IBTM partner preview: London venues modern vs historic

As we prepare for IBTM World 2016, here’s a snapshot of some of our stand partners who offer the best in both historic and modern London venues.
London skyline, Gherkin and London Royal Palaces

London’s history stretches back over 1000 years, but the city is also home to the latest cutting-edge developments. This is reflected in the diverse offerings of the both contemporary and historic venues from our partners sharing the London stand at IBTM World 2016. In this blog we would like to introduce you to four partners offering event space with both historic and modern qualities.

Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of events, but they offer several amazing venues for something a bit different!

Captivate your delegates with the remarkable atmosphere inside the Tower of London. This World Heritage Site stands on the edge of the River Thames. It has been a part of London’s history for nearly 1000 years and has been the stage for some of Britain’s most dramatic, fascinating and surprising history. They have a range of event spaces available for up to 2000 people in the magnificent surroundings of the Tower.

Other HRP event spaces available for an unforgettable event in London include Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.


Just down the road from the Tower of London you can see the contrasting modern glass and steel building of Searcys The Gherkin. With panoramic 360 degree views around the city, Searcys is the perfect cutting-edge space to inspire your delegates.

The Gherkin is an iconic London landmark offering views from a height of 180 metres that will take your breath away. It’s available for corporate and private dinners, receptions and celebrations. The spaces can cater from as small as 30 for a dining experience up to 260 for a drinks reception.

To stay on top of the latest developments in London they have redesigned their Perrier-Jouët and Chivas dining rooms with a fresh and new look. Their revamps continue into the New Year with the transformation of their Gherkin Sky Bar, making it the perfect space for both commercial and event use.

The Langham London

Also part of London’s remarkable past is the Langham London. There aren’t many hotels that have such a long and illustrious history of hosting events as this hotel does. This legendary venue celebrated its 150th anniversary last year. The Langham can cater for anything from intimate gatherings in their state-of-the-art meeting rooms, right through to extravagant banquets.

The restored Grand Ballroom has kept all the details of its heritage, such as the delicate period details and sparkling crystal chandeliers. It has a capacity of up to 375 and offers an adjoining garden courtyard. There’s also unique dining concepts available for corporate meetings, conferences and incentives from celebrity chefs Albert Roux and Michel Roux Jr.

Edwardian Hotels London

Although it has a long history, the 5-star May Fair hotel is a contemporary hotel combining stylish glass and leather with elegant marble and gold leaf. Part of the Edwardian Hotels group, its history dates back to 1927, however in 2004 every room in the hotel was transformed and more wings and floors were added.

The elegant event spaces on offer include a theatre, meeting rooms and flexible hall space in their stunning Crystal room and Danziger suite, designed for anything from banquets to conferences.

Also part of Edwardian Hotels London, the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotels are located across London with plenty to offer delegates. The group boasts a total of 150 meeting and event spaces, and there are plans to continue growing with the opening of a new Leicester Square 350-room hotel in 2019.

For more information about our IBTM World 2016 stand partners, click here. For free advice on hosting an event in London contact the London & Partners convention bureau team.