Unfortunately we do not accept private party bookings This light-filled space is a versatile environment for your next event. Featuring stunning views of the City skyline and Shard, and nestled close to Borough Market, the Penthouse is conveniently located a few minutes walk from London Bridge Station. A true haven in the heart of London, the Penthouse has a laid back refined vibe and offers ultimate privacy in the heart of London Bridge. A generous space with areas for breakout, two balconies and stunning floor to ceiling windows. The team at the Menier Penthouse can provide a range of catering options for your event - from breakfast pastries and buffet lunches to fully staffed champagne and canapé receptions. Catering, AV hire, DDR etc all available to meet your event requirements. A popular space for corporate events, training days, product launches, away days, filming and photo shoots. The striking setting of Menier Penthouse has made it popular with many high street, and high end, brands and it has featured in major publications in the UK and internaitonally. Capacity: 60 people Max Setups Available: Theatre style / Banquet / Cabaret / Boardroom Stats: 263sqm internal space + 67sqm of open terraces. 2.7m ceiling height. Kitchen and bathroom. Private lobby with lift access. Facilities: kitchen/toilet/separate green room available on request Access: 3 minute walk from London Bridge Tube/ loading bay directly outside property/ lift opens directly into space Additions: 65" Screen, Sound System, Microphones, Stage, Lecterns, Flipcharts, Beanbags
Painters' Hall is located in the heart of the City of London on Little Trinity Lane, EC4V 2AD. With three diverse rooms, it is the ideal venue for hire in London. It can accommodate up to 200 delegates for a conference venue and 180 as a private dinner venue. Looking to host a reception in an unique venue in London then Painters' Hall can host 250 guests. As a wedding venue in London, you have exclusive use of Painters' Hall for you and your guests on your special day.
Situated on the first floor of a Grade II Listed warehouse in close proximity to London Bridge Station. Available for events, meetings, photoshoots and filming, the space features plush soft furnishings, a cornucopia of plants and period details, and large sash windows. The space will be a talking point for your guests and provides the perfect backdrop for events both corporate and otherwise. In addition to numerous areas of soft seating there is a 14 seat table for business meetings and lunches, a small kitchen and 3 toilets.
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.
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.
If you’ve decided that you want your big day to be a more formal event, then black-tie is the way to achieve this. Having your wedding labelled as a black-tie event lets all of your guests know what to expect and it means that you can really pull out all the stops. We’re talking white glove service, a formal dinner, the whole shebang. After all, it’s your day, so if you want one night where everyone gets really fancy, then now is the time to do it. Knowing where to start with a formal wedding is more difficult, so here are a few tips for organising your black-tie big day.
Before you decide on black-tie, you have to be sure that it’s right for you. Don’t be pressured by your parents or in-laws’ expectations of the day. You need to make sure that you are both comfortable with it, and that dressing up fancy suits your personalities. If you aren’t normally the type that goes all out for an event, then you’re going to leave your guests confused. Your wedding should still feel like you, no matter how you dress on the day, and if black-tie really isn’t your vibe, then there’s no point in trying to force it.
Make it Clear
When you send your invites out – or even when you send your save the dates, you need to make it absolutely clear that black-tie is what you want. Don’t word in vaguely either, as guests tend to interpret instructions the way that they want to. If you don’t mind if people wear a suit or tux, write ‘black-tie optional’. If you want to make sure that everyone dresses to impress, you’ll need to go with a simple ‘the dress code is black-tie’. Of course, you might get a few people who ignore this, but you’re unlikely to get anyone breaking the rules in a big way.
Let Your Venue Shine
If you are having a black-tie wedding, then it goes without saying that your venue is going to be somewhere special. If it’s a grand building, then let the architecture and décor speak for itself, and use it as a guide when it comes to anything that you want to add. In general, these venues will provide some beautiful tableware and you should take full advantage of this. After all, the management know how to show off the venue in the best way possible. Consider going for a historic site such as one of the livery venues for hire in London. Some portions of these buildings date back to the 13th century and they really are as grand as it gets. They are also used to holding formal dinners, so a black-tie wedding won’t be an issue.
If you had your heart set on a buffet dinner at your wedding, then a black-tie event isn’t for you. Guests will expect a certain amount of formality and that will need to be in the form of a seated plated dinner of at least three courses. Take care when choosing your menu as well. Consider giving your guests an option to choose from for their meal. This will add to the sense of class and sophistication that’s brought to the dinner. Having some canapés either after the ceremony or later on at night will be a great added touch, and of course a certain amount of wine and champagne should be provided.
It’s definitely a myth that black-tie equals breaking the bank, it can still be done on a budget. That being said, if you are looking to add certain extras to the day, and you want the formal meal, it will add up to a healthy amount. Traditionally, black tie events have at least 100 people in attendance which will add a lot to the cost as well. However, you don’t have to do much more than that in order for your wedding to fit black-tie requirements. Ultimately, it’s about the dress code, so while a certain amount of luxury will be expected, you don’t need to be rich and famous to afford it. Making a budget before you plan any event is a must, and a black-tie wedding is no exception.
Black-tie is classy, there’s no other way to describe it. Because of this, you’ll have to carefully consider your décor in order to fit with what your guests will be wearing. Think neutral colours and a pared-back look. With all of the gents in black and white, this gives everyone a wonderfully uniform look, and you’ll want things like your table linens and menu cards to reflect this look as well. When choosing décor, you’re thinking about minimalism and sophistication at all times. This should also, of course, fit it with the style of your venue. You should take all of your design cues from it.
When Black-Tie Isn’t Appropriate
Black-tie is suitable for almost every wedding. As we’ve mentioned, you don’t need a huge budget for it, and it’s more about the dress code than spending lots of money. Yet there are times when a black-tie wedding just isn’t going to work out. One of these times is if you are having a destination wedding. Too much sun and humidity, plus sand, just won’t be comfortable for anyone involved. While it might look great in photographs, your guests are going to be overheated and miserable.
Your wedding day is always going to be amazing, simply because it’s your day. Having a black-tie event is a great way to bring in a certain level of sophistication to proceedings and let’s face it, black-tie looks amazing in photographs. The best tips for this type of wedding is to not go overboard, add a bit of luxury, but still keep to the chic minimalism that black and white naturally brings alongside it.