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Ground Floor

Brunel Room

About the Brunel Room

On the ground floor off the main foyer is the Brunel room, one of our most striking function rooms in the Westminster event venue. This impressive event space has high ceilings and large windows along the west wall allowing in lots of natural daylight. The walls are covered with rich, dark French walnut panelling and the ceilings adorned by beautifully embellished plaster and lit by a large chandelier. The soft furnishings including recently-added curtains and carpets are well-appointed in reds, greens and golds which help create a warm, luxurious feel.

There is space for up to 100 people theatre style or for a reception and up to 80 people for a sit-down dining event. The room has the added advantage of adjoining the Smeaton room to one side and the Council room to the other. This means these rooms can be used together and allow for much flexibility. Each room can be given a distinct function for the overall event whilst being fully contained within one exclusive area.

The room is named after the father Marc and his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel who together designed and built the very first subaqueous tunnel underneath the Thames amongst other spectacular and world-renowned constructions.

One of the original rooms of the Institution of Civil Engineers, it was called the South Reading Room and was used by members as a place to gather much like any other London club. There were large brown leather settees and chairs around the room.

Key Features

  • Licenced for Civil marriage ceremonies and civil partnerships
  • Full wheelchair accessibility, guide dogs allowed
  • Central air conditioning
  • Space allows for bespoke stage sets to be created and built
  • Natural daylight
  • Connectivity to high specification Tandberg video-conferencing
  • Hard-wired interconnectivity between all meeting rooms for video, audio and data
  • Complimentary superfast Wi-Fi
  • Dedicated bandwidths and static IP addresses also available
  • Other Audio Visual services available on request


Length 13.28 m
Width 10.26 m
Height 4.82 m
Height under chandelier 2.68 m
Area 136.25 sq m


Boardroom style 48
Theatre style 100
Classroom style 45
Stand up buffet / reception 100
Seated lunch / dinner / cabaret* 80
Seated buffet 70

Lighting (Natural Daylight)

Chandeliers 1
Fixed downlights 28
Light switch in room Yes
Dimmers Yes

Power and Communications

Number of 13 amp sockets 20
Telephone points Yes
Wireless and wired broadband internet access Yes

Main Access (Double Doors)

Door width 1.50 m
Door height 2.44 m

* Based on 6' rounds of 10
In cabaret style some people will have backs to the screen