England's iconic conference venues

Mar 31 2014, 16:14 IST
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The recreated dining room for servants has an interesting ambience and is often hired for small group meetings. The recreated dining room for servants has an interesting ambience and is often hired for small group meetings.
SummaryThe cities of Bath and Bristol have many iconic MICE venues offering bespoke experiences

Within three hours from London, are two destinations in England that are well positioned for MICE events with unique venues that are as diverse as interesting. Bath and Bristol are two cities that might be just a 15 minute train ride away, but as destinations both offer distinctively different attractions that remain quintessentially English. The many historic locations of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath are venues that will find no match anywhere else in the world – in terms of the atmosphere and character of the place, which are perfect for intimate high level meetings. For a city that takes great pride in its historical architectural legacy, there is no dearth of interesting offbeat locations for holding conferences with modern facilities.

The Grade 1 listed Assembly Rooms dating back to 1771, can host events of varying sizes. Its many halls (Ball Room / Tea room / Octagon / Card Room) can accommodate large events in its Ball Room, while the Tea Room can host smaller gatherings. Impressive crystal chandeliers dominate each room, lending a touch of grandoise to any event. The Fashion Museum that is also located in the building, is an absolutely unique location for a drinks reception or product launch. The museum has one of the finest collections of garments in the world – from the Victorian era to modern times (including dresses worn by Princess Diana), and rest assured there can be no shortage of conversation points here.

While thousands of visitors throng the Roman Baths during the day, from seven pm onwards the 2000 year old site can turn into an almost surreal location for hosting a reception. The Pump Room that is a fashionable restaurant in day time, famous for its afternoon teas, is a dinner venue of distinction for a corporate event. Catering at Pump Room and Assembly Rooms is done by well known catering company Searcys and a lot of meticulous focus goes into the client's requirements for an event.

Located in Sydney Gardens, Holburne Museum is rented out only for bespoke experience. With its enviable collection of rare artefacts – from Renaissance masterpieces to porcelain, miniatures, gems, and other bric-a-bracs, it is an ideal location for corporate events with few delegates. While a large section of the exhibits are on permanent display, the museum also holds many temporary exhibitions, so for

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