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Inside RIBA at 66 Portland Place: virtual show round

Credit: Hamblin Imagery

Although absolutely necessary, the UK wide lockdown and social-distancing restrictions put in place to slow the spread of Covid-19 have had a massive impact on many things over the last couple of months, with private and corporate events understandably taking a huge hit.

Although we don’t know exactly when social-gatherings and events will be able to resume, research by The Business of Events predicts that autumn is likely to be very busy with demand set to outstrip supply, and a sharp increase in conferences up to 250 delegates is expected. Additionally, research by VisitBritain reveals that the events sector has seen approximately 74% of organisers postponing planned events in the UK meaning venues will need to accommodate these as well as the influx of new bookings expected towards the end of the year.

This spike in conference business returning will be largely attributed to corporate companies wanting to bring their teams back together as quickly as possible once the Covid-19 crisis has subsided. Having been away from the office for so long, it will be important to reunite teams not only to boost morale but to thank them for their ongoing support throughout the crisis.

Due to these factors, the VisitBritain report indicates there may be a shortage of venue capacity during the last Q4 in 2020 and Q1 in 2021, particularly in London. So whilst companies and event organisers might be wary of committing to a date for post-lockdown events, now is a great time to start planning and researching potential venues in order to beat the rush come autumn.

As a venues team, we are still working, albeit remotely during this time, and are available to discuss any future events you may be looking to host over email and phone. Not being able to visit a location presents a slight hurdle but we hope this virtual tour as well as our brochure and photo galleries will give a clearer idea of what spaces we have on offer and the experience you can expect.

If you would like to enquire about any future events please get in touch with the team on venues@riba.org and they’ll be happy to assist.

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