12th August 2015

Conferences aren't what they used to be. And though they may have been hot, sticky affairs with your bog standard talks, now they're something completely different.

They're multi-sensory. Interactive. Social. There might be a 3D hologram, live interaction, real-time feedback, segways, iPads, live tweeting, smart seating, digital networking - the list goes on.

And London's venues are leading the way in this revolution. Here are five of the best.

1. Flux Innovation Lounge


Tower Hill

So here are the segways we were talking about. Segways with iPads attached to them, to be precise. 'Innovation' is literally this venue's middle name, and is a brand new addition to the London events scene, inspiring conferences with both the atmosphere and technical facilities to innovate. There's even a robot.

And after the main event, this venue is easily adaptable into a drinks and networking space, helping your guests to unwind and connect face-to-face with other guests.

2. The Showroom Presents...

Fulham Broadway

You wouldn't expect one of London's most technologically enhanced venues to be nestled in the leafy suburb of Fulham Broadway. But that's where The Showroom Presents... is. It's got a giant cube that's made out of 'smart glass' that can frost up like magic, creating a completely private environment, and then magically un-frost to let in all the light.

There are 23 rotating display units, a giant fish tank and an expansive glass front, meaning that this venue is doing all kinds of amazing things with light. It's home to some of London's most exciting conferences.

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3. IDEALondon

Liverpool Street

With a 'living wall' - that's an indoor vertical garden (you can see a bit of it in the photo) - IDEALondon is literally turning the idea of a conference venue inside-out.

Once again, the word 'innovation' is literally in their name - 'IDEALondon' stands for 'Innovation and Digital Enterprise Alliance London'. They're designed to fuel new commercial enterprises, especially exciting startups, and inculcate this into their amazing interior design.

There are 'meeting pods' - multi-functional private meeting spaces with Digital Media Screens - and comprehensive IT connectivity throughout the venue. It's hub for new ideas.


4. Battersea Evolution

Battersea Park

Battersea Evolution stakes a fair claim to being London's most versatile and flexible events venue, and that's partly due to it's 6am-6am tenancy period, and the expansive blank space inside that can be transformed into whatever you've dreamt up for your event.

But it's also because of the impressive facilities, the unimpeded space and the central location. It's transferring the creative power from the venue back to you, the event planner.

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5. Studio Spaces E1


Transformed from a nightclub, this venue has all the energy of high-spirited events, but has decided to apply them to conferences. It's seen everything from break-dancing demonstrations to glowing alien mannequins (yeh, we're not sure what that was about either) - and it's all showered in natural daylight from windows that open out to a cobbled street.

Its unique brand of energy, luxury and stark beauty makes it a whole re-conception of what a conference venue can offer.

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