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Looking for a venue to organise a 3 day course in London... any ideas?

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pupuce Wed 06-Apr-05 20:58:04

There are so many of you... maybe one of you has a good idea.
I am looking for a venue which would be free a Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9 to 5 (3 or 4 times a year).
It needs to be somewhere in London, it needs to be big enough to have 10 (or a few more) women to sit and attend a course.
Either it has a kitchen available (but very least I need to be able to serve teas/coffees) but we could go out for lunch or eat our own packed lunch.
It needs to be affordable.... I have used community centres in large towns and paid £100 for 3 days so that is the sort of money I am hoping to spend but I would welcome any suggestion.

pupuce Wed 06-Apr-05 22:02:56


blossom2 Wed 06-Apr-05 22:05:52

i used to work for a charity in South East London and can remember some of the places we used. they would all be fine for accommodating 10 women.

let me know if south east london is convenient and i'll dig up some names for you.

pupuce Wed 06-Apr-05 22:08:22

What is meant by SOuth East... Greenwich ?

Davros Wed 06-Apr-05 22:11:20

Somewhere in UCL? I almost went to a conference at SOAS once. Regent's College in Regent's Park but might be expensive. Other colleges, Westminster, South Bank, City, Guildhall....

sahara Wed 06-Apr-05 22:33:35

What about the Abbey Community centre in Victoria/St James Park?
It's in the centre of London Westminster SW1 and from what I know courses can be run there and it's not too pricey as I know someone who runs a childrens arabic course on the weekends.
Don't know all the details but could get them if you want

pupuce Wed 06-Apr-05 22:35:30

Davros- just looked at Regent college and the CHEAPEST is £125/day... I have been there myself for a course.
I will look at the others.
Sahara - yes any info would be much appreciated.

bambi06 Wed 06-Apr-05 23:09:54

would you be interested in se20 , anerley in london..its very near anerley station..its a small hall/cabin with a kitchen and room definitely for at least 15. i`ve been toit for a childminder drop in event last xmas..its a bit rough round the edges but i know they advertise for hiring it and its not part of a church so sundays wouldnt be a problem..if your interested i`ll check out the phone no as i cant remember the name of the me if you need it..if i think of anything else i`ll let you know

pupuce Thu 07-Apr-05 08:50:08

Thanks Bambi - I will have to look on a map... will do so later (I am off to work now).... any idea is very much welcome as I don't live in London and it is hard to scout places from here.... so thought Mumsnet is such a wonderful resource of ideas

Davros Thu 07-Apr-05 17:15:24

Quite a good place right in the heart of Camden.... I think its St Michael's Centre or something. Nicely modernised. Could find out. Not surprised about Regent's COllege. Unis might be worth trying still.

pupuce Thu 07-Apr-05 20:45:00

Is Anerley near Crystal Palace ? If so yes I am definitely interested.
Davros - could you find out about St Michael, if you can get a number I can ring them....
I basically need 3 days - a room big enough for 10 to 15.
Happy to pay £150 or somewhat more if the venue is good...
I pay less in other palces but I guess London is London !
I need to find a venue for my July course.
Thanks guys.... MUCH appreciated!

bambi06 Fri 08-Apr-05 19:12:10

yes it is down the hill from crystal palace..literally 5-10 mins drive and thyre is some parking available.. i`ll find out the name again and try and get the no for you

ediemay Fri 08-Apr-05 19:26:11

Hi pupuce, I'm a bit out of touch but used to book lots of cheap spaces for rehearsals, here are a few which used to be very reasonable:

The American Church, Tottenham Court Road 0207 580 2791
Battersea Arts Centre (great cafe) v close to Clapham Junction 0207 223 6557
Blackheath Concert Halls, Blackheath (SE) 0208 318 9758

bambi06 Mon 11-Apr-05 14:56:01

apologies for not getting tel no..i`ve been away over easter ..however the name of the rd is ridsdale rd se20 off anerley rd/hill .its a very small rd if your looking on a-z

Davros Mon 11-Apr-05 18:34:08

Do you still want the details of St Michael's in Camden? It would be impossible to park but very near to tube and not far from Euston/Kings X. I might have to go there to see but may be there tomorrow anyway. Let me know.

pupuce Mon 18-Apr-05 21:14:37

Hello everyone - apologies... been on holiday - just got back....
Davros - please check if you can.
Ediemay - I will ring these venues
Bambi - thanks... will look into this one as well...

Got plenty of calls to make

bambi06 Thu 21-Apr-05 10:02:55

hi there i managed to get tel no: rebecca..07932566905..its hilda lane community centre..se20

pupuce Thu 21-Apr-05 11:57:05

Thanks - am about to make all the calls...

MrsWobble Thu 21-Apr-05 12:15:19

Charlton House in Charlton has rooms for hire. No idea of cost but I think it's local authority owned so wouldn't expect it to be extortionate. I went to NCT classes there.

pupuce Tue 26-Apr-05 14:00:44

Well I have called them all, they are all VERY expensive or not free for some of the days.... any new idea?

Davros - can you still ask the tel. number?\

Davros Tue 26-Apr-05 23:33:44

Sorry, haven't been in Camden except whizzing through in the car. Will try to get number for you in the next couple of days. Can definitely do it on Friday if you can wait.

jodee Tue 26-Apr-05 23:50:53

Pupuce, don't know if these are any good to you at all, I searched on google, but worth a try:

Neals Yard Meeting Rooms - London WC2 - 020 7379 0141.
Rockingham Community Center, Elephant & Castle: 020 7403 7475
St Brides Institute, Blackfriars, 020 7353 3331
Maiden Lane Community Center, Camden, 020 7267 9586
St Matthews at the Elephant, Elephant & Castle, 020 7357 8532
Beormund Center, London Bridge, 020 7237 9313

jodee Tue 26-Apr-05 23:56:41

Or Bloomsbury Baptist Church , Shaftesbury Avenue? The hire charges for some of the smaller rooms look quite reasonable. hth.

pupuce Wed 27-Apr-05 17:39:44

Davros - thanks I will wait and I an going to make all these calls tomorrow - thanks Jodee

Davros Wed 11-May-05 14:14:13

How are you doing on this Pupuce? I got the number of St Michael's a week and a half ago and forgot to post! Its nothing special but quite clean and newly refurbished and a good location for transport.
The number is 020 7482 5941 and the address is 8 Greenland Street NW1.
Good luck!

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