Fans of Fifty Shades of Grey may well have heard of the IET. It's where EL James did her first book signing in London. And, according to MT's tour guides, the Q&A session was very colourful indeed. But it's not just S&M novelists and South Korean pop stars (a 'K Pop' expo was also held in the IET's lecture theatre - alas, Psy didn't show) that choose this central London venue for their events. FTSE 100 firms announce their results there and even Olympic athletes have given press conferences from the IET Council Chamber.
In total, there are 18 event spaces at the IET, ranging from smaller meeting rooms to the piece de resistance, the Riverside Room on the top floor (the view is pictured above). The IET has its own troupe of AV technicians to deal with your PowerPoint/cinema/lightshow needs.
It also has its own catering team. MT managed to sample a few of the IET's culinary delights. The flllet steak (pictured left) was to die for, and the canape selection (pictured left) puts many 'out of the box' catering solutions to shame. It came as no surprise to MT that the IET's last head chef made it through to the final of Masterchef 2012.
But, back to the venue itself. The IET has free wi-fi throughout and is available to hire in blocks - or even in its entirety. The Qatari Royal Family did just this during London 2012. The IET's hall was transformed into a great souk. Cream carpets were laid across the first floor and the scent of Arabian spices was piped throughout the building.
For those with more modest requirements, a small meeting room for eight starts at around £200 per day (the Green Room on the second floor), for an intimate breakfast or lunch meeting, the Haslett room, which boasts a triple aspect (pictured left) is lovely. But for a ball, awards dinner or major company celebration, the Riverside is probably your best bet. For a seated dinner, the Riverside can accomodate up to 250, with a 260 capacity for a drinks reception (see the space pictured right, transformed into an auditorium).
For a full virtual tour of all the room available at the IET, check out the website.
As for convenience, it doesn't get much better than the IET. Within easy walking distance of Waterloo, Charing Cross, Embankment and Covent Garden station, it's a highly versatile, centrally-located gem of a venue. Arrive by tube, bus, riverboat or Boris bike - there's a parking station right outside.
MT's verdict? At circa £2,000 to hire the Riverside room, with stunning views, right on the river, you could say the IET was engineered for your convenience...