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Top Unique And Unusual Venues For Your Next Awards Ceremony

As awards season gets into full swing, companies are inevitably gearing up to reward the hard work of their employees. And how better to do it than with an awards ceremony that celebrates everyone in style?!

To kick off the festivities, we've curated a list of the top unique venues for an awards ceremony in London, from conservatories to converted warehouses. Check out the very best of the bunch below - thank us later (or, you know, in your acceptance speech - just kidding!).

1. Cutty Sark

Why not push the boat out with a romantic awards ceremony on – or under – a ship? The Cutty Sark's Dry Berth offers a striking view of the historical ship's hull, with a chance to nosey at the museum exhibits away from the crowds. Plus, with a capacity of 260, there's no need to cut the guest list.

Meanwhile, for smaller ceremonies, try the Victorian Clipper's Tween Deck. Seating up to 70 guests, this is a unique dining experience in an intimate setting. Interactive museum displays will stay open all night here too - the perfect icebreakers for your guests!

Location: Greenwich Pier

Capacity: 260 seated guests

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Dry Berth
Tween Deck
Left: The Dry Berth; Right: The Tween Deck at The Cutty Sark

2. OVO Wembley Arena

‌Fancy celebrating your high achievers in an iconic backdrop known the world over? OVO Wembley Arena has been at the forefront of the music and live entertainment world for 80 years and is also a renowned Grade II listed building with the ability to cater for all types of corporate events, including glitzy award ceremonies! With a plethora of versatile event spaces as well as the main arena, this is one venue that is sure to raise an impressed eyebrow when that event invite comes through!

Location: Wembley

Capacity: 1000 dinner dance

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OVO Wembley Arena
OVO Wembley Arena
OVO Wembley Arena

3. Engine Rooms

For a truly roar-some awards ceremony, this is one venue that's sure to impress. Boasting multiple versatile spaces, our favourite is the Showroom; hosting around 30 classic cars by day, this bright space is transformed into a unique event space accommodating up to 250 seated guests..

With high ceilings, in house AV and catering, as well as plenty of space to add your own finishing touches (including room for a bespoke stage in the V12 Room!), the Engine Rooms is an ideal venue for a large ceremony to celebrate your highest achievers.

Location: East Finchley

Capacity: 250 dining

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V12 Room
V12 Room
V12 Room at The Engine Rooms

4. Plaisterers Hall

‌‌‌If you're after a venue that exudes elegance, Plaisterers' Hall delivers it in spades. Benefitting from a prestigious location in the very heart of the city, it's an impressive postcode for any event, and its ornate plasterwork and furnishings make for a stunning setting for an awards ceremony.

With full AV and state-of-the-art staging in the Great Hall (delivered with the support of an experienced event management team) the space is perfect for projecting your team's achievements and giving them a reward for their hard work at the same time!

Location: St Paul's

Capacity: 340 dining

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Plaisterers' Hall
Plaisterers' Hall
Plaisterers' Hall

5. The Brewery

Nestled in the heart of London, The Brewery is a venue that effortlessly blends its rich history with a contemporary feel. With its versatile spaces, from the Porter Tun with its exposed timber and dramatic raised balcony to the King George III, which boasts period features and natural daylight, The Brewery ensures that every event feels both grand and intimate. And with a dedicated team that's as passionate about your event as you are, you're guaranteed an awards ceremony that's as seamless as it is memorable.

Location: Moorgate

Capacity: 900 reception

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The Brewery
The Brewery
The Brewery

6. Museum of London Docklands

Transport your guests back in time at the Museum of London Docklands, a venue that tells the story of London's maritime history. Set against the backdrop of the historic West India Quay, this venue holds up a microscope to the city's trading past. Its Muscovado Hall, with its exposed brickwork and pine columns, offers a rustic charm that's hard to find in the city and is perfect for awards ceremonies that aim to leave a lasting impression.

Location: Canary Wharf

Capacity: 2000 reception; 200 dining

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Museum of London Docklands
Museum of London Docklands
Museum of London Docklands

7. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

For those looking to infuse their awards ceremony with a touch of sporting spirit, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the place to be. This state-of-the-art venue isn't just for football fans; its array of spaces, from the East Quarter to the Sky Lounges, are designed to cater to events of all sizes. With cutting-edge technology at your fingertips and a team that's dedicated to making your event a success, this stadium promises an awards ceremony that's fighting fit.

Location: Tottenham

Capacity: 1200 reception; 500 dining

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
The East Quarter Level 3 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

8. Hatfield House

Step into a world of historical grandeur at Hatfield House's Old Palace. Built in 1485, this venue offers a picturesque setting that's perfect for an awards ceremony with a touch of royal elegance. From the Knot Garden to the Raised Lawn, every corner of this venue promises a backdrop that's as stunning as the event itself - just think of the photo opportunities! And with its spacious hall, complete with banquet tables and a dance floor, the Old Palace ensures that your awards ceremony is fit for royalty!

Location: Hatfield

Capacity: 220 dining

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Hatfield House
Hatfield House
The Old Palace at Hatfield House

9. Roundhouse

If architecture could steal the show, the Roundhouse would be a tough act to follow... Renowned for its breathtaking design, this venue is a canvas that's waiting to be transformed to fit your brand, and whisk attendees away to another world. With a space that's both unique and versatile, the theming options for this space are endless, and with state-of-the-art sound and lighting packages included, this venue ensures that your event is both a visual and auditory delight.

Location: Camden

Capacity: 850 dining

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Roundhouse
Roundhouse
Roundhouse

10. The Inner Temple

In the heart of London's legal quarter lies a venue that's as grand as it is historic. The Inner Temple, with its stunning Georgian architecture, presents an events space that's perfect for awards ceremonies that aim to impress. Whether your awards ceremony boasts a banquet, dinner dance, or a wild evening of entertainment, this venue, with its stunning backdrop and recent refurbishments, guarantees an event that has guests feeling like they've made it to the inner circle.

Location: Temple

Capacity: 400 reception; 240 dining

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The Inner Temple
The Inner Temple
The Inner Temple

11. EartH

Hidden in Dalston is a gem that's waiting to be discovered. EartH, with its Art Deco design and state-of-the-art facilities, is a venue that's perfect for awards ceremonies that aim to stand out. Whether it's the theatre with its tiered seating or the concert hall event space, with its versatile layouts and colossal capacity, this venue promises an event that's as unique as it is memorable. It's the perfect place to leave the world behind - there's no coming back down to Earth for any of your winners!

Location: Dalston

Capacity: 1200 reception; 300 dining

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The Theatre
The Concert Hall
Left: The Theatre; Right: The Concert Hall at EartH

12. Eventim Apollo

The Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith isn't just any venue; it's an icon, having hosted some of the most famous musicians and comedians the world has ever seen. Imagine holding an awards ceremony where legends once stood! With its removable, split-level flat floor, it's versatile enough to accommodate a range of events, from corporate gatherings to gala dinners. The Apollo's art deco design, restored to its former glory, promises an ambiance of grandeur, and let's not forget the impressive foyer bars, perfect for those pre or post-event drinks receptions.

Location: Hammersmith

Capacity: 670 dining

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Eventim Apollo
Eventim Apollo
Eventim Apollo

13. Indigo at the O2

Nestled within the world-renowned O2, Indigo is more than just a venue; it's an experience waiting to unfold. Designed with versatility in mind, this dynamic space can transform to fit the vision of any event planner: whatever you have in mind, Indigo aims to leave a lasting impression. With state-of-the-art AV and technical facilities included in the venue hire, it's a seamless blend of style and functionality, so if you're looking to give your attendees an event to remember, Indigo at The O2 is the place to be!

Location: Greenwich

Capacity: 540 dining

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indigo at the O2
indigo at the O2
indigo at the O2

14. Club Royale

Club Royale is a gem in the heart of Chelsea that exudes luxury at every turn. Situated a stone's throw from Mayfair and opposite Kensington Palace, Club Royale offers an experience that's both intimate and grand, to ensure that from the moment you step in, you're treated like royalty. With its bespoke design and prime location in London's most fashionable postcode, it's the epitome of elegance and sophistication for an intimate, exclusive awards ceremony.

Location: Chelsea

Capacity: 220 reception; 50 dining

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Club Royale
Club Royale
Club Royale

15. London Transport Museum

An unusual and quirky venue for a ceremony, the London Transport Museum does what it says on the tin, with a fascinating collection of artefacts from the city's history of motoring making up the intriguing backdrop in the Museum Galleries. It's not all rev and no speed, however: immersive exhibitions - including an Elizabeth Line driving experience - are guaranteed to get guests singing the praises of the venue, while bespoke menus are designed to cater to all tastes. All-in-all, this is a destination not to be missed!

Location: Covent Garden

Capacity: 150 dining

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London Transport Museum
London Transport Museum
London Transport Museum

The results are in! If any of these spaces have taken your fancy, get in touch to enquire about availability today, or browse our other outstanding awards ceremony venues for more options.

 

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