Hayes is a suburb that is approximately 15 miles from the center of London, and the closest sizable one to Heathrow Airport, one of the busiest airports on the planet. Located in the English county of Middlesex, Hayes event venues draw inspiration from the town's Industrial Revolutionary past, as well as its transit hub present. One little-known fact is that author George Orwell taught in a Hayes school that today is the basic, non-group Fountain House Hotel.
London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is practically on the doorstep of Hayes, only three miles to the south. Heathrow is constantly served by flights from North America.
There are no convention venues in Hayes itself, but it is practical to use Hayes or Heathrow Airport as comfortable, easy-to-access bases for accommodating your group and use the conference and convention centers in London for meetings and exhibitions. That said, meeting venues in Hayes include, in the adjacent suburb of Hounslow, the Riverside Venue, a conference and banqueting center that is on the River Crane, which is a Thames tributary. The center, five minutes' drive from both the M4 and M25 freeways, has two conference areas, which combined can host up to 700 persons, as well as a marquee and a riverside garden for the warmer months.
There are also no hotel venues in Hayes central, but several airport hotels to the north of Heathrow have Hayes addresses. Those perfect for groups include the 459-room Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel, which has a stunning 43 meeting rooms, the largest able to cater to 700 persons; the 350-room Sheraton Skyline Hotel Heathrow Airport, which has an 18-room conference center and the Sky Garden, a function area with a pool and tropical greenery; and the 184-room Holiday Inn London Heathrow-Ariel, which has seven meeting rooms, the largest able to host 50 persons. Two other very near hotels, both on the north side of the airport, are the 895-room Park Inn by Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre Heathrow Airport, which has 41 meeting rooms in a conference center for up to 700 persons, and 185-room Novotel London Heathrow Airport Hotel, which has 16 meeting rooms, the largest able to cater to 180 persons.
With London right on the doorstep–and Windsor and Eton, in the other direction to the west–there are not so many unique gathering points in Hayes. But for those wishing to cut down on transfers, choose between Stockley Pines Golf Course in Stockley Park, which has an 18-hole championship course and event space for up to 100 persons; the London Motor Museum, which has a stellar collection of cars from the 1950s to 1980s, including a Batmobile, and has galley space and a conference studio for private functions; to the west, in the suburb of Cowley, The WatersEdge–which is not on the Thames either, but another tributary, the Colne, which here is part of the Great Union Canal–has the Function Suite, Conservatory, and Canal View Room for events; and the Battle of Britain Bunker, which was the home of Fighter Command No.11 Group from 1939 to 1958, was the spot where wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave his "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed, by so many to so few" speech, and which today has space for events on its lawns and gardens. Six miles to the east is the wonderful, majestic, historical Syon Park, the London home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland (their main pad is Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, where the Harry Potter movies were filmed), which has been in their family for more than 400 years, was previously an abbey, and contains the Great Conservatory for indoor events and a summer marquee on the lawn for 600 persons.
Restaurants in Hayes for groups include the Pheasant Inn & Restaurant, a pleasant pub and restaurant that has six levels with event space of different sizes and a restaurant situated behind the pub; another pub The White Horse, which looks as though it is light years, not a handful of feet, from Heathrow Airport and dates to 1534; Q Vardis, which sits beside the River Colne amid greenery, has 480 seats and a private dining room for 80 persons; and Grapes Tandoori, which has private areas for groups.