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.


Discover hidden and enchanting venues in vibrant east London at Queen Mary University of London. With the spotlight in London moving east and with locations across the City, Whitechapel and Mile End – Queen Mary is in prime position to allow you to experience its uniquely unusual historic and contemporary space.

The iconic Octagon, (featured image), a former library with triple height book lined shelves, a domed ceiling and busts of famous literati looking down is the ideal space; hidden and providing ambience and character – it’s 450 sqm. open floor lends itself to any event needing impact and atmosphere. 

A second attraction for those seeking a larger theatre style venue is the Great Hall within the People’s Palace. Restored to its art-deco glory and with flexibility and flair built in – the venue can adapt to awards ceremonies, performance rehearsals, book launches, keynote addresses, comedy nights or cabaret and fine dining.

Should the contemporary be more on your radar; then the £39m Graduate Centre with its naturally lit 200 seat Peston Theatre overlooking Graduate Square with opportunities for outdoor refreshments during the warmer months.

In addition to amazing venues, Queen Mary also offers accommodation to support those seeking residential events or just looking for value for money accommodation close to the attraction of zone 1 London.

To find out more visit www.qmhospitality.co.uk– call 020 7882 8174 or email to enquiries@qmhospitality.co.uk


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Molly joined the editorial team in March 2019. She has several years’ experience working in broadcast and journalism, as well as marketing and PR. Past experience includes working for the BBC and independent publishing houses. If you have a story you think Molly might be interested in, please email: molly@eventindustrynews.com