Never mind getting back into the office: after more than a year of remote working, an away day is long overdue! We've rounded up 8 venues that are guaranteed to coax teams away from their living-room desks (getting them to leave the slippers at home might be more of a challenge) and get the team spirit flowing again.
12 Hay Hill was purpose-built to mix business and leisure, catering for boardroom updates with hi-spec Audio Visual equipment in smart meeting rooms, without shirking on the all important socialising elements of an away day. Boasting a private roof terrace and in-house bar, this stylish venue has all bases covered when it comes to relaxing after a day of brainstorming.
Capacity: 20-200 attendees
Talk about a transformation: the tables really do turn at Bounce, a state-of-the-art ping-pong venue which doubles as a quirky location for a company update. With an HD projector, cinema screen, and theatre-style seating for 200, the ball's in your court to deliver an impressive presentation. And for some team bonding afterwards, the gin bar and 17 ping-pong tables put the 'fun' into any function.
Location: Farringdon (also at Old Street)
Capacity: 28-550 attendees
Grade 1-listed St Mary's Venue is a case study of a historic venue moving with the times, with multiple well-equipped spaces to meet all away day needs. Stage a main presentation in the elegant and airy auditorium (complete with stained glass windows), break out into huddles in comfortable private rooms, and bring attendees back together for a team-building session in the lower floor's blank canvas space (or turn it into a pop-up bar, the choice is yours!).
Capacity: 150-750 attendees
Located in the heart of London's silicone valley, East London Tech City, CodeNode promises and delivers excellence in all things tech (along with a dose of humour in its naming of rooms - board meeting in the 'Cmd' room? Table tennis and sofas in ESCape? Check and check.). With a dedicated AV production suite for virtual streaming, and on-site IT and AV technicians, you're in safe, computer-savvy hands here for an away day without a glitch.
Location: Liverpool Street
Capacity: 20-400 attendees
Transport your team to a sunnier climate in FORA's stunning events space. Ideal for both business and socialising, the airy atrium boasts a music system and full AV set-up, and can be arranged to suit presentations and catered networking, while the stylish boardroom is a breath of fresh air for smaller teams. And speaking of fresh air, Fora's private outdoor space provides the perfect space to catch up with colleagues when the sun comes out.
Capacity: 16-150 attendees
With its sleek, newly-built conference and meeting rooms, Events@No6 is a great choice for a sophisticated away day. Choose from nine light and flexible meeting spaces, seating between 30 and 104 attendees, and fully set up with presentation equipment. And if the large windows inspire you to embrace the great outdoors, end the day with a trip to the rooftop terrace to take in the skyline and some deserved refreshments.
Capacity: 18-104 attendees
For pure grandeur, Andaz just can't be beaten. Classical architecture meets contemporary chic in this grand building, which features fifteen private dining and events spaces to suit any away day. From smaller meeting rooms equipped with Nespresso machines and built-in screens, to impressive presentation spaces with high ceilings and original features, Andaz fills every inch with style, but it's the choice of six restaurants and bars it hosts that really set the stage for a tantalising away day.
Location: Liverpool Street
Capacity: 8-300 attendees
These 8 venues offer some of the best spaces in the business for away days. Plus, with the option to stream your event live to employees at home, they'll ensure that no one misses out.
To find out more about choosing a venue for a hybrid event, check out our guide or get in touch below with our event experts who are on hand to help with any enquiries.
Jessamy channels her passion for sustainability and cultural events into shining a spotlight on innovation and inspiration in the events world, and heading up Hire Space's sustainability committee.