If you are looking for an exclusive venue for your next business event, London has such a wealth of fabulous choices for every possible occasion that sometimes it can be hard to take it all in. And while it’s tempting to stay in Central London for ease of transport and its undeniably impressive history, don’t forget that London’s outer boroughs have a charm all their own.
I’ve teamed up with some friends and decided to head to the southwestern corner of the capital to explore the delights of the Royal Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames. Bowled over by the beauty of Richmond Park and the glorious riverside locations in the area, we discovered some true gems that would be perfect for the most sumptuous of corporate events to fit in with any company image or style. Here are some awesome venues for conferences in Richmond-on-Thames.
Set within the heart of Richmond Park and with spectacular views over the Thames Valley, Pembroke Lodge is an exquisite Grade II listed Georgian mansion that has been beautifully restored and now provides luxurious facilities for corporate events.
On the ground floor, The Belvedere is a purpose built banqueting suite that can accommodate up to 140 seated guests. A large outside terrace offers stunning views over arguably London’s most beautiful park, and beyond. On the first floor, The Russell Suite provides seating for 70 guests in an elegant and private setting overlooking the gorgeous leafy setting.
Pembroke Lodge is popular for all kinds of business functions – from meetings and private lunches to lectures, conferences, charity events and corporate dinners.
There’s WiFi, a full PA system and AV points, and full bar facilities are available. Parking for up to 250 cars is provided.
Are you searching for that relaxed creative vibe or boho setting for your next business dinner or media event? It doesn’t get more hippy chic than Petersham Nurseries! Famed for its beautiful nursery plants as much as its fine cuisine, this venue is tucked away in beautifully curated glass houses just a stone’s throw from the River Thames. It’s a tranquil oasis offering fine private dining at mix and match antique tables and amongst flowers and plants or al fresco.
Perfect for an intimate business launch, corporate lunch or unforgettable dinner, this quirky green venue is proud to be in tune with nature and positive living. The café/restaurant is available for exclusive hire for up to 120 guests, and there are various hire packages to suit every requirement.
This grand, historic National Trust property is set beside the River Thames and claimed to be “unique in Europe as the most complete survival of 17th century fashion and power.”
An idyllic setting for all kinds of events and business functions, product launches or gala dinners, Ham House and Garden is also popular as a film shoot location. Recently, it was the location for Anna Karenina (2012) and A Little Chaos (2015). Marquee receptions can be held in the 17th century walled kitchen garden, with exceptional catering provided in partnership with Rhubarb.
4. The Bingham
A wonderful Georgian townhouse, The Bingham is perhaps one of London’s most unusual hotels. “Quality boutique hotel, destination restaurant and sun filled cocktail bar in one, the Bingham makes excellent use of the riverside location by Richmond Bridge,” says the Time Out London Guide.
There are 6 contemporary style Garden Rooms – all with state-of-the-art technology as well as riverside terrace access – that can be used in many configurations to provide event space for 5-150 guests. The venue is well-suited for meetings, conferences and media events, as well as outdoor occasions including garden parties, receptions and dinners.