Ah, the UK. Grey and drizzly though it may be, it’s a global business hub which attracts hundreds of thousands of international visitors every year. It’s an ideal spot for hosting corporate events, from intimate business meetings to impressive company-wide celebrations.
However, if you’ve ever organised a corporate event, you’ll know that it’s no mean feat. Getting it right involves a great deal of research and planning. With multiple factors to bear in mind, a successful, smooth-running event depends on the right venue.
Luckily, the UK is home to some of the best conference venues and event spaces in Europe. We’ve compiled a list of the top corporate meeting venues in the UK so you don’t have to spend time searching for the perfect venue.
From up north in Scotland to the sunnier south, via the City of London, all locations are reachable by public transport and all offer wifi access. Whether you’re looking for a large conference centre or convenient meeting rooms, we’ve got you covered.
What to look for when sourcing a venue
Finding the right venue involves juggling several factors. First, the venue must accommodate the right number of attendees and have suitable meeting spaces with the right equipment and facilities. The location should also have good transport links (not usually a problem in the UK!) and sufficient parking if required.
If you’re hosting a drinks reception or a conference of several days, it’s important to think about food and beverage options, as well as accommodation if required. The overall cost, including any additional fees (important to keep an eye out for hidden costs) will also determine your venue hire.
The venue you ultimately pick will also be determined by the type of event you’re hosting. Some of the events companies hold at corporate meeting venues might include:
- Meetings with clients or customers: a meeting venue can provide a professional setting creating a positive impression and helping to build constructive relationships.
- Internal meetings or training sessions: an external venue can provide a neutral location for team meetings or training sessions, supporting productive discussions and encouraging participation.
- Conferencing or events: the right space can provide the facilities required for larger-scale hybrid events such as seminars, lectures or product launches.
- Team building activities: the ideal location for off-site training or group activities, helping to develop team cohesion and boost morale.
Let’s see what the UK has to offer.
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1. 30 Euston Square: stunning views in central London
Where else to start than in the heart of London? 30 Euston Square is an award-winning venue in a Grade II-listed building, just a short walk away from busy Euston Station, which is just a tube-ride away from business hubs like Westminster. With a choice of 18 contemporary spaces, their meeting rooms can accommodate a variety of events, including six boardroom styles, a training room for 50 cabaret style, or a lecture theatre hosting up to 80.
Whether you’re looking for a conference space, an exhibition location, or an awards ceremony venue, 30 Euston Square has got you covered. They also offer a corporate membership programme, which offers a range of benefits including discounts on event spaces and room bookings.
- Location: Euston
- Capacity: up to 300
- Cost: £££
2. The Big One at The Corner London City: an ideal location for smaller groups
A quirky space in buzzing East London, the Big One can be dressed up or down for corporate events, hosting in-house meetings and networking events alike. It boasts great reviews and customer satisfaction online, emphasising the helpful team on hand and seamless organisation.
With projectors, AV facilities, speedy wifi, private dining options and conference facilities, it has everything you need for a successful corporate event.
- Location: Aldgate East, London
- Capacity: up to 50
- Cost: £
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3. The Biscuit Room: an impressive, adaptable space in Newcastle
We’re heading up north to Newcastle, specifically to this popular, multi-purpose warehouse space, The Biscuit Room. It’s a hit among companies looking to put on a big event, whether a conference or celebratory dinner. The Biscuit Room offers packages which include access to projects, a stage, wifi, a microphone, and a private bar and lounge.
It’s based slightly outside the city centre, but there are plenty of buses and taxis to get you and your team from A to B. With 1,200 square feet of space bathed in natural light, The Biscuit Room is one of the top corporate event venues in Newcastle.
- Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
- Capacity: up to 500
- Cost: £££
4. Edinburgh Leith: flexible workspaces in Scotland’s capital city
Keeping with the warehouse aesthetic, this workspace in Edinburgh Leith is a unique space in central Edinburgh guaranteeing a memorable next corporate event. With spaces from the Club Lounge (a hot desking area with access to breakout spaces and meeting rooms) to private offices, it’s an affordable option offering highly professional amenities and a productive vibe.
With 24/7 access, private onsite parking and a central location, it’s convenience personified.
- Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
- Capacity: up to 15
- Cost: ££
5. The Pendulum Hotel: an ideal conference hotel in buzzing Manchester
In a prime location, just five minutes from Piccadilly Station and a short stroll from attractions in Canal Street and China Town, is the Pendulum Hotel. The three-star hotel is designed primarily for corporate groups, from business travellers to conference delegates to team building weekends.
The Pendulum Hotel is an award-winning space, offering top-of-the-range conference facilities, top-level accommodation and plenty of attractions nearby. If you find yourself looking for the ideal corporate venue in Manchester, look no further.
- Location: Manchester
- Capacity: up to 130
- Cost: £££
6. Innovate at The Studio Birmingham: a professional space in the heart of the city
From its catering facilities to its glowing reviews, Innovate is a purpose-built event space designed to help you and your team, well, get innovating. It aims to inspire with each event, adapting to specific company requirements with its 400 square metre space accommodating up to 200 attendees.
It’s located right in the centre of Birmingham, which offers excellent transport links around both the region and the country. It’s well-priced, adaptable, and comfortable—ticking all the boxes for a professional, successful event.
- Location: Cannon Street, Birmingham
- Capacity: up to 200
- Cost: ££
7. Clockwise Cardiff: the ideal corporate meeting space in the Welsh capital
With economic, contemporary private offices, workspaces and meeting rooms with flexible membership plans, Clockwise is there to accommodate all your possible requirements for a top-notch corporate event. Located in the city centre, it’s easily accessible and benefits from brilliant transport links—just a two-hour train ride from London.
From team huddles to full-blown networking events, all Clockwise rooms are equipped with top-level audiovisual equipment, complimentary refreshments and optional catering facilities. A big bonus, there are Clockwise venues across the UK, in most major cities: Glasgow, Southampton, Leeds, Exeter, Cheltenham, Belfast, the list goes on!
- Location: Cardiff city centre
- Capacity: up to 400
- Cost: £
8. The Mount Conference Center: the perfect setting for a successful, smooth-running event in Belfast
If you’re looking for a specialist business centre right in the middle of Northern Ireland’s capital city, look no further. The Mount is a hub for conferences, assessments, and training, located just five minutes from the city centre.
In addition to the onsite restaurant and parking facilities, The Mount offers serviced offices, conference room and meeting spaces—fairly priced with attractive package deals available. It’s a highly popular venue, with positive reviews across the board.
- Location: Belfast city centre
- Capacity: up to 500
- Cost: ££
9. EscapeLive: a professional, flexible space in the heart of Liverpool
If you’re seeking a functional space for smaller business meetings in Liverpool city centre, the Loft Lounge is a great option. An inspiring workspace full of natural light thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows, it’s a brilliant venue to brainstorm, or for sit-down team building events. It’s an attractive, professional space which can be customised to many types of event.
The same venue offers other, larger spaces such as the Penthouse (up to 58) and the Penthouse Suite (up to 90 standing). It’s a professional, highly versatile venue with productivity in its very design.
- Location: Liverpool
- Capacity: up to 90
- Cost: £££
10. The Liquor Studio: a bright, fresh venue in central Leeds
For all those seeking a comfortable, affordable space in Leeds, this should be at the top of your list. The Dual Meeting Room provides an intimate meeting space overlooking Brigitte, featuring a central conference table seating up to 19.
Alternatively, The Blending Room is a smaller space ideal for use as a breakout room, flooded with natural light and complete with mobile workstations. The multi-use venue is ideal for more casual corporate meetings, such as training sessions or team building activities.
- Location: Central Leeds
- Capacity: up to 60
- Cost: ££
UK calling! Get ahead and start organising your corporate event today
Whatever event you’re hosting, whenever you’re hosting it, it’s never too early to start planning—and you can use TravelPerk’s event management checklist to make sure you’re ticking all the boxes. If you feel you could benefit from support with the organisational side of things, TravelPerk can help with the book and management of your event, taking the administrative weight off your shoulders. You pick the venue, let TravelPerk take care of the rest!
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