Known as one of London’s main entertainment districts, Soho is famous for fun, neon lights, big city buzz and, last but not least, Chinatown. This lively district is where the heart of London beats, so it’s no surprise it’s also popular for meetings of all kinds. From elegant boardrooms perfect for a brainstorming session to colourful coworking spaces ideal for a team-building meet-up, Soho has all the meeting rooms you may need. Try the Tagvenue search engine and see for yourself. Your meeting room is just a few clicks away!
1 of 22
Soho is one of the most lively neighbourhoods in London, with a buzzing nightlife and an eclectic mix of shops, bars, and restaurants to enjoy during the day. The area has long been associated with the arts, thanks to its proximity to so many theatres and galleries.
But Soho's appeal goes beyond just being an artistic hub. Since it’s one of London's most diverse neighbourhoods, attracting both tourists and locals, it's a great place for businesses to thrive. And with a plethora of meeting rooms, you are sure to find the one that will be the best for your business.
When preparing for a meeting though, the location isn’t the only factor that will help you make it a success. Below are some tips that will help you have the most productive meeting:
Set a goal - All meetings should start with their purpose clearly defined. The goal of your meeting should always be known to you and the attendees, and it should be achievable within the time frame of that meeting. If you don't know what you're trying to achieve, then how can you have a productive session?
Decide on the participants - If you know the goal of your meeting, it’s time to decide who will participate in it. Invite those people who will add value to your discussion and whose insights are necessary to prompt the meeting forward. Avoid inviting people out of courtesy if their presence isn’t necessary. Too many people attending the meeting may cause it to sidetrack.
Assign roles - Once you know the purpose of the meeting and who will show up, assign roles to the participants. Clearly defined roles will help everyone stay focused on what they need to do and say. The roles can include one person who should be responsible for taking notes so that the information is recorded accurately. Another person can take on the role of facilitator, to help ensure everyone has a chance to speak and make sure the meeting stays on track. Remember to have one person keeping track of time so the meeting doesn’t drag!
Set up the agenda - One of the best ways to keep a meeting on track is to have an agenda. An agenda is a list of things that need to be discussed and decided during the session. It helps keep meetings from getting sidetracked or bogged down on side issues. The agenda also helps participants prepare for meetings by giving them some idea of what will be covered, so if possible, send it out beforehand to everyone attending.
Prepare the materials - If you’re going to be using some materials during your meeting, make sure they’re set and ready before the participants enter the room. Neither you nor the participants want to scramble around trying to figure out what you’re working on at the moment, so if you get everything ready before the meeting, you’ll avoid that.
Keep the time - If you want to keep your meetings as productive as possible, starting and ending them on time is essential. Allocate time to each point of your agenda, and keep track of time to make sure you’re not spending too much time on some tasks that don’t require it. If you have a meeting that runs over, it can be difficult for people to stay focused.
To make sure you have the best meeting experience, here are some things to avoid when in a meeting:
Don’t come unprepared. That sounds too obvious, but it’s one of the most common complaints when it comes to meetings. So respect the time of the people participating, and give your best at the meeting, even if it’s a short one.
Don't waste time on unnecessary details. Get right to the point and keep the discussion focused on what needs to be done. Even if you have some icebreakers or team-building planned for the meeting, keep them short and within the set time limit.
Don’t let people derail the meeting by going off-topic or getting into lengthy discussions that go nowhere. It’s important to give people time to express themselves and ask questions, so prepare some time for a Q&A and keep track of all conclusions.
Don’t forget breaks as they’re vital for keeping your team focused and on their feet. Even if you have a tight schedule and it’s tempting to pack as much work as possible into the planned meeting time, breaks will help you achieve your goals in a better and more effective way.
Don’t forget the follow-up. The most productive meeting will be the one that gives every participant an idea of what are the next steps to take. Send out a note after the meeting finishes so the follow-up is clear and known to everybody.
If you need some more tips, here’s a checklist to help you best prepare for your next meeting.
Soho has been known for different things throughout for years, but what makes it such a sought-after meeting area today? Here’s a couple of the most important reasons:
Not sure which part of Soho will make the best fit for your meeting? Have a look at our Soho cheat sheet:
The meeting room hiring prices in Soho depend on the day of the week and the time of the day when you want to book the space. Usually, you can expect hourly rates to range between £42 to £200. Daily hire starts at as little as £150. Some venues offer per-person rates, which start at £55. (Based on Tagvenue data.)
Tagvenue lists only the best venues available, so whatever you decide on you are sure to be satisfied with your choice, but here are our top picks:
The Shaftesbury at Century Club - an airy space with all the equipment you may need for a successful meeting. The unique and stylish design of the rooms will make for a great backdrop to your meeting. Rated 4.3/5
Channing Williams at The Union Club - a fully functional meeting room with a break-out space that makes for a great spot to host your next meeting. Whether it’s a brainstorming session or a negotiation, The Union Club will cater to all your needs. Rated 4.8/5
Boozy Tea Room at The Hippodrome Casino - perfect for less formal meetings and catch-ups, this cosy room will cater to smaller groups looking for a relaxed atmosphere and a good drink. Offering privacy, it’s still a great place to hold business talks. Rated 4.7/5
Found an amazing venue within 10 minutes of looking! Really happy :)
I came across Tag Venue completely by accident and Sarah was unbelievably helpful in saving me valuable time and conducting the search on my behalf. I would not hesitate to use Tag Venue again.
It was really easy to find a wide range of potential locations, and I could contact many different venues with ease. Tagvenue allowed me to be very dynamic when organising my event. Would definitely use again!