Amber Lakes is a new and unique London events venue based in Wraysbury, close to Old Windsor and Heathrow and only 45 minutes from Central London. It is a year-round events venue perfect for conferences for up to 120 guests, summer parties and team building for up to 500 guests, Christmas parties for up to 120 guests and any other number of events including dinner parties and product launches.
Barbican, Old Street
FARE is located in the Moorelands building, an old turn of the century textile factory, in the heart of Clerkenwell. It is situated on the junction between Old Street and Goswell Road, just a 5 min walk away from the Barbican and 10 min walk away from the Old Street roundabout. FARE is split across two floors, with both levels having a unique character and design. The upstairs level has high ceilings and benefits from large crittal windows on either side that flood the space with natural light. The industrial aesthetic gives the space a modern, relaxed, vibe. The upstairs restaurant hosts an Italian restaurant and cafe, that focuses on pizzas, pasta, all day coffee and aperitivo cocktails. Upstairs also benefits from a large courtyard area that is very busy during the summer months and can also be used for events. Other features included are a large marble topped horseshoe bar and pizza oven. We can accommodate a total of 75 standing and 42 seated not including use of the courtyard. The industrial aesthetic continues into the large, downstairs events space. The white washed walls are adorned hanging plants and the pavements allow for a good amount of natural light. The space also benefits from it’s own bar area and wine cellar, ideal for parties. The space is intended for multi-functional use; anything from board meeting, brand activation to weddings. The space has an open window into the large kitchen, making it ideal for private dining. The space also contains a large and well lit Wine Cellar along with a fully functional cocktail bar at the further end of the space, which is ideal for arrival and/or after dinner drinks. We can hire in AV equipment and all furniture is fully moveable. We can accommodate 85 people standing and 80 people seated including use of the Cocktail bar area. With all types of catering available from coffee and tea service with pastries to canapé and bowl food and 4 course set menus, FARE is the ideal venue for every event. We have already worked with a number of companies including Instagram, KeepCup and Pernod Ricard. So get in touch and see what we can do for you.
COVID-19 certification Harrow School Events is delighted to announce that they have been awarded the ‘We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 certification. This is a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to reassure customers that our business adheres to Government and public health guidance. Harrow School is a unique venue in North West London. Our famous Speech Room was built in 1871 and can now be hired exclusively for your events. The historical style of the Speech Room replicates the Globe Theatres curvature, housing tiered seating. This provides a dramatic backdrop for guests to enjoy corporate conferences/dinners, award ceremonies, private dinners, fashion shows or even a pop-up cinema. The Speech Room also holds a Civil Wedding license. This is perfect for a traditional wedding in London and Asian Weddings, accommodating 500 guests for the ceremony or a 120 guest, seated wedding breakfast. Related Venue: The Alex Fitch Room
Since our founding by Benedictine monks, hospitality has always been at the heart of the Abbey. We have held royal weddings, state occasions, and every coronation since 1066. Now you can hire one of our stunning historic spaces for your next event.
Our stunning new cookery school, Sauce by The Langham provides the perfect way for friends, family or colleagues to have a fun day together. The cooking classes offer a great team building opportunity and we are able to accommodate large groups in our brand new venue, The Conservatory. Pick from hands-on individual tuition for up to 12 guests or an interactive demonstration for up to 24. Your private class could be a 'building block' course where you can master the basics such as perfecting your pasta or sharpening your knife skills, or a masterclass when you can ramp up your cookery skills and learn some of the trade secrets of the Langham's brigade of chefs. Alternatively we can create bespoke classes to suit different interests or levels of expertise. Whichever suits you, you can be sure of a fun and memorable experience, with great food and wine!
London isn’t short of event spaces, that’s for sure. But not all event spaces were created equal. Or tall. Or with incredible views. This one is. Welcome to rooftop bar at citizenM Tower of London – where the cocktails make you talkative, but the views leave you speechless. Spacious, airy, sparkling and filled with art and books, this is the place where you bring people you want to reward, impress or entertain. Here, the Queen is always available for selfies, and London looks extra photogenic, rain or shine. Choose one or both spaces and let us entertain you.
Strand, Central London
The Vaults at RSA House are ideal for large standing receptions, unique celebrations and evening parties. Originally designed as river-front warehouses, these fully restored Vaults offer a striking contrast to the splendour of the rooms above. The Durham Street Auditorium is a purpose built theatre ideal for screenings, conferences and meeting. It was built on the last remaining stretch of 18th century cobbled roadway which was part of a tunnel beneath the House leading down to the Thames. The DSA can accommodate up to 70 people. The RSA is an enlightenment organisation that seeks to understand and enhance human potential located in the heart of the West End. Throughout its history, the RSA has extended a welcome to others looking for a place to discuss their ideas. This tradition continues, with the Great Room, Durham Street Auditorium and Benjamin Franklin Room and our more intimate rooms providing the perfect backdrop to dinners, conferences and workshops. Recently awarded Best Historic Venue or Livery Hall at the London Venue Awards, 2018.
The building once formed part of the London Gaslight and Coke company. It was badly bomb damaged during the 1940s London Blitz and shortly after demolished and rebuilt in the early 1950s. It later became a textile factory, car park (yes, really!!) and later a theatre rehearsals studio space. It is now a location for filming, photography, launches and events. Features include: Electric blackout blinds, 3 Phase Electrics, Changing and Make up room complete with light-up mirrors, steamer and hanging rails. There are two rooms upstairs for either clients, extras or a green room. The venue has two entrances, one of which is a secret entrance for events and immersive theatre productions. Outside there is a court yard and parking space. It is an ideal place to shoot cars and furniture, with a giant shutter ensuring easy access and loading.
Benk + Bo is home to three floors of beautiful and multi-functional events space in the heart of Spitalfields, east London. We're just around the corner from Aldgate and Liverpool Street Station. The space includes a fully-fitted professional kitchen, cafe and bar, yoga studio, two-story events space, a meeting room and space for corporate meetings, workshops and conferences. From workshops to supper clubs, press launches, to exhibitions and private parties, our carefully curated style and attention to detail as well as our flexibility and competitive pricing means we can offer clients a truly unique and memorable place. Ground Floor The ground floor comprises a stunning cafe/bar area, with a seated lounge filled with mid-century soft furnishings, plenty of greenery and natural light. This space is ideal for drinks receptions, talks and socials and also provides the perfect welcome area for events on the other floors. Lower Ground Floor The lower ground floor is the perfect private space to host meetings, workshops and conferences for your company. It is also a beautiful events space, perfect for press launches and private dining events, with a connecting fully-fitted professional kitchen. Like the rest of the building, the space boasts Philips Hue lights which are fully customisable to any colour palette - perfect for creating a branded space or particular mood. There is also a Sonos sound system. First Floor Our first floor comprises three rooms as well as a WC shower room. Our large, bright, airy and well- equipped yoga studio is perfect for hosting wellness events as well as seated talks, workshops and also exhibitions. We also have two meeting rooms which double us as green rooms, treatment spaces, cloakrooms and workshop spaces. To learn more about the spaces we hire please see our brochure. More details on the events we have hosted in the past available at https://www.benkandbo.com
The velodrome, with its iconic sweeping roof and the fastest track on the planet made sporting history during London 2012 but this special venue offers more than just cycling. Sure to inspire and impress, it’s also a show stopping base for your next conference, exhibition or meeting.
Ideally located just a short walk from Liverpool Street Station, Spitalfields Conservatory offers a unique space for a lasting impression and a key talking point for any event. Tiered seating looks onto a focal video wall alongside ample floor space. The transparent ceiling coupled with vast glass windows allow for an abundance of natural light. Perfect for presentations, drinks receptions, away days and more, the Fora events team will be happy to discuss your ideas and requirements. This venue can also provide bespoke packaged live streaming services, allowing for your event to reach thousands across the globe.
A sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden offers a unique lifestyle destination in the heart of central London. Two restaurants, a delicatessen, florist and lifestyle shop are all united by Floral Court, offering a variety of opportunities to suit any occasion. La Goccia is a vibrant restaurant with an open kitchen, wood fired oven, large grill and dining bar. A section of the restaurant offers semi-private dining for up to 30 guests. This space sits under the kitchen, which keeps the atmosphere vibrant and the backdrop exciting. Guests are invited to choose from one of our set menus. La Goccia Bar which features a hand made iron bar is the perfect venue for a standing reception. The short end of the L Shaped space provides a cosy sofa section which can hold up to 30-35 guests standing. Tucked away from the length of the bar, your guests will be invited to use the bar garden entrance exclusively, so the space feels intimate. For larger parties, full hire of the bar can home a maximum of 70 guests. The bar allows for casual seating, lounging and dancing if desired. We have a wonderful in-house Dj that can play for your party, just let us know and we will put you in touch. Your standing party are invited to dine from our canape menu. La Goccia Bar is adjoining to The Shop, which offers seated dining for up to 70 guests or provides an extension to your standing party. Please see our profile for full details.
SMITHS’ is an iconic all-day dining concept with 4 floors in the heart of the City. We are a popular and unique Private Dining and Exclusive Hire venue with our many floors, flexible spaces and an experienced event team working with guests to organise any occasion, be it a Business Meeting, Corporate Private Dinner, Birthday or Wedding. We also offer Cocktail Making Classes and a Beef Butchery Masterclass, ensuring guests are always offered a unique and enjoyable ‘SMITHS’ experience.
A space to be brilliant. Our fabulous Forum space consists of a tiered seating area with a connected break out events space, next to our beautiful Palatino Bar. State of the art silent disco technology, as well as HD projection screen, so guests can sit and watch screenings / discussions / presentations. The event space is openly connected to this seating so is perfect for anyone looking for a presentation space with another area to move onto drinks and networking. . The event space is openly connected to this seating so is perfect for anyone looking for a presentation space with another area to move onto drinks and networking.
Greenwich Yacht Club boasts 2 unique venues in London with Thames river views. Situated close to North Greenwich tube and the O2 arena this is a great venue for hire in London. It is also a wedding venue in London with a wedding license. It is a popular corporate and conference venue in London and has the ability to cater for Private dinner parties
Clerkenwell, Farringdon, Smithfield
Previously a vestry within St. Sepulchre’s Parish, The Vestry is a new wave cocktail & wine bar concept a stone’s throw from Smithfield Market. The Vestry is available for full and partial private hire for buffets, drinks, two to three course dining, wedding receptions, corporate hire and more. With a range of meeting packages for corporate clients during the day and events packages for those afternoon, evening & late-night parties - you'll find everything you need with us.
Sometimes, even the thought of an away day is enough to make employees groan. Not only is it a day when emails are going to pile up (because we all know that they don’t stop when you’re out of the office) but you’re most likely going to have to do some excruciating team building exercises with your colleagues.
Why Away Days are So Important
Away days are useful for a reason however, which is why they continue to be so popular. When done right, they strengthen the team bond. You can even come away with a lot of new ideas to improve the office, and employees can share the problems that they are having, and how to solve them.
When organised properly, away days encourage communication between team members, particularly those that maybe don’t have a lot of opportunity to talk to each other in the office. They allow the employees to relax, see their boss relaxed and have a carefree day away from the stresses of corporate life.
It’s not all about fun of course, although it is a good chance to extend the away day into an evening meal and drinks for attendees to really let their hair down (best have it on a Friday if this is the case!) Sometimes, it’s good to take a step away from the corporate lifestyle and forget about work for the day. Particularly if your business is very busy, your team will want a more relaxed away day, instead of a formal one.
Ultimately however, an away day can be used to brainstorm ideas for the company. It’s a good idea to have some solid objectives for the event, although don’t share what these are with the team beforehand, otherwise it might start to sound more like a conference than teambuilding. Do let everyone know the general purpose however, and what to expect when they arrive.
How to Ensure Success
To make your corporate away day a success, you need to pick something that suits your team. Both for the industry that they’re involved in and the personalities of the group. While it’s good to get a consensus from the team on your plans, sometimes this simply isn’t possible. If you know that the room is going to be divided on the type of event you hold, ask for anonymous ideas to be sent to you, make an executive decision on it, and let them know once plans are set.
Remember it’s a Team Day
Making certain members of the team take on similar roles as they do day to day, or putting one person above the other during team-building is a big no-no. The emphasis should be on the team, and not the individuals, so activities should focus on this. If you are looking to go down a more ‘fun’ route, something like an escape room challenge can really show everyone how the team works or doesn’t work well together. Trying something creative is also an alternative. Not only is it relaxing, it is a great bonding experience as well. If your day is slightly more formal, exercises should still be done as a group, not as individuals.
Get Rid of Formalities
Has your business had better than usual success this year? Has your team managed and completed a difficult project? Sometimes, an away day can be about celebrating, rather than a focus on corporate objectives. If everyone has been working hard, they deserve to be shown that they are appreciated, so a chance to let their hair down without having to complete exercises will be welcomed by everyone involved.
The chosen venue will make a massive difference to any type of corporate event, and even more so when it comes to staff away day venues in London. Due to the sheer range available, and the popularity of some, it’s best to get on the ball early with booking, so that your vision can come to life. You’ll also need to consider how accessible it is to the rest of your team. If it is a bit further away, are you going to organise transportation from the office?
Consider Outside Help
Hiring a facilitator to lead some exercises or even a guest speaker is a great way to liven up any corporate event. Not only will they be aware of what you are looking to achieve from the away day, they’ll also be able to read the room and react accordingly. These types of speakers are generally very charismatic and used to being thrown in at the deep end. Pretty soon they’ll have your team’s full attention, and the day is sure to be both enjoyable and rewarding. Of course, this isn’t within every companies’ budget, but it is something worth considering.
Feedback is one of the most important items you will come away with from a team building event. Get participants to keep any notes that they have taken, and exercises they have completed, and ask them to complete a feedback form and return it to you. This can either be done on the day or sent around the team once they are back in the office. Ensure that it’s not too long but do make the questions detailed so you know if your objectives have been met, and what everyone’s take-way was.
A corporate away day is going to be unique to every company, so don’t force you employees into something that you know isn’t going to work. It should be enjoyable, even if you do have objectives that you want to meet, and employees should gain something from the experience. There is no one perfect away day, so learn from what has and hasn’t worked in previous years, and your team will be thanking you.
We have our fair share of away day venues in London – which you choose just depends on what you want. If you’re looking for an away day venue in Central London, you can opt for an activity bar with meeting spaces available. Otherwise, if you can, there are many venues outside of London which make for great corporate away days or away weekends.
For those on the hunt for a unique away day for a corporate company, you should make the most of Canvas. We pride ourselves on having London’s favourite venues all in one place, and we have a great collection of corporate away day venues you can hire. If you have any particular specifications, make sure you use our search filters to narrow your search results to only include venues relevant to what you want, how many guests you have, and so on.
The best away days will always be the ones that include the most unique away day ideas. The list of ideas would typically include a range of team-building activities, on top of any team meetings you want to incorporate. Away days are a great opportunity for your employees and colleagues to bond, and work on teamwork. You’ll find a great selection of the best venues with activities on Canvas.
Regular away days have many benefits for corporate companies. They can be used as a tool to promote teamwork within in the workplace, as well as let your employees bond with each other and just generally enjoy themselves.
We’re lucky enough to have many unique away day venue options in London, including activity bars where people can team up and play shuffleboard or darts, go bowling, or make their way through escape rooms, or even sports centres in London where you can create your own team sports day. Use Canvas to make your cool away day ideas come true.