With King Charles lll’s Coronation around the corner, here’s our pick of some Euro palatial conference event locations to provide your guests with royal treatment.
The Tower of London | London
The Tower of London, home to the crown jewels and an iconic building in England’s history, provides event spaces for hire inside its historic fortress walls. Situated in Central London in the borough of Tower Hamlets, The Tower is a 50-minute tube ride from Gatwick and Heathrow making it easily accessible for international delegates. The Tower has two event spaces: the first event space – The New Armouries – has the capacity for 150 delegates for lunch, or up to 200 theatre- style. The second room – The Reveller – is a contemporary building nestled under the Tower Bridge arches. Unlike The New Armouries, this space has a private outdoor terrace, perfect for barbeques and team building exercises. The capacity of The Reveller is 150 guests for lunch and theatre-style. If you’re looking for a capital meeting space with a beautiful and dramatic backdrop the Tower of London could be the one.
Palais Hansen Kempinski | Vienna Austria
Located in Schottenring, the famous Ring Boulevard in Vienna, the Palais Hansen Kempinski was originally built as a hotel for the World Exhibition in 1873. Today, you can hire its ballroom, award-winning restaurant, and Henri Lou room for decadent and stylish events. A 40-minute drive from Vienna International Airport, the central location is minutes away from Vienna’s most central attractions, making it a perfect location for international travellers and opportunities to sightsee.
Its maximum capacity of 265 in dinner and theatre-style can also be arranged into a 229 capacity dinner table setting. Recognised as one of the Top 100 Venues by the Global Venue Rank in 2016 and a member of Prestigious Venues, Palais Hansen Kempinski truly is fit for a king.
Hillsborough Castle | Belfast Northern Ireland
Serving as the official residence of the Royal Family in Northern Ireland since 1922, this 18th century castle facilitates luxury events of all kinds. The marquee sites in the manicured gardens are the perfect backdrop for summer events and can be accommodated from day to night. Its marquees hold up to 350 people, ideal for conferences and ceremonies while providing access to the complimentary 100 acres of beautiful gardens. Inside, The Privy Council Chamber and the three State Rooms are available. The smaller Chamber hosts 18 guests – ideal for intimate meetings and presentations, whereas, the largest space, the Throne Room, holds a capacity of 120 guests and provides a great option for receptions and conferences. Just 20 minutes away from Belfast this venue is a lavish and regal backdrop for your events.
Trianon Palace | Versailles | France
Situated an hour outside Paris is a historic building which provided the backdrop to momentous modern history. The location of the signing of The Treaty of Versailles – which signified the end of the First World War – is home to an event space which holds a maximum capacity of 400 with options of a 250 guest capacity dinner or a 280 guest capacity theatre-style seating arrangement. Ornately set in the beautiful French countryside, the palace was recognised as a Winner at the Prestigious Star Awards 2020 and is within walking distance of Paris’s most famous palace, the Château de Versailles, making for a perfect team event.
Hampton Court Palace | London England
Just an hour from London, Hampton Court Palace is a symbol of Tudor History and a corporate retreat filled with majestic roots. Henry VIII’s former home after his marriage to Anne Boleyn, the venue is riddled with English history. Holding an impressive maximum capacity of 3,000 the Tudor palace has seven event spaces including The Great Hall, The Garden Room, and the Tudor Kitchens. The Great Hall serves as England’s last and greatest medieval hall, serving 270 for dinner, 400 at a reception, and 200 in a theatre-style. This magnificent room is where King Henry VIII entertained courtiers and dignitaries almost 500 years ago. The Garden Room is a more intimate setting in what would have been an Orangery-style building. Its French doors open onto the terrace and gardens offering its capacity of 120 to 300 guests to enjoy the manicured lawns surrounding the palace. The Tudor Kitchens are a statement feature of the building’s medieval roots, the main showpiece being the giant hearths which were used to cook over open fires. The atmospheric room holds 100 for dinner and 150 for a reception and can be lit with beautiful coloured lights which shine against the white stone walls.
Palacio Estoril | Cascais | Portugal
Used as the set of a Bond film, this chic and alluring palace is a showstopping venue for an event. Dating back to the 1930s, the venue has marvellous sea views and is situated 20 minutes from Lisbon and a short walk from the beach. Its event facilities hold a maximum capacity of 700 in reception-style, 400 for dinner, and 500 theatre-style. Its six event spaces include the Europe Room, the Terraces and Gardens, and the Tropical Room. Host your event by the poolside with the Terraces and Gardens package, with a reception size of 400 and a dining seating plan of 200, so your guests can bask in the sun while they work. Or if you need something more complex, the Tropical Room is the most adaptable space on offer. With a maximum capacity of 80 the room can be arranged into a dinner, reception, theatre, boardroom, classroom, U-shape, or cabaret-style to suit all your audience’s needs. The Europe room is a decadent, elegant backdrop for any meal or reception, with its four pillars dividing the room, and its six-meter-high ceilings, all draped in natural light, with a maximum capacity of 400. At this glamourous paradise location, your guests will feel like they’ve been given royal treatment.