Venue showcase: 195 Piccadilly

Situated in the heart of London’s West End, 195 Piccadilly is the home of BAFTA, the leading independent charity in the film industry. It also houses the BAFTA members’ bar and lounge, providing a vibrant and dynamic environment, seven days a week throughout the year.

With its connection to the film and television industry, the venue has led the way in offering state-of-the-art technology and claims to provide the best screening facilities in London, boasting a recent installation of the latest 3D cinema projector in the Princess Anne Theatre.

This record-breaking piece of technology, according to BAFTA, offers the best 3D experience to be found in any venue or cinema in London. The cinema can host presentations, product launches, film previews and any event requiring a premium quality visual element.

Naturally, the venue attracts a high proportion of clients in the communications industries and past clients include the likes of Google, Sony, Microsoft, Warner Bros, as well as clients from the financial sector.  

Jenny Bones, Head of Commercial Events, says a large number of clients return each year as the venue not only offers “outstanding presentational facilities but also because of the superb catering provided by Executive Head Chef, Anton Manganaro, and the dedication of the team, technicians, front-of-house, and event support services”.  

She says the whole team feel privileged to be able to work for such a highly-valued organisation, and this translates into the service provided to clients.

With its versatility of spaces, the venue also provides a Mayfair location for private dining for between 10 to 200 guests, as well as a stage to perform wedding ceremonies. “Imagine, what better way to celebrate your special day than on stage in The Princess Anne Theatre,” adds Bones. “During the summer months, the club can be hired on an exclusive basis together with adjacent St James’s Garden, meaning clients can use all the spaces in the building and experience exclusivity just steps away from Piccadilly.”

One such client who used the entire building was freight company UPS. 195 Piccadilly was centre stage to provide hospitality facilities for its worldwide  clients during the Olympic period.

“Put together with BAFTA’s reputation  for glamour,” says Bones, “195 Piccadilly  is a much sort after venue for events.”
Fast facts:

  • State-of-the-art screening facilities in 195 Piccadilly’s
  • Princess Anne Theatre, which has cushioned seats named after famous BAFTA members such as Steven Spielberg, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Exclusive hire available at certain times of the year
  • Located in the heart of London’s Mayfair, with close proximity to Oxford Street, King’s Cross, Liverpool Street and Waterloo Station
  • Catering led by Executive Head Chef, Anton Manganaro.

This was first published in the October edition of Conference News. Any comments? Email

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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