How to have a Princess Party Themed 16th Birthday in London

Having a princess themed shindig for your little lady’s 16th birthday in London is an extremely exciting idea as this allows your daughter to be the focus of everyone’s attention. Not only such princess parties are extravagant but they also help you in making your girl’s sweet 16th birthday an unforgettable affair.

Being an extravagant affair, princess themed 16th birthday party should be carefully planned. Right from decor to venue to party supplies to favours, every aspect should be organised in the most scrupulous manner. Here are some of the ideas which you can use to plan a princess birthday party for your own princess:
The Best Venue
A grand affair like a princess birthday celebration needs an equally grand venue to do the justice. Either you want stylish penthouses, extravagant clubs or unique venues like HMS Belfast, we have every venue suited to your requirements. In addition to this, most of the venues have the best facilities and an event management team that will aid you at every step of your planning. Pick the best sweet sixteen venues to make your princess’s birthday a regal one.
Framing the Invitations
Invitations set the tone of any bash, therefore make sure that the invitations for your daughter’s 16th birthday bash are alluring. Purchase coloured card stock and create the body of the invitation out of it. On the face of the invitation card, paste the pictures of princesses with wordings printed over it. Keep the wordings short.

Afterwards, colour the card with hot pink or royal purple with additional touches of white. In the end, tie a white ribbon on the top of card to give it a ‘royal’ look.
Venue Decor
Place a makeshift staircase at a corner of the venue so that your daughter enters the birthday room in a grand style. Decorate the entrance with vibrant balloons and paper work. Additionally, hang white streamers off the ceiling all over. It would be a good idea if you have chosen a colour scheme for the decor. For example, baby pink with white colour make for the perfect colour scheme for princess themed birthday party.

Make bouquets of pink balloons and have them at the entrance. Along with this, placing twinkle lights would add up to the glamour. Put a large banner above the entrance door to welcome your guests at your princess’s birthday venue in London.

Cover the table with white or silver tablecloth. Scatter plastic diamonds all over the table and have a flower vase filled with pink, white and purple flowers as the centrepiece. Have everything silvery on the table, be it plates or spoons. To round off the table decor, keep small favour bags in front of chairs with a tiara printed on them for your guests.
Let your princess pick her favourite songs and have them on the playlist. A ball gown is one of the most popular activities of all the princesses, be it of Cinderella or Rapunzel. Therefore, have a ball dance competition to keep the guests engrossed. Else, candle lighting ceremony is another delightful activity which girls will love.
Party Favours
Miniature glass slippers, dessert bars and personalised candy bars make for the best party favours for this theme. In addition to this, princess caps and accessories like beads or necklaces and glow jewellery are alluring options too.

The best way to wow your little lady on her birthday is by throwing an unforgettable bash for her. Use these ideas to organise a princess themed 16th birthday shindig for her and make her feel ‘special’.

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London Event Venues for 80+ Guests

There are occasions when you don’t need to invite over 100 guests, a private birthday party, a cocktail reception, or a small get together with clients. You want the same elegance that a grand venue offers but in a small venue, a space that can cater to your small gathering in the most perfect manner. Fear not! London is a galaxy of glamorous event venues. But don’t you think having too many choices makes it harder to choose. Therefore, we have shortlisted from a glut of spaces that cater about 100 guests and are known for their versatility and service.

Blackall Studios

Max Capacity 125
73 Leonard Street, Shoreditch

A prominent arts and events venue, Blackall Studios is highly suited for elite events like theatrical performances, art exhibitions, corporate receptions, film events, screenings, and private parties. Enjoying a supreme location in Shoreditch, this venue offers event spaces across two of its floors. Electrifying sound, DJ booth, hanging equipment, projectors, and everything you need for a chic celebration is at hand here.
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Dirty Martini Covent Garden

Max Capacity 150
11/12 Russell Street, Covent Garden

With a privileged location in the heart of Covent Garden’s famous piazza, this stylish venue features a New York City themed aura. Dirty Martini Covent Garden has become the favourite hang out of after work drinkers and partiers alike. Any event held here will become a night to remember with its bespoke menus, choice of cocktails, and a party perfect ambience. Enjoy the quitter side of West End here in this hip and chic party venue.
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Tower 42

Max Capacity 100
Tower 42 International Financial Centre, 25 Old Broad Street

Another elegant space, Tower 42 offers conference and fine dining spaces for hire righttin the beating heart of London. The venue is perfectly located on the 24th floor overlooking astounding views of the city. Exclusive cuisines are served with exceptional service, making your night the elitist event ever. Allow any of its seven event spaces to make your special occasion even more special. The venue is well-equipped with ultra-modern event facilities like LCD back projection, broadband, plasma screens, and a lot more.
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78 Bishopsgate

Max Capacity 120
78 Bishopsgate, Liverpool Street

A beautiful church in the heart of the capital, 78 Bishopsgate has recently been opened to events and parties. The sophisticated setting will provide you the best event experience ever. It was originally built in 14th century giving it a unique historical charm of its own. The main Nave is the perfect place to host private dinners, receptions, and meetings for up to 125 guests(reception style). You can also use unique Bedouin Tent in small rear garden. Your event here is sure to be a big hit amongst guests.
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Choose any of these event venues in London and ensure a successful event, whether corporate or private.

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Once Upon a Christmas at Gibson Hall

Planning your Christmas party last minute means, you will end up with fewer venue choices. And it’s already September. But do not worry, as Gibson Hall is offering special Christmas party package. After the huge success of ‘Gold and Glitz 2012’ Christmas offer, ‘Once upon a Christmas at Gibson Hall’ is sure to be a huge hit. If you are really looking forward to an elegant Christmas bash this year, it is better to book this package now considering that iconic venues like Gibson Hall get booked months in advance. Here are the details of the package.

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Do You Think It Is Too Early To Book An Office Christmas Party?

We know that London summer is still on but it is not too early to think how you will celebrate your office Christmas in 2013. It has been a royal magic this year, with Prince George Alexander Louis coming to the family. And, with plenty more festivities to come this year, why not plan a perfect office Christmas party in London now.

Every year, we at TheCityCollection offer a huge range of Christmas party venues in Central London to throw magical events as per your requirements. This year too, we bring to a selection of amazing office Christmas venues, where you can plan a corporate event as per you needs.

Some of the venues listed here will give you special offers and party packages to make sure you plan an unforgettable event in the City.
Christmas at The Brewery is simply unique as compared to other Christmas venues in London. It is one of highly recommended corporate Christmas venue, where you can plan a stunning holiday party.

Every year in December, a brand new theme is conjured up to give a breathtaking set up for your celebrations. In 2013, ‘Miami’s Notorious Nightclub is Reborn’ at The Brewery, giving you a chance to have a great corporate Christmas in London. Enjoy amidst an exciting environment, yummy food, drinks, dazzling entertainment, and service.

The special Christmas package at The Brewery include party for 35 – 1500 guests, with all-inclusive. This will leave you free to plan an office Christmas, without worrying about any hidden costs.

Limited dates available for office Christmas party 2013. So, if you are planning a corporate Christmas this season, make your bookings today. At TheCityCollection, we offer easy online venue booking process. Just send us an email at or make an online enquiry by filling the form here.

We strive hard to offer best venues at best prices right in the heart of the City. We have a list of top Christmas party venues, and you can hire them online as per your preferences. So, hurry up! Only limited dates are available with limited venues offering special packages this year.

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Where to Hold Kids Birthday Parties in London

Many parents nowadays feel that their kids’ birthday parties in London need to consist of more than just a clown and a take-home goodie bag. And there are plenty of birthday venues in London that help you plan a birthday party that kids don’t forget the next morning. With fun acts, delicious kids friendly food, entertainment, decorations, theming, and a lot more, these venues promise a fun-packed night for the little ones. Take a magnifying tour of the top four kids’ birthday venues in London.

Tower of London
A renowned ancient fortress straight from kids’ fairy-tale books, Tower of London is an over-the-top venue if your kid is into fairy-tales, magic, mystery, and history. This historic landmark has an impressive old-fashioned setting, which makes it look more like Disneyland than an execution point. The fascinating space is perfect to arrange a birthday party for your little princess. And if she is turning 16, there’s no better place to celebrate her sweet sixteen than this. To inject some fun to parties held over here, the venue also provides unusual acts for kids and live music.
Grange St. Pauls Hotel
We leave the best for the last. If you can dig deep in the pocket, this luxurious venue is, without a doubt, unparalleled. From comedians, hypnotists, magicians, puppets, Karaoke, to any other unusual act you want, Grange St. Pauls Hotel has everything in store for you. Remember that for kids, birthday parties mean a fun-filled day. Neither, they will notice the décor nor the location, all they want out of the birthday party is fun and food. And this venue provides both. And when you have a luxurious setting within the beating heart of London, it’s like a cherry on the cake.
Bank of England Sports Centre
Does your child love being outdoors? Is he into Sports? Why not arrange a sporty birthday party for him at Bank of England Sports Centre. It’s a unique venue set in 32 acres of award winning grounds close to Richmond Park. If the weather is kind, host a BBQ event or imagine hosting a Cricket tournament for your kid and his friends followed by awards dinner in the splendid Terrace Room. You can event host a Lawn Tennis session followed by traditional afternoon tea.

Choosing the right kids birthday party venue is half the battle. And the venues mentioned above are amongst the sublime choices available in London.

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10 Reasons to Use TheCityCollection

1. We Are Industry Experts
TheCityCollection is an excellent venue-finding company, with its base in Central London. We have established ourselves as a respected brand in the industry, offering best halls for hire in the City. We have a stack of awards to support our claim, and we consider ourselves experts in the industry.

2. We Are in The City
We are based with the City of London, offering you a chance to book a venue at last minute or in advance. Our office is located within Central London, allowing us to cater to in best possible way.

3. We Do The Hard Work For You
We offer best service in finding a perfect venue for you. Do not call ten different venues and enquire about quotes again and again. Instead, give our team a call. We take a note of your requirements and help you to plan a fabulous event in London.

4. Expert Knowledge

We have a dedicated team of experts, who scout out most beautiful event venues in Central London. This helps us in recommending event spaces that you have never heard of. Contact our team and let them impress you and your guests with a fabulous London venue.

5. Simple Format, Simple Quoting
Different venues in London have different ways of quoting. Some offer per person packages while others quote different prices for different elements. Just tell us about your budget and we will send you a proposal to match the format. We help you compare venues online, making your decision much simpler and faster.

6. We Meet Your Deadline!
Just tell us what you need and when you need it. Our expert team love challenges and does everything to meet your deadlines.

7. We Have Strong Market Relationships

We have built strong relationships with a range of production companies, caterers, and entertainment agencies to help you plan a successful event. We can help you in every step, recommending best services available in London.

8. Everything is Free
We find venues, get you best quotes, build proposals, and negotiate best prices, all for free. When you book a venue through us, the event space pays commission to TheCityCollection for the business. So, we offer a free service to you, our clients.

9. Special Offers
From time to time, you can find special offers available at London venues to meet your requirements. Our specialist team is in direct touch with each venue to bring you latest updates on their offers and party packages.

10. Guaranteed Response
We guarantee response to all your enquiries made online. You can send your requirement to us online and we will get back to you through email, offering best quotes available for your event.

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Exchange Vows on Thames with Unusual Venues in London

London enjoys a superb location along the banks of Thames, making it one of the most romantic destinations in the world. And getting married in London is truly a privilege. For romantic couples, London has affair share of floating venues for hire promising a magical wedding right on the whirling water of Thames. A breath-taking panorama of the river and famous attractions coupled with the best in class services, what else you want for your wedding. Take a tour of best boats for hire in London that are ready to make your dream wedding come true.
HMS President
A floating jewel moored on River Thames right in the heart of the city, HMS President is sure to make your D Day a memorable event for all. Offering a wonderful panorama capturing the views of London landmarks, this venue offers all the facilities required to make an event a big hit. A specialised even management team will take pleasure in turning your wedding into a magical day with their personalised services. Kids’ entertainers are also provided so they turn your reception into Kindergarten madness. Vibrant lighting, theatrical effects, and decorations add to the already mesmerising aura.

S. B. Lady Daphne

A classic wooden vessel floating proudly on Thames, S. B. Lady Daphne is perfect to have a wedding with a difference. You can arrange an intimate wedding with up to 57 guests. Reflecting British Naval heritage, this beautiful boat adds a unique historic charm to your wedding. From catering, theming, cakes, lighting, floral arrangement, and transport, all your requirements are taken care of, ensuring you don’t have any wedding planning blues.
HMS Belfast
Anchored between London and Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast is an ex-Royal Navy cruiser that now serves as a wonderful wedding venue in London. Your guests will definitely fall in love with the spectacular views of the city that serve as a magical backdrop for wedding photography. All its unique function rooms are designed thoughtfully to perfection, giving a unique character to each function room. it can easily accommodate around 250 people in its lush and unique surrounding.
HQS Wellington
Owned by Honourable Company of Master Mariners, HQS Wellington is an unusual floating venue moored permanently on Thames. A variety of individually designed rooms is available within the magnificent premises of this ship including the Court Room, Model Room, and Committee Room. You can also hire the Quarterdeck to say ‘I do’ under the clear blue sky against the magnanimous backdrop of the rippling river. Moored opposite Temple tube station, this venue can easily seat up to 250 guests.

Hire any of these spacious and well-adorned boats to pull together a magical wedding that guests cherish for years to come.

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Halloween Party Themes: Malice in Horror Land

Calling Jabberwocky, Jub Jub birds, the knave, and the queen of hearts! It is time for a horrific Halloween party. Let us get together and fall down the wrong rabbit hole into the horror land. Wacky décor, funky finger food, and weird costumes, this party is sure to be a big hit. All you need to do is play off the childhood story of Alice but with dark undertones. Add some spice to the Alice in Wonderland theme and make it ‘Malice in Horror Land’. Bring your favourite characters to life and have your very own hit Halloween bash.
Wicked Wonderland
Remember that a spooky Halloween venue is the key to unlock the best Halloween party you have ever had. Any dark and mysterious tropical place will serve as a perfect venue to house your monsters, witches, dragons, and devils. offers you a number of Halloween venues in London that give you goose bumps as you step in. If you have the budget, the choice is endless. If you do not have a deep pocket, do not worry. Look for some special packages and deals now.
Deadly Decorations
Create a wonderland that even a brave girl like Alice would never wish to visit. Decorate the space with Alice’s adventures inspired creepy stuff like black clouds, giant flowers, fake tree branches, and creepy stuffed animals like dressed White Rabbit, Caterpillar, Flamingos, Croquet, Cheshire cat, and of course Jabberwocky. Create a spooky atmosphere with fog machine. Make your door look like a large looking glass that guests have to pass through to get in. Place a large banner saying, “Enter at your own risk”.
Send out invitations that evoke even the sleepiest ghoulish souls to come and join you. Start your invitation with the wording like:

The Queen of hearts commands your presence
At the most horrific Halloween party,
Or it will be off with your head!
Join us if you dare!

Do not forget to remind your guests to ‘not be late for this very important date.’ If creativity is on your mind, send your invites in a vial like the one that Alice finds whilst looking for ways to get through the door. Roll up your invites, slide them in the bottles, and put a label on them saying, ‘Open me’ or ‘Read me.’
Creepy Costumes
This classic fantasy novel gives you plenty of ideas for Halloween costumes. Dress as Alice who has fallen down the wrong rabbit hole into Zombie land. Little Alice turned into a wicked zombie with an axe in her hand, ready to eat up anyone who comes across, sounds fun. And how can we forget the queen of hearts when talking about wickedness? Dress like the queen of hearts with a pink flamingo in your hand and you are sure to be the centre of attraction.

Men! You too have plenty of costume ideas to play with. Add a twist to Mad Hatter’s usual colourful costume with some dark undertones. A long black jacket coupled with black and white pinstripe trousers will look perfect. Complete the look with fingerless gloves, overd bow tie, and long hat with checked trim. Or why not dress as one of the queen’s guards. A red full sleeve T-shirt with a heart card printed on it. Carry a yeoman and you are ready to go.
Food Ideas
No doubt, Alice in Wonderland gives plenty of delicious food ideas for parties. But make sure that you pick those that gel with your theme, which is Halloween. The food has to be spooky and quirky too. Serve liquor in large vintage intricate glass decanters and label as ‘poison’ or ‘drink me’. On your buffet table, place an overd clock reminding everyone that they are late. In Alice’s wonderland big is gigantic and small is tiny. You can also play up the extreme s. Serve a giant cupcake that is actually a cake. Do not forget to include the Queen of hearts’ tarts. Cherry field pastries with small hearts cut from the middle will remind everyone of the tarts. To keep up the fun, buy marshmallows and cut into cubes, and garnish them with raisins so they look like dices. Add a bit of Halloween flavour to your party food with orange desserts. Remove the inside of the orange and carve the sides with a knife. Place a sweet cream or mousse in it and enjoy.
Quotes from the Movie
The movie is a treasure trove of sayings that one can spend hours reading and remembering. And fortunately, there are some scary and weird quotes that can be used in a Halloween bash too. Here are some of the ghoulish golden words that you can use for party banners or in invitation wording.

  • Off with her heads!
  • We are all mad here!
  • ‘It is better to be feared than loved.’
  • It is all in your head, Alice

With a little bit of creativity, you can truly give an unusual twist to a usual Alice in Wonderland themed party. Make it your theme and throw a horrific yet fun Halloween party this year.

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Corporate Event Planning – The Essentials

When planning a business event in London, it is important to find an ideal venue within your company’s budget. The venue helps you to organise an event as per your requirements. From finalising the guest list to outlining the proposed itinerary, a venue in London plays a crucial role in your event.

To ensure that you find the right venue, in right location – and at right price, we at TheCityCollection brings you a perfect checklist for planning a corporate event in London. You can stay assured with us about your business event, as our team helps you plan everything the way you wish.

Find out the essentials to organise a great meeting, training, or conference in City of London:

Find the Right Venue
This is an obvious question, but most essential one – How many delegates you wish to invite to your corporate event? When planning a business seminar or conference, it may be difficult to be accurate, but then you should have a clear idea about how many people you wish to invite.

Meeting and conference venues in London at TheCityCollection usually work close to maximum capacity. Empty rooms are always lost to your company’s revenue. If you can guarantee them, a minimum number of guests or revenue, then you can get amazing offers for your events. But, make sure you give a long lead time, i.e., book a space with these venues in advance.

You must also consider who will be your event delegates. How many people are expected to attend? If you know these little elements, then it will be easy to budget your gathering. It is also essential to consider whether there will be any media representatives or special guests, who need special facilities. In this case, you may need additional security or specific requirements.
When to Book
It is always important to book a conference space as early as possible. Otherwise, arranging other factors will be difficult, if not impossible. As soon as you confirm your conference date, book a venue in London. Some people like to source their own venue, and others use a professional venue finding company like us to find and book a venue. TheCityCollection offers great experience and expertise along with excellent service to find a professional conference venue in the City of London.

Just provide an exact date for your corporate event, and our team will assist you finding the right choice of space as per your capacity and requirements.
If you are specific about a particular date, then you have an opportunity to hire the perfect space for your event. The duration and format of a business event are important. A meeting, conference, or a seminar needs big syndicate rooms, an auditorium, and separate dining facilities. So, in case you need to meet all these requirements, book a venue as early as possible.
Things to Consider
When planning a corporate event, you must consider following things so that everything turns out to be smooth. A little bit of planning and effective execution of plans will help you organise a great event in the capital.

Where is the Conference?
Who is coming and from where? Will delegates be travelling by air, rail, or road? All these elements will decide whether you a need a venue easily accessible from tube, a railway station, an airport, or a motorway. These elements are essential and help you decide the exact location for your event.

Why Do You Need a Conference?
What is the purpose of the event? Decide whether you need a meeting or conference for a training course, a sales conference, or any other business affair. All these events require a different style of venue. So, choose a business space that can help you achieve your objectives.

What Venue Do You Need?
Do you need a single room or breakout spaces for the meeting? Do you require a private dining area or just need a dining space within the room? Do you wish to have different rooms with different layouts for different sessions? Consider all these factors and pick a space with all the facilities you want.

There is a lot to consider when it comes to choosing different layouts of the meeting room. The room layout is essential, because it sets the style of the event. And, getting it right will make sure that the meeting runs smoothly.

Remember that your company’s budget is important. Thus, settle down on a fixed budget for room hire, speakers, wines, audiovisual equipment, entertainment, and staging. At TheCityCollection, we always try to work according to your predetermined budget. We always make sure that you get best space in the City, without spending too much from your pocket.

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Hen Party Ideas in London

We do not blame you a bit for choosing London for your hen weekend as every bride deserves the best. And London is without a doubt one of the best hen party destinations. A hen night is a perfect time to spend time with your friends and enjoy some cocktails. But is that all you want? Of course not! London has a lot in store especially when it comes to the last night of freedom. Here we will give you some exciting party ideas to make the girls happy, especially the prospective bride.

Burlesque Night
Fancy pulling on a revealing dress and fishnets and spend part of your hen weekend in London trying the sexy dance moves like a professional burlesque dancer? Such opportunities do not come your way every day. All you need to do is hire a glittery venue and a profession burlesque performer to teach you the glamorous and sensual dance form.

Pole Dancing
Sometimes you just want to leave seriousness aside and do whatever feels right. And if you want the same, nothing is better than pole dancing. It is all about you, your femininity, and your sensuality. And the last night of freedom is just the right time for the bride to be to feel amazing and enjoy like never before.
Cocktail Making
Cocktail classes are quite a popular choice for hen dos nowadays. It is a great and fun experience but you will also learn something before going home. Hire professional mixologists who know the drill very well and tell you the secrets of cocktail making, helping you create enticing cocktails.

Gatsby Soiree
If the bride-to-be loves all things vintage, what better than arranging a Great Gatsby soiree? Let her dress in the most glamorous attire and wear heavy embellishments. Moreover, a Gatsby soiree is never complete without champagne flowing. Themed dresses, plenty of cocktails, and some jazz age music will keep the party alive. To keep the fun up, you can also hire a professional ballet dancer and learn some elegant dance moves. Perfect first dance lesson indeed!
Karaoke Night
Do you see a rock star hidden in the bride to be? Why not plan a karaoke night for her where she can just belt out her favourite tunes. Set the right mood so everyone can sing it out loud like Cameron Diaz in My Best Friend’s Wedding. To pull together a karaoke, all you need is a Karaoke venue with jukebox, speaker, and sound system and you are ready to go.

London Boat Party
How about partying on the deck? Go on-board a floating venue on the River Thames and party under the glittering night sky. To make the night more memorable, spice up the party with a theme like Hawaiian luau or Under the Sea. Dance the night away with your girls, overlooking the glittering skyline of the city and its wonderful attractions.
Tea Party
Hen night is not just about getting drunk. For the sophisticated brides, nothing matches the elegance of a tea party. When in London, you just cannot go back home without indulging in this quintessentially British tradition. Hire a garden venue and plan a magical afternoon tea party complete with vintage teapots and cups like Alice in Wonderland.

When planning the hen party, keep the interests of the bride in your mind. And make sure to plan in advance so you can pull together an exciting night before she ties the knot.

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