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WHERE IS IT? In north London at the Elstree Studios complex.

What is it? This is the the studio in which the television quiz show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? is filmed, and is available for hire for corporate parties during March, April and May of this year.

WHAT'S IT GOT? Available from 9am to midnight, the unique venue can accommodate up to 200 guests and is being managed by agency The Ultimate Event Company. As well as offering an ideal location for cocktail parties and product launches, the facilities within the studio make it perfect for live communication events. Corporate clients will be able to personalise the experience for guests by utilising the programme's set, audience voting buttons and even the questions that are used on the show. This will allow any event to be completely interactive.

WHO SHOULD I TALK TO? Zoe Humphries at The Ultimate Event Company on (020) 8891 4000 or visit www.ultimateevent.co.uk

Largest space: 200 (max)
Smallest space: 10 (min)
Nearest station: Elstree
Cost: TBA


WHERE IS IT? Bumpkin is located at 209 Westbourne Park Road, near the heart of Notting Hill.

WHAT IS IT? A restaurant offering four slightly different event spaces all in a country home style, from decor through to cuisine.

WHAT'S IT GOT? The Country Brasserie boasts rustic furniture and home-style cooking for up to 60; the Restaurant has an open kitchen and can host up to 50, while the Private Dining Room holds 40 and has its own bar. Finally, the Whisky Rooms consist of three private spaces for up to 50 for a cocktail reception. Tables are available for poker, card games and backgammon, and the entire venue can be hired for up to 180 for a reception.

WHO SHOULD I TALK TO? Marcus Kemp (020) 7591 5443

Largest space: 180 (standing)
Smallest space: 40 (seated)
Nearest tube: Ladbroke Grove
Cost (entire venue): £15,000


WHERE IS IT? Housed in the Glasgow Science Centre, which is on the newly developed Pacific Quay, close to the city centre.

WHAT IS IT? A new £1m glass events space. Spread over three storeys it boasts floor-to-ceiling glass and is entered via a walkway over Glasgow Science Centre's moat.

WHAT'S IT GOT? The venue provides a panoramic backdrop with Clyde views, hosting up to 400 for a banquet or 500 for a reception. It also offers state-of-the-art audio-visual facilities, an LED starcloth, four plasma screens and two large projection screens. To mark the opening, menu options named after famous Scottish scientists are being offered by in-house caterers Leith's and Nairns Anywhere.

WHO SHOULD I TALK TO? The events team on 0871 540 1008 or visit www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/corporateevents.aspx

Largest space: 500 (standing)
Smallest space: 10 (seated)
Nearest station: Finneston
Cost (300 or less): £2,000


WHERE IS IT? At 74 Welbeck Street, just behind Oxford Street.

WHAT IS IT? Brera is a contemporary, family-run Italian restaurant that used to be Vecchia Milano, and is named after Milan's oldest district, which is renowned for its art collections.

WHAT'S IT GOT? The interior was created by Rory Cashin Design, using natural materials. It features a five-metre wine wall and a circular lowered bar that can accommodate up to 40 for a cocktail reception, 90 for a dinner or 350 standing if the whole venue is hired. It opened in November 2006 and has already attracted clients from the media, banking and medical industries.

WHO SHOULD I TALK TO? The events team on (020) 7935 2371 or visit www.brerarestaurant.co.uk

Largest space: 350 (standing)
Smallest space: 40 (standing)
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus
Cost (minimum): £5,000


WHERE IS IT? In the heart of Soho at 1 Greek Street.

WHAT IS IT? A former hostel for London's homeless women, this is a new event space offering a wealth of hospitality solutions. It is part of an initiative from Simon Boyle, founder of Beyond Boyle.

WHAT'S IT GOT? A selection of historic rooms, including a chapel, makes it ideal for anything from private dining to lavish parties. Spaces include the intimate Cellar Dining Rooms for six or 16, the Dining Room for up to 30 guests seated, the Small Historic Room for 50 reception-style or the Large Historic Room for 60. The latter two combined accommodate up to 110 for dinner. A portion of the cost of an event goes to helping homeless people gain work experience.

WHO SHOULD I TALK TO? Contact the events team on (020) 7437 1894 or www.houseofstbarnabas.org.uk

Largest space: 110 (seated)
Smallest space: 6 (seated)
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus
Cost (largest space): £2,000


WHERE IS IT? Behind the Royal Academy of Arts, off Regent's Street.

WHAT IS IT? The building was designed by Sir James Pennethorne around 1870 as the headquarters for the University of London. From 1970 to 1998 it became the Museum of Mankind and in 2005 was brought back into use by the Royal Academy as an exhibition space.

WHAT'S IT GOT? Consisting of nine galleries and accommodating up to 1,500 people, No 6 is a contemporary white space with high ceilings, wooden floors and double-height windows. The rooms are available for hire seven days a week, for daytime and evening events or longer term hire. With interlinking galleries, multiple levels, a grand, sweeping split staircase and Georgian ceilings, this venue is ideal for corporate dinners, receptions, conferences and exhibitions.

WHO SHOULD I TALK TO? Milburns, part of the Compass Group, is the on-site caterer. Contact regional sales manager Alex Dingwall on (020) 7300 5608 or email alex.dingwall@compass-group.co.uk

Largest space: 1,500 (standing)
Smallest space: 20 (standing)
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus
Cost (entire venue) pounds: 10,000

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