etc.venues operates nearly 500,000 square feet of space through 17 venues across London, Birmingham, Manchester and New York. In 2019, we hosted 19,000 events attended by 965,000 delegates. Those numbers make etc.venues a leader in urban day conferencing. In fact, in Central London, we’re bigger than both Marriott and Hilton with 278 rooms.

Our approach

  • We put clients at the heart of every decision we make to provide them with an effortless meeting and event experience.
  • It's why we were the first to introduce a ground-breaking online booking tool enabling clients to see live availability - so they can make informed choices.
  • It's why we introduced all-inclusive day delegate rate packages - which include high-speed Wi-Fi, unlimited coffee and bespoke lunches.
  • It's why we invest millions in leading, built-in smart technology - so clients can deliver outstanding presentations.
  • It's why our onsite chefs cater for every kind of dietary requirement - from contemporary vegan to gluten-free dishes.
  • And it's why our teams regularly undertake client feedback sessions - so we can continue to innovate and evolve as we expand internationally.

Our strategy of focusing on clients has paid off. Over the years, we've won numerous accolades including 'Best International Conference Centre' in the Stella Awards and, more recently, our MD, Alastair Stewart, won the 2019 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (London and South region) Transformation Award.

Going forwards, the leadership team of etc.venues is determined to use its agility and entrepreneurial spirit to further disrupt the market.

The Founding principles: "to do the simple things well, to put service first, to be green where we can and to be that little bit better than everyone else" are still at the heart of what etc.venues does.



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Company History


Offering extended to include hybrid meetings and events and studio space. Core positioning as a meetings and events provider remains focused. Winner of C&IT Best MICE Team for the 2nd year running. Awarded Silver for the BVA-BDRC Most Recommended Brand in the UK.


First New York venue opens at 360 Madison Avenue followed by a second location at 601 Lexington. New floor opens at 133 Houndsditch. Finalists at the London Tourism Awards for Business Events Venue of the Year and winner of two Stella Awards, scooping Gold in the categories of Best Conference Centre US Northeast for 360 Madison and Gold for Best International Conference Centre for 133 Houndsditch.


First New York venue announced at 360 Madison Avenue to open March, 2020. Alastair Stewart, MD of etc.venues, wins EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award. 133 Houndsditch, London EC3, opens the largest single venue space to date with a capacity for 700. A new venue on Chancery Lane, London WC2, opened in October. Revenues forecast to exceed £70 million.


Management team strengthened with the appointment of Nick Hoare, COO, and Ed Ethelston, CFO. International expansion announced with investment secured from US investors Benchmark Global Hospitality and Gencom. Revenues for the year surpass £50m for the first time.


Once again, named one of the top 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain by The London Stock Exchange. County Hall expands to a total of 68,000 square feet as the company opens a second venue outside the capital in Manchester.


Flagship venue, County Hall, London SE1, opens on Southbank restoring space left empty since 1986, when it served as the HQ of local government for London.


Marble Arch, London W2 and Fenchurch St, London EC3, open and Norton Folgate expands to another floor.


Named one of the top 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain by The London Stock Exchange. 155 Bishopsgate, London EC3, opens surpassing St Paul’s with a capacity of 600 attendees. Monument, London EC3M, opens and St Paul’s expands to another floor. Revenues for the year surpass £25m for the first time. Online booking tool upgraded to include Live Chat facility.


Norton Folgate, London EC3, opens a meeting venue with its own roof terrace - a rarity in the City of London. Delegate numbers across all the venues reaches 500,000.


etc.venues secures a second round of investment with Growth Capital Partners and opens a new venue in St Paul's, London EC1, entering the events and large space conference market with the largest space to-date holding 400 delegates. Tenter House, London EC2 opens.


New venue opens in Paddington, London W2 and Victoria, London SW11 growing the footprint in London into the West End.


New venue opens in Moorgate, London EC2. Both Maple House, Birmingham and Dexter House, London EC3 add additional space. Launch of ground-breaking online booking tool.


Maple House in Birmingham opens, first etc.venues venue outside London. New large conference space opens at Prospero House (Illuminate Suite).


New venue opens in Tower Hill (Dexter House a large meeting and training space).


etc.venues grows to five venues and builds a reputation for running excellent, highly focussed 'business' venues offering good value and strong CSR credentials. Alastair Stewart takes over as MD as part of private equity backed management buy-in. The new ownership structure brings a promise of growth and development.


etc.venues is set up by a group of specialist trainers at Avonmouth House, London.