Top 10 Academic Venues: Imperial Venues

Event Industry News’ Top 10 Academic Venues series inspects the UK’s very best academic event spaces. These locations not only offer state-of-the-art facilities, but also unique settings, exceptional services and unparalleled venue spaces. We will feature one venue each week over the next 10 weeks.

Imperial is a premier academic venue in the capital, offering more than 100 flexible event spaces in South Kensington, one of central London’s most desirable areas.

Nestled between iconic landmarks including Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall and the museums of Exhibition Road, Imperial provides the perfect location for your delegates to explore all that London has to offer.

With spaces ranging from modern classrooms, lecture theatres and meeting rooms, to banqueting halls and an historic townhouse complete with a private outside courtyard, Imperial is suitable for a range of events including conferences, symposiums, meetings and more.


Imperial’s event venues

The Great Hall, Imperial’s largest single venue, offers tiered and flat floor seating options for over 758 delegates. Combined with the Queen’s Tower Room for networking and breakout space, the venue is ideal for large conferences. In addition, Imperial also offers a range of smaller spaces which accommodate events with as few as 10 guests and as many as 470.

Amongst the state-of-the-art classrooms and lecture theatres you’ll also find 170 Queen’s Gate, a grade II listed townhouse with private courtyard garden and period features.

Council Room at 170 Queen’s Gate

Event Services

Event organisers can also take advantage of Imperial’s professional event services including in-house catering, superb audio-visual equipment, and full event planning and management services.

Imperial offers great value on-campus accommodation from July to September each year, ideal for residential conferences. The 4* campus accommodation in South Kensington provides a choice of single, twin and double bedrooms with en-suite or shared bathroom facilities. Bed and Breakfast is also available and guests can take advantage of free access to the gym and swimming pool at Ethos Sports Centre.

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