Imagine that you won the lottery tomorrow and you could throw an amazing party for all your friends at a venue that everyone would talk about for years to come. Where would you choose? There are some beautiful places around the world for hire where you can hold functions of varying sizes and some of them happen to be right on my doorstep on the south-coast of England. Here’s five I found online that I really like the look of (and no, this isn’t my way of telling you I’ve won the lottery!)
(1) Spitbank Fort
In the middle of the Solent several miles from land is Spitbank Fort a five star venue with nine bedrooms, several dining and function rooms, a Laurent Perrier Champagne bar, a wine cellar, open-air hot pool, sauna, sundeck and games rooms. It’s both incredibly exclusive and a little James Bond like with 360 degree sea views and stunning interior decor. Spitbank caters for corporate functions and weddings, but it would also make an amazing choice to celebrate a significant birthday
(2) The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne
This beautiful stately venue known as “The White Palace” is the only five star hotel on the south-coast and has welcomed many famous guests, including Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin. The hotel has 152 rooms and banqueting facilities with 17 fully equipped conference and meeting rooms of varying size. It also boasts sea views from many of its rooms and a rather beautiful swimming pool
(3) HMS Victory, Portsmouth
HMS Victory is a 250 year-old battleship moored at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. If you’ve ever been on board for a tour you will have noticed some of the grander spaces on the ship, like Nelson’s Great Cabin where a table is usually laid with silver and fine china. One of Jim’s colleagues recently attended a dinner on board, but it’s not just military who can dine in Naval splendor, several areas of the ship can be hired for functions catering for between 18 and 102 guests.
(4) Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
At 547ft tall, the Spinnaker Tower is visible from locations several miles away (including our house!) It takes its name and design from the sail of an ocean-going yacht and recently hit the headlines when it was rebranded as part of a £3.5m sponsorship deal with the Emirates airline. View Deck 1 (the lower, larger space) can be hired for fine dining for between 25 and 100 guests and you can spend the evening taking in the amazing night-time views across the harbour. They also do daytime corporate events packages and hires for cocktails and canapes.
(5) Brighton Dome, Brighton
The Dome is an arts venue in Brighton, connected to the Royal Pavillion via an underground tunnel. Like the Pavillion it has an unusual and striking design inside and out and is home to a concert hall and theatre. Brighton Dome is just a ten minute walk from the train atation and can cater for up to 1200 people (that’s a whole lot of friends!) Among its claims to fame Brighton Dome staged the Eurovision Song Contest on 6 April 1974, when ABBA won for Sweden with “Waterloo”.
This post was written in association with venuefinder.com, a brilliant website that offers a venue finding service for corporate or private functions