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Windsor, England Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 35
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,700
Average Hotel Room Rate GBP 103
Average Daily Meal Cost GBP 61
Average Weekly Car Rental GBP 297

Windsor, England Meeting Planning Overview

A short train ride from Central London (20 miles), Windsor is one of the tourism highlights of southern England, a privileged enclave of ancient architecture, closed corridors, and riverside strolls. Windsor event venues make great hay of area attractions like the Queen's second home, Windsor Castle; Windsor Great Park; and proximity to the most famous boy's school in the UK, Eton.

London Heathrow Airport (LHR), one of the busiest in the world, is practically on the doorstep of Windsor, only six miles to the east. Heathrow is well served by flights from North America.

There are no convention venues in Windsor, per se, but the larger hotels at Heathrow may serve. Other hotel venues in Windsor and its environs able to look after groups include the 120-room Macdonald Windsor Hotel, which has seven meetings rooms, the largest, the Castle Suite, having room for 140 persons; the stately, 108-room Mercure Windsor Castle, which has 12 meeting rooms, with the Windsor & Georgian Room able to host 400 persons; the 93-room Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa, which is named for the architect of St. Paul's Cathedral, overlooks the Thames (the only large hotel to do so), and has 15 function and meeting rooms, the largest able to cater to 90 persons; and the 42-room Royal Adelaide Hotel, which has two meeting rooms. Four miles north of Windsor, near to the UK's largest business park but in bucolic parkland of its own, and in front of a lake, is the 39-room Stoke Place, a country house-style manor building that has seven meeting rooms for up to 200 persons and more space in gardens designed by England's most famous landscape gardener, 18th-century Lancelot "Capability" Brown.

This unique, royal town has some singular function space. Choose from Windsor Guildhall, which sits at the bottom of Castle Hill, was designed by Wren, and can host events (which have included the marriage of Sir Elton John and David Furnish) for up to 100 persons; Cumberland Lodge, which is the largest house in Windsor Great Park, was built by Oliver Cromwell on land he appropriated from King Charles I, and today is a conference center with 10 function spaces, the largest able to host 120 persons in its Mews, Lodge, and Groom's House areas; The Firestation Centre for Arts & Culture, which is in the Old Court Building, used to house Windsor's fire, police, and magistrate services, and today hosts contemporary culture and has a loft, basement studio, and attractive auditorium for hire; and Theatre Royal Windsor, which sits beneath Windsor Castle and has among its rentable spaces a beautiful Edwardian theater with 633 seats and a bar with great castle views. In Eton is the Queen's Eyot Club, which is on a very small island (an eyot, pronounced the same way as the number eight, is a small island), which measures four acres, has a private ferry, has been owned by Eton College since 1923, and contains a club house (the isle's only building) that can accommodate 50 persons, or 110 with a tent.

Restaurants in Windsor include Bel & The Dragon Windsor, which has a history dating to the 12th century (although its modern spaces largely defy that notion), a chef who trained with Gordon Ramsay, and has three dining rooms able to host up to 35 persons each; RiverHouse, which sits right on the Thames and has a patio area with river views for up to 100 persons; Browns, which also has vistas of the river, although from the other side of a road, and has the mezzanine area, for 60 persons, as its preferred space for groups; and The Crooked House of Windsor, which is indeed crooked, due, apparently, to the original builders in 1592 using unseasoned green oak, specializes in afternoon tea, but also can open in the evening specifically for private events. In Eton there is the traditional, historic pub of The Watermans Arms, which was constructed in 1542, serves a variety of real English ales, and contains The Clansman function room for up to 100 persons.

 
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