Team building venues in and around London
Corporate team building has come a long way from building rafts or bridges across muddy streams. Today’s employees expect team building to offer challenges and experiences beyond their own, which given the rise of adventure sports and far-flung holidays can present a challenge.
By finding a team-building venue that offers more than just a space to meet and an area outside, your business can maximise the impact of team building events through offering a variety of inspiring activities, both inside and out. Just as important is recognising that any team-building venue needs to be inspiring in itself.
School venues for team building
That’s why independent and well-appointed schools make ideal team building venues. They effortlessly combine the two essential elements of successful team building: facilities for inspiring activities, and comfortable spaces to relax and unwind. They can offer the levels of comfort and hospitality of a five star hotel, with the team-building facilities of a major sports venue or high tech environment.
By choosing a team-building venue near London, companies based in the city can offer an enticing team building event in lovely surroundings without the hassle of long journeys. After all, one of the biggest staff bonding drinks reception conversations we know is which Tube route you took to get to the venue!
South Hampstead High School in north London offers the perfect combination of space, facilities and access via public transport (yes, including the Tube!). This striking, modern school boasts exceptional sports facilities including a state-of-the-art sports hall, outdoor courts, multi-use games areas, and a dedicated cricket pitch, all ideal for traditional team activities and games. Equally the school has a theatre for music-based team building activities.
If you prefer a venue south of the river, look no further than Dulwich College. Set in acres of green space, this historic school has extensive grounds available for company team-building events and family fun days. There are literally acres of space for a wide variety of outdoor sports such as softball, fun with inflatables, five-a-side football, track races, and volleyball. The Pavilion Salle and Trevor Bailey Sports Ground both have their own bars and are idyllic when used for summertime team building events with barbecues and cream teas galore!
For weekend team building events that feel more like country house parties, an elegant historic school set in its own estate offers both exclusivity and privacy. Felsted School in Essex is just an hour away from central London, but feels a world away from city life. Set in 80 acres of prime estate, the school offers contemporary accommodation in eight separate houses for weekend retreats. Inside spaces include the multifunction Grignon Hall, the modern light-filled Lord Riche Hall, two theatres and a lovely concert auditorium. With tennis courts, all weather pitch and floodlit pitches, there is plenty of space outside for whatever activities you might wish.
So often, the key time for team building is not necessarily during the activities themselves, but chilling out afterwards with colleagues over a drink and a delicious meal. Harrow School offers an inspiring range of spaces for team activities during the day, and equally impressive array of spaces for receptions, dinners and parties in the evening. From a ‘let your hair down’ party in the historic Speech Room to post-adventure award ceremonies in the Ryan Theatre, drinks on a terrace overlooking the whole of London, or a relaxing dinner in the Elizabethan-panelled Alex Fitch Room, Harrow offers exceptional levels of catering and hospitality to make your employees and colleagues feel very special indeed.
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