Celebrating 30 years of creating meeting experiences that surpass expectations


It’s thirty years since we launched etc.venues. Thirty years of welcoming extraordinary guests into our awe-inspiring spaces. Thirty years of creating award-winning dishes. Thirty years of collaborating with exceptional talent; those who work proactively front of house and those who work tirelessly behind the scenes. Thirty years of creating meeting experiences that surpass expectations.

A business shaped by extraordinary talent


Since opening our doors in 1992, our business has evolved to become a leading global brand. Here are just a few of the amazing people who’ve helped shape it…

Company History

2022

While others are ‘back to normal’, etc.venues is ‘Back to Excellence’, with ambitious plans to open a third venue in New York and another venue in Central London in the pipeline… 

2021

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.

2020

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.

2019

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.

2018

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.

2017

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.

2016

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.

2015

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

2014

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.

2013

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.

2012

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.

2011

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

2010

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.

2008

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

2007

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

2006

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.

1992

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