10 best places for meetings in Oxford

Runway East

1st February 2023

Whether you’re a team leader, freelancer, or someone who just loves meetings, you may well find yourself needing a meeting room at some point.

It can be difficult to find somewhere that perfectly matches your needs, but fortunately there are plenty of well-known (and a-little-lesser-known) locations that are ideal for meetings of all sizes.

To help you find the right space, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite Oxford meeting rooms. From historic and formal to modern and high-tech — and even a couple of casual cafes — we’ve covered it all.

1. The Ashmolean Dining Room

Above the Ashmolean museum on Beaumont Street sits a huge cafe and restaurant. It’s bright and airy, with large tables and rooftop views, making it a great place to host a city centre meeting where you can also have a bite to eat.

While it’s not a hidden gem, it is spacious. You probably won’t have trouble finding a midweek table.

2. Ruskin College Oxford

Ruskin College Oxford has various rooms available for hire that would be ideal for meetings, seminars and training sessions. The venue provides great presentation facilities, on-site parking, WiFi and full disabled access — all within a classic Oxfordian leafy green setting.

If you’re looking for an Oxford meeting room, you can’t get much more “Oxford” than a space in one of the university’s colleges!

3. Oxford Town Hall

Whip out the big guns. Opened in 1987, Oxford Town Hall is a beautiful Victorian Grade II listed building. It’s the perfect place to host a meeting if you’re hoping for a truly impressive and historic venue.

It’s also conveniently located in the town centre. Prices range from £75-£260 per hour, so you might want to save this one for special occasions.

4. Middle Aston House

Middle Aston House has nine conference rooms available across a fantastic countryside site in Bicester, north of Oxford’s town centre.

If you’re looking for somewhere that gets your team away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Middle Aston House boasts history, tranquillity and idyllic surroundings. It could be the perfect spot for a conference or team-building day.

5. Malmaison Oxford

Are you looking for a city centre meeting location with a unique feel? Then Malmaison, a former prison, provides just that. Don’t worry — this venue certainly doesn’t feel like a prison! It has been completely revamped into stylish rooms, bars and meeting rooms.

Take a look at their rooms and meeting packages. You can even include a comfortable overnight stay for your team.

6. The Vaults & Garden Cafe

For a more casual meeting, invite the group for a coffee and slice of cake at The Vaults & Garden, Radcliffe Square. This popular “socially positive” cafe is nestled in the very heart of Oxford, surrounded by beautiful colleges and with direct views of the Radcliffe Camera.

It’s a fantastic laidback spot for a quick team catch-up.

7. The Wheelhouse Loft

Heading south to Cowley, The Wheelhouse Loft provides coworking spaces and meeting rooms at a reasonable rate. Prices start at £20 per hour for a 4-person space and £30 per hour for an 8-person space.

The rooms here are clean and modern without feeling too clinical and sterile. You’ll also have access to free tea and coffee, WiFi access, printing, access to the courtyard garden and secure bike parking.

8. Saïd Business School

If you have a larger budget and need a high-quality space to host lots of people, why not consider the Saïd Business School? This award-winning Park End Street venue is right next door to Oxford train station, making it super handy for large conferences. In fact, this place can accommodate up to 1,000 people.

Choose from a wide range of conference rooms to suit your needs — you can even use their stunning landscaped gardens in the summertime.

9. Art Cafe

If you’re a creative or freelancer in the city, check out the independent, family-run Art Cafe for one-on-one meetings with clients. It has a lovely ambience and the owners display work from guest artists throughout the space. The coffee is superb, the food is locally sourced and the staff are warm and friendly. Head over to Bonn Square to find this cute little spot.

10. West Oxford Community Centre

If you’re hoping to find a low-cost Oxford meeting room, the team at West Oxford Community Centre prides itself on offering very affordable spaces to local residents. Whether you’re hosting a public or private meeting, a social event or a training class, it’s worth getting in touch.

Find your perfect Oxford meeting room

From chilled cafes and casual private spaces to award-winning conference halls and historic rooms, we hope you’ve found something for you in this mix!