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Every ball should have a magical feel, a sprinkling of fairy dust on the proceedings. Whether you are planning a gala event, a charity dinner or masquerade ball, let us help you find you your perfect private ballroom in London.

Bringing Ballroom Back

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.

Dress Code

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!

FAQs Ballroom and Ball Venues in London

What type of events can you host in a ballroom?

Ballrooms are incredibly versatile and there’s lots of different events that you can host in a ballroom setting including the following: • Themed parties • Graduation parties • Dancing events • Birthdays • Dancing competitions • Live shows • Corporate events • Wedding receptions • Masquerade Balls • Fashion shows • School balls

What is important when choosing a ballroom venue?

When it comes to choosing a ballroom venue, there’s lots of things you should consider, especially when it comes to ensuring that the venue is perfect for your event. When looking for the perfect ballroom venue, you should think about the following: • Location • Capacity • Flexibility • Services and amenities • Layout • Acoustics • Lighting • Accessibility As you can see, there's a lot to consider when choosing your event's venue. However, if you take the all of the above into consideration and do your research, you’re sure to find the perfect ballroom for your event.

What are the benefits of a ballroom reception?

Whether you’re planning a wedding or a special event, there are lots of benefits that come hand in hand with hosting a ballroom reception. For example, a ballroom provides the perfect social setting to dine, dance and socialise. Luxurious and incredibly versatile, a ballroom reception also gives you the option to take advantage of different packages, which incorporate everything from decoration options through to catering packages. And finally, a ballroom will give you plenty of space to decorate the ballroom as you please.

What is a graduation ball?

A graduation ball is often the biggest event in the student calendar, and is all about celebrating final year exams before everyone moves onto pastures new. Many graduation balls are set in ballrooms and bring together dancing, food and entertainment to create a night to remember. The vast majority of graduation balls in London are held at the end of the Summer and provides the perfect chance to celebrate with friends and teachers that have been alongside you at every stage of your education journey.

What is a ballroom?

A ballroom is large room inside a building that is used to hold large formal parties and dances known as balls. Traditionally, most balls were held in private residences including mansions and townhouses. There are a number of balls in London available to hire, allowing you to add a magical and memorable dimension to your event.

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