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Banquet and Gala dinners

Unique and unusual banquet and gala dinner venues to hire across the UK

Twickenham Stadium, London

Twickenham Stadium

Max Capacity 1200

Awarded Best Sporting Venue for Events 2018 Twickenham can effortlessly cater for large-scale business conferences with state-of-the-art AV, private dinners and social receptions or meetings. In all there are 25 dedicated spaces and rooms, many providing attendees and delegates with excellent facilities and a wealth of flexible interior space.

Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, Reading

Royal Berkshire Conference Centre

Max Capacity 600

The Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, in the impressive Madejski Stadium complex provides the perfect backdrop to any conference or event. The function suites range in capacity from 2 delegates up to 500 with versatile event space from modern conference rooms overlooking the pitch to more traditional spaces that showcase the club’s heritage.

The Kia Oval, London

The Kia Oval

Max Capacity 650

The Kia Oval, located in the heart of London, is a world class sporting venue with excellent conference and event facilities. Each room is flooded with natural daylight and boasts outstanding views of the famous Oval wicket. With a mix of modern and traditional rooms ranging in size, the Kia Oval is suitable for a variety of events.

Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff

Cardiff City Stadium

Max Capacity 600

Cardiff City Stadium is one of the premier events venues in Wales. The stadium contains a range of flexible event space which are decorated in a contemporary style to really make your event stand out.

Cardiff City has easy access to the M4 motorway network, great public transport links and 2000 onside car parking spaces.

HMS Belfast, London

HMS Belfast

Max Capacity 350

From World War II to Korea, HMS Belfast has been looking after our nation since 1938. Now, moored next to the iconic Tower Bridge, it’s protecting the quality of our nation’s events. As the last surviving example of 20th century Royal Navy warships, she is a truly unique venue for weddings, client entertainment and meetings.

Churchill War Rooms, London

Churchill War Rooms

Max Capacity 120

In 2002 the Cabinet War Rooms took over and restored large areas of the Whitehall site. The meeting facilities now include a number of historic period rooms including a 120 seated auditorium - enhanced by discreet, but modern audio-visual facilities and air conditioning. Rooms are available for corporate or private hire, both daytime and evening.

Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Swansea

Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Max Capacity 400

The Liberty Stadium is the premier venue for conference & events in south west Wales. The home to Swansea City Football Club and Ospreys Rugby, the stadium is easily accessible from M4 motorway and just 2 miles from Swansea Train Station. Featuring a range of function suites, Liberty can accommodate meetings and dinners for 8 to 600 guests.

IWM Duxford, Cambridge

IWM Duxford

Max Capacity 800

IWM Duxford is a venue like no other. This fighter station has been transformed into an impressive events space, rich in heritage and home to over 100 aircraft including the iconic Concorde. Whether you're organising a meeting for 10, a conference for 350 or a gala dinner for 1,000, it's a location to delight and inspire your guests.

Leicester City Football Club, Leicester

Leicester City Football Club

Max Capacity 650

Leicester City Football Club provides contemporary meeting & event facilities for up to 650 guests. Free wifi, free car parking & city centre location compliments our seven conference suites and 43 corporate hospitality boxes over looking the pitch.
We offer various Day Delegate packages, individually designed to cater for every budget.

KidZania London, London

KidZania London

Max Capacity 1000

Rediscover the child within with our huge variety of real-life role play adventures.

KidZania is not all about the kids… adults can be a part of this experience too. Whether it’s an intimate team building day, a corporate family fun evening or a seated dinner, KidZania’s city is the perfect destination for your next corporate event.

Nottingham Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Nottingham

Nottingham Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 200

The Racecourse breathes fresh air into any business event. There's the sense of scale and space, with green views across Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park and the Trent valley. It's naturally suited to big moments like product launches, showcases and demonstrations and lends a sense of occasion to regional and national conferences.

Science and Media Museum, Bradford

Science and Media Museum

Max Capacity 300

If you're looking for an event venue with a difference in West Yorkshire then look no further. Located in the heart of Bradford, the National Science and Media Museum is a unique choice offering five floors of spectacular galleries, two state-of-the-art auditoria and the IMAX experience – all housed within a magnificent glazed frontage.

Sandown Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Esher

Sandown Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 800

Just 25 minutes by train from Waterloo, Sandown Park is set in a picturesque green-belt site in leafy Surrey. Suitable for groups of 10 to over 1000 people, event success is guaranteed at Sandown Park with our wide range of flexible spaces and facilites.

Kempton Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Sunbury-On-Thames

Kempton Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 600

Located in Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, just 16 miles from Central London, we offer a unique collection of individual suites that offer beautiful views of the racecourse itself as well as the natural surroundings. Situated less than a mile from Junction 1 of the M3 and with direct trains from London Waterloo to our on-site train station

Epsom Downs Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Epsom

Epsom Downs Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 800

Epsom Downs is a truly unique venue for your Conference, Dinner dance, Wedding, Product launch, Christmas Party & much more. The Queen's Stand & Duchess' Stand both have striking facilities; holding an array of diverse events every year, Epsom Downs is the ideal venue for your event.

London Transport Museum, London

London Transport Museum

Max Capacity 500

Whether you are organising a lavish black tie dinner, an exciting awards ceremony or a team away day, the London Transport Museum provides an extraordinary backdrop for your event, in this truly ‘London’ venue, ideally located in the heart of Covent Garden.

Beaulieu, Brockenhurst

Beaulieu

Max Capacity 220

The National Motor Museum Beaulieu is a museum set in the heart of the New Forest, in the English county of Hampshire. Beaulieu offers you a versatile and unusual venue with a difference whether you are looking for a conference, dinner, wedding, team building or family fun day out.

Concorde Conference Centre, Altrincham

Concorde Conference Centre

Max Capacity 700

The Concorde Conference Centre at the Runway Visitor Park caters for every type of event from product launches, gala dinners, Christmas parties, exhibitions and meetings to weddings and Bartmitzvah's - all taking place around one of the world’s most famous icons. There are also two smaller meeting rooms on site for between 1 and 50 delegates.

Warwick Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Warwick

Warwick Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 160

Warwick Racecourse retains its historic charm and character. Nestled next to Warwick Castle, the racecourse is one of the oldest in the country and with racing having taken place here since the 1700s, this is a course rich in tradition and heritage.

Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London

Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Max Capacity 1300

The QEII Centre is the largest dedicated conference, exhibition and event space in central London. The venue offers world class facilities and versatile spaces for up to 2,500. Conventions, dinners, awards, exhibitions, Christmas parties, receptions, product launches; we can do them all, hosting over 400 national and international events a year.

Museum of Science and Industry (MSI Manchester), Manchester

Museum of Science and Industry (MSI Manchester)

Max Capacity 300

Whether it's a conference, product launch or informal gathering, you'll find the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester makes every event unique.

The museum opened its doors in 1983 and is located on the original terminus of the worlds first inter-city railway, Liverpool Road. There are 5 Listed buildings, 2 of them listed as Grade I.

Harlequins FC, Twickenham

Harlequins FC

Max Capacity 400

The Twickenham Stoop Stadium has been home to Harlequins, the world-famous rugby club, since 1963. The Stoop is located in the heart of Twickenham and over the years has been redeveloped into a unique and excellent venue for conference and events, which makes The Stoop the perfect venue for all types of events.

Haydock Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Newton Le Willows

Haydock Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 500

Haydock Park is a place that makes your heart race. From the thrill of watching your horse cross the finishing line to the delight of indulging in its fantastic facilities, it guarantees a great day out. But just as importantly, we’re also well known as a venue that leads the field in holding events that are every bit as memorable as our race days.

Cheltenham Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Cheltenham

Cheltenham Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 2250

Home of the Gold Cup, Cheltenham Racecourse is a world famous sporting venue with superb facilities for conferences, exhibitions, banquets, Christmas parties and major PR events. Catering for 2 to 2,250 guests and with free parking for 10,000 cars, it has the versatility to stage profile corporate or private function.

SnowDome Tamworth, Tamworth

SnowDome Tamworth

Max Capacity 150

The Snowdome Tamworth is the ideal venue when looking for something a little different for your meeting or event.
Ideally located just off Junction 9 and 10 of the M42, 20 minutes from Birmingham City Centre and easily accessible via rail.

Weston Park, Shifnal

Weston Park

Max Capacity 120

Built in 1671, the beauty and tranquillity of the House and Park at Weston is the result of centuries of creativity, collecting and patronage of artists and craftsman, by generations of one family, the Bridgemans, Earls of Bradford. These superb collections of fine art and antiques make the House and ideal place for any business or private event.

Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol

Bristol Zoo Gardens

Max Capacity 300

Bristol Zoological Society is a conservation & educational charity which runs and operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project. The Clifton Pavilion can offer the perfect venue for any occasion. Built in the 1920’s, the building's graceful architecture offers elegant rooms with beautiful views overlooking the west lawn and flamingos.

Hatfield House, Hatfield

Hatfield House

Max Capacity 300

In the heart of Hertfordshire, Hatfield House offers a stunning and unique setting for any event, from meeting and conferences to dinners and balls.

Located in the beautiful surroundings of Hatfield Park and very easy to access, our venues are ideal to offer your delegates or guests an unique experience.

Pennethorne’s Bar, London

Pennethorne’s Bar

Max Capacity 120

Pennethorne’s Bar is the latest opening at the iconic Somerset House. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the all-day wining and dining destination now offers a private dining room for exclusive, desirable and stylish events.

Newmarket Racecourses, A Jockey Club Venue, Newmarket

Newmarket Racecourses, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 300

An impressive, flexible, stylish and unique conference and events venue in the heart of East Anglia.

Newmarket Racecourse is a premier venue for conferences and events ranging from small business meetings to large scale conferences with up to 500 delegates.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Max Capacity 300

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is a stunning landmark venue, located in the heart of the city. The magnificent Edwardian Baroque building is a famous city landmark and its world class collection of art, archaeology, geology and natural history provides an inspirational backdrop for corporate hospitality.

Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

Imperial War Museum North

Max Capacity 300

A multi-award winning venue, close to Manchester city centre, Imperial War Museum North is an iconic landmark available for daytime events and exclusive evening hire. Within its striking, aluminium-clad structure, you will find a unique venue for your Conference and Events.

Sheffield United Football Club, Sheffield

Sheffield United Football Club

Max Capacity 360

Bramall Lane is a fantastic multipurpose venue, offering versatile event spaces with capacities from 2 – 360 guests! We are the only venue in the city to offer over 400 free vehicle parking spaces

Railway Museum, York

Railway Museum

Max Capacity 600

Having opened in 1975 as the first National Museum outside of London, the National Railway Museum is now the largest of its kind in the world. Steeped in heritage & history the former locomotive depot houses many famous & record breaking locomotives including Mallard & Bullet Train. The elegant surroundings are sure to add prestige to any event.

Aintree Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Liverpool

Aintree Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 4500

There’s nowhere quite like Aintree Racecourse, home of the world famous Randox Health Grand National. Steeped in history, drama, triumph and achievement, it is simply unique. Combine this inspirational sporting legacy with state of the art facilities and you’ll discover a stage for conferencing and events that is second to none.

M Shed, Bristol

M Shed

Max Capacity 250

M shed is a world-class cultural landmark set on the harbour side in the heart of Bristol. The building’s industrial heritage has been retained but now offers a purpose built event suite, suitable for corporate and private events. Guests have access to the roof top terrace, giving fantastic panoramic views across Bristol's harbour.

Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham

Edgbaston Stadium

Max Capacity 700

Edgbaston is one the UK’s leading sporting venues which features an array of versatile, modern and luxurious suites that are suitable for any occasion from small meetings to large conferences. Our unique and iconic venue provides an exquisite backdrop with suites that offer natural daylight and stunning views overlooking the famous Edgbaston pitch.

Edinburgh Zoo - Mansion House, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Zoo - Mansion House

Max Capacity 250

If you are looking for a truly unique venue then the Mansion House at Edinburgh Zoo is the answer. We offer meetings, conferencing, private dinners, drinks receptions, family or corporate away days and weddings as well as a range of exciting team building activities all based in the heart of one of Scotlands most popular tourist attractions.

Chill Factore, Manchester

Chill Factore

Max Capacity 120

Iconic and inspiring, choose a completely unique venue for your next corporate event.

REAL SNOW, 500 FREE Parking spaces and FREE WIFI are just 3 excellent features that Chill Factore can offer.

Whether you're planning a meeting, conference, product launch, networking event, team away day, or team building - look no further.

Carlisle Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Carlisle

Carlisle Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 470

For conferences, meetings, seminars and exhibitions, weddings or parties, Carlisle Racecourse offeres the most flexible facilities around. Located just off Junction 42 of the M6, we offer superb facilities for both race day and non race day events with a variety of sized rooms and ample free parking.

Olympia London, Kensington

Olympia London

Max Capacity 1800

Flexible space and award-winning service; Olympia London's conference facilities is perfect for 200-1500 delegates. Our award winning team will help you find the perfect fit to create a bespoke conference in one of our three unique spaces. And with DDR packages from £65, why not book a showround and experience the venue for yourself.

Leeds Castle, Maidstone

Leeds Castle

Max Capacity 100

Set on a moated island, Leeds Castle provides one of the most unique venues for residential & day conferences, meetings, corporate hospitality and banqueting in Kent.

Roux at Parliament Square, Westminster

Roux at Parliament Square

Max Capacity 180

Purpose built in 1889, Roux at Parliament Square is the perfect Westminster conference venue which offers flexible rooms to cater for any occasion.

First class catering for your event is provided by Roux kitchen, fronted by Michel Roux Jnr and our Head Chef Steve Groves, winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2009.

Eltham Palace, London

Eltham Palace

Max Capacity 300

Eltham Palace is a stunning art deco showpiece which incorporates the medieval palace that was once Henry VIII’s boyhood home. Set within tranquil, moated gardens and located near Greenwich, this is one of London’s most unique and exceptional venues for meetings, receptions, summer parties, team building activities or weddings.

Troxy, London

Troxy

Max Capacity 2111

Troxy is a versatile events space, which is flexible in both approach and size. Originally opened in the 1930s as a grand cinema, many of the original art deco features remain in this Grade II listed venue. Refurbished within the last few years, this unique space now combines extensive front of house facilities with original character.

Huntingdon Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Huntingdon

Huntingdon Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 140

Huntingdon Racecourse is a fantastic venue for many occasions, whether you're coming for a great day out racing or want to host your own event in the grounds. We host 18 race meets each year and when we are not racing we offer a unique and attractive venue suitable for conferences, meetings, parties, wedding receptions or Christmas parties.

Market Rasen Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Market Rasen

Market Rasen Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 250

-Flexible facilities that can be tailored to your event
-Unique and picturesque setting
-Suberb catering and highly experienced staff with the expertise to meet your requests
-A range of audio and visual equipment
-Ample free parking
-Large picturesque outdoor space
-Bespoke service
-Dedicated Event Manager

The SSE Arena Wembley, Wembley

The SSE Arena Wembley

Max Capacity 12500

The SSE Arena, Wembley (formerly known as Wembley Arena) is the UK’s most iconic entertainment venue. With a rich history that goes back to its days as the Empire Pool and Sports Arena, the building has played host to numerous events including the 1948 and 2012 Olympics.

Rugby School, Rugby

Rugby School

Max Capacity 700

Rugby School is steeped in history and tradition and offers a range of venues within a unique setting which can be used to host a variety of events. From an intimate private dinner for 50 or a product launch to 700, we offer numerous diverse spaces, perfect for your next event.

Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow

Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

Max Capacity 10000

SEC is Scotland's national venue for public events. It is also the UK's largest integrated exhibition and conference centre: a world class facility set in one of Europe's most vibrant cities and only a short journey from some of the most beautiful countryside in the world.

Hedsor House, Maidenhead

Hedsor House

Max Capacity 180

Hedsor House is a magnificent Georgian country house set in 100 acres of glorious parkland that offers a variety of rooms for meetings and events and grounds for outdoor events and activity days. A private and versatile venue just 20 minutes from Heathrow that can cater for smaller meetings of 20 to dinners for 140. Free parking and free wifi

Natural History Museum, London

Natural History Museum

Max Capacity 500

The Natural History Museum is one of London's most iconic venues. Stunning architecture provides the ideal backdrop for events of all sizes. From the intimate to the spectacular, the Museum's variety of spaces will suit any corporate event, private party or wedding. Our dedicated team provide expert support to plan and deliver your event

City Social Restaurant, London

City Social Restaurant

Max Capacity 22

Situated within iconic skyscraper Tower 42 in the City of London, Jason Atherton's City Social features art-deco style interiors against the backdrop of the breath-taking London skyline.

Located on the 24th floor of tower 42, Michelin-starred City Social is a show-stopping venue for a private party or private dining experience.

Madame Tussauds London, London

Madame Tussauds London

Max Capacity 300

Madame Tussauds London is an award winning themed venue which has been hosting parties for over fifty years. A large venue in central London, Madame Tussauds can host events for up to 1,000 guests, and is extremely popular for high profile celebrity launches.

ExCeL London, London

ExCeL London

Max Capacity 21000

ExCeL is the capital's premier events venue and home to London's International Convention Centre. Our venue has been designed to accommodate a wide range of event formats, with organisers able to use different spaces from an auditorium to exhibition space, executive meeting rooms and a dedicated training centre.

Farnham Castle, Farnham

Farnham Castle

Max Capacity 180

Farnham Castle is a multi award-winning venue for Weddings, Events and Meetings with stunning buildings, beautiful grounds, world-class dining, guest accommodation and parking.

The O2 Arena, London

The O2 Arena

Max Capacity 20000

The O2 is the finest & most technologically advanced entertainment space within the UK. Split into 5 key areas; The O2 arena, indigO2, the British Music Experience, Live Quarter & London Piazza are all totally versatile & unique. The possibilities of the type of show, presentation, conference or special event that can be staged here are endless.

Wincanton Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Wincanton

Wincanton Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 120

On days that we are not racing the indoor facilities provide exclusive views and a unique ambiance that is perfect for wedding receptions, conferences, meetings, and exhibitions. For out door events such as horse and pony shows, dog shows or car rallies we have up to 90 stables and approximately 50 acres of flat grassland.

Somerset House, London

Somerset House

Max Capacity 320

Somerset House is a large Neoclassical building situated on the south side of the Strand in central London, overlooking the River Thames, just east of Waterloo Bridge.

There are twelve venues available for your meeting, conference, dinner, reception or party.

Exeter Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Exeter

Exeter Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 300

Exeter Racecourse is a renowned conference centre surrounded by the beautiful Devon countryside. Exeter Racecourse is the perfect place to host a conference, meeting, dinner or wedding with a host of flexible rooms, lots of outside space, easy access and free car parking. Can accommodate up to 300 in theatre style or 180 cabaret.

Indigo at The O2, London

Indigo at The O2

Max Capacity 2800

indigo at The O2 is based within The O2 at North Greenwich. It is fast becoming one of London's most sought after venues as it is situated in one of the UK’s most iconic landmarks.

Hever Castle, Edenbridge

Hever Castle

Max Capacity 120

Hever Castle in Kent is a truly unique castle venue perfect for meetings, conference and dinners.Oonly 40 minutes from London, the stunning 13th century Castle was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. The venue offers many options within its 680 acre estate including The Astor Wing, The Guthrie Pavilion and Golf Course.

Eventim Apollo - Hammersmith, London

Eventim Apollo - Hammersmith

Max Capacity 3341

Located in Hammersmith, West London, the Eventim Apollo is one of the UK’s largest and best preserved Art Deco theatres. We have revealed a new high-tech flooring system which is now available to book for a diverse range of events, from awards ceremonies and weddings, to cutting-edge product launches and fashion shows.

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Victoria and Albert Museum

Max Capacity 400

The Victoria and Albert Museum is based in South Kensington. The Victorian building has many extraordinary rooms and spaces which offer exceptional possibilities for entertaining for evening events in a prestigious central London location.

National Maritime Museum, London

National Maritime Museum

Max Capacity 1000

Located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site
, the National Maritime Museum is the world’s largest maritime museum filled with inspirational stories of exploration, trade and adventure at sea. Spanned by a spectacular glass roof, Neptune Court is a meeting of classical grandeur & modern architecture, an ideal backdrop for large events.

SEA LIFE London Aquarium, London

SEA LIFE London Aquarium

Max Capacity 500

With over 500 species, 14 themed zones and more than 2 million litres of water, SEA LIFE London Aquarium is home to one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life.

Let us take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures.

Wellcome Collection, London

Wellcome Collection

Max Capacity 154


Wellcome Collection is a venue for the incurably curious, it's centre piece is a 154 tiered auditorium surrounded by four fantastic seminar rooms all of which are perfect for any event, we also offer an amazing gallery space for drinks receptions up to 200

Old Billingsgate, London

Old Billingsgate

Max Capacity 2500

Rising from the banks of the River Thames, in the heart of the City, stands a striking historic building which is part of London's heritage. Old Billingsgate now accommodates three versatile event spaces to feed your imagination, and has hosted some of London's most prestigious events, from sparkling film premieres to dazzling award ceremonies.

Trinity House, London

Trinity House

Max Capacity 120

Trinity House, the headquarters of the General Lighthouse Authority, has been located in Trinity Square on Tower Hill since 1796. An historic venue, just 50 metres from Tower Hill tube station, it offers a suite of five elegant rooms suitable for civil weddings, lunches, dinner parties, drinks receptions, board meetings and training courses.

London Dungeon, London

London Dungeon

Max Capacity 150

The London Dungeon attraction is one of the best loved, themed venues in London. Telling the story of some of London's most infamous moments in history.

This is the ultimate alternative fun venue, a unique combination of real history, horror and humour perfect for dinners, parties and networking events between 50 and 150 guests.

Kettering Conference & Leisure Village, Kettering

Kettering Conference & Leisure Village

Max Capacity 2000

Kettering Conference & Leisure Village is one of the most centrally located venues in the UK for meetings, conferences, exhibitions and special occasions. We have excellent road links with the A1(M), M1 and M6, and only 55 minutes by train from London we are the perfect location for both national and local events.

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Why choose to host a banquet? 

Hosting a banquet or gala dinner is surely one of the most fun events to organise.

To host a banquet is to open up your guests to the ultimate indulgence; lavish food, exceptional dining, dramatic sets and theming, fine wines. Welcome to a world of great company, splendour and magnificence.

When you receive an invite to a banqueting dinner, the sense of occasion jumps out from the invite. It becomes a stake in the calendar, not to be missed. Formal wear is fretted over, preparation and pampering is included in the pre event ritual, arrive in style, dine in style and look great for carriages at midnight; everyone gets to go to the ball.

So in a world where economics rule and ROI is continually under the microscope, why do we continue to spend on these moments of such high indulgence? Why? Because they work! No one organises a banquet to fill a space in their Friday night – or increasingly Wednesday and Thursday night – diaries. Every event has a reason and usually the reason is as compelling as the occasion.

Banquets bring people together

Think of the banquets that you have remembered and why you sat down. Charity events; raising awareness and money for incredibly worthy causes; visits of high profile dignitaries within industry, business, the arts and culture – the classic state visit is a perfect example. Christmas banquets; thanking clients, customers or staff. Meetings of members and associations, a chance to bring like-minded people together in the ultimate community gathering. For more tips on how to make your dinner something to remember take a look at this checklist.

The reality is that organising a corporate dinner is the equivalent of the organiser giving every single attendee a personal thank you, a present wrapped in a memory. Banquets are a reward in their own right, a chance to take people that are important in your world and show them their worth in unambiguous style.

When it comes to banquets – Venue choice and food are key

It’s rare for Lime Venue Portfolio to push our importance on any particular event, but in this case, with our partners at Levy Restaurants UK, we can provide two of the most critical elements of the banquet; the food and the venue. Outside of the guests themselves, these are the two most visual aspects of the event, and one where you need the right partner involved.

The quality, service and delivery of the food are critical. With 42% of all event feedback being about the food; this isn’t just about rating the standard of the fare, this is about food as a talking point that sits behind the conversations going on at every table. Whether it’s a seven-course tasting menu, a five-course dinner, a feast fit for a king, or an intimate dinner; everyone loves to discuss food.

Chefs are creative sorts; full of ideas and with a singular view on providing every guest with the very best eating experience. Menus can be designed to create talking points in their own right, support the aims and aspirations of the day, and leave a poignant or comedic message. They can design the menu in so many different ways and are open to a challenge.

The way it is delivered can be as equally dramatic as how it tastes, and also in keeping with the aims of the event. This is where event catering can be at its finest and most creative. Remember we’re delivering an event, but we’re also giving out hugs and kisses to everyone that has come.

Why are unique venues great for banquets?

But before any of this, we need to consider where all this will take place? The venue can create a truly memorable backdrop to the event, and at Lime Venue Portfolio, we only deal in unique and unusual venues, so drama and theatre come as part of the package.

Every day we see the astonishment on guests’ faces as they arrive at a beautifully lit Hatfield House, dine amongst the steam trains at the National Railway Museum or sip drinks under a jet at Imperial War Museum North. We understand the importance of anticipation when finally they arrive at a Bristol Zoo or Dartmouth House. The venue creates emotion collateral for the pre-event communications, the on the day arrival, as well as the post-event memories.

Event organisers who choose unique dinner venues are already making the choice that they want to create an experience and not just an event, and if anything needs to be an experience it is a banquet. For a charity event, those guests are already in the mood for engagement, excitement and, of course, generosity.

Entertainment is also paramount, these are sociable affairs, where food and occasion provide the backdrop for self-generated enjoyment, but sometimes we need to add to the talking points. A celebrity or high profile host is always a great way to start; make them think or make them laugh, a perfect start to the evening, a chance to jump-start the night.

 

When great entertainment and great company meets wonderful food and an inspirational setting; a great banquet is a night to remember. It combines the very best of ‘experience-driven’ events, where anticipation, occasion and memory all work in unison.