London’s Original Town Hall
By Michèle Marriott
Part of one of London’s most iconic Grade 2 listed buildings, County Hall, which has been unoccupied since the 1980’s, has been completely transformed by etc. venues into a magnificent conference, meetings and events destination.
It boasts 43,000 square feet of space over the fourth floor – 20 rooms, including a conference room with capacity for 400 guests, and the Thames and County suites (max 900 guests),which comprise of 15,000 sq ft of connecting space and has the most idyllic, uninterrupted views of the River Thames, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.
As you walk around the perimeter of this ultra-modern space, you catch glimpses of the original architecture, such as the swirls and curls of the exterior, through the Art Deco windows. The authentic 1922 parquet flooring has been lovingly restored and there are panels of original brickwork featured throughout. There are lots of unique little touches everywhere you look – telescopes in the Thames Suite to see the view over the Thames and Big Ben more clearly, a general theme of round shapes, including huge rounds on the ceiling, which can change to any colour on the Pantone scale and the most amazing array of artwork on which to rest your eyes. The general feeling is one of a state-of-the-art events venue, incorporating cameos of its former glory.
Facilities for between 20 and 900 guests are available in a veritable smorgasbord of rooms and suites. There are first-class in-house caterers, the restaurant is open for all-day grazing and it turns into a welcoming bar in the evening. Superb tea/coffee/juice stations are scattered throughout, as is comfortable seating for break-out sessions and plenty of fabulous loos! The AV and WiFi are of the highest spec and there is a range of hotel accommodation, from the Premier Inn to the Marriott Hotel, all within walking distance.
This is a very special venue, which has a magical feel to it and I’m sure it will be a huge success. So, whatever event you’re planning – be it a small meeting, a conference, an awards dinner or a charity lunch – you need look no further than County Hall. (Charity rates are considered on a case by case basis).