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May 2, 2006

Venues with a twist

If you're looking for something different to excite your event delegates, here are some of the most inspiring choices around: Old Billingsgate (London) This is a versatile property, allowing you to create your own style of environment whether corporate or cool. Designed by City Architect, Sir Horace Jones, and built by John Mowlem, Billingsgate Market opened in 1876 - the third market building to occupy the site since Roman times. It's now a landmark Grade 2 listed structure which was refurbished in 1988 by (Lord) Richard Rogers, one of the world's leading architects. www.oldbillingsgate.co.uk The Hospital (London) A private members club based in Covent Garden, the venue includes several bars and lounges, and recording studios. It's a very trendy event destination. www.thehospital.dreamhost.com The British Museum (London) This venue provides an extremely versatile space, offering modern conference facilities, museum galleries and the stunning modern architecture of the Great Court. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk The Bridge SE1 (London) This exclusive London venue is situated within vaulted arches beneath London Bridge Station. It comprises a series of arches and covers in excess of 2,500 sq metres.. www.thebridgese1.co.uk Cowley Manor (Cheltenham, Gloucesterhsire) A contemporary country hotel with superb spa facilities, set within beautiful gardens with four lakes and an extravagant Victorian cascade. It offers a relaxed and tranquil environment for work or play for a small select audience. www.cowleymanor.com The Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, London The Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms were Sir Winston Churchill secret wartime headquarters. They have been restored to offer a state-of-the-art venue with a 140-seat auditorium. In addition, it offers the unique opportunity to host functions for up to 350 people in possibly the most historically important wartime building. http://cwr.iwm.org.uk City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester The country's newest (completed) stadium was built exclusively for the Commonwealth Games 2002, but is now home to Manchester City Football Club. It has seven state-of-the-art suites and 70 executive boxes for hosting conferences and events. Most suites and boxes have panoramic views of the stadium. http://www.cityofmanchesterstadium.co.uk Hampden Park, Glasgow Scotland's National Stadium provides some of the finest sports facilities in Europe and is graded as a Five Star stadium by UEFA. The lounges in the South Stand offer a wide range of facilities for conferences, exhibitions, meetings, receptions, dinners and lunches for up to 400 guests. http://www.hampdenpark.co.uk Axica (Berlin) An outstanding congress centre, with breath-taking architecture, Axica provides a dynamic, creative and stimulating environment for any event. http://www.axica.de Rocky Mountaineer Station (Vancouver) A former locomotive maintenance building, the Rocky Mountaineer Station has been transformed into an exciting new event venue, providing a versatile open plan concept with vaulted ceilings. http://www.rockymountaineer.com Red Dot (Singapore) A new design museum, based in an old Police Station, Red Dot offers two flexible gallery spaces in a striking red building. http://en.red-dot.org/
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