If you're looking to drive up engagement at your next conference, it's crucial that you get the setting right. Go for a dry backdrop and you're already off to a limping start, while an inspiring setting could be the fuel to add some horsepower to your content.
Luckily, there are venues out there that are guaranteed to get attendees revved up - like instant cult classic The Engine Rooms. With futuristic decor and top-notch tech, here's why we think this venue is the perfect formula for an engaging conference.
An array of classic cars right on your doorstep
It hardly needs to be said that this venue isn't your run-of-the-mill conference centre, but if you're looking for a venue to really impress your delegates, The Engine Rooms certainly isn't short of wow-factor. Hosting a collection of some of the world's most iconic classic cars, as well as engines on display on its walls, it's in a world of its own when it comes to theming, and we're all for it!
Dazzle guests with a walk-through of the exhibits pre-conference, and we're sure you'll have them strapped in for the content sessions - if you can drag them away from the showcase, that is!
An out-of-this-world interior
Aside from the obvious draw of the engine exhibition, this venue exudes some seriously cool vibes, with chic, ultra-modern decor emphasised by some killer lighting. Who says conferences can't have you on the edge of your seat? With a backdrop this sleek, you'd be hard-pushed not to have attendees hanging on your every word.
With a blank canvas design - ready to be decked out with your branding to make the space your own - each of the event spaces at The Engine Rooms are impressively versatile and can be equipped with any arrangement of seating. For the main conference space, the V12 Room can accommodate up to 130 delegates, while the V8 Room provides a breakout area for up to 60, allowing sessions and workshops to run simultaneously.
Whatever the topic, with a backdrop this chic, you'll have attendees feeling like they've got an invite to an extra exclusive event.
Top-notch event tech
When it comes to hosting conferences, The Engine Rooms aren't the type to hold back on the tech. Working with a production team who can source all the AV and added extras you can conjure up, the venue has plenty of experience in starting the motor for a smooth and impressive event. With screens, dimmable lighting, and extensive tech equipment available from their trusted preferred suppliers, the standard of production here is nothing less than we'd expect of one of the most exciting new venues around!
All that content - not to mention wandering round the cars - could leave your guests feeling peckish, so it's fortunate that The Engine Rooms also plays host to an exclusive private dining space and Mediterranean-inspired restaurant. An excellent opportunity to encourage networking, serve drinks and nibbles in the private area after the sessions have wrapped up, or entice colleagues with lunch in the restaurant - The Engine Rooms have a flair for good food and wine, so your attendees are in for a treat!
Both the restaurant and the private dining area are as stylish as the conference rooms, allowing you to keep up the momentum as you pause for a pit-stop between sessions. And, situated next door to the main spaces, the dining areas couldn't be more convenient for directing delegate traffic to the right place!
A unique location
Located right next to East Finchley station, and easily accessed by tube from Central London, this venue's setting is refreshingly different to the classic conference base. Close enough to the centre that you can be inside the venue within half an hour of arriving at Charing Cross, but separated from the bustle of the city, we think it strikes the perfect balance between novelty and accessibility.
It's easy to get to the venue by car, but be warned: having seen the collection of classic motors inside, your own car might be a bit of a let-down on the drive home!
There you have it: a venue as classic and cool as the cars it showcases, and ideal for an exciting conference venue. Why not enquire now to take it for a test drive? We're sure it'll get the green light from planners and delegates alike!
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.