Conference facilities at LSE

LSE has successfully hosted a range of large academic conferences over the last few years, the facilities on campus are well suited to these type of events and staff in the Room Bookings Team are experienced in working with academic departments and their external co-hosts to plan and deliver successful large-scale academic conferences.


Venues available for conferences

Small Meeting & Committee Rooms (Capacity 8-40)

 

A meeting room in the New Academic Building
Meeting room in the New Academic Building

LSE has a number of boardroom, seminar and classroom style meeting rooms for 8-40 people available to hire year-round. There is a suite of 4 modern meeting rooms, seating up to 12 people in each on the top floor of the New Academic Building, all of which enjoy spectacular views over London, use of a communal lounge and roof terrace area. Alternatively, there are more traditional style wood panelled committee rooms with built-in AV equipment available for meetings of 8 – 18 people.

The Vera Anstey Room
The Vera Anstey Room, Boardroom for 40 people.

The Vera Anstey Room seating up to 40 which is suited to events, such as board meetings, committees and seminars. It can also be adapted to provide a venue for press conferences, presentations and lectures to a small audience. The room combines elegant, boardroom-style furnishing with a full complement of audio-visual and presentation equipment with a small ante-room, often used for delegate registration, and in which our caterers can provide finger food and drinks receptions for up to 30 people.

Dedicated Conference Venue the BOX

The Box main meeting area
The BOX main meeting area, boardroom for 30.

A dedicated conference space at LSE, available to hire year-round. A versatile and interesting venue with a calm relaxed ambiance. The flexible meeting area, accommodating up to a maximum up to 50 theatre style can be set up for the specific requirements of your event; up to 30 boardroom or U-shape, 32 classroom style or 30 cabaret style with an area for serving catering and refreshments. A spacious social area, elegantly furnished with comfortable sofas provides space for networking and more informal discussion and breakout sessions. The Cabinet of Curiosities separating the two areas always provokes interest and curiosity among delegates with its unique collection of unusual objects. There is also a private boardroom, seating up to 8, often used in conjunction with the main space for one-to-one or breakout sessions. 

 

Teaching Rooms (Capacity 18-80)

A classroom in 32 Lincolns Inn Fields
Classroom in 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields Building Seating 20

LSE's campus has a range of teaching rooms of between 18-80 which are available for hire evenings, weekends and during vacations. We can often accommodate short day time meetings in slots around teaching during term time. Rooms of this size are generally theatre style (chairs with folding writing arms) classroom style (rows of tables and chairs facing forwards) or group style with plectrum tables.

Classroom in the New Academic Building
Room NAB.1.04 in the New Academic Building which seats 80 people

All teaching rooms are fully equipped with AV facilities such as whiteboards, visualisers and PC/Projection systems. These rooms are ideal for training sessions, small presentations, company or association meetings or any event requiring an academic environment. Catering, such as teas, coffees and sandwich lunches can be served in these rooms.

 

CBG.1.06
Room CBG.1.06 in the Centre Building which seats 54 people

 

Harvard Theatres (Capacity 49-80)

Teaching in the Alumni Theatre
Alumni Theatre in the New Academic Building with a maximum capacity of 80

LSE's New Academic Building and 32 Lincoln's Inn building both feature two Harvard style theatres, with a tiered horseshoe layout and seating in executive chairs to facilitate full audience discussion and participation. The theatres include built-in AV equipment; Visualiser, PC and 2 projectors and screens.

A harvard room in 32 Lincoln Inn Fields
Harvard lecture theatre seating 49 people in 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields

Lecture Theatres (Capacity 70-200)

Sumeet Valrani
The Sumeet Valrani theatre seating up to 70 based in the Centre Building

 LSE has a choice of flat-floored lecture theatres in either classroom or theatre style seating up to 200 and small tiered lecture theatres ranging from 70 to 130. These are commonly used for careers presentations, company meetings or small conferences. Lecture theatres are available for hire at weekends and during vacations only, though enquiries for evening meetings and short bookings (1-2 hours) on teaching days during term time can be considered.

The Wolfson Theatre New Academic Building
The Wolfson theatre seating up to 130 based in the New Academic Building

As with teaching rooms, lecture theatres have data and video projection equipment built-in, as well as visualiser and screen. Other AV and presentation equipment is available to hire.

Auditorium
The Auditorium theatre seating up to 200 based in the Centre Building

 

Lecture Theatres (Capacity 220 to 999)

Hong Kong Theatre (Capacity 220)

The main lecture theatre in LSE's Clement House, the Hong Kong Theatre provides an ideal plenary room for weekend conferences, or an evening lecture venue for an audience of up to 220. The theatre is a converted banking hall and is spacious, light and has wood-panelled walls and a marble-floored foyer. Presentations can be delivered effectively using the built-in projection system and the room also features a visualiser. Given its proximity to the Royal Courts of Justice, the Hong Kong Theatre is a preferred venue for legal organisations giving presentations and press conferences as well as lectures and conference sessions. The Hong Kong Theatre is a smart, accessible venue which offers a modern contrast to the more traditional academic surrounds of the Old Theatre.

The Hong Kong Theatre
The Hong Kong Theatre can accomodate 220 people over two levels

 

Sheikh Zayed Theatre (Capacity 400)

The Sheikh Zayed theatre is the largest lecture theatre based in LSE's New Academic Building, which is located on the historic Lincoln's Inn Fields. The Sheikh Zayed theatre has a capacity of up to 400 and being based on the lower ground floor of the building it has access to a large reception area where buffet lunches and drinks receptions can be served. The building also has a number of small to medium sized teaching rooms in close proximity of each other, suitable for breakout spaces and making the New Academic Building the ideal place to hold a Conference during vacation periods.

 

The Sheikh Zayed Theatre
View from the back row facing the stage in the Sheikh Zayed theatre

 

Old Theatre (Capacity 460)

Seating up to 460, the Old Theatre is an academic lecture theatre with a raised stage and is ideally suited for lectures, debates and presentations. It features a built in sound system, visualiser and data projection facilities. The semi-circular auditorium provides a venue where the audience can feel involved in the proceedings. Meetings and lectures held in the Old Theatre often provoke the lively atmosphere of debate and enquiry associated with the LSE. It is also the ideal venue for plenary sessions for weekend conferences, when used in conjunction with the School's various seminar rooms.

 

An event in the Old Theatre
The Old Theatre can accomodate 460 people over two levels

 

 Peacock Theatre (Capacity 999)

 The Peacock is LSE's own West-End Theatre seating up to 999. The venue is ideal for company AGMs, presentations or conferences and is perfect for staging high profile events. The large stage can provide a platform for a debate or lecture, while a presentation can be enhanced by a full complement of audio-visual equipment, including data and video projection and a built in sound system. The Peacock's two stylish bars can be used to cater for your delegates, or as a post-event reception venue. We can provide all the services and staff you need to put on a large-scale event in a self-contained venue, including ushering staff and experienced technicians. This combines to make the Peacock a sound choice of venue for a presentation or lecture-style event to a large audience in Central London. For information on hiring the theatre or holding events in this venue please contact Sam Gaid, Peacock Theatre Manager on 020 7955 7808 or e-mail s.gaid@lse.ac.uk

Sadiq Khan on stage in the Peacock Theatre
The stage of the Peacock Theatre.

 

Moot Court

The Moot Court Room is a flexible space located in the New Academic Building’s Department of Law. The room holds up to 35 people and is most commonly used for mooting by Law students. It can also be used for meetings, training sessions, small-scale events and seminars. The in-ceiling camera is available to record proceedings and the room is fully equipped with AV facilities.

The Moot Court
Moot Court, mooting layout for 35.

 

LSE Style Lecture Theatre

LSE Style Lecture Theatre
LSE Lecture Theatre in the Centre Building on Houghton Street

The LSE lecture theatre is a new "LSE style" lecture theatre, designed to allow for traditional style teaching as well as collaborative group work. The theatre can accomodate 80 people in a setting which encourages more interaction between participants and the speaker. As with other teaching rooms, the theatre has data and video projection equipment built-in, as well as visualiser and screen. 



Academic conferences at LSE

The most important consideration is the timing of the conference.  Space on LSE’s campus is intensively used throughout the year with academic teaching or exams during term time, Summer School teaching throughout the summer vacation and a number of executive programmes running during Easter and Christmas vacations. 

The time periods when it is most likely that a large academic conference could be accommodated are;

Last week August / first week September

Easter vacation (please see Term Dates )

Subject to Summer School dates, first week summer vacation (please see Term Dates)

Please contact event.services@lse.ac.uk in the first instance to discuss possible timings and venues for your conference. Room Bookings can help identify the most likely venues and timings for your conference based on your requirements & LSE's own academic & teaching commitments (which are prioritised and scheduled in ahead of all other bookings) and assist in preparing room hire quotes for the conference budget.

 

Examples of previous conferences venues

LSE has a wide range of venues and we have hosted academic conferences of varying sizes across combinations of most buildings on campus, all of which have worked well.  Please see examples below:

British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2011 – 60 Years of Sociology

Co-hosted by LSE Sociology Department

Dates: Easter vacation (6-8 April 2011)

Registration/Publisher’s Exhibition: Peacock Theatre Foyer and Bar Areas

Plenary & Keynote Lectures: Peacock Theatre and Old Theatre

Panels: Teaching Rooms in NAB, Clement House and Connaught House

Catering: Packed Lunches distributed from the Peacock Theatre Bar Areas.

Feedback: “On behalf of the Department of Sociology, I would like to record my sincere thanks to you and your team for the contribution you made to the very successful British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2011, one of the most successful conferences held by the BSA.  This does indeed reflect well on the LSE and so please pass on my heartfelt thanks to everyone concerned.” (Prof Judy Wajcman, Head of Department of Sociology)

British Accounting and Finance Association – 50th Annual Conference 2014

Booked direct, with involvement from LSE Department of Accounting

Dates: Easter vacation (13 - 16 April 2014)

Registration/Exhibition: NAB Ground and Lower Ground Floors

Plenary & Keynote Lectures: Sheikh Zayed Theatre

Panels: Teaching Rooms on NAB 1st & 2nd Floors

Catering: NAB Lower Ground and 1st Floor Teaching Rooms (partitions removed)

Feedback: “Just to say that everyone I spoke to at this week's conference had nothing but praise for the accommodation, organisation, catering and above all for the 'hands on' involvement of you and your colleagues and the warm and welcoming attention you all gave to all the delegates. LSE's reputation for efficient conference organization is surely second to none thanks to you and your team.  If BAFA wasn't committed to 'do the rounds' from year to year I'm sure they would by now have booked to be back here next year!” (Prof Richard Macve, Emeritus Professor of Accounting)

“May I add my thanks again you worked really hard and effectively, and made a real difference to the success of the conference - which was the smoothest and most vibrant I can recall!” (President, BAFA)

 

Society for the Advancement of Socio Economics (SASE) 27th Annual Conference 2015 – Inequality in the 21st Century

Co-hosted by LSE Management Department

Dates: Between end of exams and start of Summer School (2 – 4 July 2015)

Registration/Exhibition: TW1.G.01 (seating removed)

Plenary & Keynote Lectures: Old Theatre and Hong Kong Theatre

Panels: Teaching Rooms in Pankhurst House, Fawcett House and Clement House

Catering: Lunch Vouchers for 4th Floor Restaurant, Old Building and Conference Reception SCR/SDR

Feedback: “I talked to many of the conference participants and there were was only praise from them for the good organisation, the clear signage, the student helpers, the efficiency of the AV and technical staff, the social events and good service in the Fourth Floor Restaurant, and the general warm welcome. In a word, all the behind-the-scenes work that makes a conference successful.” (Prof David Marsden, Department of Management)

“This was the biggest SASE conference ever so lots of last minute details to deal with, the LSE Staff were on the spot whenever we needed them. It was amazing.” (Martha Zuber, SASE Executive Director)

Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) International Conference 2016 – Inequalities: Addressing the Growing Challenge for Policymakers Worldwide

Co-hosted by International Inequalities Institute

Date: Between end of exams and start of Summer School (13 -14 June 2016)

Registration/Exhibition: Hong Kong Theatre (seating removed)

Plenary & Keynote Lectures: Old Theatre

Panels: Teaching Rooms in Clement House

Catering: Lunch Vouchers for 4th Floor Restaurant, Old Building and Conference Reception SCR/SDR

Feedback: “I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all colleagues who were involved in the organisation that allowed us to host the APPAM conference in the last two days.  It all went very well indeed, and I know that the APPAM staff were very impressed by how smoothly it all worked out and how well the practical arrangements worked.  It was a great credit to the School that we were able to host an event like this and to do it so efficiently” (Prof John Hills, III)

“Thank you so much for hosting us this week!  The conference was a huge success and working with your staff onsite was absolutely wonderful.  They were so helpful and literally everywhere, whenever we needed assistance” (Tara Sheehan, APPAM)

 

Catering facilities

As most LSE buildings have café facilities conference delegates have the flexibility to purchase their own refreshments from one of the LSE outlets between sessions.  Details of LSE Catering outlets and cafes can be provided for the conference programme and web pages.

Pre-ordering lunch vouchers for the 4th Floor Restaurant provides flexibility for conference organisers and delegates and is an efficient way of catering for large numbers in a central location.

Conference receptions and dinners can be accommodated in venues such as the Staff Common Room, Dining Room or Shaw Library.

Please contact LSE Catering for further details.

Accommodation

Depending on timing, conference accommodation may be available in LSE Residences. 

Please contact vacations@lse.ac.uk for further details.

For further information or to discuss hosting an academic conference at LSE please contact Rachel Ward or one of the Room Bookings Team event.services@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7461.

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