Best UK Venue Virtual Tours
These unusually challenging business times has enforced a new way of working on us all. Lockdown. Home working. Virtual meeting. All are part of everyday business life for so many of us now. Meetings and large events are, of course, on hold. This has had a major impact on my industry, but also hindered many companies from delivering on long term plans to rebrand, relaunch and reward. And yet, Liz Taylor, CEO of TLC remains optimistic. She says: “Whilst we may not be able to stage meetings, incentive events and staff recognition occasions at the moment. We can however, plan for events longer term, when they will once again be the cornerstone to corporate marketing. There are tasks that you can do now to start that event planning process and that includes venue finding. So me and my team have chosen 5 of the best UK venue virtual tours. A unique, new tech approach to this task.
From the comfort of your home office, or kitchen table, you can still take a site visit to some of the country’s top venues. Gain an insight into what they can offer. It’s a great tool, and I hope it will help you in your event planning.
First on our list of the best UK venue virtual tours, is Manchester Central. It offers a 360 degree virtual tour of their facilities allowing guests to fully immerse themselves within the venue. This allows clients to explore whilst enabling the team at the venue to explain to you how they visualise their events happening prior to seeing the space. Not only can this be accessed online, it has also been developed for use with Virtual Reality headsets for a completely unique experience. Manchester Central offers 23,000sqm of versatile space. The venue provides a blank canvas waiting to be transformed. It offers meeting room and event spaces from 40 to over 10,000 delegates.
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The Lowry Hotel
The iconic five-star Lowry Hotel in Manchester was the first venue and hotel in the UK to use All Seated Vision. All Seated is transforming the industry with digital planning tools and enhanced visualisation of different venues and event spaces. IT creates floor plans and can design a room in order to match a vision. Using All Seated allows venues to work alongside clients virtually. All information is stored in one designated place and is accessible from anywhere at any time. The platform also allows venues to demonstrate in a more creative light. They are able to showcase the room by adding in furniture and décor, rather than simply showing guests an empty space. This is often difficult for clients to visualise. It makes the event planning process much more efficient, as it eliminates the need for numerous site visits and meetings at the venue. The Lowry Hotel offers a variety of meeting and conference rooms, private dining spaces and a Grand Ballroom event space which seats up to 300 guests.
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Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester
Manchester’s newest hotel on the scene, recreating the New York City vibe, opened a couple of months ago. They are already offering a 3D virtual tour of the hotel and event space. Opening a building during these times must have been tough. However, interactive 3D tours giveS potential clients and guests the ability to explore the available spaces in order to give an immediate picture of how special their experience could be at that particular venue. This experience should put them at the forefront of the market when the world goes back to normal, as people will know what is on offer already. Hotel Brooklyn, as well as 189 stunningly unique hotel rooms, offers a variety of different spaces. The intimate Grace & Hicks Suites with a capacity for 18 delegates boardroom style to the Grand Montague Suite which holds 60 theatre style. Brooklyn Heights is the largest event space with floor to ceiling windows giving an amazing view of the ever-growing Manchester skyline. It seats 110 in cabaret style or up to 220 guests for a drinks’ reception.
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Museum of London
If you are looking for the best UK venue virtual tours, you should look at this one. The Museum of London offers a virtual tour so that you can roam around the different spaces without leaving the comfort of your own chair. This is great for during lockdown for the obvious reasons, however, it is also useful for those clients who aren’t based in London. We organised a Christmas Party at MOL in December. This technology totally relieved all the pressure of having to multiple fit site visits in. We could immerse ourselves online rather than spending days commuting back and forth to London. The Museum of London offers a variety of conference and meeting spaces holding between 10 to 200 delegates. This included a unique event space where you walk through the Galleries of the Museum to reach the main event space, London Ellipse Hall. This main event space can hold up to 400 people in a reception style and 250 for a seated dinner.
The Bloomsbury Ballroom, London
The Bloomsbury Ballroom is another one of London’s most popular venues which offers immense versatility. It is able to host a wide range of prestigious events from corporate parties, cocktail receptions, award ceremonies, fashion shows, weddings and much more. Users are able to view the space virtually in a ‘Dollhouse view’. This allows you to zoom out and see a 3D digital image of the venue, as well as rotating it along any axis to see it from any perspective. Users can visualise the intricates of the space, as well as looking at the bigger picture. The Bloomsbury Ballroom offers three different event spaces. The Long Bar which offers a capacity of 60 standing guests. The Rose Room which holds a capacity of 250 standing guests and seats 80 guests maximum. And in addition, The Ballroom which caters for up to 570 standing guests and up to 270 dining guests.
Always preferable – seeing a venue first-hand. Whilst this is not possible, we hope our collection of the best UK venue virtual tours gives you an insight into what is available. A first step to shortlisting those that you want to visit, when the time is right. If you are still struggling, call us. We have exclusive access to some of the UK’s top venues, alongside 30 years of event planning experience.
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