Entering for the first time, Friends House was one of seven venues to run for this award. It was also shortlisted for “Best London Event Venue – 500 to 1,000 attendees”.
Friends House, opposite Euston Station, is the central office for Quakers in Britain.
More than 400 event professionals attended the ceremony at The Brewery, near Moorgate.
The London Venue Awards’ panel of judges included event professionals from venues, agencies and the media.
“It’s always nice to be recognised by our peers, all the more so as we’ve just celebrated the tenth anniversary of the company. As a team, we’ve been on a challenging journey together. We put faith back into business and built up an ethical, sustainable and modern conferencing business,” says Paul Grey, CEO of Friends House (London) Hospitality.
Friends House has been extensively refurbished. The venue’s 1,000 seater auditorium, The Light, reopened in 2014 after a major refurbishment. It won the prestigious RIBA London Award for its sensitive and innovative design, which includes a stunning skylight in a vaulted roof. It is the largest event space in the Euston and King's Cross area. In 2016, ten new meeting rooms and event spaces were unveiled, completing the refurbishment. Recycled materials and sustainable best practices have been used throughout these transformations.
This year the company achieved a few milestones.
· In February, it received an AIM Higher Silver accreditation from the Meetings Industry Association (MIA).
· In March, it was revealed that the carbon footprint of Friends House had been reduced by twenty nine per cent since 2009.
· On 5 October, Friends House Restaurant won the Support to the Community award at the Food Made Good Awards, organised by the Sustainable Restaurant Association. This recognises the support provided by Friends House in helping to set up a social enterprise bakery for men diagnosed with personality disorder and recently released from hospital or prison.