Conference Venue 2015

Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, London

The ideal location at the heart of London

Situated in the heart of Westminster, with exquisite views of Westminster Abbey, the Grade II listed venue offers an elegant and tranquil setting for conferences and events. Nineteen spacious and diverse rooms make Church House Conference Centre one of London's most versatile conference and events venues. With indulgent cuisine and a skilled and creative in-house audio-visual team, the conference centre combines style and professionalism to create the perfect venue. Located off Parliament Square, Church House Conference Centre is within easy walking distance of both Westminster and St James's Park underground stations, and Victoria, Waterloo and Charing Cross mainline train stations.

 

Venue Address 

Church House Conference Centre
Dean’s Yard
Westminster
SW1P 3NZ
www.churchhouseconf.co.uk

The Halls 

 

Assembly Hall - Grade II listed Main Hall

The Grade II listed Assembly Hall was built in 1939, to the design of world-renowned architect Sir Herbert Baker. It is flooded by natural light during the day from the 15 arched windows on the gallery level but can be darkened for AGMs, product launches or fine dining. The polished, English oak panelling and heraldic emblems sit beneath a 30 foot glass dome surrounded by 32 gilded angels.

Location: First Floor, natural light, air-conditioned, wheelchair access

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Hoare Memorial Hall

The peace and beauty of oak-panelling combine with a weight of history to form the stately Hoare Memorial Hall. With a small stage at one end and an intimate private balcony, the hall is often used as a sister hall to the Assembly Hall, but has a role in its own right deal for conferences, seminars and receptions. The Hoare Memorial Hall also played host to the House of Commons during 1940 - 1945.

Location: First Floor, natural light, air-conditioned, wheelchair access

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Harvey Goodwin Suite

Elegant and spacious, the Harvey Goodwin Suite is ideal for conferences, meetings, buffets, dinner dances and formal dining. It has a separate entrance in Great Smith Street, just around the corner from Dean’s Yard creating a private and self-contained setting for all event

Location: Ground Floor, natural light, air-conditioned, wheelchair access

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Bishop Partridge Hall

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Overlooking the cloistered and peaceful Dean's Yard is the Bishop Partridge Hall. Three sets of oak framed French doors lead onto a balcony running almost the length of the room, revealing spectacular views across Dean's Yard to Westminster Abbey. This elegant hall is lined with oak panelling and many guests have used the spacious area outside the hall for pre-event registration. The combination ensures that the Bishop Partridge Hall can be used as a meeting room on a more formal basis, or for social occasions such as wedding receptions.

Location: First Floor, natural light, air-conditioned, wheelchair access

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Convocation Hall

Breakout

The Convocation Hall housed the House of Lords at times during the Second World War. The formal atmosphere combines grace with a classical charm ideal for both business and social functions. At the front of the hall is a low stage framed by arches and crowned by five semi-circular apses, forming an ornate and compelling focal point.

Location: First Floor, natural light, air-conditioned, wheelchair access

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Council Room

Breakout

The Council Room overlooks the delightful Dean’s Yard.

Location: Ground Floor, natural light, air-conditioned, wheelchair access

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Abbey Room

Breakout

The Abbey Room overlooks the delightful Dean’s Yard.

Location: Ground Floor, natural light, air-conditioned, wheelchair access

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Charter Room

Breakout

The Charter Room overlooks the delightful Dean’s Yard.

Location: First Floor, natural light, air-conditioned, wheelchair access

 

History 

The original Church House was founded in 1887 and built to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. In 1931 plans were prepared to erect a new Church House in its place that was more in keeping with the needs of the time. However, it was considered that it would not be appropriate to proceed due to the world recession and plans were put in abeyance until 1937.

The current building was designed by the renowned architect, Sir Herbert Baker, and the foundation stone was laid by Her Majesty, Queen Mary on 26 June 1937. It took until 1940 to complete and was officially opened by His Majesty, King George Vl, on 10 June 1940.

The building suffered a direct hit in the early part of WWII but due to its exceptional construction only minimal damage was done. The Prime Minister of the day, Winston Churchill, was so impressed by this that the building was refurbished for use by the two Houses of Parliament for the remainder of the war.

Many historic speeches and events took place within the building during this time, in particular the announcement, by Churchill from the stage of the Hoare Memorial Hall, of the sinking of the battleship Bismarck.

In 1945 the first meetings of the United Nations Preparatory Commission and Security Council were held in the Hoare Memorial Hall. The building was granted Grade II listed status in 1988 with the present Conference Centre opening officially on 19 November 1990. In 2006 the Conference Centre underwent a major refurbishment with the reconfiguration of the large Assembly Hall to a more flexible event space seating up to 664 for a conference or 372 for a seated dinner.

Location  

Centrally located in the heart of Westminster, Church House Conference Centre is perfectly situated to enjoy local attractions including Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. Excellent transport links from within London and outside the capital make Church House one of the most accessible venues in central London.

The main entrance to Church House is in Dean's Yard. Occasionally evening events starting after 6.00pm will use the entrance on Great Smith Street. Directions to Dean's Yard can be found below and both sets of directions are available as downloadable PDF files at the bottom of the page.

Directions to Dean's Yard

Underground:
Nearest underground stations: St James's Park and Westminster (District, Circle and Jubilee lines)

From St James's Park:
Leave the station via the Broadway Exit (straight ahead) and head down Tothill Street. When you reach the end of the street, you will see Westminster Abbey. Cross over the road going towards the Abbey. On your right you will see a small archway with a security cabin and a gate. Go through the archway into Dean's Yard and head towards the large building facing you at the end of the yard - this is Church House.

From Westminster:
Leave the station via exit 4, turn right and walk to the first set of traffic lights on your left. Cross the road going towards the Houses of Parliament. Go straight ahead past the Houses of Parliament until you reach the next set of pedestrian lights. Turn right and walk past Westminster Abbey. At the end of the Abbey you will see a small archway to your left with security cabins on either side. Go through the archway into Dean's Yard, Church House is the large building facing you at the end of the yard.

From Victoria:
Use the exit leading to the mainline station and leave the station by the front entrance. Follow the directions from Victoria Station (below).

Mainline:

From Victoria:
Leave the station by the front entrance; cross the first road on the right (Vauxhall Bridge Road) and walk straight down Victoria Street for approximately 15 minutes until you reach Westminster Abbey. Standing in front of the Abbey, you will see a small archway with a security cabin to the right. Go through the archway into Dean's Yard and head towards the large building facing you at the end of the yard - you have reached Church House.

From Euston:
Follow signs to London Underground, take a Southbound Victoria Line train (final stop Brixton) and get off the tube at Victoria Station. From here you can either walk as above or take the District or Circle Line Eastbound to St James's Park and follow directions from St James's Park Tube.

From Kings Cross:
Follow signs to London Underground. Take a Southbound Victoria Line tube (final stop Brixton). Get off the tube at Victoria Station. From here you can either walk as above or take the District or Circle Line Eastbound to St James's Park and follow directions from St James's Park Tube.

From Paddington:
Follow signs to London Underground and take a Circle Line train (via Victoria). Get off at St James's Park and follow directions from St James's Park Tube.
Bicycle:

Οutside the meeting halls

Studio
A dedicated studio operating in the conference venue throughout the conference is available for filming expert interviews and round tables which are then shared with the pediatric community through the EIP website all year round. The studio is also available for media initiated interviews, upon request by accredited Press.

Exhibition
EIP partners, publishing houses and pediatric-related organisations are invited to exhibit during the Excellence in Pediatrics Conference for enhanced networking opportunities with participants. For exhibiting options please contact our Corporate Partnerships Director via email: secretariat@ineip.org.

Internet Area
WIFI access, seating, and power points to charge laptops and mobile devices are available in the Exhibition area for EIP participants to use throughout the course of the conference. Further details will be provided in the Programme Booklet.

Lunches and Coffee
Offering a break from intensive learning during the programme sessions, the coffee and lunch breaks also provide an excellent opportunity for meeting and networking with faculty and peers from all over the world. An average number of 75 countries have been represented at EIP in past conferences.