The Coca Cola London Eye and Central Hall Westminster were the talk of the town on New Year’s Eve 2016, serving as the backdrop for a spectacular South Bank fireworks display and an exhilarating set from Robbie Williams. It was a show-stopping way to usher in 2017, a year which promises to be full of opportunity and excitement.
January is traditionally the month where intentions are set and resolutions made, so here’s a few little flashes of venue-focused inspiration to help you make a firm decision when choosing the perfect setting for your next event.
Those looking to add an element of urban style to their occasion are spoilt for choice. Over the last 20 years, a striking array of individual and originally designed buildings have sprung-up across the capital. These range from modern skyscrapers and cultural centres, such as Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch and the Laban Building, to repurposed industrial and government buildings including Tate Modern and The Design Museum, which occupies the former home of the Commonwealth Institute.
As one of the most recognised cities in the world, and one steeped in history, London has its fair share of globally-recognised landmarks from the iconic symbol of the 2012 Olympics, the ArcelorMittal Orbit to the Christopher Wren-designed Royal Hospital Chelsea. A city where the modern juxtaposes the traditional, event organisers can choose from venues as diverse as the last surviving Victorian tea clipper, Cutty Sark, to an atmospheric former Hawksmoor church, LSO St. Luke’s.
The majestic ceiling of Banqueting House, designed by 17th Century old master Rubens, is sure to strike awe in any guest, and is just one example of the amazing artwork to be found across London. Boasting some of the finest and most prestigious collections in the world, event organisers can have their pick of The National Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Wallace Collection, to name a few.
There is no shortage of unusual venues across London for event organisers looking for something different. Cities such as London have plenty of curious and interesting buildings which will add a dash of the alternative to your event. Historians should look no further than Churchill War Rooms and Harrow School, whilst sports fanatics can stand in awe at the respective homes of cricket and rugby, Lord’s Cricket Ground and Twickenham Stadium.
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