A conference venue with a twist.

A venue of rare beauty to celebrate your special day.

Escape from plain, dull and lifeless conference venues and inject excitement and energy into your conference at Athena Leicester.

Athena, with its unique design and layout can cater for the largest and smallest events alike. Our capacity ranges from 120 to 1,000 delegates and Athena Leicester is one of the largest and most flexible East Midlands conference venue. A selection of rooms and flexible layouts are available.

Our facilities are a change from the usual start, plain and drab business conference venues and offer a unique setting for your conference, AGM or dinner. Watch our Video Tour for a flavour of the conference venue.

We can cater for small groups and large delegations alike, and our superb catering and hospitality means that your conference guests will be well looked after.

Although our building was designed in the 1930s with all the art deco splendour you could wish for, our technology is state-of-the-art and whether you need presentation equipment, lighting, Wifi or the highest quality sound, a conference at Athena offers this and more.

We now also have on-site private parking for 120 cars, making getting to and from your event quick and easy.

For more information about choosing Athena Leicester as your conference venue, please call 0116 2626556 or order a free, full colour brochure.

For a taste of what Athena can offer, take a look at our Blog, with examples of the many events and celebrations we have hosted.

"After a lot of venue research, we finally decided to use Athena Conference Centre in Leicester as it was a central location and easily accessible by all the dealers…. From our first meeting right through to the end of the event, Athena was very accommodating. Nothing was too much trouble for them…. It is this helpful attitude that really prevailed throughout our experience with Athena." Daimler Chrysler

"Just wanted to drop you a line to say a very BIG thank you to you and your team for once again helping us to deliver not one but two brilliant events. It has been stated that the Awards event was 'the best ever yet'. This success is purely down to all the teams involved, as a venue, everyone was totally committed, friendly and their 'nothing was too much bother' attitude was a trait in all who work at the Athena. Thank you again and looking forward to working with you in the future " O2 / Telefonica

Conference Venue Hire

  • Hire of Cinema suite, Deco lounge and City View Lounge
  • Morning serving of tea, Coffee and Biscuits
  • Mid Morning serving of tea, coffee and biscuits
  • Buffet lunch served with juice and water
  • Afternoon serving of tea, coffee and biscuits
  • Free WiFi throughout the building

Starting from £24.95 - £44.95

Equipment Hire

In-house equipment available for use:

  • Stage
  • 10 m x 5 m cinema screen
  • LCD Projector
  • Data connection
  • Flipchart and pens
  • PA system (Ethos 1 prologic)
  • TV/Video
  • Lectern
  • Microphones (hand held or stand)
  • DVD player
  • CD Player
  • Lighting Rig (gobo fitting facility)


We can supply a wide range of refreshments for delegates, examples include:

Orange Juice £3.50 per jug
Mineral Water £3.80 per bottle
Additional Tea/Coffee/Biscuits £1.75 per delegate
Bacon Rolls £2.00 per delegate
Danish Pastries £2.00 per delegate

Fork Buffet

Main Selection

  • Slow Braised Steak with Root Vegetables
  • Pan Fried Fish Cake
  • Seared Delice of Salmon with a Red Pepper Marmalade
  • Chargrilled Breast of Chicken with a Pesto Cream
  • Chicken Breast with Chestnut Mushrooms, Sage and Thyme sauce
  • Thai Lamb Curry served with Pilau Rice
  • Beef Bourguignon served with Peppers and Onions and Pilau Rice
  • Cumberland Sausages in a rich Caramelised Onion Gravy
  • Fish Pie - A selection of Fresh Fish bound in a Seafood Sauce with Creamed Potatoes and Chives

Vegetarian Selection

  • Brie, Basil and Tomato Tart with Spicy Tomato Sauce
  • Chargrilled Marinated Vegetables
  • Vegetable Moussaka
  • Braised Aubergine with Sun Dried Tomato and Olive Crumble
  • Vegetarian Sausages set on a Tomato Provencal Sauce
  • Vegetable Wellington with Tomato and Opal Basil Sauce

Salad Selection

  • Rocket and Watercress Salad
  • Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Red Onion

Vegetables Selection

  • New Potatoes and Fresh Market Vegetables
  • Creamy Mashed Potato and Fresh Garden Vegetables

Dessert Selection

  • Apple Crumble and Custard
  • Fruit Symphony - selected Seasonal Fruit served on a Berry Coulis
  • Passion Fruit and Orange Charlotte
  • French Apple Tart with Toffee Cream
  • Chocolate Truffle Torte with Orange Confit and Vanilla Cream
  • Lemon Tart with Peppered Strawberries and Clotted Cream

Fork Buffet PDF Menu

Finger Buffet

Selection of Sandwiches with a Variety of Fillings

3 Items from the Cold Selection

  • Mini Sausage Rolls
  • A Selection of Vegetarian Quiches (V)
  • Crudites and Bite Sized Fruit with Humus and Mint and Yoghurt Dip (V)
  • Mixed Mini Pork Pies and Pickle
  • Tortilla Chips with Salsa (V)

3 Items from the Cold Selection

  • Three-Cheese and Tomato Pizza (V)
  • Mini Vegetable Samosas (V)
  • Cheese and Cranberry Bites (V)
  • Four Cheese Focaccia Bites (V)
  • Chicken Satay
  • Goujons of Plaice with Tartar Sauce
  • Seasoned Potato Wedges with Salsa (V)
  • Mango and Brie Parcels (V)
  • Seafood Dim Sum Selection

2 Items from the Sweet Selection

  • A Selection of Fresh Fruit
  • Mini Muffins
  • A Selection of Cream Cakes
  • Mini Jam Doughnuts
  • Mini Chocolate Eclairs

Finger Buffet PDF Menu


From large to small, Athena is Leicester's foremost conference venue.


Athena is Leicester's most unique celebration dinner venue.


Enjoy stunning architecture and state-of-the-art facilities.