With the growing number of event centres in Lagos, gone are the days when people had to close down major streets and pitch canopies to celebrate those special occasions of their lives.
Now, whether its a birthday, product launch, wedding, anniversary or award, event centres have sprang up in almost every part of the city to satisfy these needs. From just regular halls to well decorated centres, the growth of the events business in Nigeria has been remarkable.
However, as in every other sector in the hospitality business, some event centres fare better than the others in terms of popularity, size, facilities, and services offered.
Here is a list of top five event centres in Lagos:
Eko Hotel & Suits, Victoria Island
Undoubtedly the most popular event centre in the heart of Lagos, Eko Hotel hosts some of the most premium events you can think. Music concerts, award nights, society weddings, comedy shows, you name them – the hotel has played host to them all.
With a floor space that measures 5,151 square metres, Eko Hotel reportedly has the biggest event hall in Nigeria. It has a dinner space for about 3,000 dinner guests, and the same number for its conference centre. For concerts, the hall can take up to 6,000 guests and has a space outside for up to 270 stands in case of an exhibition.
The hall comes with well positioned lighting system and up to date acoustics for proper sound production.
Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island
Just overlooking the Lagos beach line, the event centre sits on 40,000 square metres. Fully air-conditioned, the theatre hall sits up to 2,000 guests, while the banquet hall is big enough for 1,600 guests. The parking space is enough to contain 1,000 cars, so you do not have to bother about where to let your posh ride cool off.
Aside the beach, there is also the side attraction of the Hardrock Cafe, one of the most popular restaurant and bar in Victoria Island.
Anchor Events Place, Ikeja
This place is literally an events hive as the number of events that take place here weekly is amazing. Located behind FIRS office in Agidingbi area of Ikeja, the events centre comes with fully air-conditioned halls as well as a strategic location that is accessible to anyone coming in for any event there.
Civic Centre, Victoria Island
This is one of the most used event centres in Lagos, and it is fast becoming a major city landmark for its unique architecture. The theatre-styled hall in the facility has a capacity to seat 1,000. Its banquet seating has a capacity for 600 guests. The fact that it overlooks the Lagoon and the 1004 high-rise estate on both sides makes it an exotic event location.
Yard 158 Event Arena, Ikeja
Located at Kudirat Abiola Way in Oregun area of Ikeja, this is about the most versatile event centre in Lagos.With five events arena, the centre offers a multi-function venue for various types of events.
There is a lush garden that can accommodate 150 guests for banquets and 250 for conferences. The Yard also boasts an air conditioned mega centre with 2,500seating capacity for banquet and 4,000 for conferences. For the special award nights and the likes, there is a red carpeted marquee hall with that can take 1,500 for banquet seating and 2,500 for conference seating. There is also a domed-hall with a capacity to accommodate 1,200 for banquet and 2,200 for conference seating, The dome comes with a marquee tent-shaped foyer.
Each arena is gated and has an exit point manned by security personnel. The versatility of Yard 158 is what stands it out among event centres in Lagos. So from company picnics, open-air weddings, grand balls, international conferences, to cocktails, this is one ‘yard’ you can turn to.