The Alex Fitch Room is the most enchanting room at Harrow School. As part of a War Memorial building, the entire contents of this room were donated by the Fitch family in memory of their son. This unique space can host 20 guests for an intimate private or corporate dinner, with a superb wood clad backdrop. Alex’s portrait is hung above the fireplace, the light above it is never put out in respect for the fallen. All proceeds from the hire of this room go towards a bursary for a Harrow boy. Related Venue: Speech Room
The Garden Museum, located on the banks of the River Thames, opposite Westminster and the Houses of Parliament is a stunning and unique venue in London that can cater for private dinners, weddings, corporate drinks receptions, corporate dinners, fashion shows, exhibitions and product launches. Dedicated to the art, history and design of gardens, the Garden Museum offers a traditional church space with soaring pillars and beautiful vaulted ceilings alongside the brand-new, contemporary Sackler Garden, offering sought-after outdoor space and providing an oasis from the bustle of city life.
Impress your guests by hosting your event in a UNESCO world heritage site. The Old Brewery is a south east London private hire hidden gem. With stunning copper features influenced by our Naval and brewing heritage, our dining room and outside terrace offer a unique experience for your party needs. With views of the Royal Naval College, Cutty Sark and Canary Wharf outer-terrace is perfect for celebratory drinks and canapes, plus our dining rooms elegance and grandeur allows the perfect backdrop to dance the night away.
At home on the site of the historic Television Centre in W12, the event studios at WCH offer a wide range of functionality and capability. The Loft | An apartment style set of rooms including two board/dining rooms, a film library, communal area with working bar, full a/v, and private terrace WCH Studios | Two studios A & B that can be used simultaneously or divided by sound proof panels to host numbers from 10 - 200. Studio A has a stage & full bar. Studio B has a gilded back bar. Full A/V across both studios Screening Studios | 3 State of the Art Screening rooms for 27, 32, and 44 guests respectively featuring DOLBY Atmos systems and a conjoining lobby and bar, can be hired individually or in full
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.
Central London's most versatile, multi-faceted venue, supporting Grassroots music. 229 is a multi-purpose entertainments venue which hosts gigs, club nights, awards ceremonies, comedy and fashion events, gala dinners and weekend festivals. The venue includes 2 event spaces and a Green Room. Some of the acts to have played at 229 include Kings of Leon, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys, Florence and the Machine, Biffy Clyro, Seasick Steve and Foals to name but a few. Managed under the umbrella of the charity, International Students House (ISH), 100% of the profit made by 229 goes directly back support our mission. We believe every young person should have the opportunity to succeed whatever their background. Together with our university partners and supporters, we provide scholarships opportunities, a home and a social programme to enable students to succeed while giving them a place to belong.
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.
Benk + Bo is home to three floors of beautiful and multi-functional events space in the heart of Spitalfields, east London. We're just around the corner from Aldgate and Liverpool Street Station. The space includes a fully-fitted professional kitchen, cafe and bar, yoga studio, two-story events space, a meeting room and space for corporate meetings, workshops and conferences. From workshops to supper clubs, press launches, to exhibitions and private parties, our carefully curated style and attention to detail as well as our flexibility and competitive pricing means we can offer clients a truly unique and memorable place. Ground Floor The ground floor comprises a stunning cafe/bar area, with a seated lounge filled with mid-century soft furnishings, plenty of greenery and natural light. This space is ideal for drinks receptions, talks and socials and also provides the perfect welcome area for events on the other floors. Lower Ground Floor The lower ground floor is the perfect private space to host meetings, workshops and conferences for your company. It is also a beautiful events space, perfect for press launches and private dining events, with a connecting fully-fitted professional kitchen. Like the rest of the building, the space boasts Philips Hue lights which are fully customisable to any colour palette - perfect for creating a branded space or particular mood. There is also a Sonos sound system. First Floor Our first floor comprises three rooms as well as a WC shower room. Our large, bright, airy and well- equipped yoga studio is perfect for hosting wellness events as well as seated talks, workshops and also exhibitions. We also have two meeting rooms which double us as green rooms, treatment spaces, cloakrooms and workshop spaces. To learn more about the spaces we hire please see our brochure. More details on the events we have hosted in the past available at https://www.benkandbo.com
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.
Wasing Park offers a range of outstanding facilities for unique events including meetings and conferences, retreats, birthday parties, anniversaries and team building activities. Less than an hour from London and close to Reading, it boasts historic buildings including a boutique hotel with 26 en-suite bedrooms. On the Estate are stunning lakes, a Woodland Venue and a Secret Walled Garden both available on a ‘dry hire’ basis for the larger corporate event. Wasing is the perfect exclusive use venue to host events of any size, whether it’s a dinner party for 20, a wedding for 140, or a festival for 20,000.
With a capacity for 120, this space is perfect for private networking, reception events and summer BBQs. The contemporary museum space comes with the added benefit of a private courtyard that features a beautiful living plant wall which adds to the venue’s atmosphere and acts as the perfect backdrop for summer parties. The indoor modern and contemporary museum space offers great versatility and in addition, allows guests to explore the inspiring exhibition galleries or enjoy a curator-led museum tour.
Sky Garden spans three storeys and boasts London’s highest landscaped public gardens. Offering beautiful events spaces with unrivalled panoramic views across the city, exclusively available for private hire, this versatile 45,000-square-foot space provides a blank canvas on which to build a bespoke setting for your event.
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Experience the year-round magic of Lord’s; from the elegance of the Pavilion to the unique J.P. Morgan Media Centre and the modernity of the newly-built Pelham's. Conveniently located in the heart of London and offering stunning vistas of the Ground, Lord’s is an exceptional venue boasting 14 different spaces perfect for conferences, meetings, exhibitions and dining events for between 10 – 300 people. Long Room Lunch/Dinner – 200 Standing - 300 Long Oval table – 82 Writing Room Lunch/Dinner – 60 Standing – 70 Long Oval table – 24 Theatre style – 45 Cabaret – 32 Boardroom – 18 Pelham’s Lunch/Dinner- 136 Standing - 169 Long Oval table – 60 Theatre style – 136 Cabaret – 88 Boardroom – 66 Thomas Lord Suite Lunch/Dinner without reception area – 400 Lunch/Dinner with reception area - 250 Dinner Dance – 200 Standing – 500 Cabaret – 160 Theatre style – 300 Boardroom – 58 Classroom – 126 Pavilion Roof Terrace Standing – 250 Mound Stand Terrace Standing – 350 Tavern Boxes Theatre – 30 Boardroom – 18
Greenwich Yacht Club boasts 2 unique venues in London with Thames river views. Situated close to North Greenwich tube and the O2 arena this is a great venue for hire in London. It is also a wedding venue in London with a wedding license. It is a popular corporate and conference venue in London and has the ability to cater for Private dinner parties
Situated in the heart of Mayfair, is a state-of- the-art venue showcasing emerging and established talent within the fast-growing contemporary art world. A gallery by day and private events space by night, the venue boasts the perfect setting to impress clients wishing to host events ranging anything from private dinners to evening networking / drinks receptions, immersive events, brand activations, press days and many more. The venue itself is 6,000 Sq./Ft split over two floors, both of which can operate independently. Exclusive hire of the venue allows for up to 420 guests, with a wide range of facilities on site, including a six-metre custom made LED screen, a sixteen thousand watts / 32 speaker audio system, accompanied by showcase track lighting and multiple rigging points throughout the entire venue. There are also two fully equipped onsite kitchens, both with rear loading bay access. With industrial features as well as a versatile layout, is a brilliant backdrop for events of all natures.
So, you’ve been tasked with organising a banquet. This can seem a bit daunting, particularly if you’ve never done it before. Yet keeping everything on track is much easier than expected, particularly when you have an awesome venue and caterers to back you up.
Things to Decide First
First things first, and it’s always best to start at the beginning. Once you have these big three ticked off your list, your event will be half organised already.
Are you going for black tie? Or maybe going for a more unusual theme? When it comes to a banquet, anything goes. From an Alice in Wonderland tea party to a masquerade, there are no end of themes that still work well with a sit-down dinner. If your event is for charity, having a theme like this can really add some fun to the day, and get everyone even more excited to attend.
Your venue needs to be one of the first things that you consider when organising the perfect banquet. It needs to fit in with the theme that you have chosen, be big enough for the number of guests that you’re expecting and be in a good location. There are a whole host of banquet halls for hire in London, but you need to be careful when choosing in order to get the right one for you. Many venues provide packages that include food, staff on the night, and a whole host of extras so if you’ve never done this before, it’s a great choice to consider.
While it’s tempting to go all-out on food and décor, you need to know what you can afford. Feeding a roomful of people doesn’t come cheap, so knowing how much this part is going to cost will let you know how much you have left to spend on entertainment and other goodies. If you do need to reign things in a bit, don’t be ashamed of doing so. It’s important that you don’t overstretch the budget and having a more relaxed theme for your banquet can help you with this. If you go black tie, guests will expect luxury, so don’t do it unless the budget allows for it.
What Comes Next?
So, the date is set, the venue is booked, and you have your Pirates of the Caribbean costume ordered. Now that that’s sorted, it’s time to think of a few other things.
If you’re organising a banquet, then people are coming for the food, no question about it. That’s why it has to be delicious. No dry chicken or wilted salad, good grub is the only acceptable choice. Make sure that you get a menu tasting from the venue or catering company and ensure that they can deal with any dietary restrictions. If fancy food isn’t in your budget, then don’t go fancy. So long as it tastes good, your guests won’t care if they are eating sliders or lobster. Keeping the event to time is also very important for the food. The chefs can’t be blamed if they are trying to keep food warm while the MC is still talking.
The dress code will be decided by the theme of the event, but make sure that everyone knows what this is in advance. It won’t be fancy dress unless you let your guests are told in plenty of time to organise their outfits.
Have a seating arrangement laid out beforehand. Yes, there will be some no-shows, and possibly even some guests who just turn up on the night, but for the most part, a seating arrangement will help the night go smoothly. It prevents a lot of milling around as large groups try and find a way to sit together, and you can organise tables to all be filled, instead of having some that are half empty. Couples won’t be split up if they arrive late, and the whole night will be easier to organise.
Things to Remember
It’s happening now, and you’ve got almost everything ticked off of your list. Here’s a few other items that you shouldn’t forget about.
Entertainment of some description is a must for a banquet, and there are loads of options that you can choose from. If you are having a lot of speeches throughout the night, the MC might be enough to keep the crowd entertained. However, you could also have an inspirational speaker, a comedian, or even a magician that goes around the tables between courses. Having a table quiz with prizes is another fun, inexpensive idea that will get everyone involved, relaxed, and laughing.
Consider how your guests are going to get to and from the banquet. While having a good location is essential, many people might want to have a glass of wine with their meal, so arranging transport home will be much appreciated by everyone. Whether that means a bus to a more central location, or pre-booked taxis, getting everyone home safe at the end of the night is something that shouldn’t be forgotten.
You’re sure to have an amazing time at the banquet, but memories can fade fast, so having a photographer present is not only something that your guests will love, you will also be able to use the photographs to promote the event afterwards. If your photographer is only staying a short time, consider hiring a photobooth so that the guests can take a favour from their night home with them – having props relevant to your theme is a plus!
A banquet is a big night out for anyone, but with so many beautiful venues to choose from in London, the event just organises itself! Remember to take time out to relax and enjoy the evening yourself. After all of this, you’ll deserve it.