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7 Unique Venues for an Awards Dinner in London

Posted by Olivia Dobberson on 2nd April 2019

Written by: Olivia Dobberson

Venue Hire in London: A unique collection of the grandest spaces for an awards ceremony

An awards dinner is the perfect way to celebrate talent, success and achievement, whilst boosting team morale and encouraging hard work throughout the year. London just so happens to be a Mecca for venues which can provide that wow factor setting for just such an occasion.

From historical churches to iconic British clipper ships and venues befitting of royalty; our capital really does have the most wonderfully unique venues. So to save you the time and hassle of searching, we’ve compiled a list of a few of our favourite awards ceremony venues in London.

Cutty Sark

Built back in 1869, this last remaining clipper ship was originally created to carry tea back from China and has since travelled every corner of the globe! Steeped in rich history and offering a truly unique London setting for dinner, the Cutty Sark delivers a one-of-a-kind experience which will really wow your guests. The Dry Berth is the ship’s largest event space and can be hired exclusively for an awards dinner for up to 270 guests. With a gleaming copper-clad hull suspended dramatically above the Dock, it is really the only event space of its kind.

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Banqueting House

Set in the heart of Whitehall, Banqueting House is arguably one of the most impressive and exclusive venues to host an awards dinner at. Originally built as a banqueting house for King James I, the grand building is surrounded by incredible paintings by the renowned Sir Peter Paul Rubens – so it’s guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on your guests. In the heart of the building sits The Main Hall, surrounded by towering columns and ornate chandeliers. This remarkable space can host dinners for up to 380 people.

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Battersea Arts Centre

Battersea Arts Centre has played host to some fascinating people since opening its doors. From the Suffragettes and London’s first black Mayor – now, this Grade II listed event venue is an official independent arts centre. Tragically, a fire ripped through the historic building back in 2015, completely destroying the roof of the Grand Hall, but fear not! The building was lovingly restored in 2018 and now has a new lease of life. The Grand Hall is flooded with natural daylight and decorated with a beautiful lattice ceiling, boasting an advanced technical capacity and AV infrastructure, perfect for a London awards dinner for up to 640 guests.

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Banking Hall

Overlooking the Bank of England, this majestic event venue is located in the heart of London’s financial district. Designed in the 1930s, the Main Hall has a one of a kind Art Deco charm with tall pillars which accentuate the beautiful high ceilings, alongside an elaborate grand staircase. Accommodating up to 280 guests for a seated dinner, we would recommend using the Counting Room upstairs for pre-dinner drinks before guests head downstairs for the big reveal…

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One Marylebone

Once the Holy Trinity Church, One Marylebone is a stunning example of Neo-Classical architecture. It sits on its own island just off Regent’s Park, with a towering steeple which is sure to stun guests as they approach the London venue. Inside you’ll discover The Soane Hall, accommodating up to 350 for an awards dinner with stunning stained glass windows, beautiful covings and a 27ft ceiling. In addition to the Soane Hall is The Galleries on the first floor, a bright, light space that is split into three parts, the perfect event space for a pre-dinner drinks reception in London.

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Located in north London, this Grade II listed building is steeped in rich history, having originally opened way back in 1847. As well as hosting legendary musical artists such as David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix, Roundhouse has been home to some incredible large-scale London events over the years. The central event arena is certainly something to behold – an area where original features sit alongside modern materials, perfect for an awards show accommodating up to 850 for a seated dinner.

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Spitalfields Venue

This Grade I listed, architectural landmark lies at the heart of East London’s trendy Spitalfields. Commissioned in the early 18th Century, British architect Nicholas Hawksmoor designed the Baroque style church which is still used as a working Anglican church today. The flagship event space, The Nave is a grand setting which features intricate flower carvings, bold Tuscan columns and two mezzanine balconies, perfect for an awards show for 250 guests.

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