BMA House – modern events with heritage, placing sustainability at the heart of everything we do. A beautifully bright and spacious Grade II listed building designed in 1911, our magnificent venue boasts 22 unique and versatile spaces, all fitted with cutting edge AV technology. A strong balance between the old and new is at the heart of our offer. New technology, new thinking on nutrition and new ideas about what an event space can be merge with real heritage and a proven track record to create the story of BMA House today. From small meeting rooms to full conferencing spaces for up to 320, it is a favourite for Conferences, Meetings, Award Ceremonies, Summer, Parties and Weddings. We’re incredibly passionate about our food. Healthy meetings being our ethos with delegates’ wellbeing at the forefront of all menus, our talented chefs have created mindfully nutritious menus which focus on sustaining concentration and nourishing delegates with wholesome food. We are also fully stocked on ideas for any event or individual requiring vegan or vegetarian dishes. Located in the heart of Bloomsbury just a stone’s throw away from mainline stations Euston and Kings Cross, our superb location suits both national and international conferences.
Clerkenwell, Farringdon, Smithfield
Previously a vestry within St. Sepulchre’s Parish, The Vestry is a new wave cocktail & wine bar concept a stone’s throw from Smithfield Market. The Vestry is available for full and partial private hire for buffets, drinks, two to three course dining, wedding receptions, corporate hire and more. With a range of meeting packages for corporate clients during the day and events packages for those afternoon, evening & late-night parties - you'll find everything you need with us.
We create amazing events in luxe environments that are warm, inviting and stimulating. Our beautifully designed spaces are the perfect location to host your next launching events, off-site session, hands-on workshop, guest lecture, panel event, or casual meetup.A boutique coworking and event space with 28 locations around the world. We are all about supporting communities and allowing our members and people we work with to grow organically. We love networking and sharing knowledge through meetups, networking drinks, panels and more.Our quirky spaces allow us to create amazing events in luxe environments that are warm, inviting and stimulating. Our beautifully designed lounges in Shoreditch can accommodate up to 200 guests after office hours on business days, or full days during weekends. Therefore, if you are looking for the perfect location to host your next launching events, off-site session, hands-on workshop, guest lecture, panel event, or casual meetup do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Benk + Bo is home to three floors of beautiful and multi-functional events space in the heart of Spitalfields, east London. We're just around the corner from Aldgate and Liverpool Street Station. The space includes a fully-fitted professional kitchen, cafe and bar, yoga studio, two-story events space, a meeting room and space for corporate meetings, workshops and conferences. From workshops to supper clubs, press launches, to exhibitions and private parties, our carefully curated style and attention to detail as well as our flexibility and competitive pricing means we can offer clients a truly unique and memorable place. Ground Floor The ground floor comprises a stunning cafe/bar area, with a seated lounge filled with mid-century soft furnishings, plenty of greenery and natural light. This space is ideal for drinks receptions, talks and socials and also provides the perfect welcome area for events on the other floors. Lower Ground Floor The lower ground floor is the perfect private space to host meetings, workshops and conferences for your company. It is also a beautiful events space, perfect for press launches and private dining events, with a connecting fully-fitted professional kitchen. Like the rest of the building, the space boasts Philips Hue lights which are fully customisable to any colour palette - perfect for creating a branded space or particular mood. There is also a Sonos sound system. First Floor Our first floor comprises three rooms as well as a WC shower room. Our large, bright, airy and well- equipped yoga studio is perfect for hosting wellness events as well as seated talks, workshops and also exhibitions. We also have two meeting rooms which double us as green rooms, treatment spaces, cloakrooms and workshop spaces. To learn more about the spaces we hire please see our brochure. More details on the events we have hosted in the past available at https://www.benkandbo.com
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.
Landing just off City Road at the start of 2020, the brand new hotel is an inspiring venue in the heart of East London. Organising meetings is in our DNA. From small meetings to larger conferences or workshops we have the space for you. We have a collection of three inspiring laboratories each designed with their own theme, and all providing the perfect space for meetings, conferences, presentations and more for up to 70 people. On the ground floor right at the heart of the hotel is the open plan lobby, where an amalgamation of funky furniture, eye catching artwork, a modern bar and unique spaces combine to create an impressive venue. With space for up to 150 guests and the flexibility to create private lounges or one big space, it is ideally suited to a variety of events. Our in house team of chefs would also be delighted to create a delicious menu for your event, from canapes and bowl food to indulgent sit down meals. Whether you'd like to host a birthday celebration, trade event, wedding reception or cocktail masterclass, our versatile lobby can adapt to your needs.
A place to have fun in what you do and who you do it with. The venues has perfect place for a party of up to 70 guests; MAMA has celebrated engagements, baby showers, Christmas parties, birthday parties, album launches and podcasts. This is the place to see and be seen; a private space at the heart of MAMA with your own secret garden cocktail bar and retractable glass roof for when the summer is at its peak. With food and drink sourced locally and made fresh with love by our award winning chefs, MAMAs is the place for the best boujie event. Located on the Hackney Road in zone 2 a ten minute walk from Bethnal Green underground on the Central Line, a short stroll from Shoreditch and well connected to the routes crossing central London. The place where everyone in London can pass through and feel taken care of by their own MAMA
41 Portland place is located in the heart of Marylebone, close to Regent’s Park & Oxford Circus. Our unique central London venue is an elegant Grade II* listed townhouse, rich in Georgian architecture with many historic features symbolic of the period. We provide event spaces that seamlessly combine traditional features with contemporary facilities and state of the art AV to ensure a successful event in beautiful surroundings. Perfect for conferences, press & product launches, dinners & receptions, parties, weddings and filming.
is the latest project by the team behind two of London’s foremost cultural institutions, Oval Space and The Pickle Factory. This space has been designed as a blank canvas, set in an industrial but polished setting. The venue comprises of 3 unique areas, a sprawling, blank canvas main room, a roof terrace with breakout containers, and a brandable cocktail bar event space. The venue also features breakout rooms on the 1st floor. The versatility and multi-faceted nature of is bound to whet the appetite of any ambitious event producer, whether they’re planning a product launch, conference or live music gig. Moreover, the venue can boast to be one of the most environmentally sustainable in the country, with a ban on single-use plastics the first step in ‘Oval Green’ a cross-venue initiative to create spaces that deliver unforgettable experiences minus the carbon emissions. All hires include a projector and screen, sound and lighting packages, chairs, staging, lectern and a dedicated event manager.
Make any occasion unforgettable with Private Dining by Roux, a unique dining concept within the sumptuous settings of The Langham, London. Private Dining by Roux offers the Chez Roux hallmarks of classic French cuisine interpreted with a modern twist, with the same level of service experienced in fine dining as at Roux at The Landau restaurant. Postillion, our beautiful private dining space, was designed by David Collins Studio and is flooded with natural daylight, with its floor to ceiling windows overlooking the charming Georgian architecture of All Souls Church.
Two separate, semi-private areas have been incorporated into the design of The Wigmore for private bookings, ideal for groups and special occasions. THE SNUG Guests can enjoy the intimacy of the traditional ‘Snug’, complete with mohair sofas, silk cushions and loose rugs. Standing capacity is for up to 25 guests, and the Snug features a built-in TV, separate music system and natural daylight. THE GREEN ROOM This beautiful room has a standing capacity for up to 45 guests, just behind the main bar, but with its own private bar. The Green Room with its built-in TV and separate music system and stylish design is the ideal space for after work parties and celebrations.
This unique venue in London is a heritage building nestled in the trendy central neighbourhood of Hoxton, making it ideal as a wedding venue, corporate and conference venue, as well as host to drinks receptions, brand engagement, away days, private dining, workshops, cinema and festivals. The Geffrye's expansive front lawns offer a blank-canvas outdoor venue, and an incredibly rare green space so close to the City. Shaded by impressive London Plane trees and set against the backdrop of Grade I listed almshouses, this is a unique space with which to make a real impression.
A stylish and contemporary bar in the heart of Belgravia, Eaton Square Bar & Kitchen serves up some of the best cocktails in the capital. You’ll also find a knockout wine list, great food, live music during the week, and DJs gracing the wheels of steel at the weekend. Available for private hire, whether it be a corporate event, a birthday party, a wedding, a meal, or just a massive get together with friends.
No. 4 Hamilton Place is an Edwardian townhouse in London’s Mayfair, available for hire for weddings, conferences, private dining, drinks receptions and parties. The venue is a Grade II listed building featuring nine versatile event spaces and an attractive outdoor terrace with views over Hyde Park. Once home to the Duke of Wellington, No. 4 Hamilton Place is an impressive, luxurious building with regal décor and traditional Edwardian features including a grand sweeping staircase. Our conference room is well-equipped with full audio-visual facilities and capacity for up to 250 delegates in theatre style, convenient travel links in, out and around the city and renowned high-quality catering provided by our exclusive partner, Blue Strawberry. We have a range of meeting rooms available for hire for groups of differing sizes whether you’re hosting an AGM or a small training session. Each is filled with natural light to keep your guests feeling awake and productive, with a team on-hand to provide any A/V support or refreshments. No. 4 Hamilton Place is also a popular venue for weddings and private events with a license for civil ceremonies and elegant range of ornate rooms suitable for celebrations of all size.
Affordable venue hire in Islington A short 10-minute walk from Angel station. Our 3000sqft internal space is divided into a workshop space, main event hall ad a kitchen. We have been home to personal development workshops, coaching conferences, R&D sessions for theatremakers and yoga teacher training. All rooms benefit from floor to ceiling windows, giving plenty of natural light. We're a social enterprise. All bookings fund our community work in Islington. Our spaces: Main Hall, £60p/h: Projector, large screen, surround sound speakers. Capacity: 100. Our light and airy main hall is the ideal venue for your next conference, away day, workshop, private function or corporate event. It’s an affordable space with a projector, large screen and surround speakers. Full use of the kitchen is available for an extra charge. Kitchen, £25p/h: Why not have your next supper club at Arc? Fully fitted kitchen. Two ovens, two hobs/cookers, two fridges, dishwasher. Suitable for cookery classes, food workshops, catering, food preparation. Flexible Workshop Space, £40p/h: Floor to ceiling windows, projector, sound system. Capacity: 30 Flexible seating/table arrangement. This small venue can be used as a meeting room, training room, workshop room or conference room. Floor to ceiling windows give the room refreshing natural light, and the room has a projector is for pitches, presentations and training days. Meeting Room, £15p/h Capacity: 4 Private and safe. Suitable for meetings and interviews or use as a box office, cloakroom, or green room when you hire the Community Hall. Whole venue: You can rent the whole venue: the meeting room, kitchen, workshop space and community hall. Price on request. Additional Extras: You get high speed WiFi and tables and chairs for up to 100 guests for free, but we also offer catering, hospitality packs, full PA system, stage, lighting, event marketing, photography, videography and more. Flip Chart £10 Projector and screen £25 Laptop £10 Portable speakers £10 PA system and microphones £25 Teas and coffees £3 each Stage £100 Discounts available for charities & Packington residents. By hiring our venue you directly support our community work.
Our First Floor Dining Room is the perfect space to enjoy any meal with us, be it a lazy group lunch, business meeting or a romantic dinner for two. You can also enjoy the ultimate alfresco dining experience on our wraparound terrace which overlooks the hustle and bustle of Granary Square & the beautiful Regent’s Canal. The First Floor is also available for exclusive hire and can accommodate up to 100 guests. With panoramic views across King’s Cross, this is a beautiful space to celebrate any special occasion.
Bridal showers are still relatively new to the UK. Less common even than the baby shower, they rarely occur in families unless it is as an alternative to a hen do (bachelorette). One instance where the bridal shower is definitely a good idea is when it comes to a work colleague. You might all be good friends outside of the office, but there’s no guarantee that everyone will get a hen party invite or even an invite to the wedding. After all, weddings are expensive, and every extra person adds to this. If you want to give your work bestie an amazing send off into the married world, then a bridal shower is the way to go. You can give gifts, celebrate, and discuss the upcoming nuptials. Your co-worker is sure to love it, and it gives everyone in the office the chance to congratulate her.
Bridal showers are actually a much older tradition than you might think. Dating from Victorian times, gifts were generally presented in a lady’s parasol, which is where the idea of ‘showering’ the bride-to-be comes from. It could be argued that this type of celebration is even older, with women who didn’t have a dowry being given gifts by friends, family, and neighbours to help her set up her new home. Nowadays, we mostly associate the bridal shower with our friends in the US, although in fact there are many countries who have this tradition. It is generally either the Maid of Honour, or the bride’s family that hosts a bridal shower, although brides can have more than one, with different groups of people, including one for work friends.
Are Men Allowed?
Usually, it’s only the girls than get involved in a bridal shower, but when it comes to organising something for a work colleague, who’s to say that the men have to be left out? It’s something that you should discuss with the bride if she knows you’re organising it, as well as with the men you work with. Some might want the opportunity to celebrate with the bride-to-be and give their own gifts.
The whole point of a bridal shower was traditionally to give gifts to the bride. When it’s a work colleague, you’ll have to decide what you are doing as a group. Perhaps everyone will go in together to buy a big-ticket item from the gift registry, or each buy your own individual gifts for her. A cash gift has become more and more common – this can go towards the happy couple’s honeymoon It is particularly appropriate when the couple already lives together and don’t need any of the traditional household items usually bought.
The venue you choose will decide the whole feel of the bridal shower. Of course, you can have it in the office, but it might be nice to hire a space away from work to really allow the bride to relax. There are loads of reasonably priced bridal shower venues for hire in London, so you’re sure to find one that doesn’t break the bank. It means that you can have it after work or on a Saturday instead of squeezing it into a lunch break or limiting the number of people that can actually attend. You can even go somewhere that does afternoon tea for a relaxed vibe that’s fully catered for.
Decoration for a bridal shower can be as much or as little as you desire. Think about what type of person the bride is and stick to that. For example, a floral theme or completely pink might be exactly what she’ll love, but others would want a more subdued look. Think about who the party is for, not just what you’d like. A major décor centrepiece can be a cake or cupcake stand. Adding this to your venue is always a great addition and your bride is sure to love it. Depending on your venue, you might be allowed as many decorations as you like, or they might ask you to keep it to a minimum. Make sure that you check with them before sticking anything to the walls!
Whether you go for a cake of not, having some form of food at the shower is a must. Consider the time of day that you’re having it at and research into reliable catering companies in the area. You don’t need to have a sit-down meal, but some form of buffet will keep hungry guests happy. Unlike a hen do, a bridal shower is a bit more subdued. While alcohol is perfectly acceptable, it’s not going to be a major focus of the event. Think mimosas or a glass of wine.
Games aren’t a must either, but a sometimes a good idea if you want to break the tension and get everyone relaxed. They should be light-hearted and fun like Mr and Mrs. It’s also a great excuse to ‘shower’ the bride with even more surprise gifts but also to give gifts to the winners of other games. This is a particularly good idea if your colleague is someone who doesn’t like to be constantly the centre of attention.
Having a bridal shower as a send-off to a favourite colleague is a great way for everyone you work with to get together and celebrate the upcoming nuptials. Whether the bride-to-be knows about the party of not, she’s sure to be grateful that she has such good work friends around her. Everyone will appreciate you throwing a party in her honour and an opportunity to give her gifts for her new married life.
Traditionally the mother of the bride or the maid of honour will organise the bridal shower. But if the bride’s family aren’t local and she’d like to have a London shower as well as one in her hometown, the job might be up to you. Check in with the maid of honour first as she’s the most likely to know what’s on the plan, and you don’t want to tread on her toes. Having multiple showers can help the bride enjoy her engagement period as much as possible, especially if her friends and family are widespread and can’t all come to the same event.
Depending on the scope of the event, venues will likely offer different options or packages to suit your needs. Top venues will be all-inclusive and should cover things like catering and drinks. If you hire a private space you’ll be able to decorate the venue as well and bring games to play. Some venues may have preferred suppliers for decorations, so make sure they’ll be able to provide the photobooth, flower arch or whatever the bride-to-be has her heart set on
Wedding budgets were traditionally covered by the bride’s family, but that isn’t necessarily the case anymore. If the shower is a surprise, it may be expected that the organiser will be footing the bill. So if it’s your job, you might want to check in with the groom (don’t ruin the surprise by asking the bride!) to confirm whether there are funds allocated in their wedding budget for the shower before expecting the couple to cover it. Depending on the event, the guests may be expected to pay for their own drinks and food so its always good to discuss options with them as well if it looks like it might be expensive.
When we think of bridal showers, we often picture high tea in a beautiful setting and everyone is wearing a dress – but that doesn’t have to be the case! At the end of the day, the bride will want everyone to be comfortable, and if it’s a less formal affair your best jeans will be absolutely fine. If you’re in doubt, check with the organiser who may have other suggestions if jeans aren’t suitable.
Speaking to the other guests should give a good idea whether or not you’ll be expected to bring a gift, but it’s always safe to assume “yes” if you’re not sure. Have a little think about practicality – will she be coming by public transport to her London bridal shower venue? If so, you might want to give her something small, like a gift card. Ask some of the other guests if they’d like to club together to make your money go further and get her something special like a spa day or a nice lunch. If you’re not very familiar with the bride, a beautiful bunch of flowers or bottle of wine always goes down well!