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A unique space can boost engagement, attendee numbers and makes for a very special day. The South East of England has a whole host of unique and unusual venues, from art galleries to zoo's, historic ships to venues in places of outstanding natural beauty.
Here at MEETbeyondLondon we a delighted to showcase some of the most unusual venue spaces in the South, Here you will find out-of-the-ordinary function rooms and quirky meeting spaces and venues that make you go WOW.
Looking for venue in Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire or Sussex, take a look below to find out more. From breakfast meetings to product launches, conferences from 6 to 150 or more or venues with team building activities we can help with it all.
Hold your next conference on your very own island Eton College Queen’s Eyot | Windsor, Berkshire
eyot, ait (āt) n. small island in river, especially the Thames - You say it like the number eight.
The word is commonly used in the names of the little islands that dot the river in the reaches between Windsor and Reading. But for most people it surfaces only as a curious term during commentaries on the Oxford Cambridge boat race. Owned by Eton College since 1923, Queen's Eyot offers stylish modern facilities in idyllic surroundings. Access is by a two minute ferryboat crossing and the four acres of extensive gardens and riverside lawns along with the clubhouse and/or marquee are exclusively yours for the day. This island oasis is ideal for all types of event including team building, conferences, gala dinners and wedding receptions.
2 Spaces | Max Theatre Style Capacity: Club Room 60, Marquee 200
Steeped in unique history, Leeds Castle in Kent offers an extraordinary twist to your next meeting or event. Most famously owned by Henry VIII, Leeds Castle has also been renowned for welcoming politicians, royalty and stars of the silver screen through its doors for special events, talks and celebrations. The Castle today offers stunning meeting and event spaces available for exclusive hire, and brings together a myriad of options for businesses and groups in one historic site. With its incredible meeting rooms, luxury accommodation, on-site Falconry Centre, and vast parkland as a perfect base for your team building activities, Leeds Castle has everything and more to give your team a day to remember. One mile from Junction 8 off the M20, within easy reach of London.
7 meeting spaces | Capacities up to 100 theatre style
Take a break from the norm and hold your business event in our zoo! Conferences, seminars or product launches – our historic Marwell Hall based in the centre of the zoo has three meeting rooms of varying sizes plus breakout spaces that can cater for all types of event with plenty of outdoor space on the back lawn for teambuilding! A lecture theatre is also available within our Science & Learning Centre for larger scale events. A dedicated road train collects and returns your delegates from the car park to the historic venue, through the picturesque grounds and exhibits of the park. Contact Hampshire Conference Bureau today to enquire
3 spaces | Capacities of up to 80 theatre style
The Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Whitchurch, Hampshire, sits in a leafy conservation area, just 60 miles from London and 15 miles from Winchester. The site dates back to 10th century; but was most notably a Victorian paper mill, which produced all the banknote paper for the Bank of England and the British Empire. The distillery is the first ever refurbishment project and distillery to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating for sustainability due to its innovative sustainable design, and showcases the iconic Heatherwick Studio-designed glasshouses which house examples of all ten of the botanicals which make Bombay Sapphire gin so exquisite. The Glasshouses have been built to rise out of the crystal clear River Test which runs right through the middle of the venue.
3 spaces | Capacities of up to 200
Southampton City Art Gallery is situated in the Art Deco Civic Centre, a short distance from Southampton central train station. The Art Gallery has a collection of more than 5,300 works of art and exhibitions are changed on a regular basis. The collection contains works by famous artists including J.M.W. Turner, Claude Monet and Edward Burne-Jones. The core, however, is British twentieth century and contemporary art. The Gallery can accommodate 475 delegates throughout the entire space, or 300 for a standing reception in the Grand Hall. Our internal caterers can provide drinks, canapes and cold food. The Gallery is also a beautiful setting for live music, weddings or performances. Our exquisite paintings and sculptures provide the perfect backdrop for wedding couples and corporate clients seeking a unique venue within the city centre. Seating can be provided for up to 120 people
4 spaces | Capacities of up to 475 standing
Memorable events begin with extraordinary venues, and the sporting theatre of St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton creates a unique and iconic space to hold your conference. Whether it’s an intimate event, large party, exhibition, concert or a major business conference, Halo Conferences and Events have the suites to entertain in style. The creativity of the Halo team at Southampton Football Club allows for a truly memorable experience, ensuring that clients and guests are given a personally tailored service, with every detail attended to. Bespoke event management, first class catering and exceptional customer service comes as a standard and with our dedicated, experienced and award winning conferences and events team, we will ensure that we deliver the right results for you.
11 Spaces| 46 Executive Boxes | Capacities of up to 480 theatre style/620 standing.
Meet surrounded by 16th Century artefacts Mary Rose Museum | Portsmouth, Hampshire
What could be more out-of-the-ordinary than holding a business meeting or conference surrounded by the recovered timbers of Henry VIII’s flagship?
For a unique meeting space, the award-winning Mary Rose is unparalleled. Where else can you hold a corporate dinner surrounded by artefacts from the only 16th century warship on display in the world, or have your delegates enjoy cocktails on a stunning balcony overlooking the historic waterfront? For uniqueness, look no further.
2 spaces | Capacities of up to 150 theatre style
British Airways i360 is the world’s tallest moving observation tower rising from ground level to 450ft, conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye. Visitors glide up to 450ft in a giant glass pod which is 10 times the size of a London Eye capsule, whilst enjoying breath-taking views across Brighton and Hove, the South Downs and the beautiful Sussex coastline. BA i360 is the ultimate beachfront venue with 9 flexible event spaces. Stunning features in our event rooms include private beachside terraces, natural daylight through full-height windows and unrivalled views of the sea and the iconic West Pier
9 spaces | Capacities of 200 theatre style
11th century castle built to protect the South! Guildford Castle | Guildford, Surrey
Hold your next meeting or event in a 11th century castle in the heart of the bustling town of Guildford. This unique space was created in 2003/2004 when the Great Tower was conserved and the original crenellations and other features were discovered. A roof and floor were reinstated at first floor level creating a unique space for small meetings and events. Available for conferences of 10 to 60 offering stunning views in landscaped gardens in the heart of the town. This medieval castle built shortly after the Norman conquest contains a model of the original castle c1300 and interpretation panels tracing the tower's history to the present day.
If we dropped into conversation that we’re a luxury, laid back country house hotel that’s played the stage to a large number of film sets, has its own polo team, and is host to the annual royal swan upping event on the back lawn would you think we’re a little barmy? With a 33 acre riverside setting, outdoor function space and a Grade II listed Gothic Mansion in Royal Windsor, we are anything but ordinary.
So what are you waiting for? Discover why The Oakley Court is the perfect backdrop for your unique event.
2 spaces | Theatre Style max capacity 250 in Stretch Marquee
The Flint Barns at Rathfinny Wine Estate provide a unique and exclusive space for meetings, team building and conferences. The Flint Barns are a ‘home away from home’ different from the usual meeting space in a hotel. Situated within the Vineyard overlooking the South Downs in East Sussex, only 90mins from London, the Barns offer spaces for meetings; break out sessions or just for thinking and talking. Home cooked, locally sourced food cooked by our in house chefs means you are superbly looked after. Accommodation is available on-site for exclusive use (mid-week only) offering 10 en suite bedrooms sleeping up to 31 guests.
2 spaces | Maximum capacity 74 (Flint Barns) 250 (Tasting Room/Winery
Tailored made for you in stunning surroundings Park House Hotel & Spa | Nr Midhurst, West Sussex
Park House hotel and spa is located in a stunningly beautiful part of West Sussex, in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South Downs National Park. It is amazingly peaceful and quiet with nothing but bird song to interrupt your thoughts. It has a unique 'home-from-home' atmosphere, having previously been the country home of the current owner's grandparents, and offers guests a superb range of traditional country house leisure facilities including grass tennis, croquet, bowls, golf course and putting green as well as indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools. It can be hired on an exclusive-use basis and tailored for any business requirements.
2 spaces | Max capacities theatre style 80
Stunning period property with acres of space Oakley Hall | Basingstoke, Hampshire
Hold your next meeting or conference here in this stunning period country property with its choice of 7 beautifully elegant function rooms combined with all mod cons such as air conditioning, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi, and a fabulous 2 AA RosSette Glasshouse Restaurant. With 50 luxurious bedrooms including 2 Four Poster Suites and a charming 3 bedroom Garden Cottage, Oakley Hall Hotel is set within 315 acres of grounds just 40 miles from London Heathrow airport and 6 miles from Basingstoke with excellent direct train links to London Waterloo.
7 spaces | Capacities of up to 106 theatre style.
For a stimulating change of scenery, let Haven Hall’s expansive sea views breathe fresh air into your Off-site Meetings, Conferences, Workshops or Board Retreats. Enjoy the welcoming elegance of the spacious gardens and meeting rooms, luxurious bedrooms and suites. Top class facilities include up-to-date technology, wifi, air conditioning, secure entry doors, gated parking, tennis court and heated swimming pool – plus sailing, kayaking, wind surfing, rib rides, jet skis, golf and shooting nearby. For exclusive use, just book all 14 bedrooms for total privacy with bespoke catering. Only 2 hours by train & ferry from London to the Isle of Wight!
3 spaces | Maximum capacities of up to 50
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