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The Top 10 Most Ingenious Venue Designs

There’s no better feeling than when you come up with an absolute stonker of an idea. Especially when it’s something that you can show off to others - like a mind-boggling venue for your next event, be it for business or pleasure.

Luckily, we’ve put together a list of venues that will simply blow the minds of your guests, friend or foe, and leave you feeling very much like the Sheriff in town. So here are ten of the most ingeniously designed venues across London:

1. Design Museum

Design Museum

It says it all in the name really. The Design Museum has a variety of spaces to offer that cater for all of your wants and needs. The Atrium provides a dramatic triple height space for up to 800 guests, with stunning overhead views of the original hyperbolic, paraboloid roof, made with 25 tonnes of copper. A feat of architecture that can surpass even the wildest imagination.

The Bakala Auditorium has been purpose built for corporate events including conferences, seminars, product launches and more. A beautifully designed space that offers both comfort and inspiration during business events. Alternatively, The Chumsri and Luqman Lounge fulfils all of your dining needs with its sleek and contemporary design, offering stunning views over Holland Park and its own private bar.

2. Landing Forty Two

Landing Forty Two

Situated at the top of what is commonly known as ‘The Cheesegrater’, Landing Forty Two is the UK’s highest designated events space. Built with sustainability in mind, this venue provides stunning views of the Thames and London’s skyline, and offers the perfect setting for product launches, company parties, conferences and more.

Definitely one of the most ingeniously designed venues around, and one you simply have to see.

3. The Shard

The Shard

If there’s one building that speaks for itself, it’s The Shard. One of the most visually arresting buildings in London, it caters for all kinds of events. If there's a cause for celebration, The Shard’s Shangri-La Hotel is the place to hire if you're looking for glamour and sophistication. Its grand staircase and double height windows perfectly show-case exquisite views of London - the perfect backdrop for photos.

But when it’s time to get down to business, The Shard’s three function rooms, Ren, Li and Yi are designed perfectly to host conferences and meetings. Ingenious.

4. ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArceolorMittal Orbit

Located within the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, ArcelorMittal Orbit’s unique design provides 360 degree panoramic views of London’s skyline - an unrivalled backdrop for any event. With 2 viewing platforms, upper and lower, you’ll always have access to a selfie-worthy view.

Better yet, this amazing venue is also the home of the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide - a thrilling way to bring your event to an end.

5. Chucs Serpentine

Chucs Serpentine

With such a unique and mind-blowing design, it’s an absolute no-brainer to include Chucs Serpentine on this list. Boasting a fabulous restaurant, open from breakfast through to brunch, lunch to early dinner, makes this space ideal for all kinds of dining events.

You might be wondering if having a ceiling that dips down to touch the floor makes holding larger events a challenge. Never fear, the unique design of Chucs Serpentine allows it to cater for up to 300 standing guests!

6. The Gherkin

The Gherkin

There are few spots on the London landscape as striking as The Gherkin. One of the most unique and exciting venues for corporate events, The Gherkin’s incredible design becomes even more apparent once inside.

Designed with flexibility in mind, it provides space for small targeted conferencing or meetings to larger receptions or dining. The Gherkin really does offer a solution for everything you could possibly want or need from an events venue, and it’s all made possible by its design.

7. The Crystal

The Crystal

The Crystal is London’s most technologically advanced and sustainable events venue, and it’s located in the heart of East London. With a range of multi-purpose and fully equipped spaces, all boasting panoramic views over the Royal Victoria Docks, The Crystal’s amazing design lets it cater for product launches, fine dining receptions, corporate conferences and much more.

And better yet, despite all of its technology, this new iconic landmark has been ingeniously designed to ensure it remains friendly for the environment!

8. London Film Museum

London Film Museum

Situated in the heart of London at Covent Garden, the London Film Museum is ideal for a wide variety of events. If you’re looking to celebrate and fancy yourself as the next 007, you can hire the museum out exclusively to you and your guests. You’ll be able to enjoy the largest official collection of original James Bond Vehicle,  all in a gallery exquisitely finished with a diamond concrete floor.

The possibilities don’t end there though. It’s three unique cellar spaces offer intimate environments for private dining, as well as a unique space for boardroom meetings and conferences. It truly is a brilliantly designed venue that you will keep going back to.

Remember, the name’s Museum, London Film Museum.

9. Events @ No 6

Events @ No 6

Events @ No 6 is a newly purpose built venue, dedicated to excellence and innovation in hospitality. This state of the art venue has been designed to be the perfect solution for an array of events. Bright and airy meeting rooms make for a reliable and professional working experience, while rooftop terraces allow delegates to refresh and networking in naturally lit spaces boasting exceptional views over London.

Whether it's a wedding, conference or fine dining experience, Events @ No 6 can do it all.

10. The Ivory Vaults

Ivory Vaults

Nestled between the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, the surreal and immersive Ivory Vaults are perfectly situated for private parties, corporate events, drinks receptions or gala dinners. The historic cellars of Ivory House at St Katharine Docks are known for their stunning ceilings and immersive environment.

So, if you’re looking for a truly memorable experience in a venue that will wow your guests, The Ivory Vaults are the place to go.

If you're looking to organise an event with a difference get in touch with one of our Venue Experts to help find your perfect venue.


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