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Inspire your delegates: Choose a unique event
space for your next conference or revent

Featured Venues 

Choosing a unique space for your meeting has a number of benefits, from boosting engagement, and increasing attendee numbers to improved networking and enhancing creativity.

 

South East England has an array of unique and unusual venues to choose from, from art galleries to zoos, cathedrals historic ships, and iconic libraries and castles.

 

MEETbeyondLondon is 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, conference venues full of history and heritage and venues to WOW your delegates

From breakfast meetings to teambuilding events to private dining solutions and product launches, below you will find spaces from meetings of 6 to conferences of 2000+ or more, 

Reaching the South East couldn't be easier, just 30 mins to 90 mins from London, with direct road and rail links.  For international visitors both Gatwick and Southampton airports are in the region, along with the Channel Tunnel and a host of international ferry ports.

MEET beyond London covers the counties of Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Sussex, Oxfordshire and Isle of Wight

Action Stations

Portsmouth

Hampshire

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Housed in the magnificent Boathouse No.6 in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Action Stations offers a wide range of facilities for conference and event organisers. The combination of a spacious auditorium, Horizon Suite and open plan first floor make it a truly unique and versatile venue. The 275 seated auditorium and 100 seated Horizon suite both come complete with video conferencing systems, perfect for hybrid events. Both spaces also feature full sound system, radio microphones and lectern. Clients can opt to add on the open plan first floor as a networking or exhibition space.

Balfour Winery

Tonbridge

Kent

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Famous for producing Balfour Brut Rosé, one of the most iconic and exclusive English sparkling wines, Balfour Winery is set within the beautiful Kent Countryside. This stunning vineyard offers a sophisticated 'Cellar Door' visitor Center which provides a unique event space for corporate and private events. Set amongst vast woodland, vineyards and orchard, the team will be able to work with you to tailor your event and provide a bespoke package to incorporate learning about winemaking, viticulture and wine masterclasses, tours and tastings.

Battel Hall at Leeds Castle

Maidstone

Kent

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Battle Hall offers seclusion and luxury with 5 en suite bedrooms and a dedicated housekeeping services.  An oak paneled dining room for up to 14 delegates with on-site chef, private lawn and outdoor terrace with direct access to the library and morning room allowing light and fresh air to flood the manor house. 

 

The Hall is part of the Leeds Castle estate offering you all the benefits of having a large experienced team on your doorstep, but in a secluded private environment.  Enjoy team building activities such golf, falconry experiences, Segway tours or take advantage of 2000 acres, the chance to punt on the moat or explore the history of the castle. 


1 Space | Capabilities of up to 14 delegates

Bodleian Libraries

Oxford

Oxfordshire

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The Bodleian Libraries provide a spectacular setting for all corporate and private events, including lectures, presentations, drinks receptions, dinners and awards ceremonies. The Divinity School is one of the oldest surviving purpose-built rooms in Oxford University. This hall was designed to impress and celebrate the University as a centre of great learning and importance. Over the road, Blackwell Hall, is a bright and airy atrium space with a colonnade overlooking Broad Street, a smooth stone floor, high ceilings and a visible gallery of books. The Bodleian Libraries continues to impress as some of the most beautiful event spaces in Oxford today.

Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery

Near Winchester

Hampshire

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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 | Capacity of up to 200 

Brighton i360

Brighton

East Sussex

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Brighton i360 is one of Brighton’s most unique beachfront event spaces with sea views and sun terraces. A variety of stunning indoor and outdoor spaces are available to hire for anything from a birthday party to a conference, a product launch to a wedding ceremony.

Chichester Cathedral

Chichester

West Sussex

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Chichester Catherdral sits at the heart of this market town half way between Portsmouth and Worthing.  The stunning Nave stretches the whole length of the Cathedral and makes for a unique space for a gala dinner, reception or concert. The Vicars Hall is a beautiful medieval banqueting space ideal for 60 - 100, the charming Eastern Arm of the Catherdral Cloisters is an ideal space for a private drinks reception or networking event  and the smaller meeting rooms ideal for interviews, team meetings or private lunches. At your request the team cater for all tastes when it comes to food, choose from working lunches to full three course dining and our onsite accommodation means your guests do not have to travel far. 

5 Meeting/Event Spaces | Max Capacity 100 | 8 Bedrooms | 2/4 Bedroom Self Catering

Cliveden House

Maidenhead

Berkshire

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.Cliveden is unique. One of the world's finest luxury hotels, this grand stately home is set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, surrounded by 376 acres of magnificent formal gardens and parkland with panoramic views over the River Thames.  From the French Dining Room to the Waldo's, the Motor House or Cellars Dining Room the 8 meeting/event spaces are each full of their own character, charm and history.  The standards set 100 years ago by Lady Astor are still rigorously maintained today ensuring the highest quality meeting or event is achieved and every delegate leaves being inspired, rejuvenated and with a story to tell.


Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower

Portsmouth

Hampshire

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For a unique conference venue or beautiful dining space, consider the exclusive hire of this stunning 18th century Grand Magazine, a gunpowder store originating from 1771. The space boasts a magnificent vaulted ceiling and beautiful Georgian wood floors that are perfect for receptions or large gatherings.

Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre

Farnborough

Hampshire

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At Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, we pride ourselves on being a truly unique venue that offers something special for every event. With a rich aviation history and contemporary architecture, we're the perfect setting for everything from trade shows and exhibitions to gala dinners. Our team of experienced event planners is dedicated to bringing your vision to life and ensuring that your event is unforgettable. The venue is known for its sleek and modern design, which offers a unique backdrop for any event.

God's House Tower

Southampton

Hampshire

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God's House Tower is one of Southampton’s newest hire spaces, and a unique venue in one of the city’s most important historic monuments. Standing at the entrance to Southampton's Old Town, this 700 year old building has been renovated to create a new arts and heritage centre which can be hired exclusively for corporate events, parties, launches and meetings, or on a room-by-room basis.    With four events spaces available set in the heart of the city it is situated just 20 minutes walk from Southampton's train station. 


4 Events Spaces | Max Capacity Theatre Style 60

Green Park Conference Centre

Reading

Berkshire

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There are several miles worth of footpaths and trails around Green Park. What better way to get your daily dose of exercise than a brisk walk on a nice day whilst on a break from your meeting? And if walking isn’t up to your speed, there are always plenty of bikes to hire.

HMS Warrior

Portsmouth

Hampshire

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The pride of Queen Victoria’s fleet, HMS Warrior offers an iconic and unforgettable backdrop for your event. Launched in 1860, her timber frame tells over 150 years of history and is awaiting your occasion to become part of it. HMS Warrior has a variety of spaces perfect for a variety of occasions from weddings and private dining through to corporate hire from 20 to 240 guests.

National Museum of the Royal Navy Galleries

Portsmouth

Hampshire

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The National Museum of the Royal Navy has 3 truly unique gallery spaces, ideal for corporate events, reception drinks, conferences and private dining experiences. Storehouse 11, home to the Nelson and Princess Royal Galleries, is steeped in naval heritage fully equipped with modern audiovisual equipment this is the perfect location for corporate events and meetings. The Victory Gallery houses our ornate collection of original naval figureheads and artefacts from HMS Victory. Split across two-levels, this space also has a balcony tucked away on the top level, with looks out into Portsmouth Harbour ideal for networking drinks and canapes.

Oakley Hall Hotel

Basingstoke

Hampshire

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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. 

Adjoining Oakley Hall’s splendid Grade II listed Manor house, is the brand new Garden Pavilion opened May 2018.  This glamorous yet versatile space has varying configurations offering a function capacity of up to 380 guests. or day conferencing up to 400 delegates.
 

9 Spaces | Theatre Capacity 106  in main house  | 400 in Garden Pavilion | 50 Bedrooms

Paultons Park

Southampton

Hampshire

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Ever danced under a rollercoaster? Ever dreamed of taking over a theme park as the sun sets? Ever wanted to network at 40mph? Paultons Park is a truly unique venue for meetings and events but with all the comforts from a traditional meeting space. We have a range of options to meet a companies needs and goals; or have the flexibility to be completely bespoke!

Pentahotel Reading

Reading

Berkshire

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One of the finest hotels in Reading, Pentahotel sits at the heart of Berkshire’s Royal heritage surrounded by castles, churches and outstanding natural beauty. Pentahotel Reading is a 206-bedroom, six floor concept designed with style and comfort in mind. At the heart is the iconic Pentalounge: part bar, part restaurant and part chill-out area, it’s an ideal place to unwind after a long day or get together to plan your next adventure.

Princess Royal Gallery

Portsmouth

Hampshire

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With capacity for up to 100, the Princess Royal Gallery at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard boasts spectacular views of both HMS Victory and across Portsmouth Harbour. The space comes complete with historic naval objects and paintings as points of interest for your guests. Opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, this venue offers a large flexible space that can accommodate meetings, conferences, receptions and private dinners during both during the day and evening.

Southampton City Art Gallery

Southampton city centre

Hampshire

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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

Southsea Castle

Portsmouth

Hampshire

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Henry VIII's Southsea castle offers a truly unique experience, steeped in history. Castle Keep - offers direct access onto the castle ramparts with views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight and is ideal for smaller intimate events, maximum capacity of 60 persons. Castle Marquee - the on-site marquee has its own bar, maximum capacity of 200 persons, 120 seated. The Courtyard - the castle's on-site restaurant provides all catering options for food and drink across the site and also has indoor and outdoor seating including a roof top bar on the castle ramparts.

Spinnaker Tower

Portsmouth

Hampshire

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With impressive architecture and unique waterfront location, Spinnaker Tower, is the venue to choose for a truly impressive and unforgettable event. The breath-taking 350˚panorama of the South Coast provides a stunning back drop for any special occasion – unmatched by any other venue. With Breakfast Hire enjoy a delicious breakfast from our selection of menus, overlooking the harbour in our Spinnaker Kitchen & Bar, before exploring the rest of the tower. Our Day Delegate Package takes place in The Clouds (our middle view deck), 105 metres above the harbour or our evening hire for up to 200 guests enjoying drinks and canapes.

The Friars Aylesford Priory

Maidstone

Kent

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The Friars, is the home of the ancient order of Carmelite Friars in England. The Friars still live here and offer peace and retreat for visitors and those who are undertaking pilgrimages. Business visitors are welcome here too. Private dining events can be hosted here in the Pilgrims Hall.

The Mary Rose Museum

Portsmouth

Hampshire

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Set in the heart of the Historic Dockyard, the Mary Rose Museum is a unique venue which will make any occasion unforgettable. All venue hire includes museum entry for you and your guests. Our Events Team will be on hand from the moment you book until the last guests leave. Your event helps fund the Mary Rose Trust, ensuring that the ship and her treasures are protected for generations to come.

Wasing Park

Aldermaston

Berkshire

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Wasing Park nestled in the heart of the Berkshire countryside offers historic buildings for conferences; beautiful grounds including the Secret Walled Garden, stunning lakes and woodlands, as well as a boutique hotel offering a unique luxurious overnight experience.


Less than an hour from London and with easy access from the M3 and M4, Wasing prides itself on offering a bespoke experience to suit your needs whether it’s a small meeting or a large company away day. There is an endless list of activities including Segwaying, quad-biking, archery and yoga. For the truly adventurous combine camping with foraging and camp craft skills! Wasing’s chef can create menus for every need, from the latest trend in street food to fine dining experiences.

6 Meeting Spaces | Castle Barn 160 theatre style | Outside venues 200 | 26 Bedrooms

Winchester Cathedral

Winchester

Hampshire

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Located within an hour from London, there can be few more evocative venues for your event than Winchester Cathedral, widely regarded as one of Europe’s finest medieval Cathedrals.  Whether you are planning a conference, meeting, client dinner, drinks reception, summer or Christmas party; you will find a venue option to suit the size and style of your event.

 

Many of the venues offer stunning views of the majestic Winchester Cathedral, from the beautiful Orchard Garden Marquee and Refectory to the contemporary Wessex Centre and Paul Woodhouse Suite. For more intimate events, the medieval Undercroft provides a quaint historic setting. Private group tours of the Cathedral can also be arranged to further enhance your guests’ experience.


5 Spaces | Capacities up to 600 delegates

Winchester Guildhall

Winchester

Hampshire

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Only an hour away from London, 11 miles from Southampton Airport and a short walk from Winchester Train Station, the Guildhall boasts an attractive and convenient location in Winchester City Centre. Built in 1871 and opened in 1873, the Guildhall has a rich history which is shown through the historic event spaces, uniquely named rooms and beautiful architecture. The Guildhall has 12 event spaces suitable for 2 – 600 event attendees and is perfect for a range of events including conferences, meetings, exhibitions, product launches and training events as well as weddings and private hire.


12 Spaces | Capabilities of up to 500 theatre style

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