17 Mar Unusual Made Easy London Tour
Last week we went on a unique venue tour that took us from Westminster to Greenwich. Hosted by Lime Venue Portfolio we had the chance to see a selection of unusual venues that all offer something a bit different for your events.
The Churchill War Rooms
We started the day with breakfast at The Churchill War Rooms. Treated to a delicious mini ‘fry up’ in the Harmsworth Room, which features an original 1940’s electric generator wall packed with switches and dials and last used in WW2. Once the wartime bunker where Winston Churchill and his advisors led Britain to victory, it’s now been turned into a museum and events space. The venue can host a variety of events from conferences to gala dinners, and is especially appealing for those interested in the fascinating history behind the Second World War.
Our next stop was the stunning Somerset House. A completely different venue to the previous, the vast array of event spaces offer blank canvas for your events. Siemens Hall in the centre of the building transforms from a daytime lobby to a grand evening dinner venue to wow any guest. The outside terrace overlooking the River Thames is also a great location to hold a summer event. And with famous celebrity chef Tom Aikens designing the menus at the onsite restaurant Tom’s Kitchen, you certainly can’t go wrong with the catering at this venue.
Further along the river we go and it’s all aboard the HMS Belfast. Again another contrasting venue! Similar to the Churchill War Rooms as we are stepping back in time to the 1940’s and the Second World War, however this venue has a very different feel. Permanently moored between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast is the most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship. All of their event spaces are reminiscent of life at sea with a contemporary update. Now a museum open to the public, anyone who holds an event here gets the opportunity to explore the ship and its incredible history.
Last destination on the tour, by far the most modern, was at the o2 and their new bar offering NY-LON. Owned by Virgin Atlantic and Delta Airlines, the bars interior reflects the luxury received on a first class service, with call bells at every booth, meaning no queuing up at bar! Fusing two great world cities, New York and London, to create a unique and uplifting environment. A great place to go pre or post-concert, whether you reserve a table or take the venue as exclusive hire, this venue is the place to wow your guests. Our favourite was the intimate meeting/private dining room located behind a very secret hidden door!