By Sarah Holland, Head of Venue Reservations
Being from Bristol and often travelling to London whether for work or pleasure (normally shopping trips), I was always excited to visit the “big smoke” and see the iconic landmarks London has to offer. They still excite me even though I now call London my home.
Working in the events industry, I am like a kid in a sweet shop as there are so many amazing and iconic venues London has to offer and that I can find for my clients. Iconic buildings create that ultimate first impression for any event. They allow your guests to be taken on a journey right from the start and can create memories they will never forget (or stop talking about).
Venue Reservations, (the best venue finders) has many iconic event venues in London in our portfolio. You will not disappoint your guests by selecting any one of these iconic venues to hold your event.
Here are a few iconic London venues to give you event planning inspiration
Tower Bridge Walkways (my personal favourite)
Tower Bridge – which has stood over the River Thames since 1894 – is now recognised as one of London’s most iconic landmarks. As the most famous bridge in the world, it is also regarded as one of London’s most unique venues. The Walkways provide the perfect backdrop for any evening event.
Iconic Gibson Hall is a stunning converted banking hall perfect for all types of events and features a secluded garden. Located in the heart of the City of London, Gibson Hall has an impeccable reputation as one of the finest banqueting and conference venues in London.
Gibson Hall is an ideal venue for conferences, awards dinners, summer parties, barbecues, AGMs, product launches, Christmas parties and much more.
Cutty Sark one of the world’s most iconic ships and the last surviving tea clipper, is available to hire for corporate and private events.
There is also the exclusive opportunity to hold events both on-board and beneath the 963 tonne ship, an icon of the glory days of sail.
Cutty Sark boasts three superb locations for evening events. The ship is open for guests to explore during part of the event and, weather permitting, drinks can also be enjoyed on the Weather Deck which has fantastic views of the city.
The Dry Berth beneath the ship is the largest entertaining space at Cutty Sark. Guests will marvel at both the fantastic restoration project that now suspends the ship above the ground and its elegant design. It is a versatile space offering great opportunities to design your event beneath the impressive copper hull.
Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Guildhall in London is the seat of the City government, housing the Corporation of London. The Guildhall’s construction started in 1411. The impressive Medieval Hall is illuminated by grandiose stained glass windowpanes and decorated with commemorations to a variety of national figures including Sir Winston Churchill, Admiral Lord Nelson, and the Duke o
f Wellington. The Guildhall’s role in the City nowadays is still of enormous significance. As a venue for civil and state banquets, it provides an impressive and iconic space for conferences, meetings, receptions and parties.
Built in 1825 by the ‘Grand Old’ Duke of York, Lancaster House is a magnificently preserved building steeped in political history. It was used as a family home until the mid-20th century and many of its original features still remain.
Situated close to Buckingham Palace, this iconic building offers a majestic setting in a prestigious central location with first class facilities for all types of events and hospitality.
Lancaster House has a wide range of rooms and a large picturesque garden. Its magnificent architecture and decorative interiors provide a perfect backdrop for any occasion, from an intimate dinner to an international summit.