Unique & Unusual Venues to inspire
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, conference venues full of history and heritage and venues that make your delegates go WOW.
Looking for venue in Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire or Sussex, take a look below to find out more. From breakfast meetings to product launches, conferences from 6 to 150 or more, private dining spaces or venues with team building activities we can help with it all.
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.
3 Spaces | Max Capacity 120 delegates
Max Capacity 100 | 8 Bedrooms | 2/4 Bedroom Self Catering
Up to 100 delegates |169 bedrooms
3 Spaces | Max Capacity 120 delegates
BA Brighton i360
British Airways i360 is the ultimate beachfront venue in Brighton; with flexible event spaces, unique features and a futuristic observation tower designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye. Your guests will glide up gently to 450 feet in a futuristic glass viewing pod to enjoy the breath-taking panoramic 360° views. The giant glass viewing pod can be hired either as part of your event or exclusively, for receptions for up to 175 people. It has a Nyetimber Sky Bar, sound system and video screens. Guests can enjoy a glass of Nyetimber sparkling wine, a canapé reception or even a full banquet on board. The beachside event rooms are located in a separate suite and some have their own private terraces overlooking the beach.
9 Spaces | Theatre Capacity 480
Battel Hall at Leeds Castle
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
The Bodleian Libraries has a wonderful collection of rooms for your event. Dine in the magnificent Divinity School, a masterpiece of late gothic architecture with a wonderful carved stone ceiling and huge arched windows down both sides which offer a dramatic setting to your dinner. Convocation House, with its wooden tiered seating around all four sides of the room and excellent natural acoustics, is an opulent setting for presentations, meetings & drinks receptions. Blackwell Hall, situated in the Weston Library, provides a modern flexible space for awards ceremonies and large dinners. The Lecture Theatre is well lit and sleek in design, allowing your content to take centre-stage.
Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery
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
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 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.
Situated on the edge of Windsor's Great Park and nestling in 240 acres of parkland, Coworth Park combines beautiful accommodation with sophisticated event and meeting spaces. With four event spaces, all with natural daylight welcoming up to 100 guests, this luxury country house hotel provides an intimate, private and above all stunning venue for your next meeting or event. All rooms offer state of the art conference technology, AV support to ensure that your event goes smoothly and a dedicated events manager to help with those on the day questions and queries. Combine business with pleasure with the luxury spa facilities all just 45 minutes from central London.
4 Spaces | Capabilities of up to 100 theatre style
A distinctive venue in the heart of Windsor Great Park, noted for historic rooms, excellent food, modern conferencing facilities and exceptional quality of service. Cumberland Lodge has been the home of an educational foundation since 1947. A former royal residence set in the heart of Windsor Great Park, it has a fascinating history dating back to the 17th century. The stunning facilities at Cumberland Lodge are available to hire throughout the year, for a wide range of residential and non-residential events. It’s the ideal setting for conferences, meetings, retreats, away-days, professional development courses, and special events including weddings and receptions.
18 Spaces | Theatre Capacity 120 | 72 Bedrooms
The focus of The D-Day Story is the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany occupation. It is told using the personal possessions and words of the people who took part. Stunning imagery, audio-visual presentations and hands-on interactives help to bring the story to life. Based on ordinary people working together to achieve the extraordinary, The D-Day Story features the experiences of men, women and children.
The story is told in three parts, Preparation, D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, Legacy and the Overlord Embroidery. There are three main areas available to use for an event in the D-Day Story for 50-300 guests. The Deck: a large open space with doors to both ends and views from the rear to Southsea Castle. The Briefing Room: a circular room with integrated projector & screen. The Overlord Embroidery – a circular space around the impressive embroidery.
3 Spaces | Capabilities of up to 100 theatre style.
De Vere Horsley Estate
Truly magnificent is the only way to describe the elegance of Horsley Towers within De Vere Horsley Estate. Steeped in history, it was designed and built in 1820 by Sir Charles Barry; the architect renowned for designing the Houses of Parliament and Highclere Castle. Ancestral home to the Lovelace family this unique building now operates as a conference and banqueting venue for successful events in historical surrounds. The Great Hall adds majesty to any event with warm oak panels and original cantilevered roof. Discover our hidden secrets with the beautiful ornamental chapel and intricate cloisters, together with the private bar and terrace and 28 deluxe recently refurbished bedrooms. The Estate boast a further 152 bedrooms, indoor pool & gym, Steam Bake & Grill restaurant and further modern training & conferencing facilities.
Denbies Wine Estate
Based in Surrey, Denbies purpose built conference facilities and meeting rooms are an integral part of the working winery and vineyard. providing a complete range of versatile function rooms and facilities that can cater from 6 to 500 delegates. With car parking for up to 300 cars on site and located just 10 minutes from M25 at Jct 9 or 15 minutes walk from Dorking train station Denbies is ideally located for direct access from London.
Opening this spring, the Denbies Hotel will offer 17 new en-suite rooms on site enabling you to take full advantage of the wine tasting workshops, vineyard tours or regular events.
8 Spaces | Capabilities of up to 500 theatre style
Nestled amongst scenic parkland, just outside Windsor, Dorney Lake is recognised as one of the world's finest rowing and flat-water canoeing venues and hosted the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. Owned and managed by Eton College, these magnificent lakeside meeting facilities offer the perfect setting for away days, high energy team building events and conferences for product launches and parties. With bright, lakeside rooms set in picturesque surroundings, plentiful parking and a highly regarded hospitality team, Dorney Lake is located just 30 minutes from London and 20 minutes from Heathrow Airport.
God's House Tower
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
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 of 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.
1 Space | Theatre Style 60
Kent Life Heritage Farm Park
Kent Life is the perfect venue if you are looking for a digital detox. It's a really unique location for a corporate event set within 28 acres of beautiful and historic surroundings. Kent Life offers fantastic outdoor event space as well as unique and rustic village hall style meeting rooms facilities that cater for 10-90, You can even impress your guests with some hands-on animal feeding, a game of tug of war, or pig or sheep racing, tractor driving, ferret racing etc.!
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 Spaces | Theatre Capacity 100 | 20 Bedrooms
Marwell Hall at Marwell Zoo
Take a break from the norm and hold your business event in our zoo. It’s a sure fire way to create a buzz.
Conferences, Team Building Days, product launches and more– our historic Marwell Hall is based in the centre of the zoo and can cater for all types of events, with plenty of outdoor space for team building activities. Alongside our Conference packages we offer various exciting additional activities. Booking your event with us carries a range of added benefits. These include entrance to the zoo, unlimited free parking, organiser loyalty scheme and complimentary Wi-Fi
3 Spaces | Maximum Capacity 120 delegates (15 - 80 Marwell Hall/ 15-120 Lecture Theatre)
Monkey Island Estate
Monkey Island Estate opened in 2019, an exciting private island resort on the Thames. Situated on a picturesque island on the River Thames, in the historic village of Bray, with a rich history centuries old, this has been the haunt of monarchs, aristocrats and artists alike.
The two grade I listed heritage pavilions, which form the property have been completely restored and now feature 27 exquisite guestrooms and three sumptuous suites. The stately and spacious Ballroom, the graceful River Room, the intimate Spencer Suite & Boardroom offers a memorable corporate retreat or private dining space.
3 Spaces | Capabilities of up to 100 theatre style | 27 Bedrooms
Combining both sexy design and spirituality, My Brighton is a destination hotel that offers a fantastic setting for a variety of events. With its many stimulating and creative environments, that can be tailored to your very own needs. The event spaces are distinctly diverse; from cutting edge technology meeting rooms with the tools to deliver first class presentations, to the intimate rishi. Each of the areas is unique in their personality and can be effortlessly adapted to suit your business and personal needs.
6 Spaces | Theatre Capacity 50| 80 bedrooms
Oakley Hall Hotel
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
Silent Pool Gin Distillery
Steeped in history at our location on the Duke of Northumberland’s Albury Estate, the Silent Pool Distillery is a hidden gem only 27 miles from Oxford Circus and a 40 minute direct train from London Waterloo. The adaptable original distillery with hand-built copper still, stainless-steel tanking and idyllic patio overlooking the Silent Pool itself is a versatile and unique space, ideal for corporate events and meetings, private parties, and intimate gatherings. Combine your meeting with a 90 minute tasting and tour of the distillery to add a unique twist to your event. For further details email email@example.com
1 Space | Theatre Style 50
Southampton City Art Gallery
Southampton city centre
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
Sparsholt College - Conference & Events Centre
Sparsholt Conferences and Events is the perfect venue with wonderful views and fantastic flexible space for a variety of events. We have our newly refurbished purpose-built conference centre, Westley Court, as well as other flexible spaces for your conferencing and event requirements. Enjoy 450 acres of countryside to run team building activities or take advantage of the indoor facilities for ice-breakers and workshops.
3 Spaces | Capabilities of up to 130 theatre style
Located 105 metres above sea level, the architecture, unique waterfront location and 350° panoramic views over Portsmouth the Spinnaker Tower provides an impressive venue for any event. This unique venue can hold a maximum capacity of 200 for the whole tower with fine dining events held on View Deck 1 seating 100.
These unique man-made structures located in the Solent, off the coast of Portsmouth were first put in place to protect the country from a possible French invasion. Now, these two private Island hotels, No Man’s Fort and Spitbank Fort, are available for exclusive use for private events and conferences. Looking out onto the Solent with the top deck providing unrivalled sea views whilst the bedrooms encompass original features to create a stylish yet nautical atmosphere.
The Royal Pavilion & Museums
Universally acclaimed as one of the most exotically beautiful buildings in the British Isles, the Royal Pavilion is the magnificent former seaside residence of King George IV. Decorated in the Chinese taste with an Indian exterior, this Regency palace is quite breath-taking. Restored Regency gardens, tearooms, guided tours and giftshop. Tactile and signed tours by appointment. Sennheiser for the hard of hearing. The Royal Pavilion is part of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Estate. Within this estate there are various venues in which to hold corporate events, meetings, lectures and so much more.
8 Spaces | Theatre Capacity 180
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
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
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