A rainy day in London
In a city full of venues, it is hard to know which one to choose. Where do you begin with your search and where will it end? That is where we can help you! You can never see enough venues when you work for an agency, every venue has its own character, uniqueness and capabilities. That is why we go out and explore and see as many venues as we can!
My journey last week did not start very smoothly, coming from the sunshine coast my train got diverted into Redhill. With no trains to London Victoria I almost turned around, but luckily, I found a train to London Bridge. Quickly jumping in with all the other stranded people, we made our way to the City.
My venue inspections started with the lovely De Vere Grand Connaught rooms. A large venue with diversity and flexibility in an old style building but with some great modern meeting rooms and a lovely roof terrace for sunny days. After a show around with the sales team I made my way to Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe, walking across the River Thames (with a not so waterproof umbrella) even in the rain I got to enjoy the beautiful views. Swan’s restaurant has a very lively vibe and great options for a private dinner in the Ballroom or River room with great views overlooking the Thames. While you are there do check out the Underglobe for any evening event!
It was still pouring it down when I left to see the Sea Containers which is also located along the River Thames, with some amazing views from the 12th and 13th floor. Here you can have a private dinner, drinks reception and enjoy the sunset. After a quick cup of hot coffee my next stop was the RSA House, a great venue that welcomes everyone in to have a coffee, read a book or do some work. It is an inspiring venue with Georgian features, exposed brick vaults and a lot of technological aspects which makes it a unique venue located only a four-minute walk from tube stations Charing Cross or Embankment.
My final to last stop was Six Storeys Soho, a six-storey townhouse with a stunning welcoming bar when you walk in. On every floor there is a different room which you can hire individually or all at once. This venue feels homely and quirky and has the real Soho feel. After walking all six storeys I made my way to IET: Savoy London Place, where I was invited for a sushi workshop event. When I arrived, I was welcomed with a glass of bubbles and got to mingle with colleagues of the industry. We had a grand tour of the building which showed off all its spaces and its possibilities to host large events with great digital technological capabilities. IET: Savoy London Place has a beautiful roof terrace where you overlook the river Thames and the London Eye, great for evening receptions and outdoor events. The sushi workshop was held in the Maxwell Library, where we got a great introduction of how to roll our sushi from a professional sushi chef, with sticky rice, fresh vegetables and seaweed. Rolling the sushi yourself and eating your own creations was lovely and I really enjoyed the class!
A rainy day in London turned out to be a fruitful experience getting to know more amazing venues and learning how to make my own sushi!