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Sustainable events in Central London

Our sustainable events venue in London provides elegant conference spaces, meeting rooms and even filming locations.


We are ideally located, allowing us to provide sustainable meetings in London’s city centre so reducing the need for delegates to travel to events by car.  This means we can help contribute to reducing the environmental impact caused by the event industry in London and ensure we support delegates and event suppliers to be as sustainable as possible.

When it comes to sustainable events in London, we’re leading the field and are proud of our green event practices. Our expert team have worked hard to implement green policies around our events, from reducing waste to ensuring our catering service sources food as sustainably as possible. Our excellent audio-visual and technical equipment ensure we’re an eco-friendly meeting venue, with the facilities to offer remote sessions too. As one of the leading green venues in London we’re also proud of our biodiversity drive, with our bees boosting the Bloomsbury ecosystem and beyond.


Sustainability in conferences: reducing event paper and recycling

We’ve worked hard to reduce the amount of paper used at our conferences and events. We never use paper to promote our events and have a digital booking system allowing us to correspond digitally too. Whenever we provide delegate packs, they are made from recycled materials and we actively encourage them to be recycled afterwards. We also provide delegates with reusable name badges that we collect at the end of each event so they can be used again.

In 2020 Senate House is undergoing a refurbishment of key conferencing and event spaces which will allow us to transfer all of our signage from paper to digital format. This will further reduce our paper consumption and ensure we can run even greener events. 

Green event practices: Waste reduction

The university also strives to reduce the waste that is generated through our events. We have stopped providing plastic water bottles to delegates and instead ensure water is freely available at our water stations. We only provide reusable cutlery and we have changed catering suppliers to ensure the food packaging we buy in is fully recyclable.

Looking ahead to 2020 and beyond, the university has even bigger aspirations and will work to develop a bold new plan to rid our catering operations of single use plastics.


Sustainable Travel and transport

Due to our outstanding central London location we have unrivalled access to public transport. We’re a 10-minute walk from Kings Cross station and 15 minutes from Euston. We’re also spoiled for choice with tube stations including:

Goodge Street (Northern Line), Russell Square (Piccadilly Line) Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern lines) which are under a 10-minute walk from Senate House.

Euston Square (Metropolitan, Circle and District lines), Holborn (Central and Piccadilly lines) and Warren Street (Central and Northern lines) which are all under a 15-minute walk away.

This is not to mention the countless bus and cycle routes that are on our doorstep.

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Sustainable Event Catering 

We’re very aware of the role food consumption plays in climate change and have endeavoured to improve our offerings both in terms of taste and environmental impact. We do not serve unhealthy food and drinks at our events and conferences. Instead we’ve opted to serve healthy, balanced meals. We prioritise vegetarian options and our brand-new vegan menu (reducing our catering carbon footprint) is coming soon.

Video resources and technical equipment

We have excellent in-house audio, visual technical equipment and video conferencing facilities reducing the need to transport heavy equipment and enabling an innovative alternative to physical attendance. This allows us to run sustainable meetings and events by reducing the emissions that are produced.

We’re also proud to support the local, national and international film industry at Bloomsbury Venues. By enabling home grown film makers to shoot in our venue we’re able to reduce the carbon footprint that might be otherwise incurred by travelling abroad to film.

Due to Senate House’s art deco aesthetic we’re often used by film and TV shows to stand in for New York, in fact some scenes from the Batman franchise were filmed here. This reduces any unnecessary flights over the pond, reducing carbon emissions. 

Many famous shows and movies have used Senate House and its surroundings gardens as a backdrop such as Killing Eve, Bodyguard, Patrick Melrose. James Bond even turned our Macmillan Hall into airport security for the next instalment of the franchise.


Biodiversity and sustainability at University of London Venues

Bees are the earth’s predominant pollinator, pollinating a third of all the food eaten globally and as such are crucial to the resilience and sustainability of our ecosystem. Here at the University of London we know this and wanted to give bees a home in the urban jungle of our capital city.

That is why on the roof of our IALS building you will find 3 beehives. To encourage and aid their pollination we have planted a variety of bee friendly flowers across our estate. In 2018/19 our bees produced 170 pots of honey and we continued our annual bee training course, training another 10 beekeepers. We also have our honey tested each year to identify the pollen in our honey. 

We’re very lucky to be surrounded by green spaces in Bloomsbury with Russell Square to our east, Gordon Square to our north and Woburn and Torrington squares amongst our buildings.

Sustainable events at University of London Venues

If you’re looking for an environmentally conscious and eco-friendly events venue in central London, then Bloomsbury Venues is well-suited to your needs. We are thrilled to have received the GOLD ECOsmart award which is the accreditation programme of Greengage Solutions – recognising and supporting eco-friendly hotels and conference venues that meet certified standards of sustainability. 

Contact our expert events team to find out more about our green events policy and find out how we can support you to make your next event even more sustainable.

Make an enquiry here, give us a call or drop us an email today.