The London Marriott Hotel County Hall
Walking into the Marriott County Hall is like walking into no other Marriott. The stunning circular courtyard aside, the hotel is steeped in history and feels just like being inside the Houses of Parliament, which sit alluringly close on the opposite side of the river. It is the epitome of an undiscovered secret, in terms of both its fabulously central location and stunning Grade II listed décor.
There are eight private dining rooms and event spaces on one wing, all of which are linked by a wide and long wood panelled corridor. The oak panelling flows naturally into the rooms, giving them the same feel as those in the corridors of power opposite.
This panelling combined with stunning hip to ceiling windows providing plenty of natural light and large striking swags of curtains all provide an elegant, almost regal, ambience. The rooms cater for between 8 to 60 for seated events or up to 100 for standing receptions and many are interconnecting so that standing receptions or break out areas can be provided before meals and meetings.
The colours in most of the rooms are classically rich red with gold – not in a flash way but in an old school lavish elegance kind of way (although some decor will change by mid-2016 when a refurbishment is planned).
There are two exceptions to the way the private rooms are decorated. The Horace Cutler room with its sage green walls and leafy & floral curtains gives the room a particularly feminine feel – making it a favourite choice with parties wanting afternoon teas, baby showers and the like, while the Frances Atherton comprises a balcony which overlooks the inner courtyard, making it popular for summer evening events.
Rooms are totally versatile with the hotel able to cater for all varieties of set up from meetings and product launches to banquets and weddings, afternoon teas, christenings, private celebrations and even elegant hen do’s.
Daily delegate rates start from £80 per person (3 coffee breaks, lunch, wifi, AV projector, water and stationery). Marriott’s Meetings Imagined lunch package is designed to provide healthier, lighter dishes that will leave delegates feeling refreshed and awake for the next session, rather than full of stodge.
There are two other key areas available at County Hall – The Library Lounge, which has to be the best kept secret of the hotel with more wood panelled walls but also stunning wood & glass bookcases housing over 4,000 books and creating mini-booths perfect for product and event showcases. There are also two oversize fireplaces at either end of the room, a grand piano and huge windows that look over the River Thames filling the room with natural light and providing unrivalled London views. Used as the hotel’s afternoon tea room, its elegance makes it ideal for weddings, receptions and christenings as well as other private functions for up to 60 guests.
Finally, Gillray’s, the hotel’s main restaurant can be hired for exclusive use. The circular bar area can be cleared of furniture and is ideal for standing receptions and pre-dinner drinks, while the main restaurant with its light wood panelling and art deco feel can seat up to 70.
For smaller parties the end of Gillray’s can be used as a semi-private dining room for up to 20, being partially obscured by curtains but still able to enjoy the buzz of the main restaurant.
All private rooms are subject to a room hire or minimum spend depending on time, date and availability. Private dining menus start at £23 for working sandwich lunches, £37.50 for buffet lunches and £65 for three course meals. Wedding packages start at just £120 per person. The venue has full disabled access.