Unique Event Venues in the UK
Updated: May 18
With events back on the cards for Summer 2021, we know that event organisers are looking to plan something showstopping to celebrate. Gone are the days of boring boardrooms and underwhelming conference venues; instead, planners want unusual event venues that their guests will remember forever.
But what makes an unusual event venue? For some, it's history. For others, it's the potential that a space has to be transformed into something magical. Either way, the UK is brimming with beautiful venues that would be perfect for your next event.
Not only will hosting your event at a unique venue make it more memorable for your guests, but it can also attract significant media buzz, and help you create content for your social media channels too.
In our opinion, now is the perfect time to ditch your usual conference venue and find something more exciting! We've taken our collective experience in wedding and event planning, and rounded up our favourite unique event spaces for hire in London and the UK. Whether you're after a historical building, a converted mill or even something a bit more au-naturale, we've got you covered.
Unusual Venues in London:
London Transport Museum
If you're looking for a venue that your guests will never forget, the London Transport Museum provides a unique setting for many types of event. From private dining to drinks receptions to awards evenings, the Museum Galleries provide a colourful backdrop that is sure to impress. They also have spaces that are perfect for conferences and seminars, so it works especially well for all-day agendas, as well as being a central location that is accessible for all.
Battersea Power Station
Not one that would immediately come to mind when looking for an event space, the Battersea Power Station has a whole host of quirky meeting and events spaces available for groups of all sizes. From a boutique cinema for up to 24 people, to Battersea brewery, which can accommodate up to 80 guests seated. Each space has super-cool decor and unusual features, making it perfect for any type of event. They also have beautifully designed meeting spaces for smaller and more intimate groups, which make a great option if you want to get out of the office and find somewhere that will get your creative juices flowing.
Victorian Bath House, London
This hidden gem dates back to 1817 and will be sure to get your guests talking. Although it doesn't look like much from the outside, the Victorian Bath House is an opulent underground building that is brimming with personality and period features. It has space to host up to 90 guests sitting down, or 150 for a reception-style occasion. We're thinking a 20's style cocktail reception would work fabulously! There's really very little required when it comes to the decor as this venue is so unique, and it works perfectly for prestigious events and special occasions.
Treehouse Hotel London
Who says you can’t mix work and play? With an indoor-outdoor roof space, iconic views of the city skyline and decor that is to-die-for, the Treehouse Hotel in London is the perfect backdrop for super-cool events. What's more, the extensive food and drink offerings are beautifully presented, so you can be sure your guests will be snapping pictures for their Instagram.
Unusual venues in the UK
Kents Cavern, Cornwall
We bet you've never considered hosting your event in a cave?!
It might take a bit more imagination to bring it to life, but this unique event space offers an underground experience like no other. With both small and grand event spaces available and a fully stocked bar, if you're looking for a quirky venue in the South of England, this one's sure to be one your guests will remember. With the magic touch from our event planners, these caves can be transformed into an ambient event location that will be remembered for years to come.
Le Petit Chateau, Northumberland
This exclusive-use French-inspired building is a place of both fun and fantasy. They specialise in one-of-a-kind weddings and events, and have both indoor and outdoor spaces available for hire (you should see the Mediterranean inspired gardens!) Whether you want an intimate wedding or a full-scale award dinner, Le Petit Chateau can do it all, and it's certainly a venue like no other.
The Abbeydale Picturehouse, Sheffield
This is the perfect blank canvas for quirky large-scale events in the North of England. Beautifully retro, this venue offers a spectacular auditorium and a four-storey high tower, giving you the perfect canvas for planning a quirky event. With a bit of imagination, this space could be transformed into something truly magical.
The Compound, Birmingham
It doesn't get much cooler than this one! The Compound is a creative event space in a former textile factory. The space is not only huge but incredibly versatile, with many balconies and mezzanine floors, as well as a cinema, art studio and bar which are all located across multiple levels. It doesn't take much imagination to work out how this beautiful space could be brought to life for parties, conferences or weddings.
Looking for an unusual venue and need a helping hand planning a memorable event? Our team would love to help! Our team of conference organisers have extensive venue knowledge and with their little black book, we’ll be sure to find a selection of venues that would be perfect for your event!