Meeting in: Oxford
Home to the oldest university in the Englishspeaking world, Oxford is as known for its academic roots today as it was in centuries past, although its industries have broadened, with strength in publishing, IT and science-based businesses
WOW factor The Macdonald Randolph Hotel Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN, 01865 256400 / macdonaldhotels.co.uk
One of Oxford’s leading five-star hotels, its notable architecture and historic setting serves as an excellent venue for meetings and events to make an impression. The Morse Bar is recognisable as the watering hole of Inspector Morse. The Ballroom can hold up to 300 theatre-style and 220 for banqueting. The DDR is from £45pp (min. ten people).
small but perfectly formed The Old Parsonage 1 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN, 01865 310210 / oldparsonage-hotel.co.uk
The 17th century property has country house charm, modern interiors and a collection of 20th century portraits. The Pike Room is available for hire and can cater for ten boardroom-style, 24 for a reception or 20 theatre-style. The venue is also suitable for private dining. The DDR is from £70pp (including VAT) based on a minimum of six people. 24-hour delegate rates are from £275pp based on a minimum of six.
on a shoestring
The King’s Centre Oxford Osney Mead, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 OES, 01865 297400 / kingscentre.co.uk Oxford’s largest multipurpose venue is located right in the centre of the city. The venue offers over 30,000 square feet of flexible event space. There are ten rooms of varying size, from the Thames Hall which can hold up to 1,000 theatre-style, to the Hinksey Room which can hold up to 60 theatre-style. The DDR is available from £30.50 (including VAT). The Hinksey room can be hired from £175 for a half-day.