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.