Increasingly more and more of our clients are asking us for ways to incorporate wellbeing into their events. And whilst there are plenty of creative ways we can help guests or delegates unwind by incorporating wellbeing into their events, choosing a venue that compliments a healthy lifestyle is a great scene setter and encourages everyone to switch off from day to day pressures.
Here are a few of our favourite wellbeing venues for events; places where you can incorporate an active agenda, a healthy menu choice or simply somewhere to relax and enjoy the views. If you’re feeling inspired by these venues or would like some help in finding a venue or ideas on how to incorporate wellbeing into your events just give us a call and we’d be happy to help.
The Secret River Garden
Nestled amongst the banks of the river Thames is the Secret River Garden, a pop-up space for summer events. The romantic riverside location feels like a little slice of the countryside whilst being only a few miles from central London. During the summer months marquees are set up for summer events and it’s the perfect spot to get away from it all with late lunches and evening BBQs. The lush gardens are perfect for a game of croquet or fun fair stalls and later on guests can discover a hidden bar in the woods or gather round an open fire. A number of creative workshops are also available such as Life Drawing, Mask Making, Dragon Boat Racing and Mindful Yoga. Perfect for 150 – 200 guests.
Illuminate Science Museum
Just opened in 2019, Illuminate is a purpose-built event space with expansive views across the capital. The new event destination has been designed to ‘mimic natural daylight’ with all profits being returned to the museum to help educate and inspire the innovators, thinkers and problem solvers of tomorrow. A panoramic window brings in city views and natural light and ensures all meetings and conferences will be productive experiences. The blank canvas venue is suitable for up to 400 for conferences and dinners and 450 for receptions. For added stimulation, why not hire it in conjunction with Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery where guests can get hands-on with real scientific experiences.
There are 250 guest rooms to choose from but this hotel is about much more than just where to sleep: with nine restaurants, private rooms, two terraces, a rooftop pool and bars all over the place, this is one lifestyle hotel where the action takes place out of the bedroom.
Formerly home to the headquarters of Midland Bank the Ned is a Grade I-listed Art Deco masterpiece, designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924. Left empty for five years, its modernisation is down to Soho House and Sydell Group who have collaborated on the design, pouring £200 million into the makeover and it has all the attention to detail that you would expect in a boutique hotel but executed on a grand scale.
The designers have incorporated many of the original features into the design with stand-out elements including The Vault Bar, a former gold bullion hold complete with 20-tonne safe door which is now transformed into a stunning members bar complete with the old safe-deposit boxes. Our eye however was drawn to the pamper bars by the pool which would be brilliant for away days or break out activities; with grooming including nails, hair, beard trimming and massages, it’s spa-heaven.
With a range of spaces suitable for a variety of events, from creative workshops to intimate dinners, castings to country wedding, you might be surprised to learn that many of the spaces in the Soho House group aren’t just for members and are available for private hire.
The Farmhouse gives out pedal bikes to its guests, or delegates can take part in a variety of active team building activities including tennis and football and in the Soho House group there are now three cinemas in the group available to non-members for press launches, screenings, presentations or conferences.
Porchester Hall & Spa
The Porchester Hall, near Hyde Park, is a majestic and elegant 1920s grade II listed, art deco building. A truly a timeless venue, guaranteed to impress your guests and perfect for award ceremonies, conferences and celebrations. The grand entrance is ideal for reception drinks and leads guests up the elegant staircase with its ornamental bronze and wrought iron banisters, striking marble walls and crystal chandelier, providing a stunning backdrop. From the stairway, guests are led through to the Main Hall, handsomely panelled in English oak and walnut, with luxurious rich crimson velvet curtains. Fascinating figurines and motifs support the main beams, while ten magnificent crystal chandeliers, adorned in gold leaf effect, hang from the superbly engraved ceiling. The oak panelled stage provides a perfect setting for bands or other entertainers and features a fantastic art deco skylight. The opulent Main Hall can accommodate up to 600 guests. In addition to the Hall, it also houses a library as well as two swimming pools and a spa. The spa features authentic traditional Turkish baths and retains many period features.
The Wellbeing Farm, in Lancashiret, is predominantly a wedding venue but if you get organised and book in advance (well in advance!) you can still book it on a key day for events or try your luck on a week day when there is much more availability. What started off as a neglected farm has been transformed into a magical venue with gorgeous views of the countryside. The main Barn has a stunning ceiling lined with silky parachutes and decorated with 4000 fairy lights in star formations, creating a stunning first impression for your guests. The Barn is an amazing blank canvas on which you can create the party of your dreams. The venue can cater for up to 170 guests when they are all sat down or 250 guests standing and they can create a variety of table plans using trestle tables alongside straw bale seating or vintage wooden chairs. Open until 1 am for music and dancing this is your perfect party area with an Indian Tipi providing the perfect chill out and chat area. Blankets and cushions accompany seating and a Kadai fire bowl for the ultimate in relaxed events.
Battersea Arts Centre
Housed in an iconic Victorian Town Hall, Battersea Arts Centre’s rich heritage, beautiful architecture and creative flair make it an ideal location for those looking for something a little different for their next event. Boasting its own private entrance, guests arrive into the stunning Octagonal Hall, with mosaic floor and stained glass-domed ceiling making for an impressive start to any event. The evocative corridors running alongside the Grand Hall allow for further storytelling as guests journey through them before stepping out into the hall itself.
The Grand Hall, beautifully restored following a devastating fire in 2015, is an event space unlike any other. With potential to hold from 100 to 800 guests in a variety of formats, the Grand Hall is as functional as it is unique. The stunning lattice ceiling, hiding an advanced technical infrastructure, and remaining original features from its rich 125 year history make it ideal for hosting events that push boundaries. Large windows surrounding the hall allow natural daylight to flood in or clients can opt to use our blackout blinds and create their own stunning lighting effect within the space.
All profits from the venue are reinvested with the objective of inspiring people to take creative risks to shape the future. The centre also runs a number of creative workshops and events aimed at increasing confidence and improving mental wellbeing.
Amber Lakes is a tranquil landscape of 450 acres, just 40 minutes from London, and offers the perfect setting to slow down.Set between two picturesque lakes, the Lodge offers a gorgeous unique venue where the event possibilities are endless. When you arrive, the lakes are hidden from view but as the drive sweeps round, the venue and site reveals itself as a hidden oasis of calm. This is a venue where you will leave your worries behind and probably never want to leave.
There’s a distinct whiff of glamour about Amber Lakes which isn’t surprising when you discover that A View To A Kill was filmed here (remember the bit when James Bond’s Silver Rolls Royce gets lost to the lake?). This luxury feeling continues into the spacious Lodge which is made from cedar and oak with expansive windows framing the breath taking views. We loved the statement antler chandelier and chairs along with the soft furnishings including cowhide chairs and leather armchairs along the 10m marble topped bar, perfect for any soirée. The Lodge can host up to 120 guests for a seated dinner and 200 for a standing reception however the capacity of the site allows for up to 500 guests for a summer event.
The venue is perfect for a range of high end events and the team are open to working with you to make your vision come to life. We can picture some fabulous summer parties here – think marquees on the lawn, wandering entertainment, funfair stalls, food stations and you’ve got your own summer festival happening.
With such impressive grounds the venue is fabulous for team building activities: treasure hunts, activities on the water (zorbing, fishing, dragon boat racing spring to mind). The venue’s extensive terraces, lawns and gardens are particularly impressive during the summer months, when Amber Lakes can be hired for both corporate and private summer parties but also works well for winter – think Alpine Lodge with plenty of fur throws.
Evolve Events team have over twenty years’ experience in producing and styling events. The team is headed up by Gary Peters who has been voted as one of the most influential people in the events industry, listed on Event Magazine’s Top 100 Club.
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