The Lansdowne Club is a private members club located in the heart of London's West End, where 18th century grandeur meets stylish Art Deco. Steeped in history, our selection of private function rooms offer you a unique and inspirational setting in which to hold your board meeting, seminar, training course, exhibition, private lunch, dinner party or wedding. Centrally located and easily accessible by road or public transport, the Lansdowne Club is the perfect solution for any event, big or small.
The Trafalgar Tavern was built in 1837 and sits on the bank of the River Thames, welcoming visitors and providing the sights for visitors to Greenwich for over 150 years. Charles Dickens was once a familiar visitor to this historic tavern, and the Nelson Room became famous for holding its renowned whitebait dinners. In more recent times, the Tavern has become available for private hire, and has become one of the most attractive and most popular venues in the heart of the City of London to celebrate a wedding. Trafalgar Tavern’s historic characteristics and charm both inside the building and out remains unchanged, with beautiful balconies and bay windows that overlook the Thames. To give you a sense of City living, the Nelson Room and the Hawke and Howe have been recently re-furbished, and now ooze beautiful late regency magnificence. The first floor of the Tavern can be hired out in its entirety exclusively for your wedding. The venue will be available for the entire day, so there will be plenty of time for your suppliers to set up and for you to take photos of the room should you want to. The Nelson Room can accommodate up to 200 guests for a sit down dinner, and 350 guests for a standing reception. This room is also licensed for civil weddings.
The Old Parish Hall is a large, blank canvas space perfect for your next event, whether it’s for a photo shoot, a wedding, corporate event, private party or gallery showing. Re-launched in August 2017, this former Edwardian parish hall has been restored to its former beauty and character. Located in Hackney in East London it is a unique venue in London. * Huge 220 sq metre event space * 6m high barrel-vaulted ceiling with excellent natural light * Supporting reception area with professional kitchen * Wheelchair accessible with lift and ramp * Available for day & evening hire We are a charitable initiative whose aim is to make osteopathy accessible to all. We provide osteopathy on a pay-what-you-can basis, to help those that cannot. We also offer our patients low-cost wellness classes as part of our bid to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community. All other activities within, such as weddings, photo shoots and event hire, help to fund our charity.
Senate House in leafy Bloomsbury, Central London is one of the capital’s best known landmark event venues, combining style, grandeur and history with modern conferencing facilities. Built in 1936, Senate House is an iconic Art Deco statement on the London skyline. The rich history and architecture of this unique venue in London inspired George Orwell and has made it an ideal location for conferences, weddings, fashion shows and corporate events. Daytime availability.
A venue with a fascinating history that dates all the way back to 1719. Originally built as a small Huguenot chapel, it has accommodated many different East London congregations over the years eventually becoming part of Christ Church in 1887. Charles Dickens was a regular visitor in the 1800s using the building for public readings of his works and in 1888 the Match Girls held their famous strike meetings here as they prepared to protest against working conditions at the nearby Bryant and May factory. Magnificently renovated into a diverse venue space; it boasts high ceilings and windows to bathe the room with natural daylight. A recent restoration and makeover has seamlessly combined the contemporary Spitalfields style with the heart of a national heritage building.
Harrow School is a unique venue in North West London. Our famous Speech Room was built in 1871 and can now be hired exclusively for your events. The historical style of the Speech Room replicates the Globe Theatres curvature, housing tiered seating. This provides a dramatic backdrop for guests to enjoy corporate conferences/dinners, award ceremonies, private dinners, fashion shows or even a pop-up cinema. The Speech Room also holds a Civil Wedding license. This is perfect for a traditional wedding in London and Asian Weddings, accommodating 500 guests for the ceremony or a 120 guest, seated wedding breakfast. Related Venue: The Alex Fitch Room
Situated in the City of Westminster, Porchester Hall’s Grade II listed classic art deco design and understated elegance make it a sought-after venue for a variety of events. The grand entrance to the Hall is ideal for reception drinks and leads guests up the elegant staircase with its ornamental bronze and wrought iron banisters, striking marble walls and crystal chandelier. From the stairway, guests are led through to the Main Hall, which is the very essence of grandeur and opulence. Porchester Hall is ideal for weddings, charity galas, conferences, fashion shows, filming, boxing, banquets, exams, private parties, concerts and much more. The main hall’s grandeur and versatility have seen it play host to concerts from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse, Kylie Minogue and Pink Floyd; broadcasts such as Beyoncé‘s ‘Black Is King’ and Monty Python’s ‘The meaning of Life’; as well as countless legendary parties. The Small Hall, Duchess of York Suite and the Blue Room are all ideal for smaller events, or as extensions and ancillaries to the Main Hall. Catering We work with a carefully selected group of caterers to provide you with a wonderful selection of menu choices to suit all cultures, tastes and budgets. For flexibility, we also offer a dry-hire option, along with corkage and cash bars. Suppliers We have a network of fantastic recommended partners, including photographers, DJs, entertainers, florists and AV, however our clients are welcome to use their own suppliers if preferred.
The Coach House stands proudly next to the Dog & Fox hotel; an iconic pub & bedrooms in the heart of Wimbledon Village established in the 1800’s, featuring the widest and most versatile choices of private hire areas within Wimbledon; making it the perfect place to begin your happily ever after. Whether it is a small intimate wedding or a grand affair, the Coach House is a neutral space ready to be made your own from ceremony to reception; whether you deck the room with flowers or leave as is for a classic celebration. An all-year-round venue, the Coach House provides a beautiful setting in both winter and summer with British seasonal menus, an extensive wine list and little extras to create a bespoke package for your special day. With an onsite dedicated events planner at your disposal it couldn’t be easier. The Coach House holds a ceremony license for up to 120 guests and is also available for receptions only for up to 140 guests seated or 300 standing. With the addition of 28 exquisite, individually designed boutique bedrooms above the venue, including a beautiful bridal suite with terrace, the Dog & Fox is the perfect spot from start to finish. Each room stylishly hints at the surrounding heritage of Wimbledon, with bespoke furniture and décor, complimented by our individual pub history. Ideally positioned just a 10-minute walk to Wimbledon train station and around the corner from the beautiful Wimbledon common, the Dog & Fox is the perfect place to hold your wedding. For more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch today! Brand new venue nestled in the heart of South West London | Ideal for both intimate and large-scale celebrations | Extensive package options with the choice to create a bespoke package just for you! | Onsite dedicated events planner to help create your special day | 28 boutique bedrooms available for you and your guests | Neutral, blank canvas space for you to realise your wedding dreams | Beautiful bridal suite for the newlywed couple! | Situated close to fantastic transport links
Lumiere London is excited to announce the opening of their new studios in Underwood Street, 7 minutes walking distance from Old Street Station (Northern Line, National Rail). The Victorian Loft features plenty of daylight and a bohemian style that is peaceful and cosy. the perfect place for intimate meetings, receptions and any event that wants to break free from the boring meeting room mould. A unique, versatile warehouse loft space, with original features perfect for your corporate workshops, seminars, receptions and everything else your imagination can muster. Practically located in Old Street (Zone 1) the space is perfect for corporate events, product launches, celebratory dining experiences, fashion, photography and editorial. Completely refurbished, the building has a modern reception providing a large communal area, two passenger lifts, cycle storage facilities, air condition and wheelchair-friendly access and bathrooms.
The Emmanuel Centre, situated in the heart of Westminster, a truly unique place, used regularly for exhibitions, AGM's, shareholders meetings, training seminars, council meetings, product launches, church gatherings, rallies, presentations, concerts and conferences. This Grade 2 Listed building, built in 1928, was designed by the world renowned architect, Sir Herbert Baker, has a distinctive atmosphere, elegant marble foyer, high vaulted ceilings with Bible inscriptions and huge columns.
Two beautiful venue/meeting rooms in an old church school building, 5 minutes walk from London Bridge Station. Comes fully equipped with furniture, projector & screen. This space is suitable for Away Days, Conferencing and Meetings Please note that we have no availability for evenings or weekends.
This stunning 3300 sq ft converted bank complete with period feature ceilings, situated in the heart of Mayfair, is complete with original ornamental ceiling features combined with industrial exposed pipework creating a remarkable contemporary interior. Located in the heart of Mayfair, and a six-minute walk from both Green Park and Oxford Circus, this is a prime location in one of London’s busiest luxury shopping districts. Situated next door to some of the city’s most renowned locations and the most elite brands in the world on New Bond Street and Berkley Square. The gallery provides a unique atmosphere for those looking to host a premium event. The pristine interior of a white space gallery makes it the ideal venue for press and brand launches, conferences, private dining, fashion shows, exclusive parties and memorable functions. The gallery is complete with grey polished concrete floors, white walls and adjustable lighting throughout the space. This venue is well-equipped for your events with a street-level entrance, kitchen area and large professional LED screen.
Situated between London Wall and Gresham Street, Pewterers’ Hall is ideally located in the heart of the City. The Hall was built in a classical style with Georgian features and has recently undergone a ¼ million renovation, making it adaptable to both traditional and modern events. As part of Super Connected Cities, each space includes Fibre Ethernet Connection and an impressive AV suite. With three flexible event spaces and a beautiful garden, Pewterers’ Hall a fully flexible venue and one of the most versatile Livery Hall's in the City. From weddings, corporate functions and private events, the Hall is available to hire exclusively, or spaces can be booked individually based on your needs. The experienced in-house caterers - Life’s Kitchen Ltd also provide an exceptional range of catering and service to make your next event a success.
A centre of hospitality and welcome since it’s origins as a priory in 1106.Conveniently located in on the South Bank in vibrant London Bridge, the Cathedral is a historical masterpiece boasting the oldest example of gothic architecture in Central London. The Parish has been home to many notable historical figures including William Shakespeare, John Harvard and Charles Dickens. Today, the Cathedral’s doors are open to all. With eight versatile spaces to hire and two spacious outdoor areas, offers clients a unique opportunity to hold events from intimate to spectacular from 6 to 800 guests. Our experienced events team offer a personalised service, working with you and our range of accomplished suppliers to deliver events of all shapes and sizes including receptions and dinners, meetings and conferences,concerts fashion shows and more.
A Central London venue situated in one of the most charming areas of London, just off the fashionable Marylebone High Street. Housed within an impressive red brick and Portland stone facade we have a variety of event spaces we have hosted a range of professional and private events, from fashion shows, product launches and weddings to smaller meetings and presentations. All of our spaces are filled with natural daylight and come with high speed Wi-Fi. At the heart, The Great Hall - A blank canvas space that can be transformed easily to reflect any brand or personality creating a totally distinctive and unique event each time. This space is easily adapted and ideal for all events including award dinners, product launches and fashion shows, to high-end conferences, AGMs and film screenings to themed parties and exclusive press shows. With the mezzanine level balcony included in the hire of this space use it as one of your break out spaces, or give guests a glimpse of what is happening below opening the balcony onto the Bar, which can be hired exclusively with the Great Hall. Situated on the ground floor the Friends and Members Rooms is a grand space with high ceilings, can be used as one large space or separated into two using the bi-folding doors making it ideal for business meetings, to pop-up shops and press events, as well as receptions, private dinners, wine tastings or as a perfect backdrop for your filming, photography, TV/Magazine interviews, or readings. When hired together with the Great Hall, this space works well as a green room, VIP area, breakout space or wardrobe. Used during LFW as a dressing room and make up room for the Kiko Kostadinov womenswear fashion show Our smaller rooms that can be hired individually or with our other spaces include the Boardroom; an elegant, first floor room with large soundproofed windows overlooking Paddington Gardens provides space for meetings, conferences and lectures for up to 50. The Library, on the second floor, provides a space for meetings, and small conferences and workshops for up to 25. On the third floor the Print Room and Glass Room are both ideal for smaller meetings and training sessions (up to 12 people). The Map Room is a lovely space ideal for one-to-one meetings, interviews, meditation and training sessions up to 4 people. When available the Bar area on the ground floor, is offered as a lunch space to clients hiring the smaller meeting rooms who have pre-booked lunch via our in-house catering service.
London's opulent Art Deco event space, located on the stunning Bloomsbury Square, this venue is in the Georgian inspired Victoria House. With 10,500 square ft of events space, we offer a complete serviced venue and with 3 beautifully restored areas. We can accommodate up to 700 standing, 280 for dinner or 500 for conferences. With full air conditioning, Wifi, parking, disabled access, sound and lighting system, event management service, exclusive 24 hour hire periods to meet all of your requirements.
If you’re organising a formal dance or ball, whether it is for your end of year university bash, or a tea dance for older ladies and gentlemen, you’re going to need to have a solid plan in place. There are all sorts of dances you can host, such as a ceilidh or line dancing but in the beginning, every event like this is organised in the exact same way. Just follow these steps, and you’ll have everyone dancing until midnight.
Start Planning a Year in Advance
A year in advance might seem a little too much, but some things are best cleared up sooner rather than later. Before you know it, it will be the week before the big event, so it’s good to get on the ball (pun intended) early. Having all of your tasks laid out month by month will help you to keep everything in good order and is the easiest way of organising any big event.
Yes, it sounds like you’re organising an AGM instead of a ball, but all events have objectives, even if your main objective is that everyone has fun. Think clearly about what you want this event to achieve, and your goals in planning it. Is it to raise money for a cause? If so, then this needs to be at the forefront of your mind. How much will make the event a success? Other goals can be more social, such as bringing the team together or getting more members to join your group. Knowing what you want to achieve, and the key things you want to see at the event is a good way to start.
Find a Venue
If you have a year to go, then it’s the perfect time to lock down a venue. Dates can fill up fast at certain times of year, particularly for ballrooms. Many also offer their own catering for dinner and so naturally these are the most popular. There is a good range of options for ballroom venues to hire in London, so have a think about what is going to be right for you.
How it Looks
If you don’t know the theme yet, the venue that you choose might help to inspire you. However, it is recommended that you do know before you look at ballrooms, as there is such variety that it’s hard to know which one is right. Think about what type of dancing is going to take place, as this will have a big influence on what you need.
Is the ballroom easy to get to? If it’s far away from where you usually meet or where the majority of your guests live, you might need to organise a bus to accommodate everyone. If not, there needs to be adequate parking for all of those looking to attend.
When choosing a ballroom for your formal event, there are a number of different questions that you are going to need to ask. One is if they can cater for a sit-down meal. Some ballrooms are specifically for dancing, and so you’ll be asked to have dinner elsewhere if you are using them. This makes sense as the special flooring on some ballrooms could easily be damaged from multiple chairs and tables.
There’s no planning if you don’t have a budget in place. Knowing exactly how much you are going to have to spend is essential when organising a formal event. Maybe your group has gathered money throughout the year from other events, or maybe you’ve received a bursary from somewhere. You need to estimate what each part of the event is going to cost you and do some research on what is reasonable. Not only will this help you when booking other aspects of the night, it will also give you an indication on how much you will need to charge each attendee for tickets.
As much as you’ll probably want to take charge of the entire night yourself, every big event needs a set of volunteers to help out. Whether it’s designing the tickets, selling them, keeping social media up to date or just generally lending a hand. The more people you have on board to help, the better. This is going to be very useful on the night as well. As it’s an event that’s centred around dancing, organising the groups will be essential, particularly if you are hosting some sort of competition.
This should be an easy one, but it’s still something that a lot of organisers forget to tell their guests about. When it comes to what to wear, it will all depend on the type of dancing that will be taking place. If it’s traditional ballroom and everyone knows what they’re doing, the dress will be very formal and Strictly Come Dancing inspired. If it’s just a bit of fun, or you have a teacher in showing the group some basic steps, then comfortable clothes and shoes will be needed – this will ensure that no one injures themselves while trying to learn some new moves.
The entertainment is of course going to be the dancing itself, but you need to consider exactly how you are going to organise this. Are you having a competition between couples? If so, you’ll need to think about rules and judges. Or perhaps you are you hiring someone in for the night to compere a group dance? You’ll need to decide on the difficulty of this, as well as how it will all fit into your budget. Maybe you’re just going to get a DJ or a playlist and let everyone come up with their own moves? The choices are endless, but you need to make a decision.
Ballrooms are wonderfully versatile venues and are the perfect place to hold any type of formal event. Once you have your to do list put together, you’ll have no problems in organising a dance-off to remember, glitter ball and all!