For your conference, training or one-day exhibition, London Canal Museum is the interesting, unusual, accessible and experienced central London venue for your event - on Mondays only. (Small meetings for up to 20 delegates are catered for on any day. Evening and breakfast meetings are catered for on any day. See small meetings and evening meetings and breakfast meetings for details.)
London Canal Museum is an attractive unusual hertage conference venue with abundant character. Although located just five minutes' walk from King's Cross station it is in a peaceful waterside location beside an urban canal beauty spot. It is an interesting, historic building with the convenience of an unrivalled location close to excellent transport. We have a great deal of experience and are well equipped to host your London conference.
We host "cabaret style" conferences where delegates are seated at round tables, "theatre style" conferences where delegates are seated in rows facing a presenter, and "boardroom style" conferences for smaller numbers where delegates sit at tables arranged in a horse-shoe fashion.
The capacity is up to 150, theatre style, up to 80 cabaret style, or up to 30 boardroom style.
At cabaret-style conferences some delegates need to turn their chairs to face the speaker if there are more than 60 delegates. Theatre-style conferences can be more intimate and interactive if there are 120 delegates or fewer.
The museum is on two floors and we turn this to advantage by using the ground floor for coffee on arrival, for a buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and as a "breakout" area for smaller groups to meet. The first floor is used as the main conference room. One of the floors can be used as an exhibition area if you wish to showcase your product or organisation. The museum's small meeting room can be used as a seminar room or as an organiser's room in connection with a conference.
We have a range of furniture available including 10 folding oblong tables, and 12 round tables (5' diameter). There are 120 attractive blue upholstered chairs suitable for conference use, and we have enough other chairs to seat 150 delegates, theatre style, in total. For business conferences, all set up and putting-away of furniture is normally carried out by us and is included in your quotation.
We provide luxury disposable table cloths, included in the charge, for cabaret-style conferences. Disposable table cloths can be used for brainstorming and taken away at the end of the event - write down your inspired ideas with us!
The then Prime Minister, Rt. Hon Tony Blair MP, at a conference to launch the government's annual report on sustainable development, London Canal Museum, Monday February 24th 2003
We offer an optional tea/coffee/biscuits service, normally provided on the ground floor. This gives delegates a chance to mingle, a change of scene, and a chance to enjoy the exhibitions and atmosphere during coffee breaks. Our coffee service is noted for the wide range of specialty teas offered as alternatives to our tasty ground coffee. Hot and cold fresh milk are provided - you will never find UHT milk in the building! If you prefer you may ask your caterer to provide refreshments - we don't insist that you use our services. There is also a hot drink vending machine available
You are free to use the outside caterers of your choice, whether they bring in drinks, snacks or a lavish buffet. We don't offer food ourselves. To make things easy for you we suggest a selection of experienced catering firms who will be happy to quote for your meals. Wine glasses are available for hire.
The most common arrangement for a conference is the delivery of a cold buffet by a caterer, who sets it out on tables provided free by us during the morning. If providing the coffee/tea service we can do the clearing-up after lunch at no extra cost.
We offer fruit juices at £2 per litre carton including glasses, on a semi-self-service basis.
In good weather your delegates may take lunch outside to eat on the waterside.
The meeting room can also be booked for storage purposes before or after the event. This means you can have the convenience of having materials or equipment delivered beforehand, by arrangement with us, and collected afterwards, perhaps the next morning.
We have a wide range of audio-visual equipment available in-house. Projectors, screens, public address, DVD players, and an interactive whiteboard are all available. If you want to show a DVD, with sound, hold an interactive question-and-answer session with your audience, using public address and a pass-round microphone, have a continuous powerpoint presentation running during breaks, or just use a low-tech flip-chart, then we can help. Power supplies are available around the walls of the museum so that nowhere is far from one. Clients may if they wish provide their own audio-visual equipment, which must be set up during the period of hire of the museum. Where audio-visual equipment is hired from us on Mondays this will be set up by us in advance.
We have excellent Internet access in the building. Free Wi-Fi is provided for delegates. If you require a computer we can arrange to hire one for you, but most clients bring their own laptop machines.
When delegates are coming from all over the place you need an accessible venue. We are within walking distance of FIVE stations: King's Cross main line (5 minutes), King's Cross Underground (5m), St. Pancras International (for Eurostar) (9m), Caledonian Road and Barnsbury (London Overground)(15m), and Euston (15m). There are six Underground routes serving King's Cross, and numerous bus routes. We provide a downloadable map for you to include in the joining instructions and there are street signs. We are London's easy-to-get-to venue. There are through trains to a station within 15 minutes' walk of the museum from numerous places including Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton, Canturbury, Dover, Paris, Bruxelles, and Gatwick, Luton and Heathrow airports. We are the most interesting, attractive venue within a short walk of St. Pancras International.