, Published by Ultimate Experience

When it comes to organising memorable, exciting, and innovative events of any kind, there’s no question about the fact that the venue is one of the most important factors to bear in mind. Your venue choice can – without any shadow of a doubt – make or break your next big event, and can be the difference between an evening of transportative entertainment, or a damp squib of a night out. Here at Ultimate Experience, we like to keep our ears close to the ground regarding the hottest venues for awards ceremonies in London, and love nothing more than checking out the coolest, most creative, and most impressive locations for these kinds of events. Why? Because awards ceremonies are all about going the extra mile, pulling out all the stops, and treating your attendees to something celebratory, rewarding, and unforgettable. They’re a chance to really give something back and show your thanks and appreciation to your employees and clients… and they’re definitely an event worthy of a show-stopping venue!

Before you get stuck into your award ceremony theme ideas, and start drawing up your plans for seating arrangements, decor, and catering options, you need to select your venue for award ceremonies in London that really knows how to deliver that wow factor. Often, your choice of venue informs a huge number of the other decisions you’ll need to make for your event – there’s nothing worse than the clash between an ultra-modern event, complete with next-generation tech displays, in a timeless and historic venue… or indeed, vice versa! Once you’ve got your venue selection sorted, so many of your other plans will start falling into place, and here in London, we’re frankly spoiled for choice.

Because our team at Ultimate Experience loves nothing more than organising award ceremonies (well, nothing except for perhaps heading along to the big nights themselves, and feeling the glow of satisfaction in a job well done), we’re proud to say we’ve got a fantastic feel for the best venues for award ceremonies that London has to offer. Being the generous people that we are, we thought we’d put together this list of our seven absolute favourite venues for this kind of event, and share with you some of the London event scene’s best kept secrets. Book these venues for your next award ceremony, and we guarantee your night will definitely be one to remember!

Old Billingsgate

  • Capacity: up to 2400 guests
  • Best for: Large-scale, impressive, and prestigious ceremonies
  • Season: Summer & Winter

Vast, beautiful, and packed full of awe-inspiring period details, it’s no wonder that Old Billingsgate is regarded by many in the events industry as one of London’s finest venues. Situated on the historic banks of the River Thames, and overlooking many of the capital’s most iconic sites, holding your awards ceremony at Old Billingsgate is a powerful statement of intent, and one which is sure to thrill your attendees.

As a summer venue, Old Billingsgate is hard to beat. Those gorgeous balmy afternoons and evenings in the heart of the city are a joy when surrounded by such elegant architecture and historic detailing. With its sophisticated riverside terrace, plethora of above and below ground rooms, and stunning AV set-up, this is one venue that simply ticks every box.

The Pavilion at the Tower of London

  • Capacity: up to 1200 guests
  • Best for: Sunny, elegant, and vibrant ceremonies
  • Season: Summer & Winter

If you’re looking to really impress and wow your attendees with your choice of venue, you can’t get much better than the gardens of one of the most famous buildings in the world. With almost a thousand years of history, the Tower of London is one of the planet’s most visited tourist destinations… but by booking the secretive, elegant, and airy Pavilion, you can steer clear of the tourists, and host an awards ceremony that’s bound to blow everyone away.Despite being part of an ancient fortress, the Pavilion at Tower of London is a brilliant purpose-built events space, which is regularly used for top receptions and award ceremonies in London. Boasting a full AV setup, HD projectors, top-notch lighting, a dance floor and much more, it’s a real gem in the heart of the historic capital. 

​City Central at the HAC

  • Capacity: up to 2400 guests
  • Best for: fun, vibrant, indoor and outdoor ceremonies
  • Season: Summer & Winter

Looking for a spectacular summer venue for an awards ceremony in London? Look no further than this purpose-built events space at the ever-impressive Armoury House, which comes complete with beautiful views, fantastic amounts of outdoor space, and a private garden for chilling out and networking in. The View is also brilliantly versatile as an awards ceremony venue, as it can feel nice and intimate when booked as a single space… but if you’re looking to supersize your next event, this venue can open up and conjoin with adjacent parts of Armoury House, in order to become a truly vast location for your big day.

​The Vaults

  • Capacity: up to 800 guests
  • Best for: Edgy, funky, immersive party ceremonies
  • Season: Winter

Unless you’ve been out of the events loop in London for quite some time, you’ll know that Old Billingsgate Vaults is (quite rightly, in our opinion) regarded as one of the best party venues the capital has ever seen. Situated beneath Old Billingsgate, and boasting some seriously impressive brickwork and even more impressive ambience, it’s the perfect venue for events of all shapes and sizes… especially those followed by some time on the dance floor!

For awards ceremonies, Old Billingsgate Vaults holds the perfect balance of urbane elegance and riotous fun such events never fail to call out for. Thanks to its amazing light and sound set up, and incredible blank canvas potential, this is one winter venue in London that simply cannot be missed.

​OXO2

  • Capacity: up to 485 guests
  • Best for: award ceremonies with an unbeatable London view
  • Season: Winter

The OXO Tower on London’s South Bank is one of the capital’s most iconic buildings, and OXO2 – which takes up the second floor of this beautiful Art Deco venue – can boast possibly the finest view in the city. As the sun sets and the lights of London twinkle over the Thames, there are few places we love to be more. For your next awards ceremony, OXO2 is a fabulous choice. It’s perfect as a blank canvas venue which can be transformed into whatever awards ceremony theme ideas you see fit.

With gallery-style spaces just perfect for a swish and sophisticated urbane event, OXO2 rightly deserves its reputation as one of London’s premier trendy venues. Thanks to its next-generation AV setup, dedicated staff, and flawless location, it’s guaranteed to make your awards ceremony go off with a real bang.

​Plaisterers’ Hall

  • Capacity: up to 500 guests
  • Best for: Elegant, classic, and formal ceremonies
  • Season: Winter

Stepping into the main events hall of Plaisterers’ Hall is something which never fails to take our breath away, and the same will be true of your guests at your unique awards ceremony at this truly awe-inspiring venue. Packed with incredible neo-classical decor, and bursting with period sophistication, this is one venue which is guaranteed to make a huge impact from the very beginning of your event until the last award has been granted.

Having hosted scores of formal dinners, receptions, parties, and a wide range of other society functions, Plaisterers’ Hall is many event organisers’ first choice of venue for when a lasting impression needs to be made. It has built up a powerful reputation on the events scene in London over the past decade, and we have no doubt whatsoever it would make a perfectly fitting venue for an awards ceremony filled to the brim with luxury.

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Here at Ultimate Experience, we’ve spent years honing our skills when it comes to developing a sense of heightened anticipation around events, even we are still learning and picking up top tips and tricks of the trade every day. If you’d like to find out how we can help your next event go off with a bang, we’d love to hear from you soon. Get in touch and find out why Ultimate Experience are considered among the best in the business.