Due west of London is Cardiff, the capital of Wales, one of the four Home Nations of the United Kingdom. The city’s most visible landmark is Cardiff Castle (above), with the ‘outer fortifications’ designed by Victorian architect William Burges. Inside the grounds is a Norman fort that was built upon the remains of one left by Roman invaders. Today’s visitors have more peaceful intentions and include corporate groups who make use of spaces such as a banqueting hall with evenings that feature Welsh folk singing and dance. Cocktails can be held amid the ornate décor of the Library and Drawing Room.
Tower of London
For a senseof security, it would be hard to match the legendary Tower of London: home to the royal family’s Crown Jewels and – in earlier times – traitors and others who displeased the realm. Now, the Tower is one of the British capital’s most popular visitor attractions, with sections available for corporate events of up to 300 guests. Spaces range from the Martin Tower for intimate dining to the Great Hall in the White Tower, which has a battlement walk overlooking the River Thames that can be used for cocktail gatherings. The Tower’s grounds and exhibitions complement the modernised suites in the New Armouries, which accommodate conferences and lunches for up to 150 delegates. www.hrp.org.uk/toweroflondon