Why choose Westminster for your next meeting or conference?

The venue you choose can have a big impact on the success of your event. From conferences to training, the location and facilities set the tone for the day and can influence the productivity of your get-together. Choosing the perfect location can be tricky. To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together a list of reasons why Westminster makes the ultimate destination for your events, both large and small.


The City of Westminster is world famous as a site of historic and political importance. Surrounded by stunning architecture, including the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Cathedral, Westminster is the heart of London.

With so much cultural and historical significance, Westminster cannot fail to add a sense of prestige to your conference or meeting. When it comes to training events, choosing Westminster as your location can highlight the importance of the day and demonstrate the company’s values and aspirations.


Being central in any city has many great advantages, even more so in London. For a start, Westminster is incredibly easy to get to, with links via road, tube, bus, or on foot. An easy-to-reach venue is a big bonus for conference guests, many of whom may have had to travel large distances to attend. Unexpected difficulties could make it hard for staff, delegates, or meeting invitees to reach a venue located far from transport links, wasting you valuable time and money. With a venue in Westminster, access won’t be an issue.


Being in London has many benefits. Westminster is a cultural hub in which art, shopping, dining, performance and entertainment collide. You’ll find a range of different experiences through the area and with easy connections to other parts of London, all tastes are catered for. From fine dining to theatre, shopping to music, Westminster itself provides plenty of opportunities to keep delegates amused.

This flexibility allows you to combine other activities with your event. Conference delegates will enjoy the local area and the entertainment, sights and tastes on offer add another great benefit to your promising conference package. Staff can end training days with a meal out, helping to build team spirit and once formal meetings are over, a more casual sightseeing trip can be an effective way to close a deal.

Choosing your venue won’t be hard

Once you have settled on Westminster, you’ll need to choose your venue. Believe it or not, this is the easy part. With The Westminster Collection, you can find out information on some of the area’s leading venues, all from our website. You can even send your request for a quote to multiple venues at once, taking the hassle out of finding the perfect place for your conference, meetings, or training days.

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RSVP now to secure your attendance at London’s finest event venue showcase, The Westminster Collection’s ‘Destination Westminster 2014’, this year being held at the iconic BAFTA 195 Piccadilly. Famously the home of British film, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly is looking forward to opening its doors to event planners from all across London and beyond for a productive morning of networking, event planning and conversation with 43 of the city’s most celebrated venues, available for corporate or private hire.

Exclusively promoting venues within central London’s City of Westminster – which encompasses Pimlico in the south, to Regent’s Park in the north and from the borders of Kensington in the west, to Covent Garden in the east – guests of this enjoyable breakfast networking event can look forward to discovering luxury hotels, world-renowned conference centres, training facilities, historic institutes and societies, celebrated attractions, galleries, museums and private members clubs.

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QEIICC commences £12m refurbishment on a high with revenue 143% ahead of target

As extensive refurbishment works gain pace at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (QEIICC), the iconic meetings and events venue is demonstrating its dependability as an events destination with enquiries tracking 26% up in quarters one and two of 2014 compared with the same period last year. Operating surplus is 143% ahead of the year-to-date target.

Conferences incorporating catering and exhibition space are generating the highest number of enquiries, followed closely by requests for receptions, awards dinners and meetings. A stellar performance across all departments in June 2014 has seen the QEIICC exceed target by 143%, a figure reflective of 98% occupancy. Room hire generated revenue higher than ever achieved in a single month in the venue’s 28-year history.

Similar success is visible with the QEIICC’s in-house audio-visual service ‘Interface’, which has surpassed its budgetary forecast for June, achieving its highest ever revenue in a single month. This reflects an integrated approach to meeting event organisers’ needs, with clients opting to invest in the expert audio-visual consultancy and facilities available on-site.

The QEIICC’s catering partner Leith’s continues to demonstrate excellence in its delivery of on-trend, bespoke food and beverage solutions to discerning clients, seeing concessionary catering revenue increase by 83% in June compared with the same period in 2013. It’s the best performing food and beverage sales month in Leith’s 28-year partnership with the QEIICC. Clients can now look forward to the September launch of the brand new Executive Lounge within the Sanctuary Foyer, a stylish café lounge serving delicious cakes and snacks, light lunches, barista-made coffee and bar service.

Speaking of the QEIICC’s strong performance, chief executive Mark Taylor said: “This excellent team and business performance continues to suggest that the market is maintaining its recovery and we’re feeling very positive. Our client feedback continues to be exceedingly impressive with many positive comments and high satisfaction ratings. Overall client satisfaction for the last quarter was 98%, so I’m delighted not only with the volume of business we’re enjoying, but with the exceptional quality of our delivery too.

“We’re recognising our diversity and our capabilities and our capital investment programme is a clear indication of our move to re-energise and future-proof this iconic meetings and events destination.”

Works commenced on site on 19th July, with the centre set to reopen on 1st September.