The Great Hall is an imposing room at 28ft high and 115ft long. Located in the heart of BMA House on the first floor, the room offers views from a balcony over the main Courtyard. It is particularly impressive when set up for a conference, boasting luxurious retractable seating and state of the art AV equipment. The room boasts an abundance of natural light but benefits from full blackout facility when required.
This space is located on the first floor and is our largest event space at 195m². The Elizabeth Room is a versatile, light and airy space perfect for daytime conferences for up to 105, suitable for exhibitions, exams, team building and presentations. The adjoining breakout area is ideal for registration and catering. The hire of this room includes fully integrated audio visual equipment, AV support, an event coordinator, Wi-Fi and blackout blinds. Every event here at Events@No6 is bespoke and tailored to suit your requirements. Our Events Team is dedicated to guiding you every step of the way.
Olympia London Conference Centre offers a purpose-built conference facility with auditorium, reception, exhibition area and break-out rooms; all on one level. There's 1,768m2 of exhibition space and room for 250-600 delegates. The space is perfect for large or small conferences, launches, exhibitions, awards-events, graduation ceremonies; you're only limited by your imagination.
The Theatre is our most versatile room. It can be transformed to accommodate a variety of events and will easily seat 300 people theatre style for lectures, presentations, conferences or product launches. A fantastic versatile space in central London.
Studio Spaces is a vast and spectacular warehouse event space which is spread over 8000sqft and located in the vibrant St Katherine's Dock area of East London. With its industrial charm and elegant interior finishes this unique venue hosts a diverse range of event productions; from brand experiences, stylish conferences and tech summits. Studio Spaces is rapidly becoming a favourite location amongst producers of conferences and seminars who are looking for something a little more up to date than the standard hotel offerings.
The Auditorium offers a total of 388sqm, making it an excellent choice for your conference, product launch or training event. There is plenty of space for an AV set and the possibility of hiring the motorised ceiling rig which has pre-installed lighting and sound equipment. The space has 268 retractable tiered seats, hosting up to a total of 500 theatre or alternatively, 225 cabaret or 262 classroom. This space is perfect for a stand-alone conference, or being located in the middle of our conference centre, a conference with surrounding breakout rooms and large catering space.
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 architechurally- 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.
We offer the unique opportunity for your business to have its conference or presentation on the set of a Bridge Theatre production. The space is flexible and the seats are in different configurations throughout the year, depending on what production is playing. When 'end on' (stage and audience facing each other) the capacity is 920 seats. When in 'thrust' (stage extended slightly, with seats on three sides) the capacity is 850 seats. When we have a show running the auditorium is available to hire from 8am until 3pm.
Our Private Room is ideal for conferencing for up to 60 guests and boardroom meetings for up to 28 delegates Few locations, if any, provide such a combination of conference space alongside the perfect activity led entertainment experience
The Millbank Media Centre is a luxury high-tech auditorium and bar based in the Millbank Tower overlooking the Thames. The DDR includes venue hire, private cloakroom and registration area, conference seating, unlimited water/tea/coffee, working lunch, handheld mic, true cinema surround sound, DCI compliant cinema print server, PA system with live feed, staff including one AV technician and 60" plasma screens in foyer for branding.
The Gallery is the perfect blank canvas for your events. With a capacity to hold up to 300 guests for a standing event or 150 in theatre, the gallery boasts two conjoining spaces which offers the flexibility to host an array of events. From press launches and conferences through to fashion shows and parties, the gallery combines style and originality to create a unique experience for you and your guests. The space is ideal for large production builds as we have wide access doors - we can even drive a car in!
Organising a conference is a tough task, especially if it's your first time. But fear not, for we're here to help. We’ve compiled our top tips for planning a stress-free conference that will leave your guests impressed, whatever the budget.
The keenest conference bookers will be snapping up some of the best conference venues up to a year in advance, and the best way to avoid disappointment is to always be one step ahead. Lead times vary depending on the size of your event and the selection of venues suitable for large conferences is limited, so leave plenty of time to organise a conference with 200 delegates and above.
Don’t forget that the majority of attendees will be leaving home early and travelling further than their usual commute, so keep things easy for them. Pick a venue with good train, tube and bus links and plenty of parking spaces if you expect people to drive.
You may have an idea of how many guests will turn up, but do you really know how big your venue needs to be? 50 people sitting theatre style needs a very different space to 50 people sitting cabaret style - you don’t want your 10th table out in the corridor. Have an idea of the format of the day, do you need break out space for coffee breaks or workshops; where will you have lunch? These will help you to choose the perfect space for your conference.
In days gone by, a neutral function room would have satisfied all our conferencing needs, but these days you’ve got a plethora of alternative conference venues available that can be perfectly matched to your brand. Oak-panelled libraries, Victorian warehouse lofts, glass penthouses or historic landmarks - make sure your venue is saying the right thing about your conference.
Do your guests know how to get there? Do they know the dress code? Is there any prep they need to do beforehand? Last-minute arranging may be OK for some, but most people need to know these things weeks before an event.
Sometimes a change of scenery can make all the difference, and lots of venues offer extra spaces for break-out sessions or for dining. Perhaps you’ll want to use one room during the day, but with a different set-up. Planning the agenda early on will help you decide.
It may be low on your list, if at all, but first impressions can make or break the first few hours of the day. A slick registration process in an impressive entrance area really puts your best foot forwards. But why stop there? Stalls, promotions, info-stands, entertainment; any space is invaluable if you use it well.
You don’t have to re-write the Olympic opening ceremony, but lighting and special effects can really engage your guests and keep people listening. Mood-lighting, videos, music, props, interpretive dance...when matched with the right audience, this can be the most fun and creative part of planning a conference.
Don’t overlook tech. Always think about things from your guests perspective - do I need a wifi password, can I use the equipment provided without needing assistance, do I know how to fix a problem if it occurs? Test out sound and any presentations before the day to iron out any issues. Many conference venues have an in-house team and a whole host of innovative tech to use, so use their expertise and make the most of your event.
Like it or not, one of the most talked about things on the agenda for a conference will be the food and refreshments, but you really can make a huge difference with catering. Formal meals can be good networking breaks, while a quick finger buffet can keep people going through a creative workshop session. Most importantly make sure it’s tasty (why not ask the venue to let you try some before booking?) and nutritious, you want your delegates on top form during the afternoon.
It’s likely your guests will hope to take away a few new contacts from the day, and this should always be on a conference planner’s to-do list. Table plans, name-badges, ice-breakers and good hosting skills will keep conversations and business cards flowing. We've got some tips for networking like a pro here.
The actual content and structure of the conference will always be very specific to you and your guests, but make sure you’ve got a clear timetable and agenda for everyone, especially the staff working at the venue. They’ll need to know the break times as much as your guests do.
Make sure your speakers are fully prepped too. Share your objectives for the day and give a bit of background on your delegates so that everyone is on the same page and you get the most from the day. Don’t forget to provide all the information your speakers need about how to get to your venue, who they need to meet, timings
Not often forgotten, but easily overlooked as a key part of the overall conference experience. Do your smokers know where to smoke; do your guests have to spend their entire break queuing for coffee or the toilet. Down-time should be there to refresh and recharge, so make it count.
The golden rule about having a tight agenda is to stick to it like glue. For every minute you run over, that’s a minute more your guests’ minds have strayed out of the room and into the bar. If the closing speech is the most important one of the day, make sure people are still with you.
After all that hard work, your guests (and most importantly you) will no doubt be looking for somewhere to wind down and reflect on the big day. Having a good bar/pub nearby is essential, and booking and area/function rooms shows you’ve thought of everything.
The day isn’t over when it ends, and the true results of a conference are in the follow up activities to see how engaged people really were. Always thank people for coming, review what happened, and share the progress that’s been made. Don’t forget to invite them to the next one too. Delegates like to feel special, so why not provide them with some exclusive content from one of your speakers or perhaps recommend some supporting reading that will help them towards their own goals. It’s the little touches that will make your event memorable.