Looking for somewhere to go after your event at one of our Barbican, Smithfield or Farringdon venues? Here Claire Guionneau from our city venues event team shares her knowledge of some of the best the local area has to offer.
To make your event at one of our Central London training venues an even bigger success, why not round off the day by heading out for a drink or dinner?
Checking out what nightlife the local area has to offer is part of our role in helping you organise a great event. It’s tough job but someone has to do it!
So, from organising a special themed breakfast where your delegates can get to know each other, to pointing you in the right direction for everyone to unwind in the evening, we can help you every step of the way.
Following are some of my favourites; they’re great choices whether you’re looking for an special place for a quick drink, a memorable dinner location or fancy checking out the local culture.
Some of the best local bars
Our Farringdon and Barbican training and meeting venues are minutes from some great places to grab a drink.
- Grand Union Farringdon – Serving cocktails, and a grill menu with eclectic, vintage decor and late DJs at the weekends
- 'SMITHS' Of Smithfield – A modern British dining room with exposed beams and pipework leading to a terrace with views of St Pauls
- Barsmith - A vibrant bar specialising in house-infused spirits
- Charterhouse Bar – A wedge-shaped corner pub with modern decor, cocktails and DJs, plus upstairs room for party hire
- Be At One – A bar famous for its ‘Happy Hour’ drinks
- The Fence – A modern pub with a Mediterranean-style menu and a decked outdoor space with its own bar
… On the menu tonight…
After a long day training in Central London, why not enjoy one of the fabulous restaurants that Farringdon is well known for.
- Burger & Lobster - Serving wild live lobster and corn fed Nebraskan beef burgers
- Comptoir Gascon - Cassoulet and other Southwestern French specialities
- Foxlow Clerkenwell – A meaty menu and cocktails at a chic Modern European restaurant scattered with mid-century furniture
- Gaucho - Designer furnishings and cowhide fabrics create a lavish backdrop for Argentine food and wine
- HIX Oyster & Chop House - Tiled walls and a marble oyster bar create a simple backdrop for Mark Hix's British classics
From Grade II listed architecture to modern dance, there lots to see
All the following are just a short walk from our Central London training venues:
- Barbican Centre - The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre in the City of London and the largest of its kind in Europe. The Centre hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions
- Museum of London – The museum documents the history of London from prehistoric to modern times
- Smithfield market - A Grade II listed-covered market building, which was designed by Victorian architect Sir Horace Jones in the second half of the 19th century, and is the dominant architectural feature of the area. Some of its original market premises fell into disuse in the late 20th century and faced the prospect of demolition
- St Bartholomew-the-Great – A Church, founded in 1123 as a priory, with ornate interiors, CofE services and a cloister cafe.
If you’re intrigued by the supernatural you might even want to find out about the screaming spectre of Farringdon station. Personally, I think I’ll stick to a nice cocktail…
Claire Guionneau is our Assistant General Manager of CCT Venues - City and expert on the local areas surrounding our venues. Check back in the future for more from Claire on what wonderful places surround CCT Venues.
“Don’t go home after your meeting, go out and enjoy the city life!”