As the year draws to a close, 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. The Barbican Centre

Host to some of the top events in the calendar, not to mention countless performances year-round, the Barbican Centre is a legend in the venue world.

With two colossal theatres, a cinema, and an indoor tropical garden, this space is a spectacular setting for an awards dinner - particularly surrounded by The Conservatory's fascinating plants, or the grand tiered seating and lights of the Barbican Hall.

Location: Barbican

Capacity: 168 dining; 200 reception

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2. The National Maritime Museum

Housing one of the world's largest collections of seafaring history, the National Maritime Museum is an iconic base for an awards event.

Welcome guests with a drink on the South West Lawn and Colonnade, with views stretching in all directions. Then, usher them into the beautiful 'Great Map' hall with its glass roof - the ideal spot to dine beneath the stars, surrounded by some of the museum's most significant items on display.

Location: Greenwich

Capacity: 580 dining; 1,000 reception

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Impress your guests with an awards ceremony hosted amongst paintings by some of the world’s most renowned artists.

Picture your guests sipping champagne while gazing at the gallery’s best-known Spanish paintings in the grand Room 30. Or imagine those acceptance speeches delivered beneath the spectacular domed ceiling in the ornate Barry Rooms.There’s something magical about the idea of an art gallery after hours, and this exclusive venue is licenced until 2am - plenty of time to drink in the sights (and the champagne!).

Location: Trafalgar Square

Capacity: 220 seated guests

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4. The Postal Museum

Getting to attend an event at the memorable Postal Museum is a reward in itself. Treat your guests to a drinks reception in the stunning urban Courtyard with its living wall dotted with traditional red post boxes.

Then, lead your guests through to the main event in the striking Mail Rail. This underground space is bursting with industrial character, from exposed brickwork to vaulted ceilings, archways and authentic railway tracks. In fact, brave guests can even take a ride on the mail rail itself. Can you get any more unique than that?!

Location: Farringdon

Capacity: 150 dining; 275 reception

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5. Eventim Apollo

Looking for a venue purpose-built for show-stopping performances and memorable evenings? Originally designed as a cinema in the 1930s, the Eventim Apollo exudes Old Hollywood grandeur.

Having played host to stars like David Bowie, Kate Bush and The Rolling Stones, this one-of-a-kind venue offers heaps of red-carpet potential. The auditorium offers fantastic views of the stage from every seat, while the art-deco-style foyer is perfect for that obligatory after party, with its two stunning bars.

Location: Hammersmith

Capacity: 680 seated guests

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6. 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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7. The Underglobe

If your ceremony needs a venue that truly sets the scene, look no further than the Globe theatre's hidden Underglobe. A sweeping staircase transports guests into a Shakespearean wonderland, with the possibility of drinks on arrival on the mezzanine.

Unsurprisingly for a world-renowned theatre, the Underglobe also comes with an in-built stage, high-spec AV, and performance-worthy lighting. It really has everything you need to ensure your awards ceremony is the quality of a Capulet ball!

Location: London Bridge

Capacity: 450 seated guests

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