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Planning a leaving do? We've put together a list of the best venues for a leaving party in London for you to have a quick look through.... Leaving Party - Venue Hire London | Canvas Events Leaving Party - Venue Hire London | Canvas Events
 

Leaving Party Venues in London

Find and book a leaving party venue in London

If you are planning a leaving do for work, and looking for ideas or good pubs or venues for leaving drinks in London, we can help. Bidding farewell to colleagues or employees is a great chance to celebrate their achievements, both in a work capacity, and personally, friendships etc. Of course it can be an emotional time for many, but the leaving party need not be a sad affair, give your soon-to-be-departed a proper send-off with our selection of leaving-party venues.
  • Tottenham Court Road

    The Old Crown

    Standing 80
    Theatre 45
    Dining 35
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  • Cannon Street

    The Steel Yard

    Standing 390
    Theatre 200
    Dining 170
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  • Canary Wharf

    The 9th

    Standing 300
    Theatre 100
    Dining 100
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  • Borough Market

    The Cooks Room at Hawksmoor Borough

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  • Camden

    The Glasshouse on the Lock

    Standing 350
    Theatre 120
    Dining 200
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  • East London

    Martello Hall

    Standing 350
    Theatre 30
    Dining 70
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  • 20

    Dirty Bones Shoreditch

    Standing 170
    Dining 75
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  • Paddington

    Pergola Paddington Central

    Standing 850
    Dining 850
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  • Covent Garden

    The Petersham

    Standing 200
    Theatre 80
    Dining 120
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  • Mayfair

    Hush Mayfair

    Standing 120
    Theatre 66
    Dining 66
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  • Bankside

    Garden Museum London

    Standing 300
    Theatre 120
    Dining 130
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  • Covent Garden

    Blame Gloria

    Standing 250
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How to Organise a Leaving Party to Remember

A member of your team is leaving to pastures new or retiring. You want to send them off with a bang, right? After all, you’ve worked closely with them for a while now, so it’s only fitting. Yet no one likes the tea in styrofoam cups and the sad cake, while someone makes an awkward speech. You want to organise a leaving party that everyone will remember. Well, we have just the list to help you do it.

 

Choose the Date


The key to choosing the best date for a leaving party is to not have it too early, but not have it too late either. Sometime in their last week works perfectly, but probably not their last day. This is particularly important if it is going to be a surprise party – they might have other plans for their last day of work, as well as a final handover to colleagues. You don’t want a party to get in the way of this.

 

Decide on the Guest List


Who is going to be invited? If your company is a large one, then it’s not going to be everyone, but who from each team should get an invite? If they know about the party, ask the person leaving directly. They might work really closely with someone that you’re not even aware of. Are you still in contact with other past colleagues? If it is a retirement party, they might appreciate a surprise blast from the past by inviting some old faces to join in and reminisce.

 

Pick a Venue


Are you keeping it in the office? Or going out for lunch? Perhaps the party is going to take place after working hours so that everyone can let their hair down. Whatever your thoughts, having a venue that fits everyone comfortably is a must for any type of party. Leaving party venues for hire in London range from a cosy pub, to a fine dining experience, so be sure to know the type of atmosphere that you’re trying to create before searching.

 

Order Food


No party is complete without some food. Whether this is pizza ordered on to the office, or a meal out, a party equals food, and so everyone attending will expect some. This is a chance to show how well you really know your departing colleague by choosing something that you know they love to eat. They’ll really appreciate the sentiment, so ask around for hints about their favourite dish. Make sure that there is plenty of it, and if you are having a meal out, the person leaving shouldn’t be asked to pay for their own.

 

Get Others to Contribute


You shouldn’t do this all by yourself, so ask others to organise some parts of it and delegate tasks out. While one person sorts the decorations, another can be sending out the invites. It’s important that everyone attending chips into the cost as well – leaving parties don’t always come out of the company budget. The more contributions that you have, the more that you can do. Make sure you ask people early for their donations and lay out your plans for the party, so they know exactly what they are paying for.

 

Organise a Leaving Gift


A leaving gift is essential at this type of event, but it can be really difficult to know what to buy for someone. The type of gift will depend on how long they’ve been with the company, and whether they are retiring or moving on – as well as their personality. If in doubt, a gift card is always well received, but a joke present can be included as well so that there’s something for you all to have a laugh about. Again, everyone should be making a contribution to this, even those who can’t attend the actual party.

 

Make Time for Speeches


Is it even a leaving party if there aren’t speeches? Maybe even a few tears? Make sure hen that you pick a time for these to happen. Whether it’s before dinner or after you present the gift, make sure that the person who is thanking your colleague knows when to expect it.  Schedule it in and stick to it. While you might all be having a great time, you’ll regret it if you miss out the speeches!

 

Take a Group Photo


It’s a great idea to get a picture taken of the whole group so you can have a memento of the night. This is something that you can send on to the colleague who’s leaving, as they might not have another picture of themselves with their work colleagues. If someone amongst you has a good camera, this is even better. Don’t forget to take some more snaps throughout the night as well!

 

Keep it Fun


While it’s a leaving party, it’s still a party, and no one wants it to be gloomy. Keep the talk centred around funny moments, and even organise an activity like karaoke if your venue permits it. You want to ensure that the only tears at this leaving party are tears of laughter.


No more sad office parties! If someone is leaving your company, they are going to know that all of their hard work has been appreciated, because you are all going to show them. No matter what venue you decide on, the atmosphere is what counts the most, so keep it upbeat.