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


etc.venues made the headlines when we were acquired by Convene. By joining forces, we become the Global Sector Leader; expanding our presence to 38 locations across the U.K. and the U.S. and providing an unparalleled global offering. 


Back on the growth agenda with our third New York venue at 810 Seventh Avenue announced and plans for more in Central London. While others are ‘back to normal’, etc.venues is ‘Back to Excellence’.


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.. 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 to exceeded £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  with expansion at other venues.


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.


Delegate numbers across all the venues reaches 500,000. City of London portfolio expands with new venues.


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 in London.