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East London and the Thames Gateway hold some hidden gems when it comes to innovative and flexible meeting space. While Hackney and Hoxton may be the home to hipsters and creative types, find your way out onto the fringes of the capital city and you’ll find a haven for smart businesses. From tech start-ups to engineering giants, the Thames Gateway is teaming with innovative, forward thinking companies.

It therefore comes as no surprise that quality meeting space is in high demand. Contrary to belief, companies don’t have to travel into London to find first class facilities. There are a wealth of meeting rooms that can engage colleagues and wow clients all in the local area.  The CEME Conference Centre is on hand to walk you through the five top reasons why East London offers the hottest meeting rooms around.


Forget aging converted hotel rooms or dark and dingy basement meeting rooms, East London features some of the most modern meeting facilities in the business. With large scale redevelopment rife across region, there is a high number of purpose built meeting spaces on offer. From futuristic glass and steel architecture to eco buildings, you’ll find venues that are built for business.

The best will feature:

  • Top of the range Audio-Visual (AV) equipment and an on-site AV technician to ensure your technology needs run smoothly.
  • Free Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • A wide range of rooms with flexible layout options.
  • Comfort as a priority – climate control in every room, modern energising décor, well maintained furniture and fittings, along with well-lit rooms, full of natural daylight.
  • A supportive and professional events team, to ensure all your requirements are fully met.
  • A wide range of food and refreshments on offer.
  • A can-do, positive attitude.

And don’t forget that the Thames Gateway holds its fair share of award winning meetings venues too. It’s not just inner London venues that take the limelight.


And here comes one of the best reasons to look local when it comes to meeting rooms. Not only do you have your pick of top quality venues, but they will be at a much lower price tag than a central London location. An East London venue may also be more flexible when it comes to special rates for SME’s, the public sector, charities, Local Authorities and associations too.

Not only that, but you may find additional value for money when it comes to what’s included in the price. For instance, at CEME Conference Centre meeting room hire includes onsite parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, CEME water, pads, pens, blotters and mints.


A local meeting room automatically opens up options for walking, cycling and driving, with venues such as CEME offering onsite parking for up to 600 vehicles too.

When it comes to public transport, East London venues will be well connected via underground, overground and bus services. That’s not even to mention the close proximity to City Airport, or outer London airports such as Stansted or Southend.


While all venues aim to please, you may find your local venue is a little more flexible when it comes to your meeting – especially if they are a larger venue with a range of different room sizes and layouts. A purpose built venue will utilise meetings and events space to its best and may also feature indoor and outdoor breakout areas – a nice feature if your attendee’s need a little head-space in between crucial meetings.

And talking of taking a break, the best venues will offer a range of hospitality menus, offering food and refreshments throughout the day.


Lager meeting venues will have a dedicated events team on hand to ensure your booking goes as planned. Not only will these events professionals know the venue inside out, but they are more likely to take an active interest in local clients. Simply put, they will be more invested in building a good working relationship in the hope of repeat business. With the local competition being tough (not to mention the lure of big name central London locations), you need not compromise when it comes to customer service – in fact according to the Top 10 Customer Expectations Scores 2017 CEME Conference Centre out-performed Emirates, John Lewis and even Amazon when it came to customer expectations.

So there you have Five reasons why East London offer the hottest meeting rooms around! There are more of course, so keep an eye on our blogs to read on! You can find out more about what CEME Conference Centre events team can do for your next meeting by getting in touch on +44 (0) 20 8596 5151 emailing events@ceme.co.uk or contacting us online.

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