Unique Meeting Rooms for Conferences and Events

Unique Meeting Rooms for Conferences and Events

If you want to host a memorable and productive event or conference, then unique meeting rooms might be just what you need to find! Creative meeting spaces can give a very favourable first impression, and can also be conducive to success by ensuring the right atmosphere. Why opt for something bland when there are so many unique meeting spaces to hire?

Whether it’s the decor, the facilities, the size of the space or the unparalleled views, there are plenty of quirky conference venues to choose from. And you can find them all over the land. If you want to book meeting spaces for rent with a difference, this is the guide for you.

From interesting conference venues or unique meeting rooms in London to an unusual business meeting space or cool meeting rooms in Dublin, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Manchester and more, here’s an inspiring list of fun meeting rooms across the UK and Ireland. 

9 of the most unique meeting rooms in the UK and Ireland

This list of more creative meeting rooms should give you some food for thought when it comes to spaces to rent for events and conferences! 

  1. The First Class Lounge, London

Best for keen trainspotters

  • Location: King’s Cross
  • Capacity: 18 to 35

Located at the Grade I listed Parcel Yard at King’s Cross in London, the First Class Lounge is ideal for trainspotters. Or in fact anyone who’s interested in transport history, or keen on character buildings. And those seeking unique conference rooms, of course.

High ceilings, colourful upholstered seating, station-themed decor and no-expense-spared lighting all ensure any occasion feels special when it’s held here. You can also find the Games Room and the Boardroom at the same building. 

first class lounge London
  1. Gastro Bar Private Room, Dublin

Best for serious foodies

  • Location: Dublin 2
  • Capacity: 16 to 50

Whether you want to rent a space for a party or a meeting to remember, the private room at the Gastro Bar is our top pick in Dublin. Herringbone parquet flooring, exposed brickwork and button-back leather seating give this place an unbeatable ambience. 

The Gastro bar can be found south of Temple Bar and the Liffey, and north of Portobello. This really is a stand-out venue perfect for all kinds of occasions. 

  1. The Library, Edinburgh

Best for city views

  • Location: The Braids
  • Capacity: 12 to 24

The Braid Hills – known locally as The Braids – are south of Edinburgh city centre, and offer superb views over the Scottish capital. You can find the Library here at the Braid Hills Hotel, and it’s an old school room complete with a large boardroom or dining table. 

With real books on the shelves, wooden panelled walls and classic elegance, this is one of Edinburgh’s best private meeting rooms. 

the library Edinburgh
  1. Cathedral Road Meeting Pod, Cardiff

Best for small meetings

  • Location: Riverside
  • Capacity: 4

Situated west of the city centre in the Riverside area, the Cathedral Road meeting pods are small yet perfectly formed. If you want to hold a serious tête-à-tête with no interruptions, these bright, modern surroundings are ideal. 

This isn’t the best meeting room for a large group, of course. It consists only of a small booth with comfortable padded seating, a table, a TV screen and electrical sockets. The venue is ultra bright, modern and a little different too. 

  1. The Shipping Office, Manchester

Best for local heritage

  • Location: Deansgate
  • Capacity: up to 60

If your meeting location is Manchester, then take a look at the Shipping Office. This city centre venue is convenient for Deansgate and is firmly embedded in the city’s history. It was once a 19th century textile warehouse. 

Now, the Shipping Office offers superb views over Manchester Town Hall. Step inside and you’ll find dramatic vaulted ceilings, exposed original brickwork and a vast, curving bay window. With a capacity of 60, it’s ideal for standing and seated events. 

  1. Mal 1, Belfast

Best for talking tables

  • Location: Victoria and Albert area
  • Capacity: 20 to 50

Slap-band in the centre of Belfast is Mal 1 at the local Malmaison hotel. Whether you want to sit around the table for that all-important meeting or network over a delicious dinner, this venue can accommodate. One of the top places to have meetings of all kinds in Northern Ireland. 

Though it’s also ideal for daytime use, there’s something about Mal 1 that really lends itself to intimate evenings. Albeit those seating up to 50 guests in style and comfort. 

  1. Atelier Bar, Birmingham

Best for a fresh feel

  • Location: Newhall Square
  • Capacity: 16 to 30

Japanese and Scandi style cocktail bar meets studio, combined with local character. It’s an eclectic combination, sure, but somehow it really does work. Atelier Bar is based in Birmingham’s famous and historic Jewellery Quarter. 

Expect to see arched and panelled windows, natural light bouncing off the glossy flooring and tall potted plants. It’s incredibly fresh, with practical touches like running water, cosy seating and a long, central table. 

  1. Riverboat Casino, Glasgow

Best for river views

  • Location: Merchant City
  • Capacity: up to 1,000

If it’s a large space you want, this meeting venue in Glasgow’s Merchant City district can accommodate up to 1,000 delegates. You get the whole second floor of the Riverboat Casino, and stunning River Clyde views certainly ensure the wow factor. 

The decor also makes this place stand out. Expect sparkling chandeliers, plush carpets, gaming tables and an attached outdoor balcony. 

Riverboat Casino, Glasgow
  1. Meeting Room Classic at Welbeck Street, London

Best for old school style

  • Location: Bond Street area
  • Capacity: up to 12

This compact meeting room close to Bond Street station in London is packed to the rafters with character. An original fireplace, feature wallpaper in monochrome tones plus white-painted wall and ceiling panelling help to make this place a one-off. 

The room is ideal for a small to medium sized meeting, and there are two other rooms for hire in the same building too. 

Meeting Room Classic at Welbeck Street, London

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