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Bored of the boardroom? The benefits of hosting off-site meetings

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 18:45
As the old adage goes, ‘you reap what you sow’ and even in the world of meetings and events, this remains a motto to live by. Packaged sandwiches and cups of tea in the office might seem like the easiest and cheapest choice, but at what cost to productivity? Familiarity can often breed contempt so keep things fresh and take your next meeting offsite, something as small as a change of scenery has the potential to sky-rocket ideas, unleash potentially untapped creativity and ensure that you get the very best from your team. With stunning views, historical features and modern architecture, there are plenty of unique venues that are ideal for meetings of all sizes and formats, here is just a small selection of our 87 strong membership:
The early bird catches the worm

Choose a rooftop meeting space and bask in the golden glow of early morning sunshine. You just have to take a look at the London landscape to see that there is no end of sky-high venues to choose from. Take your team on a voyage of discovery on the Coca-Cola London Eye. With a 360-degree view of London, which extends 25 miles on a clear day, their Blue Sky Thinking glass capsules are the perfect break out space for delegates to come up with solutions and solve a problem. The East Room at Tate Modern, home of contemporary art, is the perfect place to encourage creativity with spectacular views of the Thames and if you want to continue with beautiful views across London, book at breakfast meeting at Sky Garden in their Viñoly Private Dining Room.
A sense of occasion

A grand backdrop will evoke a sense of importance, you’ll notice people will be more aware of the environment, dress a little smarter and pay more attention. Give meetings the royal treatment at Hampton Court Palace, the bright and airy Garden Room is an idyllic location for occasions that require a touch a class and Tower of London offers and awe-inspiring venue for meetings of all sizes. With grand rooms, sweeping staircases and magnificent backdrops {10-11} Carlton House Terrace, House of Commons, Central Hall Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral are all iconic venues in the history of London that are sure to inspire unforgettable ideas.
Get creative

Go against the grain and surprise your team with a quirky and creative venue that removes them from the physical comfort zone of their office environment. Give your attendees an atmosphere in which they can really let their ideas run wild. Head to Wellcome Collection, the self-proclaimed destination for the incurably curious, which has a wealth of event spaces to choose from. The venue’s Reading Room is particularly great if you’re looking for an interactive, experimental meeting space. Guests can explore over 1,000 books and 100 objects including sculptures, paintings and medical artefacts. Add a bit of world-class theatrics to your day with a meeting at Royal Albert Hall  or National Theatre and if you’re looking to really push employees out of their comfort zone, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the UK’s tallest structure, offers abseiling and access to “The Slide”- both an alternative and thrilling way to begin or end any event.
Cool, calm and collected

Taking your team out of the office is the only way to truly guarantee that you won’t be disturbed by other colleagues so head to venue that will give you some much needed respite from the hustle and bustle of a busy office. The elegant Art Deco Florence Hall at Royal Institute of British Architecture is part of the original 1934 building and the Aston Webb Room, with its walls lined with leather, joinery in Indian laurel wood, and large windows has a stately, mid-century boardroom atmosphere. Why not take to the seas (or Thames) and board HMS Belfast, a restored Royal Navy Light Cruiser, that offers spectacular views of Tower Bridge and the River Thames. Alternatively, embrace the serenity of nature and head to the countryside to WWT Wetlands London, Kew Gardens, Syon Park or Chiswick House and Gardens.
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