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Address: Queen St
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Contacts: Hira Ram
 - Events Manager
Delegate Rates:
Daily:   From  £29.95
Rates are exclusive of sales tax (VAT)
Room Hire Rate: From £3500.00
Rates are exclusive of sales tax (VAT)
Member of Associations: Leicester Chamber of Commerce
Meeting Room
Disabled Access:
Location & Parking: Centrally located within Leicester's Cultural Quarter, now with up to 100 complimentary car parking spaces and additional available opposite at the NCP for a discounted 24hour rate.
Restaurants: We have in-house chefs who can provide freshly prepared, award-winning catering for your event. We also cater for all dietary requirements
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what our customers say

Kate Magee (Business Development Executive), Finlayson Media Communications
"I think the fact that we chose the Athena to launch the National Dentistry Awards, one of our most prestigious and definitely our largest event in the diary says it all and, as we are celebrating our 3rd consecutive year there this December only hi-lights how pleased we are with the excellent customer service, the organisation at the venue and the execution of the event itself. A stunning venue with great staff that I would recommend whole-heartedly!"
Costa Philippou (Business Development Manager), Medi-Link East Midlands
"The Athena was a great venue for our annual event. What made it outstanding for us was the service that the staff provided during the planning and execution phases. Not only did they assist us with advice and suggestions, but also applied all their resources to ensuring that the event ran smoothly. Great venue...fantastic staff!"
Fay Richards (Project Manager), Mortgage Advice Bureau
"The staff could not have been more helpful, with most of them dressing up in costume to match the theme of the night and each member, from the chefs to the bar staff, was extremely accommodating and supportive to each and every person in the 500-strong attendance.
The night ran smoothly without any problems thanks to the professionalism of the staff and, for the first time ever, we are already planning for our return next year!"
Leah Shafik (Bid Manager), Interserve
"The Athena has been the only venue we have considered for our Annual Charity Ball. The staff are fantastic, the management always very keen to help and make sure the event is run smoothly and the food is top class! Our organization now considers the Athena as their only Midlands based venue to use for any large events"
Iain Patton (Chief Executive), EAUC
"The Athena was an excellent venue to showcase all the sustainability initiatives being undertaken by the
tertiary education sector... The food on the night was outstanding and we have received a lot of praise
from guests – especially those with dietary needs - with one saying it is the “best food they have ever
eaten at an Awards Ceremony”
! It was a pleasure to work with a team who “get it” and helped us offer a
locally sourced, sustainable menu and delivered a high quality dinner on the night – thank you."


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Athena is one of the Midlands leading dedicated events venues, sitting in the heart of Leicester's Cultural Quarter. Our success has most recently been recognised at the 2018 National Venue Awards, where Athena was awarded Gold for Best Event Venue for 500-1000 people and Silver for Best Awards Ceremony Venue. In addition, a Silver award winner for 'Best Awards Venue' at the 2017 Awards Awards and Winner of the 2014 Large Venue of the Year Award from Drum Magazine make Athena a multi-award winning venue.

Athena was originally designed and built in 1936 by Robert Arthur Bulllivant as an Odeon cinema. The venue represented one of the largest, most extravagant buildings within the region comprising simply of one cinema screen seating over 3,000 guests! It was subdivided into 4 screens in the 1960’s and remained closed throughout much of the 1990’s. Recently the building has been restored to its former glory and retains its original art deco splendour, along with a newfound reputation as a leading events venue within the Midlands.

Over recent years we have invested in high quality technical equipment including a state of the art Wi-Fi system as well as LED lighting through the venue. We’ve also installed four crystal clear projectors and a seven metre high 1930’s Art Deco chandelier which is attached to motors and at the flick of a switch glides down from our twenty metre ceiling to rest just above guests’ heads!

Athena is attractive to our client’s because of its unique and beautiful 1930’s Art Deco character which offers a refreshing change to a generic conference venue. Athena has an interesting and flexible layout taking clients on a natural journey through the venue. From a beautiful six metre high atrium to multiple bars on multiple levels with panoramic views of Leicester’s cultural quarter and finally into the impressive dining area with balcony viewing over. We are centrally located at the heart of Leicester’s cultural quarter, within walking distance of the city’s train station with easy motorway links. We offer an impressive specification of in-house AV and lighting which is included in general venue hire. Ranging from state of the art moving heads to a 10m cinema screen, star cloth walling, line-array speakers and built in staging giving clients peace of mind of a virtual turn key package.

The following is included with all of our packages as standard:
Complimentary Wi-Fi
3 Christie Projectors - Data Connection or Real Time Live Feed
Handheld Microphone & Lectern
DVD & CD Player
Use of In-house Ethos 1 Pro-Logic Sound System
In House Lighting System & Rig

With superb in-house catering and an experienced and flexible events team Athena is the perfect choice for your upcoming event!

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