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Top 10 Quirky Venues For Awards and Gala Dinner Events

It’s no secret that we love working with quirky venues at HGA. Somewhere unique, that will wow your delegates and not be forgotten in a hurry. Today we countdown some of our favourite creative venues from across the UK that are perfect for award ceremonies, corporate celebrations and gala dinners.

If you’re celebrating your colleagues, it’s important to find the right venue for the occasion. You need something that caters to everyone, in the right location and with an authentic wow factor that will make every guest feel special, valued and rewarded. Looking for something truly special for your next awards event? Contact our venue finders to start your free search.

1. East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf

A beautifully striking venue in the heart of Canary Wharf, the East Wintergarden is a dramatic and versatile venue. The spectacular glass ceiling offers an abundance of natural daylight and sets the stage for dramatic lighting for evening soirees. It is no wonder this venue can hold its own within the iconic towers of Canary Wharf. With a capacity of up to 1,000 people in the Main Hall, East Wintergarden is definitely both a creative and inspiring space for an awards ceremony or gala dinner.

2. Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

With a spectacular industrial heritage, Manchester is a great location for events, and what better way to celebrate this than hosting your event in amongst the history of revolution at MOSI Manchester. With focus feature exhibitions, a capacity of 300 people and a built-in digital wall that can be branded exclusively, what better way to impress your guests.

3. The Postal Museum, London

The Postal Museum and Mail Rail offers a truly unique rail journey 70ft underneath the streets of London to dine in comfort and style. This unsual space offers a capacity for up to 140 people with a bonus above ground outdoor space, perfect for drink receptions and barbeques! Highly adaptable, the Postal Museum is an impressive wow-factor venue they won’t have seen before.

4. Sefton Park Palm House, Liverpool

A beautifully restored glass house, Sefton Park Palm House is a memorable venue for any event. Equipped with an exotic botanical plant collection this grade 2 listed Victorian structure offers an impressive and unique setting for awards and gala dinners.

5. Sea Life London Aquarium, London

Sea Life London Aquarium offers after-hours event hire within the enchanting surroundings of the sea, giving guests the chance to dine among the sharks and creatures of the deep! A great alternative venue for a corporate event, the aquarium offers space for up to 750 for a party or even VIP experiences for up to 1,000 people! You can even have a professional dive team in the tank to interact with your guests during a drinks reception.

6. Roundhouse, Camden

This iconic railway shed turned performance space is one of the most well-known venues in London on account of its unique and engaging circular structure. With a capacity of up to 1,800 people, the main space is encompassed by pillared archways and can set an incredible stage for an awards dinner or employee celebration. There is an unmistakable rock and roll vibe with echoes of the massive stars who have performed over the years including Jimi Hendrix, Pharrell Williams and Britney Spears.


7. Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh

Mansfield Traquair has earned it’s name as Edinburgh’s ‘Sistine Chapel’. Situated in the heart of the city, this dramatic space boasts beautifully restored period features and a classy elegance with all of the modern conveniences you need for your event. Offering a grand and unique setting, your guests will be in awe of the incredible neo-Romanesque architecture, a perfect place for grand awards and gala dinners. 


8. Albert Hall, Manchester

Originally a Wesleyan chapel now tenderly restored to its former glory, Albert Hall sits as one of Manchester’s most unique and popular venues. Large stained-glass windows, ornate arches and grand passages create an atmosphere of wonder and admiration at this enchanting space – and the acoustics are fantastic.


9. Hangar 42, Midlands

The beauty of a blank canvas is that you can make of it as you will. Hangar 42 is exactly that. An open space in a lovely location that you can use as the foundation to create any event. Make it as vibrant and busy or as relaxed and low key as you wish. This converted aircraft hangar in the Midlands can offer the space for you to create it.

10. The Cutty Sark, London

As the last surviving tea clipper ship, the Cutty Sark makes for a historic and memorable setting for any corporate event. Thanks to an iconic renovation, the Dry Berth space runs beneath the polished copper hull of the ship and offers a versatile and impressive space. Other areas of the ship such as the Tween Deck can offer an original and distinctive drinks reception space.

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