IHG Business Advantage’s Unusual Conference Venues, Records and Facts infographic highlights some quirky venues in the UK. I know that when I was searching for a venue for the ‘Write on Finance’ Blog Up in Leeds, which I organised for my personal finance website,, I was looking for somewhere with a bit of character.
Below are photos and some more information on the five unusual UK conference venues featured in the IHG Business Advantage infographic.
London Sea Life Aquarium
The London Sea Life Aquarium is located in the former County Hall, next to the London Eye. Event attendees can enter along a glass walkway with sharks swimming a few inches below. The venue dive team communicate from the shark tank via underwater whiteboards. I reckon that should keep attendees alert during the presentation.
‘Happy Shark Week’ at the London Sea Life Aquarium by Harley Merrigan
I thought that the Auchentoshan Distillery, located in Glasgow’s Clydebank, sounded fun. There’s the option to add on a 60 minute Classic Tour of the distillery, which includes a dram of Auchentoshan Single Malt Whisky. the only triple distilled single malt produced in Scotland.
Auchentoshen Distillery by Alan Jamieson
Lord’s Cricket Ground
Lord’s Cricket Ground has been in St John’s Wood in London since 1814, You could go contemporary with your event held in the single shell aluminium pod J P Morgan Media Centre, which won the Stirling Prize for architecture in 1999. Or keep it traditional in the Grade 2 listed Long Room in the Pavilion.
Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground by Gareth Williams
The Royal Pavilion Brighton
The Royal Pavilion in Brighton was the lavish seaside stamping ground of George IV when he was Prince Regent. Imagine dining in the Banqueting Room underneath a massive chandelier. Or for more intimate events, you could hire the William IV room, with its hand painted Chinese style wallpaper.
The Royal Pavilion Brighton by Herry Lawfod
The Natural History Museum in London
Another venue option in London is the Natural History Museum. The Hintze Hall, previously known as the Central Hall, can hold up to 1,200 attendees. For a more active event, you can book various team challenges including using an app to play location based games around the museum.
Hintze Hall in the Natural History Museum in London