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.
Old Street's bespoke venue; Interior design, bright, exposed brick, big windows, high quality sound system, central, breakout rooms, commando sockets for photography. As well as dry hire, we can also create a fully bespoke service for your event - everything can be arranged internally such as catering, barista coffee, professional photographer, event staff, sound technician, etc on request..Please note we do not host private events, parties or celebrations due to the fact we are situated within a residential building. .About the venue: Set up to address the lack of properly equipped affordable studio and workshop spaces for wellness, personal development professionals and photographers. The spaces are used for meetings, workshops, photo and video shoots. Our white studio has high speed hard wired internet for streaming and video conferences. Our vision for was to create a beautiful, well-designed space that would be a home for personal growth and development. One of our recent clients described it as ‘the third facilitator’ in her workshop and we hope that you will feel that way too. We’re proud to give 10% of profits to our sister venue The Arc Centre in Islington which is a local community project.
Located right behind the Tate, this space is now the relocation of the previous Gallery. Ever wondered what it might feel like to be in a creative New York Loft. Well wait no longer, and come and experience it right from London.
Since our founding by Benedictine monks, hospitality has always been at the heart of the Abbey. We have held royal weddings, state occasions, and every coronation since 1066. Now you can hire one of our stunning historic spaces for your next event.
The East Wintergarden in the centre of Canary Wharf is a modern, stylish and unique venue in London.This 27m-high domed glass space, designed by Cesar Pelli, hosts conferences, gala dinners, receptions, product launches, weddings and Bar Mitzvahs. The Gallery above the main floor, can be hired separately for press releases, wedding ceremonies and private drinks receptions. In addition, the Promenade Room is perfectly suited to boardroom meetings, press conferences or a VIP/artist green room.
Our venues are located in the Grade II listed Millbank Tower offering something for every event. The Millbank Media Centre on the Ground Floor is a versatile space with its own digital cinema and outdoor terrace, whilst SKYLOFT is a popular warehouse style venue with exposed reclaimed brickwork and wooden floors. In contrast Altitude 360 offers a modern, bright and highly original space with our famous 360° views of the capital.
The East Quarter on Level Three is our largest purpose-built event space. It can be customised to accommodate all varieties of events, from conferences and awards dinners to product launches. The space can be used with a capacity of 500 guests for dining, 800 for a theatre style event, and 1,200 for a reception.
St Martin’s has a series of stunning spaces available for hire. With our enviable Trafalgar Square location and profits that support our charitable work, St Martin’s ticks all the venue hire boxes. Our beautiful Crypt and Gallery both have stunning 18th century architecture. Combined they can hold up to 500 guests standing. St. Martins Hall & Lightwell feature neutral, modern, architectural design and three meeting rooms full of natural daylight. Our in-house catering team offers a range of options from canapés to a full sit down meal for up to 200 guests, or canape for up to 500. Whether you are looking for a quick meeting, a full company wide AGM, a dinner or maybe considering filming in our historic venue, get in touch.
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.
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.
A centre of hospitality and welcome since it’s origins as a priory in 1106.Conveniently located in on the South Bank in vibrant London Bridge, the Cathedral is a historical masterpiece boasting the oldest example of gothic architecture in Central London. The Parish has been home to many notable historical figures including William Shakespeare, John Harvard and Charles Dickens. Today, the Cathedral’s doors are open to all. With eight versatile spaces to hire and two spacious outdoor areas, offers clients a unique opportunity to hold events from intimate to spectacular from 6 to 800 guests. Our experienced events team offer a personalised service, working with you and our range of accomplished suppliers to deliver events of all shapes and sizes including receptions and dinners, meetings and conferences,concerts fashion shows and more.
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.
North West London
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.
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.
Please note - private events only. All ticketed/music event enquiries should contact the venue directly through their website contact page. Any enquiries for club nights / promoted events will be ignored!!!! Interior This outstanding location is composed of two flexible industrial spaces with high ceilings, on site catering facilities and office / green room space ( please refer to floor plans for further information ) Exterior There is a long outdoor courtyard, street-wise decoration, outdoor area, overlooking the canal, close proximity to Olympic village, toilet facilities, and separate power outputs. The venue has a carpark and ground floor loading areas to accommodate crew parking and the loading/unloading of equipment both inside and outside of the spaces Studio 92 = 2500 sq ft + 4.5m height Studio 94 = 3000 sq ft + 4.5m height
The Art and Ecology Pavilions are two stunning contemporary green roofed venues. Set within the natural surroundings of Mile End Park, they are unique and flexible spaces in an unspoiled tranquil setting. Just a five minute walk from Mile End tube station, they are an oasis in the heart of east London. Perfect for exclusive events for staff and clients. The Pavilions have facilities for auditorium format presentations. They are ideal for conferences, Exhibitions, networking, and professional development events. Both Pavilions are dry hire venues and can be personalised for your bespoke events. We can work with your own choice caterers and do not charge corkage. The Art and Ecology Pavilions are also fully licensed for wedding ceremonies.They can be configured for a range of events including corporate events, product launches and gala dinners. Perfect for private family celebrations, including wedding ceremonies, receptions and memorial events. The Pavilions host public access events such as live performances, makers markets and art exhibitions. Large, light, and airy, The Art Pavilion is a flagship gallery space. It offers exhibitors flexibility for installation of work in a variety of media. The gallery can accommodate an event and workshop programme alongside your exhibition. The pavilions overlook lakes and have direct access to Mile End Park. They can both accommodate mobile catering vans for a street food vibe. The Art Pavilion offers reception and catering space on a private island. The Pavilions are fully accessible and have step free access to all areas and outside spaces. An induction loop is available. Both venues have loading and unloading areas. There is no guest parking at The Ecology Pavilion with limited spaces at the Art Pavilion. Due to The Pavilions proximity to good transport links we encourage guest to use public transport, arrive on foot or by bicycle. The Pavilions are a short walk from Mile End underground station on the Central, District and Hammersmith and City Line. Several bus routes stop on Grove Road and Mile End Road.
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.