London Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

With historic and contemporary space across central London, QMUL offers the perfect base for those seeking venues with flexibility, a wow factor or the unique and unusual.

A Grade 2 listed theatre and a Victorian Octagon, rub shoulders with the recently completed £39m Graduate Centre featuring a 200 seat lecture theatre with natural light at the Mile End location.

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1&2Zones 1 & 2

Location and transport information

QMUL’s four locations are within central London travel Zones 1 and 2, specifically the city close to Barbican and St. Paul’s underground, and King’s Cross,St Pancras overground station for the West Smithfield and Charterhouse Square locations.

Whitechapel station for Crossrail, Overground, District and Hammersmith and City line underground stations for the Whitechapel location.

Mile End or Stepney Green for the the Mile End location on the District and Hammersmith and City lines.

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Summary of facilities and capacities
Vacation availability
Easter Vacation – April
Summer Vacation – Mid June to Mid September
Year round anytime
Theatre style (maximum)770150
Cabaret style (maximum)220220
Exam style (maximum)250250
Boardroom style (maximum)3535
Exhibition space (sq metres)450450
Banquets & formal dinner (maximum)220220
University style bedrooms (max)1200N/A
Day delegate rates from N/A£45.00
24HR rates from £102.00N/A
Meeting room only rates from £300.00£300.00
B&B rates from £49.00N/A

Meeting and event spaces that inspire

Discover unique and unusual venues in central London: QMUL offers the unique opportunity to share the facilities of a Russell Group university with a global reputation with your next event. With QMUL you can choose from an extensive range of unusual space awaiting discovery moments from stations such as Bank, St. Paul’s and the Barbican along with residential facilities in Mile End.

  • Flexible venue space for up to 770 ideal for networking, private dining, away days, gigs, rehearsals and events.
  • Residential availability for 1,200 each summer.
  • Knowledgeable and passionate event professionals, committed to mutual success.
  • Delegate packages and day hire available.
  • Unusual event space available for hire includes the Great Hall and Octagon.
  • In-house event catering team, focused on quality ingredients and excellence in service.

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Great Hall: the People’s Palace was unveiled following a £6.3m refurbishment. Home to the Great Hall, a technically advanced 770 seat theatre with retractable seating, dressing rooms and one of London’s largest stages and originally opened in the 1930s, this art deco masterpiece has seen the likes of the Rolling Stones and Damon Albarn grace its stage.

The addition of a dedicated foyer with bar and split mezzanine level balcony the venue is ideal for hosting anything from a theatre festival to a screening, a touring production or one off gig. 

Victorian Octagon: designed by noted Victorian architect E.R. Robson and based on the Reading Room at the British Library, this hidden gem opened in 1888 features a triple height room with domed ceiling and busts of literati keeping an eye on proceedings. This space was restored to its Victorian splendour in 2008.

With a flat floor of 450sqm the Octagon is suitable for networking and drinks receptions for up to 400 or as a spectacular backdrop for a dinner for 220 this versatile space offers flexibility and ambience.

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