Victoria Station, which offers connections to all city destinations via its three London Underground lines, is at the center of the Victoria area. Victoria Street itself runs for nearly a mile from the station to Parliament Square, Big Ben and the River Thames. Victoria and the surrounding area have a selection of hotels in the luxury bracket, some of which offer meeting facilities, and while there also some budget hotel options, none offers meeting space. Other attractions near Victoria include Buckingham Palace and the green spaces of St James’s Park.
Thistle The Grosvenor, London
Set in an imposing Victorian building with marbled original interiors, the Grosvenor, London, is a two-minute walk from Victoria Station. The hotel has 12 meeting rooms with two capable of holding up to 200 people. Other rooms are suitable for board meetings and the hotel can provide catering. The on-site Grosvenor Brasserie offers an international menu in a room with wood paneling, and traditional English afternoon tea is served in the Grosvenor Lounge. The Art Deco Apollo Victoria Theatre, which stages musicals, is a five-minute walk from the Grosvenor.
Just off Victoria Street and a short walk from the station, the luxury Goring Hotel is housed in an Edwardian building from 1910 with gardens in formal English style to the rear. The hotel hosts business meetings in its four private dining rooms, which can accommodate from four to 40 people. Lit by Swarowski chandeliers, the on-site Dining Room serves traditional British cuisine. Drinks and afternoon tea are served on the veranda, overlooking the garden. The Goring is a five-minute walk from the daily changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Sloane Square Hotel
The Sloane Square Hotel, set in a 19th century building on one of London’s most fashionable squares, is a 15-minute walk from Victoria. The hotel’s Sir Hans Sloane meeting and conference room can accommodate 14 people around the boardroom table and up to 30 people in theater-style seating. The hotel’s Chelsea Brasserie offers a contemporary French and international fine dining menu. If you enjoy upmarket shopping, Sloane Street, just around the corner, has a fabulous range of international brands, including Gucci, Prada, Gorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton.
Crowne Plaza London-St James
Located in a well-preserved Victorian building with an interior courtyard garden, the Crowne Plaza London-St James is a few minutes’ walk from Victoria Street. The hotel has 21 meeting rooms and can cater conferences, seminars and presentations involving up to 250 attendees. There’s a 24-hour business center open Monday through Friday. The hotel has three restaurants: Bistro 51, serving traditional European and British cooking; Bank Westminster, offering modern British dishes; and the fine-dining Quilon Restaurant, which boasts a Michelin star.
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