My first stop was the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge; meeting a Client for a show round of the excellent facilities. We viewed the Ballroom and the Plaza Suites. The ballroom can hold 1,400 delegates in theatre style and up to 1,000 for a dinner dance. It’s a really large, wide space - with no pillars!
My next stop was Bankside Space. A really interesting venue; modern multi-purpose building just behind the Tate Modern and the Shakespeare’s Globe. It’s a blank canvas; ready for your creative input for a variety of events.
After a quick bite to eat I made my way over to the Siemens Crystal building. The venue claims to be one of the most sustainable buildings in the world. It’s really light and airy and it’s situated at the foot of the Emirates Airline. The venue has 14 flexible event spaces, including a 270 seat auditorium.
From the Cyrstal building I walked over to the Crowne Plaza Docklands (a three minute walk). It was great to see this following the refurbishment of all the public areas and the bedrooms which was carried out at the beginning of the year. The hotel has a wonderful restaurant which has a terrace overlooking the river Thames.
The next venue was something very different! The Sunborn Yacht – a fantastic 4 star deluxe yacht hotel, which also has superb meeting facilities. It opened in June 2014, so is only a year old. It’s located on the waterfront at the western end of the Royal Victoria Dock. From the outdoor terrace I could look back towards a previous venue; the Siemens Crystal building! I was also just a short walk away from my last venue; ICC London ExCel.
ICC London ExCel has the UK’s largest fully flexible auditorium which can seat up to 5,000 delegates. This is a great venue for large scale events and gala dinners. It’s got London’s largest banqueting hall which can host 3,000 guests. I’m not sure I’d want to be in the kitchens for an event of that size!! The venue is really high tech and has excellent transport links.
I’m off to plan my next trip to London….. watch this space!
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