue in London ideal for a larger delegation. Our top picks have good national and international travel links.
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EartH Theatre is a great alternative change to your typical conference or panel event space. It's 1930s art deco features can compliment your business / products launches and also be a great wow factor for your guests. We have hosted international brands, tech product launches, panel talks, AGMs and more. It has a large stage so your event can be as creative as possible to really engage with your guests or audience. Using the full venue you are able to take advantage of the multiple breakout spaces in a creative way.See Venue
The Banqueting Hall is a versatile and flexible space for conferences, AGM's, seminars, workshops, meetings, networking receptions and dinners for up to 300 guests. It also features an adjoining foyer, for registration. The Banqueting Hall can be used in conjunction with the River Room for a dinner dance. With excellent audio-visual facilities and pin spot lighting, the Hall can be used to dramatic effect or there is the opportunity to enhance your branding. Glaziers Hall has cutting edge 1gb wired internet and WiFi 6 allowing over 300 active devices at any one time at 100mbps up/download.See Venue
When your Conference or Event has to deliver the wow factor and has to reflect your companies high brand standards, look no further. With a big screen experience and state - of -art technology your conference will be an unforgettable experience for your team and clients. Digital branding available across the whole cinema.See Venue
The suite is ideal for large scale conferences, gala dinners and Christmas parties. Situated on the second floor of the JM Finn stand, it offers a fantastic view of the famous Oval wicket and abundant natural daylight. There is additional space in the wings of the room, making it a flexible and adaptable space for a variety of events.See Venue
The Porter Tun is one of the largest and oldest unobstructed event spaces in London. An exposed King Post timber roof giving a clear span of 60ft above a 778 square metre antique wooden floor makes it a perfect location for conferences, awards dinners, fashion shows and exhibitions. The large raised balcony is ideal for a reception area or presentation platform. It is equipped with state of the art sound system, Wifi, and fully integrated LED lighting system. This room is fully air controlled and has natural daylight. The Malt Room is able to be booked as a green room.See Venue
Welcome to the West Ham East End Pub - a sports bar styled party venue! The Boleyn is a fun, characterful events space featuring pitch views and balcony access. Inside you will find two large bars and two street food kiosks making this the perfect venue for a proper East End knees up party! Chef has created a range of exclusive East End Barrow Boy food stall packages which will give your guests a taste of east London. The Boleyn is perfect for corporate parties from 300 - 1000 guests and also provides a unique backdrop for exhibitions with space for approximately 40 stands and 700 guestsSee Venue
City venue Plaisterers’ Hall includes a variety of event spaces which are suited to corporate events large and small. The spaces include the large Great Hall, which is best suited to presentations, awards ceremonies and road shows, and smaller adjoining spaces such as the Mott Room, Livery Hall, Humber Room and Reception space. The range of rooms allows great flexibility for corporate entertaining. You could use the spaces individually for or create an event that makes use of the entire venue – smaller spaces are perfect for breakout rooms, tea and coffee breaks and welcome drinks.See Venue
Set in the heart of Canary Wharf is the spectacular East Wintergarden; a modern, stylish venue designed by the internationally- renowned architect Cesar Pelli. This architecturally- striking 27m- high domed glass space is nestled among the iconic towers of Canary Wharf and enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding skyline. Flexible and uniquely designed to host glamorous gala dinners, cocktail receptions, product launches, international conferences or private events such as weddings, the East Wintergarden can accommodate between 50 to 1000 guests.See Venue
The Gallery Hall is an 840m2 multi-purpose space and can be used for an exhibition, conference, awards dinner or as space for catering for events taking place in the Conference Centre. Overlooking the Gallery Hall is the 550m2 Atrium level which provides additional spaces for a growing event. The adjoining Conference Centre offers seven breakout rooms which aid smooth delegate flow between the plenary, catering and exhibition space. Included in the room hire is a dedicated registration desk and cloakroom area which allows the space to be used self-contained.See Venue
Village Underground is a versatile venue is suitable for business events such as meetings, creative workshops and conferences with a twist as well as drinks receptions and corporate events. It is also suitable for award dinners and large networking events with an edge. Using the exposed brickwork as a backdrop, you can really have a creative space for your business events using our fully equipped in house lights and PA system.See Venue
This versatile space can be used as a full auditorium for large scale events such as conferences, presentations or large meetings. Or, as a draped short hall with the use of our in house draping system, allowing to create a blank canvas ballroom. The various layouts can accommodate huge conferences from 1,000 - 12,334 delegates in a theatre style layout or 1,400 for a corporate dinner dance or awards ceremony in a banquet set up.See Venue
The spectacular Great Hall is the jewel in the crown of Central Hall seating up to 2,000 people. This intimate setting offers excellent opportunities for communication between speakers and the audience for AGMs, Conferences and other special events, such as Awards and Graduation Ceremonies. The Great Hall is also perfectly suited to events from classical candlelight concerts to seated dinners with state-of-the-art audio-visual and sound systems. This room has the largest domed ceiling in Europe. The price listed is indicative and may vary depending on the nature of the event.See Venue
Congress Hall makes up the largest event space at Congress Centre, perfect for a whole host of business events in London. The hi-tech facilities, including an 18ft drop down screen and comprehensive AV and lighting facilities, make it perfect for presenting. Flooded with natural light from the 1950s glazed ceiling, it is a bright and airy space, full blackout and air conditioning is available should that be required. S uitable for a variety of events from AGMs, conferences, and exhibitions, to product launches, awards dinners, and cocktail receptions.See Venue
Beveridge Hall is the perfect space for conferences large meetings. Designed in the early 20th Century by Charles Holden, it maintains a sense of sophistication and gravitas. As one of Central London's largest venues with a capacity of 480, it features flexible seating and a large stage area. The space benefits from excellent natural acoustics and audio-visual facilities including a full-size screen, audio and video recording facilities, fixed and roving microphones and adjustable lighting.See Venue
A newly built conference space for 2022. This self-contained floor is perfect for events, with private registration and catering areas. The Lecture Theatre can seat up 120 guests, with in-built AV. We also have the facility to stream all content to our meeting rooms via the in-house production facilities. The adjoining breakout space is included in the rate and features a bar area and catering points.See Venue
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Why is London a great city to host large conferences?
Now we may be biased, but we think London is the best city in the world for events. For one, London boasts incredible access points from all over the world, whether that’s airports or train stations, making it easy for attendees to get to from all over the UK and Europe. Secondly, due to the sheer size of the city, there is a huge range of conference venues available in London, from all different sizes, types, aesthetics and price points, meaning that you can easily find one to suit your specific needs and budget.
As well as these practical points, London is simply a fantastic city to be in. Whether you’re chilling on Southbank, partying in Brixton or strolling Hampstead Heath, there is a huge range of activities, restaurants, bars, hotels and landmarks here, sprinkled with the gorgeous London aesthetic and offering plenty to keep your guests occupied while they’re here.
What is a large conference venue and why are they popular?
The term large is fairly subjective, but for us, a large event venue would be one that can accommodate upwards of around 500 attendees. A large conference venue is popular for events because they offer a lot of space so not only can event organisers welcome a large number of people, they can also usually have a dedicated space for exhibition/catering, run a lot of content sessions, and perhaps even have the space to run other sessions such as workshops. This is perfect for clients that want to attract a big audience and create a memorable, important experience for their attendees and brand.
There are many large conference venues in London, so finding the best venues to suit your needs should not be difficult. However, there are some things you need to keep in mind when searching for a large venue in the perfect location. First and foremost, you need to consider the cost of the event space. Large venues in the centre can be quite expensive, so you need to make sure that it fits within your budget. Secondly, you need to think about the location. London is a large city with many different areas, so you need to make sure that the venue is located in an area that is convenient for your attendees to get to/from.
Lastly, your event team needs to consider what facilities and services the conference centre offers. Some large conference centres offer dedicated meetings spaces, catering, audio-visual equipment, and other services that can be very helpful for events. Make sure to research all of the available options before making a decision. If you keep all of these factors in mind, then you should have no problem finding the right venue and location your event in London. For more help, get in touch with our event experts and we’ll be happy to help out.
How much does it cost to hire a large conference in London?
The cost of hiring a large conference venue in London will depend on many factors. As well as the usual considerations such as catering options, branding, free wifi, AV, time of year, location, etc, you’ll need to factor in a significantly higher venue hire cost than you’re used to, if you usually plan much smaller events. For example, a 1000 pax conference at a Central London venue on an on-demand day of the year could set you back upwards of around £10,000, depending on the venue of course.
When it comes to conferences, many venues charge on a DDR basis - Day Delegate Rate. This means you pay per head for each attendee and everything is covered, from venue hire to catering. This can be a cheaper way to do things, although can be tricky if your conference is set to welcome thousands of attendees. Other venues will just charge for venue hire and then extras on top. Make sure you do your research and compare different costs to work out the best deal for you.
It’s also a good idea to think about whether you want a dry hire venue or a wet hire venue, as one may work out cheaper. Check out our guide to dry hire vs wet hire, which may help you when weighing up your options. For more of an idea on venue pricing, contact us and we will be happy to assist!
What are the best large conference venues in London?
There are a number of large conference venues in London that would be perfect for your next conference. Here are just a few of the options available to you:
Situated in the heart of Westminster, this stunning venue boasts a Great Hall seating up to 2,160 people. Perfect for a London conference with a warm atmosphere in a spectacular setting.
Ok sports fans, this is for you! The Kia Oval, whilst being a world-famous cricketing location, is also a fantastic venue for large conferences for up to 700 attendees. Plus, the in-house catering is top notch.
This Grade 2 listed building is an impressive venue for a large conference for around 400 delegates. Fully accessible, with state of the art AV and theatre lighting, this venue in Holborn is a great option.
Heading east to Canary Wharf, the stunning glass structure that is East Wintergarden is a magnificent backdrop for your conference of 1000 people. The whole vibe of the venue is modern and stylish, and was designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli.
This newly-renovated venue was the home of the London Olympics and is an iconic setting for your conference sessions. Welcome up to 1000 delegates in the same space Mo Farah once walked through!
No list of large conference venues in London would be complete without the magnificent Ally Pally. This iconic venue’s largest hall is an elaborate display of Victorian elegance and provides a unique setting for up to 7000 delegates theatre style. That’s a big conference!
Top tips for planning a large conference in London
Organising large conferences can feel scary, but the key is being organised! From branding to AV, there is a lot to think about. Here are a few tips on planning large conferences to get you started.
Find the right location
Venue location is key – you’ll want to be close to good transport links and accommodation for your delegates. There are so many different prime locations in London that work really well for large events with flexible spaces, so don’t be shy to explore a new area you haven’t been to before! Make sure the venue is fully accessible too - go on a site visit to check you’re being as inclusive as possible.
Know exactly what budget you have (and don’t have!)
Organising a large event is expensive, it’s just the name of the game. But if your client is expecting a 10,000 person conference on a shoestring budget, that’s just not going to happen. Have regular meetings with them and be honest with your client about your estimated costings and instruct them to be realistic with the budget. It’s better to get sign off on a bigger budget initially than have to keep going back apologising that you’ve gone over! Often, people who don’t organise events have no idea about costings for things like venue hire, catering or branding, so lend them your expertise and draft up an estimate of what you think the whole thing will cost.
Make sure the venue can accommodate everything you need
From catering to AV, there are a lot of moving parts involved with a large conference. Be in constant communication with the preferred venue and ensure they can deliver everything you need before you sign the contract! Ask all the questions you need and don’t be afraid to be annoying, it’s in your best interest to nail down the details early on to avoid stress later down the line!
Do plenty of tech rehearsals
A large event usually equals big conference sessions with important speakers, perhaps even being streamed around the world. This puts a lot of pressure on the tech team at the venue and you need to make sure they’re prepared. Do plenty of run throughs, especially if your event is hybrid - good sound systems are crucial. A tech issue is inevitable but with rehearsals, you will minimise any major disasters.
Make sure you have enough food
This sounds pretty simple, but if you run out of food, delegates won’t be happy and they will remember your event for all the wrong reasons! It’s tricky, but try and cater for more attendees than you’re expecting so that you don’t have a shortage. Anything surplus you could donate to the homeless or a local charity. Cater to a wide range of dietary restrictions and preferences, and work with your caterer to create a bespoke menu that works for your event.
Think about logistics
When planning a large conference, it’s important to think about the logistics of the event. This includes things like access times, shipping, and transportation, all the way down to staff travel and accommodation.
Make sure you have enough staff
You’ll need a lot of manpower to get things off the ground, but in addition to event planners, you’ll also need people to help on the day withthings like wayfinding, security, and people to man the doors like workshops rooms and the cloakroom. Use volunteers, students and freelancers to help keep things running smoothly.
How to find the perfect large conference venue in central London with Hire Space
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About Large Conference Venues in London
It’s clear that London’s conference culture is rapidly evolving, and our capital is setting the trend. Large-scale meetings and presentations simply aren’t what they used to be. They're now multi-sensory. Interactive. Social. There might be a 3D hologram, live interaction, real-time feedback, live tweeting, smart seating, digital networking - the list goes on.
If you’re planning a large conference then London is unbeatable for international connections, world-class culture and, of course, a wide selection of versatile large conference venues for hire across the city - from Central London to East London and further afield.
Last year our very own venue expert team tracked down hundreds of big conference venues suitable for some of London’s most exciting global conferences. So, If you're' looking for assistance in pulling off a large-scale conference to perfection, speak to us. We'll send you a bespoke list of venue options within 24 hours, all with the very best prices negotiated.
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