Pf Venues: Style Council

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For Carolyn, style, panache and sophistication seem wonderfully effortless. Over the years her ideas have made Warren House one of the most elegant and memorable places to do business. How the hell does she do it?

I’m feeling a bit of a ‘regular’ now thanks to the lovely and highly persuasive Mr Pinching [Ed – The cheque’s in the post]. I do hope that my random contributions are satisfying your appetite for conference-based knowledge!

So, this month’s entry is to be about ‘style’, said Mr P. ‘Oh,’ said I, with a bit of a grimace. Talking about the style factor that I, apparently, bring ‘in abundance’ to Warren House will be a bit strange – it’s very close to my heart, but I’ll give it a go…

My firm belief is that you have to make your venue brim with individuality, stand out from the crowd – in every sense – and bring everything you’ve got to it. Style comes into play particularly when you have such an amazing, gorgeous and totally authentic house to start with. I look to add style in everything – marketing, bedrooms, food and even staff! You are, no doubt, identifying with the ‘control freak’ element of my character, but in many ways, that confidence is an essential part of the process.

For so many of our visitors, a trip to Warren House is like stepping back into a world that is beyond reach. A world in which gentlemen really were gentlemen and ladies took tea on the terrace – in their hats and long dresses – and where you would sit enjoying the delightful garden view, while scribbling about how memorable it all is in your leather-bound journal. OK, maybe that’s a bit Downton Abbey, but you get my point: you are providing a setting to deliver the best possible outcome (not forgetting the dreaded ROI).

If a client is having a meeting, for instance, and they are securing an important deal, or signing off on ground-breaking research, they should have exactly what they need. For me, that isn’t handing over a scrap of paper with the WiFi code on it! It’s about us, the team, seeing what the client wants before the client even realises. It’s about visitors sitting in impossibly comfy seats, wondering where the gorgeous wallpaper came from, enjoying the fabulous sound from the Bose music system and appreciating the Temple Spa toiletries.

I guess that’s my style – the style of my venue reflects my ridiculous attention to detail. The motivation behind everything I do is, what would I want if I were the client?


The University of Leeds, under its brand ‘MeetInLeeds’, provides one of the most comprehensive  ranges of event facilities available, close to the heart of the buzzing city of Leeds.

Day meetings: Facilities for day meetings are available both on the main campus and at the Oxbridge-style Devonshire Hall in Headingley. We offer a range of meeting rooms to suit all types of event, supported by full on-site catering.

Conference accommodation: Storm Jameson Court is a hotel-style building that provides 459 well-equipped ensuite bedrooms at the centre of the campus. In addition, our new sports venue. The Edge incorporates the largest fitness suite at any UK university and a swimming pool, all free to delegates.

Catering: We understand the important role that catering has in the success of a company’s events, and our team of award-winning chefs have designed nutritional and delicious menus for your delegates to enjoy, whether it be a finger buffet or a full banquet.

They are also happy to work with you to provide bespoke solutions so that everyone attending your event has a positive culinary experience.

Experienced event team: The Conference & Events team at MeetInLeeds will guide you through the entire process of holding your event at the University of Leeds. At the point of enquiry they can dvise on, and recommend, the most appropriate facilities to meet the needs of your event and provide guidance on the range of support services that will help make your event successful.

Upon confirmation you will be assigned an Event Manager who will be your sole contact for the duration of your event. They will be close by during your event, liaising with the other departments involved in delivering the various elements, allowing you to concentrate on enjoying your stay at the University, and helping you to deliver a  successful event.

T 0113 343 6100



Well Met Conferencing

Well Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University has 14 dedicated conference rooms that can hold up to 350 delegates and is one of the most distinctive conference sites in the UK, providing a portfolio of award-winning urban and parkland venues.

The best of both worlds is available from Well Met’s range of venues: city centre options offer state-of-the-art facilities, groundbreaking architecture and convenient transport links, and its Headingley Campus provides impressive historic buildings in a parkland setting. All with award-winning customer service and added benefits such as free WiFi and AV provided as standard.

Situated in Leeds at the heart of the UK with excellent transport links, Well Met is well connected: it is just over two hours from London by train and 10 minutes from Leeds Bradford International Airport. That makes it a great option for events with delegates arriving from across the country.

The Rose Bowl is a recent flagship development that sits within the city’s Civic Quarter and opposite Leeds General Infirmary, one of Europe’s largest teaching hospitals. This makes it ideally located for product launches, training, seminars, conferences and networking events. Its award-winning architecture is sure to impress and DDR rates start from £25 per person.

As the first university venue in the UK to achieve the GOLD Accredited in Meetings certification from the Meetings Industry Association, and with additional accreditations including the Customer Service

Excellence standard and the Investors in People Bronze, you can be sure that you will receive a first-class experience. Furthermore all bookings receive a dedicated Event Manager, guaranteeing that all aspects of your event are well-organised and efficiently run.

For more information or to arrange a visit, please contact the Conference Team on 0113 812 8555 or e-mail You can see Well Met’s entire range of venues at

Royal Armouries Museum/ NEW DOCK

Yorkshire’s buzziest, brightest city is a full-on business tourist destination these days, as well as a great place to live and work. Well known for its vibrant nightlife, stylish shopping and opulent dining, Leeds is a central hub for businesses and visitors.

Set in a modern waterfront development, close to Leeds city centre, New Dock is home to Royal Armouries Museum and NEW DOCK hall, providing an idyllic setting for your next event. RAI plc caters for everyone from small groups to 1,200 guests, offering a huge range of options to deliver your dream: conference, banquet, exhibition, luncheon, dinner party or any other special event.

NEW DOCK hall has a contemporary minimalist feel – situated on the ground floor, fully accessible with a 5.8m ceiling height. The hall has many suspension points, ample power, data, Wi-Fi options, dimmable lighting and is unrestricted by pillars, giving limitless scope for your creative ideas.

No natural daylight in the main hall enables a full blackout. There is a floor to ceiling programmable star cloth and floated concrete floor to sports hall specification, meaning you can drive any vehicle into the space for ease or display.

The Royal Armouries Hall is divisible, flexible and adaptable, with a range of seating arrangements and layouts. The hall is on the ground level and has a sprung wooden floor. It is close to the museum’s main public entrance and is easily accessible.

Staging can be placed in two areas in the hall together with flown data projection facilities and surround sound. Royal Armouries C can be used in conjunction with A and B as one hall or divided into three separate rooms.

Onsite there is a multi-storey car park for 1,650 vehicles and 850 bedrooms within five minutes’ walk.

Call 01132201990, e-mail or check out the website

The Caledonian Club

Set within one of London’s most exclusive areas, with Hyde Park and Knightsbridge virtually on the doorstep, the Caledonian Club at 9 Halkin Street is a popular venue for all manner of events, from award ceremonies to PR briefings and board meetings.

Founded in 1891, this highly esteemed private members’ club has been welcoming businesses and hosting an astounding array of corporate and social events for many years.

With its distinctive neo-Georgian characteristics, elegant spaces and unashamed Scottish flavour, the Caledonian Club offers a remarkable and distinctive setting.

The function rooms are versatile, stylish and equipped with high-calibre modern technology. Whether it’s a meeting for a handful of people or for up to 200 guests, the event spaces can accommodate a wide range of requirements.

At 1,600 square feet, the Johnnie Walker Room is the largest and most flexible function room. It can be partitioned, is full of natural daylight, and is equipped with a built-in PA system and screen.

A wonderful outdoor space is available on the Terrace, which can be booked in conjunction with another function room. With private access from the Oval Room, the Terrace is an ideal setting for a drinks reception with up to 50 guests.

Separate facilities using the 9A private meeting entrance offer organisers and their guests a more informal environment. Accommodation can be secured for organisers or speakers, with 39 lovely bedrooms offered at the Club ranging from single rooms to junior suites.

The Club offers an excellent choice of menus including traditional and modern Scottish dishes – private dining can be arranged in any of the function rooms.

The club is only three minutes’ walk from the Hyde Park Corner underground station and ten minutes’ walk from London Victoria.

For more information or to arrange a site visit, please contact the Banqueting Team on or 020 7201 1508.

Warren House

Warren House – which is located on the exclusive Coombe Estate – is a magnificent Victorian building set within beautifully landscaped gardens and is renowned as one of the country’s finest meeting and conference venues.

We have nine superbly appointed meeting and conference rooms of varying sizes, ranging from the large, contemporary London Room and the elegant, traditional Ballroom to the smaller and more intimate Library. So whatever your requirement, from a one-to-one meeting to a 120-delegate conference, we have the ideal location.

Conference packages include provision of equipment such as stationery, projectors and flip charts, wireless broadband connection plus secretarial, administrative and technical support.

Within the beautifully maintained 150 year old manor house we also have 46 luxury bedrooms, a lounge, a bar, four inside dining spaces, a fully-equipped cardiovascular gym, a sauna and a heated indoor swimming pool.

We’re confident that the combination of excellent facilities, superb services and professional and experienced Warren House staff will ensure that your meeting or conference is a wonderfully successful occasion.


Please call our Conference Team on 020 8974 7048 to discuss your requirements or visit