De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms

This glorious grade II* listed building, dating back to 1775, is in a super location in central London. Refurbished in 2017, it offers absolutely masses of, impressive and flexible, meeting spaces as well as seriously excellent value for money throughout. The jewel in its crown is the magnificent Grand Hall which can hold 550 pax for a seated dinner or 750 in theatre style and can host any event you could every think of – wow!

Address: 61-65 Great Queen St, London WC2B 5DA
Website: www.phcompany.com/de-vere/grand-connaught-rooms/
Conference Sales Contact: Fatma Demir
Tel: +44 07557 459 835
Email: fatma.demir@devere.com

Distance & time from nearest airport: Heathrow is located 23 miles (60 minutes) away by car. Gatwick is located 28 miles (70 minutes) and London City is 9 miles (45 minutes)
Distance & time from nearest railway station: Holborn & Covent Garden are located a 5- minute walk away, thus linking to the whole of the London train network
Official star rating: n/a

      

      

          

      

Grand Connaught Rooms is part of the Principal group, of which there are 5 sister properties in central London as well as 37 others throughout the rest of the UK. Opportunities are shared among the group, so it may be that one of their other venues could help you if Grand Connaught Room are already booked for your preferred dates etc. This is really useful, allowing them to offer even more flexibility to clients.

The first thing that hits you as you approach the venue is the very grand entrance that would definitely wow your clients. It is also worth pointing out that it’s in a brilliant location, in a side street, right in the centre of London – literally 3 mins walk from either Holborn or Covent Garden tube stations.

As you enter the property you are greeted by the main reception desk, from here you will be directed to your meeting room – there are also lots of signs including two electronic signs, so you should have no problem heading off to your meeting.

Grand Connaught Rooms is split into three interlinking sections – the west wing, the central wing and the east wing. These are all accessible from the ground floor or the 2nd floor – each wing has its own elevators

If required, the lobby area can be used for registration or as a way of branding your event – subject to other meetings going on in the building. The thing that dominates the lobby is the glorious staircase that leads to the Grand Hall but more about that later.

Just at the moment, the venue is also running a fantastic promotion called Showtime Rewards. This is their way of rewarding events people for all enquiries and bookings that come into them. They are offering cinema tickets for every enquiry placed across the group – agents will receive one free Odeon cinema ticket and corporate bookers will receive two! There’s also some fab rewards once you make a booking – you earn 1 point for every £1.00 spent (although in May they are offering double points for every £1.00 spent – wow!) – which can be redeemed at places such as John Lewis, Amazon and High Street gift cards. For more info: www.phcompany.com/showtime

Parking: Although there isn’t a car park at the venue, guests can use the Bloomsbury Car Park, located 10 mins walk away and receive a 50% discount
Coach / Bus Pick-up Location at hotel: Coaches can pull up and drop off right outside the main entrance to load / unload your groups.
Number of floors: 5
Business centre: Not specifically but most things can be done by the front reception desk
Wi-fi: Yes, free hi speed access throughout – very easy to log in.

RESTAURANTS & BARS
There is a fab little cafe bar directly in the venue lobby called ‘Burr & Co’ which is the venue’s signature coffee shop – open to the general public and delegates alike, you can enjoy high-quality ethically-sourced coffee, tea, juices and soft drinks, plus cakes and pastries.

The main restaurant for delegates is the Tempus restaurant, located on the 2nd floor – which can serve 250 diners a buffet lunch in its main room and small overflow areas. With hot and cold food on offer, it works really well and is very used to handling the big numbers that this venue can host. If you prefer, working lunches can also be delivered to the event suite or breakout area.

MEETING / CONFERENCE ROOMS
To put it quite simply, the Grand Connaught Rooms has a terrific amount of flexible meeting rooms of all sizes. It is especially blessed with medium sized rooms of around 100 delegates – of which there are 5 in the property, which is fantastic. And then there’s a couple of areas, containing 4 or 5 rooms in each, which are perfect for self-contained conferences, training meetings or assessment days etc.

The headliner of this venue just has to be the amazing Grand Hall which definitely lives up to its name, in both size and splendour. Benefitting from super-high ceilings and an entrance via a really elegant staircase, it really is wonderful. In terms of its size, it can hold groups of 750 in theatre style, 550 for a seated dinner and offers amazing flexibility for social events, product launches, film premieres etc. If you haven’t seen it yet then you really should – you’ll love it.

Loading access for your AV teams is straightforward too with a goods entrance round the back of the building, allowing a more discreet delivery of equipment.

It is also worth pointing out that Grand Connaught Rooms (and all other properties in the group) are currently offering a fabulous promise called ‘Smart Space’ which is made up of nine fantastic service features, namely: Inspiring outdoor spaces, Easy booking service, Experiences to savour, The right environment, Tech savvy support, More rewarding, Personal conference host, Breakout with Burr & Co coffee, and Health Body & Mind Experts.

They also offer a fantastic small meeting package in London for £500 which includes: full day meeting room hire, access for up to 10 attendees, unlimited refreshments and lunch from the Burr & Co coffee shop – for more info on all of this: www.phcompany.com/smart-space


Upper Ground Floor Meeting Rooms

Great Hall
This historic room (dating back to 1880) is a fantastic meeting space and offers many options for your clients. Not only is it huge and in perfect condition, but it’s also very grand with a wonderfully high and ornate ceiling. You enter via a very grand staircase which can be branded or themed to suit your event – offering a real wow factor! Once inside, the room is suited to large conferences and, especially, to group dinners – another added bonus is that when you hire this room, you also get the adjoining Balmoral room totally free. Another feature of this room is smart lighting (controlled by iPad!) which allows you to adjust the lighting in the room to match the exact colour of your clients’ branding. We love the grand Hall!

Natural light: No
Size: 476.61 Sq.M
Drinks Reception: 1000
Theatre: 750
Classroom: 315
Dinner: 540
Boardroom: 120 
U-shape: 120
Location: Upper Ground Floor
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Balmoral
The Balmoral is located on the Upper Ground Floor and comes free when you hire the Grand Hall (which it sits right next to). Perfect for small conferences in its own right or as a location for pre-dinner drinks or organisers room, this is a really useful room.

Natural light: Yes
Size: 220.6 Sq.M
Drinks Reception: 500
Theatre: 200
Classroom: 100
Dinner: 150
Boardroom: 50 
U-shape: 50
Location: Interlinked with Grand Hall – Upper Ground Floor
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Presidents
Again, this room is adjacent to the Grand Hall and is really good to use as a green room or organisers office.

Natural light: Yes
Size: 41.3 Sq.M
Drinks Reception:40
Theatre: 30
Dinner: 20
Boardroom: 15 
U-shape: 15
Location: Upper Ground Floor
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Empire
Natural light: Yes
Size: 66.01 Sq.M
Drinks Reception: 40
Theatre: 40
Classroom: 20
Dinner: 40
Boardroom: 20 
U-shape: 20
Location: Upper Ground Floor
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR


1st Floor Meeting Rooms

These rooms are accessed by the fabulous main staircase which connects them to the upper ground floor. The Drawing room is fantastic and very bright. A perfect place to hold a registration desk, or drinks reception and is centrally located in between the Edinburgh and Cambridge rooms. The Edinburgh is a medium to large sized meeting room in its own right, being able to hold 300 pax in theatre style with the Cambridge a lot smaller, holding up to 50 pax.

Drawing Room
Natural light: Yes
Size: 178.16 Sq.M
Drinks Reception: 200
Location: Upper Ground Floor next to Edinburgh
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Edinburgh
Natural light: Yes
Size: 311.7 Sq.M
Drinks Reception: 400
Theatre: 300
Classroom: 150
Dinner: 250
Boardroom: 60 
U-shape: 60
Location: Upper Ground Floor linked with Drawing Room
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Cambridge
Natural light: Yes
Size: 55.3 Sq.M
Drinks Reception: 50
Theatre: 50
Classroom: N/A (24 cab)
Dinner: 30
Boardroom: 24 
U-shape: 20
Location:1st Floor West Wing
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR


2nd Floor Meeting Rooms
These 2nd floor meeting rooms offer various room options for your group. The largest room is the Cornwall, which can hold 300 pax in theatre style – perfect for all manner of different conferences, networking, exhibitions and much more. It is worth pointing out that the Crown room was the first dedicated meeting room that the Freemasons used and since has been host to many famous figures throughout history – including Darwin, Charles Dickens and many others.  The 2nd floor is also home to the Tempus rooms which are used as a restaurant for group lunches and other catering requirements – including a private dining room, which can hold 250 pax.

Cornwall
Natural light: Yes
Size: 314.2 Sq.M
Drinks Reception: 400
Theatre: 300
Classroom: 150
Dinner: 250
Boardroom: 60 
U-shape: 65
Location: 2nd Floor interlinked with Crown room
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Crown
Natural light: Yes
Size: 178.7 Sq.M
Drinks Reception:220
Theatre: 120
Classroom: 80
Dinner: 140
Boardroom: 40 
U-shape: 40
Location: 2nd Floor interlinked with Cornwall
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Coronet
Natural light: Yes
Size: 71.8 Sq.M
Drinks Reception: 80
Theatre: 50
Classroom: 20
Dinner: 30
Boardroom: 20 
U-shape: 20
Location: 2nd Floor leading into Crown and Cornwall
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Oxford
Natural light: Yes
Size: 55.3 Sq.M
Drinks Reception: 50
Theatre: 50
Classroom: N/A (24 cab)
Dinner: 30
Boardroom: 24 
U-shape: 20
Location: 2nd Floor West Wing
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR


3rd Floor Meeting Rooms
The 3rd floor meeting rooms are all small – medium in size but offer masses of flexibility and are very suited to training sessions, assessment days and anything that requires breakout rooms. The Cambria and Ampthill work well together for small to medium sized exhibitions with access to a private foyer if you take both rooms.

Holborn

Natural light: Yes
Size: 50.3 Sq.M
Theatre: 50
Classroom: 20
Dinner: 30
Boardroom: 20 
U-shape: 24
Location: 3rd Floor West Wing
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Committee
Natural light: Yes
Size: 21.6 Sq.M
Boardroom:10 
U-shape: 8
Location: 3rd Floor West Wing
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Ampthill
Natural light: Yes
Size: 90.9 Sq.M
Drinks Reception: 100
Theatre: 100
Classroom: 50
Dinner:60
Boardroom: 32
U-shape: 32
Location: 3rd Floor Central Wing
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Cambria
Natural light: Yes
Size: 126.1 Sq.M
Drinks Reception: 120
Theatre: 120
Classroom: 65
Dinner: 100
Boardroom: 34
U-shape: 34
Location: 3rd Floor central Wing
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Denbigh
Natural light: yes
Size: 61.6 Sq.M
Drinks Reception: 50
Theatre: 50
Classroom: 20
Dinner: 40
Boardroom: 24 
U-shape: 24
Location: 3rd Floor Central Wing
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Ulster
Natural light: Yes
Size: 81.6 Sq.M
Drinks Reception:60
Theatre: 80
Classroom: 40
Dinner: 60
Boardroom: 30 
U-shape: 30
Location: 3rd Floor Central Wing
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Durham
Natural light: Yes
Size: 65.7 Sq.M
Drinks Reception: 50
Theatre: 50
Classroom: 30
Dinner: 40
Boardroom: 34 
U-shape: 20
Location: 3rd Floor East Wing
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Derby
Natural light: Yes
Size: 65.7 Sq.M
Drinks Reception: 50
Theatre: 50
Classroom: 30
Dinner: 40
Boardroom: 34 
U-shape: 20
Location: 3rd Floor East Wing
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Dorset
Natural light: Yes
Size: 134.4 Sq.M
Drinks Reception:100
Theatre: 80
Classroom: 60
Dinner: 80
Boardroom: 32
U-shape: 32
Location: 3rd Floor East Wing
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR


4th Floor Meeting Rooms
The meeting rooms on the 4th floor are split into two distinct types. The older, bigger rooms with lovely high ceilings (Devon, Stafford & Essex) and the smaller, more modern / contemporary rooms (Covent Garden, Boardrooms 1-4 and the Trafalgar Suites). The older rooms are medium sized rooms, being able to host up to 100 pax theatre style in each, whilst the newer rooms are very suited to training courses, assessment centre etc – more of your boardroom type meetings.

Devon
Natural light: Yes
Size: 93.6 Sq.M
Drinks Reception: 100
Theatre: 100
Classroom: 40
Dinner: 60
Boardroom: 28 
U-shape: 28
Location: 4th Floor Central Wing
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Stafford
Natural light: Yes
Size: 93.6 Sq.M
Drinks Reception: 100
Theatre: 100
Classroom: 40
Dinner: 60
Boardroom: 28 
U-shape: 28
Location: 4th Floor Central Wing
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR:

Essex
Natural light: Yes
Size: 83.4 Sq.M
Drinks Reception: 100
Theatre: 80
Classroom: 45
Dinner: 60
Boardroom: 30 
U-shape: 30
Location: 4th Floor Central Wing
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Norfolk
Natural light: Yes
Size: 35.7 Sq.M
Boardroom: 12 
U-shape: 12
Location: 4th Floor Central Wing
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Trafalgar Suites – 5 rooms

Natural light: Yes
Size: 15.5-57.33 Sq.M
Drinks Reception: N/A
Theatre: 9-25
Classroom: 12-16
Dinner: N/A
Boardroom: 8-20
U-shape: 12-20
Location: 4th Floor Central Wing
AV Equipment included: Inbuilt LCD Screens

Covent Garden
Natural light: Yes
Size: 118.1 Sq.M
Theatre: 80
Classroom: 32
Boardroom: 30 
U-shape: 30
Location: 4th Floor East Wing
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR

Boardrooms 1-4
Natural light: Yes
Size: 30.3 Sq.M
Boardroom: 12 
Location: 4th Floor East Wing
AV Equipment included: Inbuilt LCD Screens


5th Floor Penthouse
This lovely Penthouse is sited right at the top of the building and is a fantastic place to hold a private networking event, or to host a presentation when you need to impress your clients. It has a nice lounge area for networking, as well as a glorious terrace with fantastic views of this part of London.

Natural light: Yes
Size: 60.2 Sq.M
Drinks Reception: 80
Theatre: 40
Classroom: 24
Dinner: 40
Boardroom: 24 
U-shape: 24
Location: 5th Floor East Wing
AV Equipment included: Screen and projector in DDR


SUMMARY
I really enjoyed my time visiting the Grand Connaught Rooms and visiting all its historic, yet beautifully refurbished meeting rooms. This historic venue is definitely worth your time by way of a site inspection or by getting along to one of its showcase events. The Grand Hall is amazing, and it can host any event you can think of, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for this venue! When you factor in all the other meeting room options and sizes, the amazing penthouse and the excellent, flexible service (even before we think about their fabulous reward scheme), I think you’ll agree with me.

Also – for more detail, check out this 3D tour of the Grand Connaught Rooms here: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=zm2ZF1rWadg