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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
COVID-19 certification Harrow School Events is delighted to announce that they have been awarded the ‘We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 certification. This is a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to reassure customers that our business adheres to Government and public health guidance. 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
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.
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We combine the best eat drink play experiences to cater for any type of private event. The team are on hand every step to plan an amazing event in our unique spaces. From drinks receptions, conferences, meetings to experiential brand activations and full venue takeovers for up to 2500. Along side our exclusive drinks you a can choose from any of our curated street food inspired vendors covering cuisines spanning the world to cater for you and your guests. Full venue takeovers also include exclusive use of a VR experience and Axe throwing, great for an experience within your event.
With an interior lovingly crafted by set designer Dick Bird (Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet) Omeara Live is a truly magical discovery nestled beneath a railway arch just minutes away from London Bridge Station. As a Live Music venue the space is 320 capacity and boasts a high spec PA and lighting rig. For a standing drinks reception/party capacity is 250 and theater style presentation/screening up to 90 capacity. The space has an impressive late license and an array street food vendors on site who can supply amazing events catering. Additional spaces can be added to Omeara for larger capacity events including Omeara Cantina Terrace & Mezzanine (100 capacity), an adjoining stand alone private event space, The Siding (150 capacity) or Omeara Cantina including the terrace (250 capacity).
Bishopsgate Institute has been awarded the "Good to Go" accreditation from Visit England, meaning our venue is Covid-secure. Contact us to learn more about our safety measures. Our Grade II* listed building is a haven in the city, where culture, heritage and learning meet. Renowned as a central hub for public events for 125 years, Bishopsgate Institute is also a remarkably atmospheric location for private and corporate events. From the moment you step across the threshold, the originality of the building is clear. Our venue combines elements from the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements, along with typically Victorian motifs. Every one of our rooms is full of individual character and steeped in history. Our spaces are suited to any event you might have in mind, and our flexible rooms have capacity for between 4 to 500 people. Set on the edge of the City of London, you can find us just two minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street Station.
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.
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.
Conway Hall opened in 1929 and named in honour of Moncure Daniel Conway, anti-slavery advocate, outspoken supporter of free thought and biographer of Thomas Paine. The venue is Grade 2 listed and offers hirers various event spaces, especially the Main Hall with its highly-regarded acoustics. The venue is unique for providing a central London location and a building with character, steeped in history, combined with cutting-edge AV facilities. Owned by Conway Hall Ethical Society, a charity, the building is famous for being the birthplace of humanism, as well as hosting the longest run of classical concerts in the UK (which started in 1880 at the Society’s previous site), jazz concerts in the 1930s, a rare UK appearance from Muddy Waters and gigs by Crass and The Cure in 1970s, as well as many other concerts, including James Blake and La Roux, and events of all kinds since. Today, Conway Hall is a popular, accessible, venue for location filming, conferences, presentations, concerts, talks, fashion shows, weddings, awards ceremonies and brand activations. Previous clients include: BBC • Yamaha • Netflix • Evening Standard • Snowline Media • Ted Baker Penguin Books • Bloomsbury Festival • Guardian Live • Tate • EMAP
Embodying all the elegance and grace of the Edwardian era, this period venue exhibits immense light and sophistication, creating a simply breath-taking effect for your event. The Lindley Hall is an iconic venue in central London providing the perfect setting for any occasion. The venue has capacity for up to 700 guests and is entirely flexible; perfectly suited to a truly unique event.
Located in South West London, directly across the road from Parsons Green Underground Station, Darlings Green is a furniture showroom by day and anything you want it to be by night. The space is ideal for any event from birthday parties to corporate events, workshops to fashion shows. The venue is available from 6pm every night of the week, when the furniture is packed away to reveal an exquisite blank canvas for your event. Standard hire hours are 5pm-12am, with the hours between 12am to 4am up for discussion. Flooded with natural light and decorated according to the latest trends, the main event space is a formidable rectangular expanse with high ceilings and industrial accents. Usually, just one side is offered as it can house a substantial amount of people. However, utilising the second half of the space is possible upon discussion with the proprietors. There is no access to the mezzanine area as this is a working office. Running along the wall under the windows is a long stage area, two steps high - a natural place to house a band; a DJ; a speaking podium or indeed an exhibition area. Leading off the tiled entrance area, is a functioning kitchen and double toilet facilities. Darlings Green boasts a unique monochrome tiled bar with a classic brass top. Marble and brass shelving and a neon sign asking "What's your poison?" frame the bar area nicely and provide a terrific backdrop to any photos on the night. Perfect for the Gram! To customize the space event more, it is also possible to remove the 'Darlings of Chelsea' signage on the Scandinavian wood panelling and erect signage or props specific to your event.
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.
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!