If you’re hosting your banqueting or formal dinner in London, making sure you choose the right venue can be the one thing which makes or breaks the success of your event. There are so many options when it comes to banqueting and dinner venues in London that you might feel a little overwhelmed when narrowing down your choice, but pick an exclusive, unusual venue and you’ll certainly get the evening off to a flying start.
With some of the most creative and unique handpicked venues in London, Lime Venue Portfolio are ideally placed to offer advice and guidance on choosing the right dinner venue for your event. Whatever type of event you are hosting, whatever style you’re going for, here are our four top tips for choosing the perfect London banqueting and dinner venue…
Four Top Tips for Choosing Your London Banqueting and Dinner Venue
Choose Somewhere with Good Transport Links
You may have guests coming from quite a long way away to attend your formal dinner, and they’re more likely to accept the invitation if they know the venue is easy to reach. Choose a very central venue such as the Churchill War Rooms to maximise the number of acceptances, and let guests know in advance where the nearest train and Tube stations are.
The Churchill War Rooms are located less than half a mile from the major hub station of Charing Cross, and just a couple of minutes’ walk from nearby St James’s Park and access to the Tube. There’s also free offsite parking nearby for those who have come by car and plenty of world-class hotels and accommodation nearby. This venue has earned a reputation for fine dining which would do the great statesman himself proud – guests can enjoy complimentary canapes and a glass of Champagne on arrival, while the caterers give a nod to the venue’s proud history with ration book name cards on the tables. Your event is sure to be a victory all round when you choose this venue!
Organise a Clever Seating Plan
We’ve all had dinners where we’re seated next to someone we can’t stand, but we’ve also enjoyed those events when we’re seated beside someone truly fascinating. Making sure your table plan is cleverly devised to ensure the latter will hopefully mean all your guests have a fantastic time at your London dinner event. Try to arrange things so that everyone has someone they’re familiar with to one side and someone new to the other, that way you can ensure the conversation keeps on flowing and people have a chance to network.
If you choose a particularly spacious venue such as the Kia Oval, you can make your guestlist as long as you like. With elegant dining rooms for banquets in the Pavilion, your guests can enjoy a luxury fine dining experience in historic settings, or you might choose to wine and dine invitees in one of the more contemporary spaces of the OCS Stand.
Decide on Some Quirky Cuisine
The food is, of course, central to your event, so making sure you get your fine dining menu spot on is the key to success. We work closely with world-renowned catering company Payne and Gunter, who have been preparing banquets and dinners fit for royalty since 1786 . They take great pride in offering bespoke menus to those hosting banquets in London and work closely with event hosts to tailor their feasts to your specific theme or style.
From canapes and grab food to multi-course fine dining meals and drinks, Payne and Gunter cater for events at the Natural History Museum, Trinity House and the Maritime Museum among others. Hosting your lavish formal dinner at one of these exclusive venues and enjoying the culinary delights from these world-class chefs is sure to make your event a night for your guests to remember.
Build a Good Relationship with the Events Team
Remember that you will be working with the events team at your venue for quite a long time when planning your banquet or dinner, so making sure you get on with them and build a strong rapport is critical to the success of your corporate event. Have some lengthy discussions with them on what theme you have chosen for your evening, what sort of food you wish to serve, any special dietary requirements they need to consider and how you would like the venue and tables to be decorated.
If you’ve chosen to host your banquet aboard HMS Belfast, you’ll find that the events team at this iconic venue are not only extremely experienced in hosting this type of event but are fully committed to ensuring you enjoy a memorable night. This is one of our most unique venues, with staff able to arrange everything down to the finest details. From organising entertainment and finding a toastmaster down to flower arrangements and place settings, the events team will be on hand all evening to see your black tie and tuxedo do runs smoothly.
To book your London banquet and dinner venues or to discover the other incredible bespoke venues we have right across the UK, simply get in touch with Lime Venue Portfolio today.