Wedding Planning Checklist - An Infograph!

What can we do differently while releasing a complete Wedding Planning Guide?

The though led us creating this fabulous and self-explanatory Infograph for you. The best of wedding and events planners in London combined their pool of knowledge to give birth to this ultimate guide to wedding planning.

Look at the infograph below to figure out all that you need to take care of for throwing the perfect wedding party in London.

Make your wedding truly spectacular by opting for a unique wedding venue in London. And no need to worry yourself about the prices – we know you have got a lot on your plate already! Simply send us the dates and the budget you are comfortable with, and let our Venue Experts find you the best options.

You may yourself fiddle around with London’s top wedding receptions venues and Asian wedding venues in London city to find the perfect options. Some of the venues are available for dry hire, while others provide you with a complete package. Wouldn’t having one place take care of the catering, decorations and serving better than getting it all looked after at your end? Our top-notch wedding venues in London city provide you with just that.

So, go ahead now! You have the information that you need! Plan a sparkly garden wedding or a lavish 5 star studded affair now! Contact our venue experts to have it all arranged for you in a jiffy! And if for a minute the cynic in you goes like “it is not that easy!” Well, you haven’t really tried the efficiency of our venue experts and planners yet, have you?

Shoot us an Enquiry Now! Your most dreamed London wedding is just a few short steps away! Here’s wishing you a Happy Married Life well in advance! Feel free to invite us for the wedding! Love! Ciao!

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Submit Your Wedding, Hen Night Or Corporate Event Photos to TheCityCollection

Thecitycollection.org is one amongst the leading London-based venue hire portal. With our partnered venues ranging over 100, we offer complete assistance to our clients in organising bespoke and desired events conveniently.

Lately we have seen a mounting traffic at our blog, especially for the picture based entries (2500+ daily views). If you are a budding/professional photographer, event planner, local event business, or just happen to cover an event sometime, we have got good news for you.

We are now welcoming entries for authentic photographic submissions, shot or based in London for different events. These events can range anywhere from a wedding, to hen/stag party, or a black-tie corporate event. We will acknowledge your work on our blog along with your photographs.


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Most Amazing Kids’ Birthday Party Venues in London

No one waits for their birthdays as much as children do. Isn’t it about the excitement to receive the first wish at midnight, the shopping and day dreaming before the big day for your little one?

But hey! We know you know what their biggest wish is! It is to have a fun birthday party at a grand London location with activities, cake, gifts, and much more.

We know that finding a great kids birthday party venue in London can be a headache. We’ve heard our friends rant on and on about having troubles to find the perfect venue for their young one’s birthday party. The work deadlines, desirable location, kids friendly, affordable prices, complementary facilities are few of the challenges faced, while looking for a kids-friendly venue. Our answer to that? A one-stop solution to solving all of these venue-related challenges in a jiffy – Thecitycollection.org!

Wish to see for yourself? Discover best venue options for your event with its Free Venue Search option or drop in an enquiry for personalized service. Book any of these exceptional and versatile birthday party venues for children in London, at zero booking fees.

1. The Cartoon Museum
If your kid has a fascination with drawing, sketching, or animations, then this is it! With an offbeat ambiance, intriguing exhibits, and activities, the Cartoon Museum is the most prospective kids’ birthday venue of London. It is usually listed amongst the top unusual London venues that come with not just space for private hire, but various facilities too. Get to avail amenities here such as cartoonist hire, audio visual facilities, catering, LED lightning, staff, sound system, and DJ hire.
Max Capacity: 200 people
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2. The Medieval Banquet


Want to treat your kid like a King/Queen on their special day? Situated in the vicinity of Tower of London, the Medieval Banquet is an ideal choice for a themed kids’ birthday party. This venue falls in St Katherine Docks, and is based on an elaborate medieval theme. Along with party hire, there are entertainers, performers, jugglers, and magicians for enticing the young guests as well. The venue also lets you hire complementing dresses and attires, to add an edge to your little ones birthday party here.
To make things easier, ask the City Collection Venue Experts for arranging additional facilities with the venue like audio visual, late licence, sound systems, theatrical effects, parking, and dance floor.
Max Capacity: 450 people
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3. Church House

Westminster location?! 19 different spaces to choose from!? In-house audio visual team and event coordinators!? Spacious venue with elegant decor!? Phew!!!
Hire Church House to have all of this and more for your kid’s birthday party. With a tranquil setting, this venue is in close proximity to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and offers splendid views of Westminster Abbey. It can be booked for a number of events like conferences, receptions and gala dinners, including birthdays. You can also book disco, DJ, and catering here.
Max Capacity: 650 people
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4. Tower Bridge Hotel

If taking things to the next level is your thought for your little one’s birthday party, then how about a venue in a 5 star hotel? With 17 adaptable event rooms, this is the prime choice for organising events with luxury and panache. Where else would you find numerous seating style possibilities, outdoor area, disabled access, multi cuisine catering, and audio visual facilities? So, hurry and book now!
Max Capacity: 1500 people
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5. Bank Of England Sports Centre
This venue is in our recommended list for many reasons, like sprawling garden area, peaceful environs, disabled access, and so on. With outdoor and indoor areas available for hire, your kid and his/her friends would have a great time here. The venue has an alcohol license and late license too for entertaining the older guests at the birthday party.
Max Capacity: 1500 people
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6. The Conservatory and Garden
It is not about saving the best for the last, but this alluring venue is a hidden gem in London for sure. Set in a well maintained private garden of magnificent Bloomsbury area, the Conservatory and Garden is where you host your kid’s ‘dream-come-true’ birthday bash. Who wouldn’t want that? The venue gives you an option to hire a tastefully-designed Conservatory with great views and natural daylight or the spacious lush green garden area.
Why not throw a sit-down dinner celebration here in honour of prince/princess’s big day? Or a casual BBQ party instead?
Max Capacity: 100 peopleEnquire Now

Excited about these top Birthday party spaces in London for kids? Hire the one that is best suitable! Get in touch with our venue experts today and receive customised quotes. We can also organise venue visits for you to better judge the venue, free of cost!

Come on now! Give that kiddo a celebration to be remembered for a lifetime! Contact us now and together, let’s create that magical Birthday shindig for the young one!

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Where to hold Your Party in London this Christmas? Top Ten Venues for 2015

“Booking a Christmas Venue in London now? Are you crazy?”

That might be the voice in your head talking to you, but trusted event planners all over London are the ones suggesting this. If you want to book your desired Christmas venue in London at bargain prices and additional offers then start looking right away. Leading event planners and venue hire portals, like Thecitycollection.org are already competing in getting the best Christmas venue deals for their clients. Book in advance, because you want your Christmas celebrations to run smoothly, right?

Read on to discover 2015’s hottest London venues available for private hire. Top Ten Christmas party venues in London for 2015, are:

1. Baltic Exchange - City of London
Capacity: Up to 120 people
This is a grand Christmas party venue set in opulent City of London, mixing the British architecture with modern-age facilities. It has various options for organising Christmas events like annual corporate parties, bar, dining rooms, and more. This venue is easily accessible from Liverpool Street Tube Station (3 min. walk) and Aldgate Tube Station (4 min. walk).

Event Spaces: Baltic Bar, Board Room, Churchill Room, Conference centre, Dining Room, King George V, Royal Albert, Royal Victoria
Cuisines and Drinks:
International cuisine and a selected wine list; Special Seasonal Menu available.
Additional Facilities:
Add spark to your Christmas celebrations here as the venue offers Wi-Fi, AV assistance, special lighting effects, theatrical effects and more

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2. 40|30 - City of LondonCapacity: Up to 260 people
This soaring venue on the top of Gherkin is one of the most fashionable party spot of the city. It has striking interiors with great views, adding to the charm of organising private dinners, weddings or corporate events here. This venue offers special arrangements for Christmas events with specialised menu, themes, and offers. It is just three minutes of walk away from Liverpool Street Tube Station.

Event Spaces: Glenmorangie signet room, Level 39 and 40, Richard Hennessay Room
Cuisines and Drinks: British, Fish, Global, International, and Italian cuisine; Special Seasonal Menu available
Additional Facilities: Get to book this venue with amenities like accommodation, AV, balloons/decorating, disabled access, photographs, sound systems, and disco/DJ hire


3. Sky Bar - Covent Garden

Capacity: Up to 200 people
Located just 5 minutes walk away from Holborn Tube Station, Sky Bar is a suitable Christmas venue in one of the most famous areas of London. Its rooftop setting with conservatory is ideal for an evening Christmas party, with a clear view of the chilly London sky. Celebrate the most vibrant part of the year by booking this penthouse-level venue in the British capital.


Event Spaces: Sky Bar
Cuisines and Drinks:
British, Global, International, and Japanese cuisine
Additional Facilities:
This venue gives you an option of hiring butler services, catering, kitchen facilities, activity pursuits, speakers/presenters, along with late licence

4. Barbican Centre - City of London

Capacity: Up to 1943 people
A cultural hub in the heart of London, Barbican centre has one of the largest seating capacity out of all the venues we know! But that doesn’t mean that a small party of people cannot hire this fabulous venue. With options for both small and large seating, it can cater to any type of Christmas event you want to plan. Hurry up and book it with Thecitycollection.org for Christmas 2015, and avoid any delays to an unforgettable holiday season.


Event Spaces: Barbican Hall, Barbican Theatre, Cinema 1, Cinema 2, Cinema 3, Conservatory, Conservatory, Terrace, Forbisher Auditorium 1, Forbisher Auditorium 2, Forbisher Room, Garden Room
Cuisines and Drinks:
International cuisine; Special Seasonal Menu available
Additional Facilities:
Along with audio visual facility, you can hire balloons/decorating, catering equip. hire, florists, lighting specialists, sound systems, disco/DJ hire, karaoke, and live music for your event


5. Vintners Hall - Banks of River Thames

Capacity: Up to 250 people
With its name etched in the golden history of London, this building was formerly used to monitor the wine trade of the British capital. Now you can throw a Christmas party, or organise a quiet Christmas dinner/lunch amidst its palatial setting. If you want to reach this venue through London Tube then get down at Mansion House station, just 2 minutes of walk away.


Event Spaces: Boardroom, Drawing Room, Gassiot Room, Livery Hall, Roof Garden, Swan Room
Cuisines and Drinks:
International cuisine
Additional Facilities:
This elegant venue has multiple spaces equipped with theming/decorations, activity pursuits, sound systems, catering, staging, and much more


6. Kanaloa - High HolbornCapacity: Up to 500
Where could be more special to enjoy your Christmas party than at this Hawaiian themed venue? Kanaloa Club is renowned for its relaxed ambiance and seasonal DJs playing the best trance tunes. Superb interior combined with a great selection of exotic dishes and cocktails make this venue a perfect place for any event.

Event Spaces: Lounge, Club and Beach
Cuisines and Drinks: Serves the Best Tropical Dishes and 140 Different Rums
Additional Facilities: In addition to alcohol license and free Wi-Fi, here you can book dance floor, state-of-the-art sound system, and HD monitors

7. The Wren Suite - City of LondonCapacity: Up to 1200

Located within the prestigious 5 star hotel, The Wren Suite is a magnificent venue for a range of events. It offers a superb event space, exhibited with modern wood panelling and equipped with stylish lighting equipments. Portable staging and optional dance floor are a few features that add the enticing atmosphere to this venue. Wren Suite can be hired separately or together with the adjoining Shakespeare Suite, depending upon the capacity of your event.

Event Spaces: Lounge, Club and Beach
Cuisines and Drinks:
British, Indian, European, Continental, Caribbean, and French cuisine
Additional Facilities:
Get a chance to hire this venue with HD projectors, audiovisual equipments, theatrical effects, theme decorations, and disco/DJ facility

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8. Grange City Hotel - City of LondonCapacity:Up to 1540
Grange City Hotel is ideal for those who want to make their Christmas party a special affair. Sumptuously luxurious, this impressive hotel is home to a number of events spaces and venues. 7 beautiful suites, 8 well-equipped training rooms, and 4 corporate dining suites make this hotel an ideal setting for any event. So why not celebrate your Christmas party in style at this city’s famous hotel.

Event Spaces: Auditorium, Beauchamp, CrownSuite, Presidential Suite, and many more
Cuisines and Drinks:
British and Modern European cuisine; Cocktail Menu includes an extensive list of wines and beers.
Additional Facilities:
Along with indoor seating, you can book its outdoor area too, equipped with sound systems, Wi-Fi, lighting specialists, air conditioning and alcohol license

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9. Club Ten -
City of London

Capacity: Up to 280
For an unforgettable Christmas celebration, you can opt for Club Ten. This glamorous nightclub setting – positioned on Lower Ground Floor 3 of Grange St Paul’s hotel – can cater to all casual and corporate bookings. The venue boasts a complete bar that is jammed full with wines, spirits, and champagnes. Delectable food options and fabulous atmosphere make this a great venue to book with a delectable range of light bites.

Event Spaces:
Club Ten
Cuisines and Drinks:
International cuisine and Drinks Menu with wines and spirits
Additional Facilities:
Dance floor, state-of-the-art lighting equipments, speakers, theatrical effects, air conditioning and alcohol license

10. The Yacht London - Victoria Embankment

Capacity: Up to 200
Take your Christmas celebration on board by holding your event at this amazing venue – The Yacht London. Permanently anchored on the North Bank of river Thames, this 1920’s boat is home to an eatery, art-deco cocktail lounge and deck bar. You and your guests will not only enjoy the great hospitality, but also enjoy splendid views of the river Thames.


Event Spaces:
The Top Deck and Terrace, the Cocktail Lounge, the Stateroom and the Restaurant
Cuisines and Drinks:
British and International cuisine. Drinks Menu includes champagne, spirits and beers
Additional Facilities:
Venue’s amenities and services includes dance floor, live music, disco/DJ hire, marriage ceremony license, audio visual and alcohol license
If these London Christmas venues were not enough to get you on your feet, then don’t frown away! Check out more of Thecitycollection.org unusual party venues and top Christmas dinner venues if that’s what satiates your venue search. Or shoot an enquiry to its experienced Venue Experts for personalised assistance today.

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Voila! 4 Ideas for Your Exceptional 18th Birthday Party in London!

Birthdays are cool with presents, wishes, surprises and so much more to enjoy on this day. And, when it’s the 18thbirthday, the celebrations need to be great and fun. Oh yeah! Now we are talking. So, for everyone who is soon entering the Eighteen Years Gang and looking forward to an amazing party time join us in planning the best celebration for YOU! We bring to you some unique ideas for planning a wonderful birthday bash. Pick up the best idea that relates to your persona and enjoy the attention with panache.

Let magic trail through the party all time!

1.
Mexican Mania

One can easily plan for an affordable Mexican themed birthday party in London. Get in fun, fresh and celebratory mood with Mexican ambiance all around. Give a new look and feel to everything with flowers and garlands. Use bright block colours for tablecloth and fine Mexican music will surely add zing to it. The vivaciousness of Mexican culture lightens the mood filling every guest up with freshness.

Hey! Why not book the renowned cultural centre of Europe, Barbican Centre for the same? We reckon it a premium party venue with a taste of sophistication and style. It will make for a great 18th birthday venue in London.


Expert Tip
: Set up a beautiful piñata to add some more fun.

2. Musical Fiesta

Hey! Let yourself be immersed in a whimsical music party in Central London. You can also opt for a club offering all facilities and ambience for a glamorous celebration. Prepare a playlist with your top favourite songs for a marvellous DJ time on the floor. Grange St. Paul’s Club Ten provides a dynamic space for a private event with a dedicated bar.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to enter your adulthood while tender music treats you? Let your guests be enthralled by party mood with reverberating music and lively ambience of the club. Also, plan a twist in food appearances.

Expert Tip: Serve your guests tasty food in shapes of guitars, drums, flutes and more.

3. Hawaiian Luau

Dunk yourself in the tropical paradise with Hawaiian theme birthday party. One of the most admired and loved theme for parties will surely leave you spell bounded in its feel. This summer, celebrate your birthday wearing the very-famous Hawaiian garlands and treat your appetite with sumptuous food and drinks at tiki bar. Also, luau games and photo booth with crazy background settings will add a great flavour to your party.

Give your party the feel of the tropical land with items like pineapple plates, bamboo reeds, tiki torches, coloured lanterns and much more. The fresh feel of palm fronds and tropical flowers embodied in bold arrangements of Hawaii will enhance the decorations. Worried about finding the right party space for your themed 18th birthday? Opt for our Kanaloa Bar, a Hawaiian Themed Party venue in Holborn.

Expert Tip: Don’t forget to keep grass skirts for dance sessions and the hula moves.

4. Party on Thames!

How about taking your 18th birthday party up on Thames? Great idea, isn’t it? Plan a great celebration with DJ, dance and cocktails on a ship. Let your guests sail through the River Thames and dwell in the party mood. Enjoy the sunset on Thames and cut birthday cake with your best bunch of dear ones happily.

West End on the Thames can be your saviour for a party venue. With a capacity of 500 people, one can easily throw a bespoke birthday party. Also, a boat party never fails to impress anyone in London.

Expert Tip: A fine barbeque session would be unique, bringing a twist of tasty food to the party.

We won’t be barging you with a long list of ideas to make your 18th birthday memorable. It’s your birthday, so make it exciting, cool and worth remembering for ages. Well, yes! You won’t be 18 again in life, so why not welcome it in tailored fashion with music, booze and yummy food.

You can also browse through thecitycollection.org for more ravishing and vivid birthday venues in London. If you like our endeavours, why not share it with your friends? Oh and by the way, Happy 18th to you!

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5 Best London Wedding Venues with Accommodation

Hosting your wedding in a hotel is probably the wisest decision you are going to take, especially if your family is spread across continents. From accommodation to venue hire to decoration, catering and managing other logistics, top London wedding venues with accommodation manage it all for you. Hence, it doesn’t come as a surprise, when we find couples in love enquiring about London wedding venues with accommodation.

When it comes to finding a wedding venue with accommodation, London city has some great options to select from. But, choosing the right venue that suits your wedding style and budget is a bit tricky. Therefore, we at TheCityCollection, provide you with a list of 5 of London’s best venues for getting married. These chic venues not only have stunning settings to say ‘I DO’, but also offer fantastic guest accommodations. So, read on for venues and pick the one that offers the perfect match to all wedding requirements.

Grange St. Paul’s Hotel

Brace yourself for love at first sight is about to happen to you all over again! Did you skip a heartbeat when your fiancé walked into your life? Now have your heart thumping loud in your chest yet again, as you experience getting married at this scintillating 5-star venue. The City’s vivid vistas and the cathartic St. Paul’s Cathedral come to celebrate the true union of souls, as you reserve a wedding space at the St. Paul’s Hotel.

At the hotel, you can choose from a number of wedding spaces, including the Royal Suite, Skyline Suite with Rooftop Conservatory and a private nightclub venue. Your wedding guests have exclusive access to a wide range of guest rooms and in-house facilities available at Grange St. Paul’s Hotel. So if you hire this hotel venue for your wedding reception, you’re sure to include a relaxed experience for your guests.
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In and Out

If you’re looking for a place of calm and sanctuary to tie the knot, the In and Out is the perfect option for your big day. Idyllically situated in the heart of St. James Square, this private member’s club is a preferred venue for sophisticated and intimate wedding receptions.

Each event space is licensed to hold a civil ceremony or wedding, from the magnificent King Harald V Room to the charismatic Courtyard. Your wedding guests will enjoy the luxurious hospitality of the club. From superior single room to the luxurious George Canning Club Room, the Club is home to a variety of guest rooms. Make your London wedding every bit artistic and quaint, by opting for this timeless wedding space. Enquire now for further details. Enquire Now

The City Hotel

Whether you want to have an intimate wedding or grand celebration, The City Hotel is the perfect venue for you. The 5-star accommodation is renowned for its elegant architecture, stylish wedding facilities, and a historic location in the Tower Hill area. Flaunting 12 flexible events spaces, the hotel easily brings about a touch of wow in your celebrations. You may select from a wide gamut of flexible events and wedding spaces, such as Presidential Suite, outdoor Piazza, and Beauchamp.

You and your guests may indulge in a host of facilities like guest rooms, state-of-the-art health club, pool, and spa. Besides, the range of superior rooms at the hotel takes care of the rest, comforts and convenience of the guests. So why not get married in style while ensuring the utmost hospitality for your guests at The City Hotel. Enquire Now

Charing Cross Hotel Guoman

For a spectacular wedding, do consider opting for this fabulous 5-star central London hotel. Moored close to both the underground and mainline station of Charing Cross, the hotel offering lavish accommodations is an ideal option to host a wedding function. Licensed for conducting Marriage Ceremonies, the hotel’s bar also flaunts Late License. Hence, you can party late into night, while celebrating the union of two souls.

Often admired for organizing the most riveting Asian weddings, especially traditional Hindu wedding, the hotel assists you fully with its wealth of experience. Should you want to know more about the venue, including the prices and the availability, simply drop us an enquiry! Get in touch with us also if you wish to visit the venue prior to booking it.
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Tower Bridge Hotel

Tower Bridge Hotel is certainly one of the finest wedding venues in London. This five-star hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the iconic Tower of London and Tower Bride. Licensed for holding marriage ceremonies and wedding receptions, the venue is home to 17 meetings and events spaces. Atrium, Gallery Foyer, Trinity and Goodmans are some of the events spaces that you can consider for your wedding event.

Considering the convenience of wedding guests, Tower Bride hotel offers 370 luxurious guest bedrooms and suites. All the rooms are fitted with en suite facilities, including flat screen televisions, media players, and comfy beds. You dream London wedding venue awaits you here. Enquire Now

This was our list of top 5 wedding venues, where you can celebrate your big stay in style without worrying about the accommodation for your guest. You may also browse through various other best wedding venues in London, and select the one fitting your requirements. To have the best venues at your disposal, do write to us a brief enquiry. Our venue experts will personally contact you and shall take care of all the arrangements and logistics.

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6 Best Corporate Summer Party BBQ Venues in London

Winters had been such a drag! And you have been waiting for the summers since like, forever. But here you are, sitting caged inside the sleek glass walls of your office. Whereas you know, you rather would be out! Bathing in London’s glorious sun! But there is no escaping now. Confirm the attachment before sending the precarious mail. Don’t fidget! Sit straight! The boss is around! Tick-tock! The hands of the clock hang leisurely at 5! A moment and you would finally get to spread your hands like a free bird underneath London’s wide summer sky! Sheer bliss, no?

Why not take this up to the next level by taking a safe refuge at city’s top rooftop venues? Plan a starry evening with your colleagues at any of London’s best open-air venues in London. Indulge in easy conversations and strengthen your network over some hyperactive barbecuing, cocktails and more. Why not get your boss to throw an amazing BBQ office bash under a budget just like Benjamin did?

Office bash under a budget just like Benjamin did - Our illustrative collection of best BBQ places in London would definitely come to rescue if you are looking for “BBQ Venue near me!” However, we filter it down here and provide you with an exclusive collection of top BBQ party places for Corporate. After all, the sleek office clan requires a bit of extra edge, right?

The Skyline Suite and Roof Garden Terrace
– City of London

If you are used to luxury, there is no better haunt for you to relax this summer than the Skyline Suite and Roof Garden Terrace of St. Paul’s Hotel. Existing at a strategic City of London location, this BBQ party space is a hot favourite for the corporate clan. Indulge in a fun filled BBQ activity, while savouring the clear views of the City’s expansive skyline. This, when combined with the striking all-glass interiors of this suite, makes up for an ideal summertime party. Get in touch with us to have the venue available for your BBQ party in a jiffy.
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Sky Bar and Roof Terrace – Holborn

London sky painted in a glorious hue of orange goes best with a rooftop bar, such as The Sky Bar! Accompanied by a ravishing roof terrace, this penthouse level bar is all that you need to make your evening out with colleagues magical. Get off at Holborn tube station; the bar is just a short hop, skip and jump away from there. Enjoy the sumptuous aroma of caramelizing BBQ snacks, green leafy salads, delightful deserts and of course, a fine collection of cocktails, spirits and your favourite beer! Drop us an enquiry now to reserve the venue for your corporate off day or party! Our venue experts shall take care of everything for you.
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Roman Piazza and Wine Bar – Tower Hill

Bring a touch of wow to your after office BBQ celebrations, by chilling right next to the legendary Roman Wall. The Roman Piazza, with an interlinked Wine Bar at the City Hotel is the perfect option for a restful summer hangout. Enjoy easy conversations and crisp drinks while indulging in delectable BBQ grills, salads, desserts and more. You can have the venue for private hire, and we provide you with the negotiated rates and special summer discounts. Drop us an enquiry to get in touch with the venue experts. Everything that you need from the venue shall be taken care of thereafter.
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West End on the Thames - Tower Millenium Pier

You cannot go wrong with a boat party venue to make the best of London’s summers. Especially when it is something as grand as the West End on the Thames! Along with enjoying the most spectacular vistas of London’s skyline, you can party late into night at this floating space. And then, you know the effect a setting sun creates at the outstretched horizons of Thames, right? Reserve a long summer evening at this enigmatic boat party and BBQ space, and you would return home feeling quenched and satiated. What more can we ask for, right? However, if in case you have any further questions, regarding availability, prices, et al, do write us a brief enquiry below.
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Conservatory and the Garden – Bloomsbury

This summer, get closer to the lush green gardens than you have in a long while now. Opt for the Conservatory and the Garden, located at the sophisticated Montague Street, and enjoy all that you have missed while existing in concrete cabins. This refreshing bliss-to-the-eye venue is ideal for an exhilarating evening along with nonchalant summertime hangouts. Location – Bloomsbury! Party Space – from 10 to 160 guests! Grilled delights, fresh salads, spirits, sweet indulgences and special offers – ALL CHECKED! What else do you need? You may wish to write us a letter on old paper with quills, to reserve these quintessentially English Gardens. However, the venue can be yours for private hire if you shoot us a brief enquiry taking less than a minute! Try now!
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C and B City Point – City of London

Moored right across the Moorgate Tube Station, C and B City Point is a chic place for a BBQ gala. Unwind at a comfortable London location, while relaxing at an outdoor bar or a spectacular roof terrace. An ideal hang out for post work drinks and barbecue in the City of London.

Concerned about the availability or price of the venue? Do not worry! Shoot an enquiry to our venue experts, and we would have every detail worked out for you! It is really just as simple with Thecitycollection.org.Enquire Now


Now that we have covered London’s best summertime BBQ partying scene for you, there is absolutely no reason left for you to procrastinate now! Whether you wish to party after work hours, or are planning something of the weekend! Get in touch with our venue experts for whatever assistance you require. Come on now, let’s make merry while the sun is out!evening with Fireworks display on Thames.

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5 Best Rooftop Cocktail Bars in London

A fancy cocktail party perched in a glamorous setting is what everyone desires to have on a hot summer day or at chic drinks receptions. So what better way to humour your guests than enjoying easy conversations and songs over drinks at any of the city’s best rooftop cocktail venues?

London doesn’t have a huge number when it comes to rooftop bars. But in our list, you will find the cream of the crop. We have listed the 5 best places that you can consider for your next cocktail party in London.

Holborn Roof top or Sky Bar

This amazing penthouse-level venue features a stylish bar with rooftop terrace and conservatory. Perfect for evening events like drinks receptions et al, the venue has a maximum capacity of 100 for private hire. Other exclusive features in this Holborn roof top bar include magnificent unobstructed views over the city and a world-class selection of beers, wines and spirits. One-of-its-kind, the venue offers a great setting to enjoy your favourite beer under the summer stars. Feel free to ask about this venue and we will provide you the complete details.
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St. Paul’s Royal Suite

Royal Suite is another superb option, if you are planning a cocktail reception for up to 40-50 exclusive guests.Excellent in-room facilities, elegantly designed interior and exclusive bar are just a few details that make this suite a perfect party place. Another best part? This luxurious venue boasts a private balcony that overlooks the world-renowned St. Pauls Cathedral. You can also hire the skyline suite and rooftop gardens of this flagship City of London hotel. Enquire here for this exclusive venue and get it booked at the market’s best price.
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40|30

Located in one of the most iconic buildings in London, 40|30 is a great choice for your next celebration. Offering 360 degree views of the City, the venue can accommodate up to 260 guests for a cocktail reception. Occupying the top floors of 30 St Mary Axe, this stellar space offers guests the ’Ultimate Party Experience’. It is benefitted with modern ambiance, professional service, and world-class wines. Catering is done in-house as well as by London’s top caterers. If you want to know more about this venue, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
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The City of London Club

If you’ve dreamed of holding a reception inside a recognized venue, then the most enchanting choice is The City of London Club. Perfect for every budget and occasion, the club can cater up to 150 guests at a time. The main draw of this venue is its open, private roof terrace that overlooks the dramatic City skyline. Various noteworthy figures such as the first Duke of Wellington, Sir Robert Peel and the original Rothschild family have used this venue for celebrations. This great venue can be hired for anything, from summer parties to cocktail wedding receptions.
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The Tower Wine Bar and Medieval Piazza

How about enjoying a sunset cocktail while overlooking the 200 years old Roman wall? Certainly, it can be possible if you chose Grange Wine Bar & Medieval Piazza as your next party venue. [The venue is a relaxed and casual, offering the superb open-air partying experience] The relaxed venue offers a comfortable and casual open-air partying experience. Another reason this place is getting more spotlight is because of its wide range of á la carte, buffet and barbeque menus. Apart from holding drinks receptions, the bar also caters to alfresco lunches, dinners and outdoor parties.
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This was our list of bars offering a remarkable outdoor or rooftop expeirence. Each of these venues is available for private hire. So add glitz and glamour to your cocktail reception or summertime party. If your event requirement doesn’t meet with any of these venues, feel free to explore our list of top cocktail venues in London.

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Whimsical Ideas for a 1950’s Style Vintage Wedding

There is nothing more elegant than a fifties inspired wedding. Traditional outfits, classic decor, and a romance softer than rose petals. Sounds dreamy, right? Hence, it is hardly a surprise when we get daily enquiries from love-struck couples, looking for old-fashioned wedding venues and event suggestions. Thus, we are rolling out a brief guide, to help you get it right with vintage weddings.

For a timeless wedding affair, it is important to meet a few details. Pillbox hats, birdcage veils, art deco jewellery, vintage bridal gowns, professional makeup artist, and a perfect classical wedding venue are some of them. Below are some of the whimsical ideas you may consider, for an unforgettable vintage wedding. Agreed that throwing a vintage wedding bash isn’t easy, but we promise if done properly, the end results will be breathtakingly glamorous.

Hollywood’s Divas to Your Rescue

Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn are some of the greatest fashion and style icons. And we are proposing to follow their style for a flawless vintage look. If you have grown up worshipping these idols, getting their looking would be easier than slicing butter with knife. Besides, since these divas have revolutionised the fashion world, any stylist would simply love to work Monroe magic on you. Perhaps grab some popcorn and run a movie marathon of classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s et al, and you would wake up as a perfect 50s diva.

Don’t Starve Yourself, The Curves Are In!


We would steer clear of those brides-to-be who are naturally skinny. If however you are pleasantly plump, no need to starve yourself now. Vintage dresses wraps around your curves so beautifully, it would cause a traffic jam even on deserted streets. Wonderful, isn’t it? Going dress shopping with your besties, perhaps bridesmaids and yet having that delicious slice of pizza, washing it down with a Kingfisher and ending a day with a delightful cupcake! Although you can safely enjoy these exuberant moments, we wouldn’t advise you to push your good luck too much. Besides, you might still want to watch what you eat, if you wish to adorn those hourglass silhouettes, fitted waists, and ballet tutu.


Try Different, Look Different


Have you picked up a dress yet? Or would you be going with your mother’s or granny’s dress! Umm, nice idea, and we are sure you must attach some sentiments to it, but are you sure? You wouldn’t want to look dull in a dress that doesn’t fit you proper, right? Of course, you can get it tailored to fit your contours, and if you find then end product pleasant enough, go for it with our best compliments!


If in case you don’t have the dress ready, Vintage Dress Stores contain some delightful surprises for you. Looking for a perfect vintage dress? Ensure you opt for three-quarter length sleeves, a boat neck, slim sloping shoulders, and a tiered lace. However, don’t be afraid to include modest designs, as the 50’s generation preferred wearing long lace sleeves. Modern designers will ensure that you will achieve the vintage look that you are after, so feel free to try something new.

Glam Up with Vintage Accessories!

If we can give one suggestion to make your vintage wedding splendid, it would invariably be to go big on accessories! Pillbox hats, birdcage veils, jewelled headbands, necklaces, and exquisite lacy headpieces are some of the must-add accessories. While the fur stoles shall keep you warm in a winter wedding, beautiful parasols are perfect to be worn as adorable spring accessories. And a bride in all those accessories, with perfect period attire is a sight to behold forever! How excited are you at the mention of all these accessories and dresses?

Pick a Professional Makeup Artist


It all depends on your makeup artist that how you would look on your wedding day. Picking a makeup artist can be overwhelming as it is difficult to gauge what he or she can do without seeing the portfolio. The most essential thing to remember while choosing an artist is the ‘trust’. Moreover, make sure he or she has past experience for performing vintage makeup and hairstyling.


Makeup Style

Whether you are enchanted by the Great Gatsby, or are planning an aristocratic affair such as Downton Abbey, sophisticated 1950’s makeup is back in style. Matte red lipstick, dark eyebrows, and winged eyeliner are the key to the vintage appearance. For a more dramatic look, you can use a spot of blusher.

Less is more


The colours, chunks and the typical pompousness may go and take a hike now. It is time to say goodbye to giant centrepieces, and extravagant gatherings. Vintage affairs are soft, sophisticated and timeless. For a vintage wedding, go soft on colours, have a welcoming sparkling chandelier, and include some greenery, just to recreate a romantic glitz. You can opt for this amazing garden wedding venue, perfect for hosting vintage weddings in London’s Bloomsbury. To bring detail into your wedding theme, do pay attention on every small aspect of your decor.


Stick to Graceful Hairstyles

Scarf-tied up do, side ponytail, soft set curls, and finger waves were some famous hairstyles of the 1950’s. These intriguing hairstyles are back in vogue to rule over our hearts. So, try these before the style re-writes history. In addition, a French twist is also good for those with long hair.

Make It Sparkle


50’s inspired weddings are meant to have that dazzling effect on the guests. To take things up a notch, use hatboxes on tables. Furthermore, a unique vintage flavour can be achieved by using some antique trunks around your reception area to make exquisite seating for guests. Old suitcases, gramophones, birdcages, and traditional flowers are some other objects enhancing the decors of the venue. Does it look exhausting to take care of the decorations and interiors? Simply opt for a wedding venue with Thecitycollection.org offering facilities like decorations, florists and more. You see, planning a vintage wedding of your dreams isn’t as difficult as it may appear to be.

Savoury Quixotic and Vintage Wedding Venues

For a 50’s style celebration, it is important to opt for a befitting and quaint wedding venue. You might want to opt for older townhouses or boutique hotels to opt your wedding and receptions. You may also opt for churches, livery halls, old school buildings, courtyards, and vineyards, available for private hire. You may hire London’s huge and magnificent halls rendering perfect justice to the grand appeal with ease. Also, have a look around wedding reception venues in London, for some eclectic mix of alternatives. Besides, send us an enquiry now, and have a seasoned venue expert find you the best period wedding spaces at best prices.

Wining and Dining, Vintage Style!

Using a vintage food menu is a perfect way to capture the feel of good old days. Wedding food is one of the most important things that guests seem to remember. Fortunately, as the trend of vintage wedding is becoming popular, plenty of food providers have entered the market. As far as food caterer is concerned, either search online or ask your Grandmother to help you picking one up. However, opt for an artistic wedding venue in London and have it take care of the food preparations, silver goblets for wine and everything else truly vintage.


And, Don’t Forget to Arrive in Vintage Style

Add elegance and romance to your special day with a classic pink Limousine, Cadillac, or Chevrolet. These luxurious classics offer a uniformed service to enhance your wedding day experience. And while we are at it, you can also opt for an open-air ride, should the weather be kind. But, before making any booking, make sure that the car hire company has a proven track record and holds a large fleet of cars to choose from.

All these whimsical ideas will help you to give a vintage touch to your big day. Feel free to invite us at your enigmatic 50’s vintage style wedding!

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London Summer Party and BBQ: Ideas, Venues and Offers!

What makes a moustache-topped tight-lipped Londoner smile an All American Boy smile? It is, without a shadow of doubt sire, the London Summers! Do you feel it? The soothing spike in the temperature? Days becoming longer...Finally, it is that time of the year when we can sample different popsicles, hang around shirtless, and can ACTUALLY wear khakis, shorts, and hot pants. Since the summers in the City are only the last sip of Pina Colada away, we reckon a hot and gorgeous celebration is on the cards!

And like always, we come prepared with sexy summer party and BBQ ideas, venues list and special offers in place. Obviously, we are going to party, and we are going to do it in style! That too, without having to rob a bank! So what are we waiting for? Without much ado, let us get this hot and happening party started, right?

Epic Summer Party: Ideas and Suggestions

Does your summer BBQ bash need some sorting out? No worries! Our events management team is more than willing to help! Since it is summer and we intend on to making the best of it, let us get straight down to business. Here are some of the divine summer party ideas that have worked amazingly well for us. And we believe you might be on the lookout for these. If not, simply scroll down for some of the most tantalising pictures of food, drinks and gorgeous summertime balls and parties in London.


1. Serve A Perfect Alfresco Feast

London summers are actually the time where you can give the usual gluten a break. So, why not add a healthy twist to your outdoor event by serving a couple of yummy bites. Do you fancy some strawberries with honey vinaigrette? Or perhaps a creamy caramel fruit dip alongside taco dip with cream cheese? How about grilling brochette chicken under the balmy London sun...? Ah, Bliss!

Any summer party would be incomplete without serving some delicious quick-service Barbecue foods. In London, a majority of people love to get tanned under the sun and enjoy grilled food over the hot flame. You can take inspiration from this blog and decide the menu of the barbecue party planning.

2. Beat the Heat With Super-Refreshing Drinks

What’s a party without some booze to get into the groove? Besides, an alfresco event is just the perfect excuse for you to indulge in some easy summer cocktails and frozen drinks. When the sun is out, it is the time to be high like a kite, right? So, let us set the mood right by adding these much required high-spirited indulgences.

There is no end to the creativity that you can showcase with cocktails. However, there is something vintage-ish charming about sipping tropical cocktails while soaking in the sun. A menu with Banana Daiquiri, Passion Fruit Mojito, and Pomegranate Margaritas will surely quench the thirst of everyone, don’t you agree?

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Treat Your Summer Taste Buds with Frozen Desserts

Desserts complete a celebration!
Yeah, we know, that was Aww! So, if you wish to have a perfect celebration, serve your guests with some “melt-in-your-mouth” desserts! The sweet indulgences of summer season have a charm of their own, laced with the flavours of seasonal fruits and flowers. Make the most of what this summer 2015 has to offer and perhaps serve sweets with something chilled or frozen. You may also want to try out seasonal fruits topped with whipped cream, berry cakes, and choco-chip ice-cream pie. And do share with us some of your unique ideas of other lip-smacking desserts.

4. Play the Ultimate Summer Playlist

More important than any other party feature, is music that sets the ambiance of the event. And zero down upon the music by considering the mood of the summertime soiree that you are planning. Usually, countryside summer parties prefer loud trance music. However, you can also add a dash of love songs and jazz for some crooning, mooning and well, you know what! Here are some of the other top options provided by one of our DJ friends!

  • Start with a bit of Travolta and Olivia Newton-John duet in "Summer Nights"
  • Or maybe with the popular "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini, Bryan Hyland
  • Even in London, you can enjoy "Surfin’ U.S.A.," by The Beach Boys
  • Up next, Katy Perry’s "California Gurls," feat Snoop Dogg is ideal for pumping up the summer BBQ party’s mood
  • And you can have further help with the "Summer In The City," by The Lovin’ Spoonful
  • "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer," by Nat King Cole, would continue to keep everyone glued to the dance floor.
  • And then we have the "Summer Love," by the heartthrob, Justin Timberlake (yayy!!).
  • Speaking of Justin Timberlake, also consider including "The Boys Of Summer," by Don Henley in the soundtrack.
  • And of course, "Endless Summer Nights" by Richard Marx is simply perfect, especially if you plan on to party till late in London.
  • Lastly, the classic "Summer Of ’69," by Bryan Adams is a MUST to jam this summer.
5. Give your Decoration a Touch of Elegance

Decorating an outdoor space can be a little frustrating, especially when you are doing-it-yourself. The best way to decorate in summers is by getting in tune with the season. You can create that magical summer vibe with lots of trendy decorations like pale-coloured lanterns, paper floral garlands, and island-inspired centrepieces. A striking floral decor at the entrance would definitely set the stage right for a summertime BBQ party to go on as planned. Our suggestion here is that you consider using a lot of daisy lavender, freesia, Eden, Lily, germinis, and roses from a nearby shop. Make your own flower arrangement to decorate them at your venue.

Summer Party and BBQ Venues in London

When you are at Thecitycollection.org, you need not worry about finding the right party space or events venue in London City. Are you interested in a summer time ball and party? Or would you like a London venue offering space for barbecuing and spirited dancing? Stop worrying because we have got London’s party circuit covered for you. From ravishing rooftop spaces to serene townhouses and lush-green garden venues, get whatever you like here! But since you are looking for something spectacular and totally unique, here are some top recommendations by the experts.

1. Holborn Rooftop

Hold your head up high and bask in the glory of stunning panoramas of London from the rooftop of Grange Holborn Hotel. The Sky bar of a famous 5-star hotel in Central London is simply ideal to host your angelic summer BBQ party. The uptown comfy space is simply perfect to host a summertime gala of around 200 guests. With everything designed and manicured in the essence of modernity and sophistication, Holborn Rooftop will surely impress you. It also offers catering services through its in-house West End Bar Restaurant. You can further know about this venue in one simple step by clicking ‘Enquire Now’ button given below.
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2. HMS Belfast

If you love history along with some quirkiness, HMS Belfast will be a delight of a venue. As part of the Imperial War museum, this summertime party space always has something extra for everyone to explore, while enjoying the party. Choose the best among the three decks here and party hard in summer time. HMS Belfast venue adds to the atmosphere of enjoyment for all alfresco parties. Besides, the space has the best options in place to help you take your party indoors. The Museum and galleries venue will surely take your guests by surprise as it presents a fantastic fusion of fashion and history. Check out the venue and enquire for any style of party. We are always on our toes to provide you with the best of London venues.
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3. The City of London Club

What can possibly be more soothing and fun than the City of London Club? You can easily throw a peppy and upbeat party here for any occasion. Purposefully manicured design and flexible meeting spaces of the place allows anyone to plan a personal or corporate summer party. Besides, is it really a party without a dance floor? You already have the summertime party playlist with you, and we hope you have noted down the songs! The City of London club allows you to break into a jive anytime you want, at its spacious dance floor. Moreover, whether you require audio-visual assistance or a delectable range of cuisines, the venue simply covers it all for you. Just book this venue with Thecitycollection.org and be set for a memorable summertime soiree. Let us know more about your plan for a party this BBQ season and our venue experts will guide you for the best.
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4. The Conservatory and Garden

Standing nonchalantly amidst the increasing London bustle, The Conservatory and Garden allows you to host a peaceful garden party in London. Nestled peacefully in Bloomsbury, the lush green ambience of the garden and sumptuous food choices makes it a popular choice for an events, party and wedding venue in Central London. Letting you enjoy London summers with celebrations and thrill, the venue is your trump card for hosting epic summer BBQ parties, outdoor ceremonies, unusual meetings and wedding receptions. If you are planning a grand party, why not book this venue with a capacity of over 450 guests? Besides, we have a special offer going on this venue, so you would end up saving big on your BBQ escapade. There is more about the special offers at the end of this segment. Enquire now and send us your brief enquiries, to make the most of this summer.
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5. The Skyline Suite and Roof Garden Terrace

What can be better than having your BBQ shindig at just a stone’s throw away from St. Paul’s Cathedral? Bring some twist to your cool summer party venue in London as you book The Skyline Suite and Roof Garden Terrace. The stunning glass Atrium possessing a variety of restaurants and bars will spice up the ambience of every party. Let your style speak stories after the party as you serve delicious Japanese delicacies to your guests. And Hey! If you are from the corporate world and looking for a perfect corporate BBQ party venue in London, Skyline Suite is just what you want. Impress your boss or clients with a fantabulous party at the rooftop. Enquire now for more details.
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6. Bank Of England Sports Centre

In the hot-n-happening market of parties, Bank of England Sports Centre is a breath of fresh air. This versatile outdoor and indoor venue drenched in English traditions promises a grand ceremony. Built in 1908, it has stood through the times and still endeavours to offer best services to guests. With the capacity of around 400 people at the venue’s Terrace Room, you can now get your party to the next level by hiring this soothing lush-green space. Moreover, wouldn’t you want to treat you guests to the beautiful lawn overlooking the nature’s landscape, and dance away to glory at the amazing dance floor? Be it a small family get-together or a big occasion, the venue has options to fill up your demand basket perfectly. For further details on venue hire, you can always contact us and get answers to all your doubts.
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7. In and Out

You can also plan a party in the heart of beautiful Georgian architecture influenced, St. James Square. The In & Out London club is also popularly known as Naval and Military Club needs for a grand and memorable summer party. With open-air spaces and posh indoors, the space is simply perfect for a BBQ office party in London. With the Grade II listing of the venue, we know you know you can totally rely on it for any hosting any sort of celebration or event. Enjoy the classic style of celebrations this summer and soak in the fun fully. And yes! Our event experts are waiting to hear from you. So if you want to anything about this venue or any other, simply shoot us a quick enquiry.
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8. Grange City Hotel

Lastly, we bring you an impactful London venue for hosting a summer party or a BBQ. In fact, organise a BBQ at this hotel’s Piazza and get a chance to hang out with the legendary Roman Wall! How awesome is that? Besides, the hotel at present is running a special offer on BBQ summer parties. Enjoy the sweeping views of River Thames, and host your alfresco party or other event close to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Enquire now to discover special discounts on the venue, and to book the space now! After all, you can only make hay while the sun shines, right?
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Special Discounts for Summertime BBQ Parties in London

Of course, we want your summer BBQ parties to be nothing less than epic without costing you a bomb! Hence, we have rolled out a range of special offers and deals on top summer party and BBQ venues in the London City. Have a look around these offers, and see which one you like. Lastly, feel free to write in a short enquiry to us, and our top venue experts would take care of everything. From negotiating the prices, to arrange venue visits and helping you with events management, we offer it all.

Now that we have got London’s summertime ball and BBQ party scene all set for you, we are all knackered. And the rising mercury is every bit as seducing as could be. You have the ideas, play list, venues and special offers in place. So what’s the delay? We are changing into comfortable cottons, and would most probably be heading out to a rooftop venue. What’s your excuse of missing the fun? In case you are not missing out on fun, well, cheers to you, cheers to the sun, cheers to London summers!


Until next time, with flashy and goggles and hat, see ya!

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