The Midlands’ Leading Event Venue

Widely recognised as the UK’s leading and most dynamic events venue, Athena is centrally located in Leicester city’s vibrant cultural quarter, adjacent to The Curve Theatre, and is within reach of all major road, rail, and air network in the Midlands.

The Grade II listed building has five event rooms with capacity levels ranging from 200 delegates to 1,200. The spaces include a stunning reception area with original Art Deco features and a spectacular chandelier; the high-tech tiered Cinema Suite; and The City View Lounge, which offers ample natural daylight and is ideal for smaller events and breakout sessions.

As the trend for unique venues and memorable experiences skyrockets post-pandemic, the Art Deco Athena – a landmark building in the city – is well-placed to deliver. In fact, JD Sports, Next, Virgin Media O2, Global Payments, Naked Wines, and Krispy Kreme are just a few of the many global corporate brands choosing the historical, yet state-of-the-art venue for their awards, meetings, conferences, and exhibitions. Athena is also the venue of choice for a huge range of associations, universities, charities, and regional business organisations, including the NHBC (National House Building Council), Rics (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), and Visit England.

Originally designed in 1936 by Robert Arthur Bullivant as an Odeon Cinema, Athena’s highly experienced management and event teams have won an array of awards in the meetings industry for stand-out service levels. The events team prides itself in being offering a flexible and seamless one-stop shop for event planners with a single point of contact from booking to delivery. The venue also has an on-site technical and production crew, and an in-house chef and catering team that can prepare fresh, creative, and award-winning food.

Athena also provides a truly unique backdrop to annual world-class Christmas parties. Each year Leicester’s leading events venue is spectacularly transformed into the city’s most popular Christmas Party destination. Entertaining around 14,000 guests over 22 party nights, we offer an experience like no other, treating 700 guests per evening to the night of their lives!

  • Centrally located
  • A range of hotels within walking distance
  • Taxi pick up / drop off point
  • 2 minute walk from the train station
  • Free cloakroom
  • Parking next to the venue


Contact Details

0116 262 6556