How to Arrange a Corporate Event in London

Arranging a corporate event is equally nerve-wracking as it is exciting. And when you organise it in London, the expectations rise. And to meet them, you need to make sure that everything is planned thoughtfully and on time. From corporate venues to entertainment options, London truly has it all. All you have to do is plan ahead of time so the event goes as smooth as possible. Here is your event-planning guide to turn your corporate event into a successful business gathering.

Entertainment Ideas
Coming up with appropriate yet fun ideas for corporate entertainment can be a challenge. On one hand, you do not want to run the risk of being risqué or selecting some type of entertainment that doesn’t fit a wide range of tastes; on the other hand, you want your event to be exciting and memorable. Consider new spins on standard fare and look for ways to help people relax and mingle.

Comedy Act
While you should carefully screen performers to ensure they don’t run a blue, racist or otherwise offense show, comedy acts can lighten the mood of any corporate event. Look for a comedian who specializes in corporate or office humour, or someone who is familiar with your industry and can deliver “inside jokes.” You might opt for a line-up of comedians directed by a familiar company representative as emcee, or a single headliner.

Hypnotist
What could be more fun than watching your favourite client act like a giant chicken under the direction of a trained hypnotist? Of course, only good sports should be asked to participate in this type of entertainment, but it can be a great way to loosen up the crowd and promote an atmosphere of fun. This event will certainly make your event a memorable one.

Music
You can go elegant with a string quartet providing background music for a posh cocktail party, or encourage frivolity by hosting a swing band with a dance floor. Use caution in selecting a genre of music that is likely to be enjoyed by the majority of your audience. Remember that music can put a damper on conversation if it is too loud, so provide private “talking” space for those interested in combining business with pleasure.

Theme Event
Host a grown-up corporate theme party such as Western barbecue, Mardi Gras, 1950s sock hop or elegant silent screen movie night. You can find props and decorations at party planning stores or thrift shops. Serve food and snacks reflective of the theme and provide entertainment in line with your venue as well. For example, play country music or chart-topping songs from the 50s. Invite attendees to come dressed up to fit the theme.

Fundraiser
Combine a corporate event with a fundraiser for your business’ favourite charity. Host a casino night or a carnival in which ‘winnings’ are donated to the cause. Hand out raffle tickets as “prizes” and draw names for restaurant gift cards, company logo-wear or a private lunch with the CEO.

Themes
With regular corporate events held throughout the year, coming up with new ideas and themes becomes a challenge. Nothing to worry! There are tried and tested themes that will spark up your company party and give you the desired results.

1950s Rock and Roll
Get your employees and clients in the party mood with a sock-hop. Step back in time to the roaring 1950s and get ready to rock and roll. Remember Elvis Presley? That’s the kind of look that guests have to create. Ask guests to wear their biker jackets and poodle skirts.

  • Venue: A nightclub venue will gel well with a rock and roll party theme. Jukeboxes, guitars, and records will transform your party into a retro knees-up. Soft pink and lavender coupled with black and white were popular tones in the 50s. You can use these colours in your table décor.
  • Entertainment: Hire a DJ who can play the hit tracks of the rock and roll era. Groovy 1950’s tunes by Bobby Darin and Paul Enka will keep the crowd tapping their feet. Make sure to have plenty of room for sock-hopping guests to dance the night away.


Sail Away on a Cruise
London is a marvellous city located on the bank of Thames. Why not take your staff or clients on board and have a wonderful party on the deck. With a little bit of planning, you can make your party more than just an event on a cruise. How about giving a twist to your event with these ideas?

  • Venue: There are plenty of floating venues moored on Thames so you can literally sail the night away. HMS President is one of the alluring venues on Thames that will make your corporate event shine out. To complement the nautical theme, welcome guests with seashell necklaces and tropical leis as they enter the venue.
  • Entertainment: Many venues on water also arrange boat rides. Get ready to fill your heart with thrill of riding on the Thames on a high speed boat. Some of these alluring floating venues also arrange fireworks display to delight the guests. Let London also know how successful your corporate event is.

Biggest Capacity Corporate Halls
London city is dotted with a cluster of halls for hire in London, suitable for all types of business events, from conferences and product launches to award ceremonies. From 200 to 2000, the business capital offers venues to accommodate any number of guests. But finding a large capacity venue in London is a daunting task as the number of large venues is quite small. Here are top four venues that won’t disappoint you.

Barbican Centre
One of the best London venues for hire, this stylish space gives you a chance to arrange a unique event amidst 2000 species of plants, birds, and fishes. Renowned as a conference hub, this spacious venue is well-appointed with PA systems and dedicated technicians. The conservatory is a tropical oasis ideal for event with a twist. The maximum seating capacity of this venue is 1943 which makes it perfect for large scale events.

London Metropolitan University
Featuring best conferencing facilities at an affordable price, this venue is highly popular for corporate events in London. Hidden behind the doors are four exclusive spaces where you can host your event. With flexible seating styles and capacity, you are bound to find the right space for your event. Besides, all the required AV aids are provided so that your event meets the expectations of the clients and guests. This venue can easily seat up to 1200 guests at a time.

Grange St. Paul’s Wren Suite
Located just few steps away from St Paul’s Cathedral, this iconic venue is set within a five star hotel. With refined décor, high-tech facilities, and LED lighting, this iconic venue promises a grand and glorious event. Besides, scrumptious drinks and delicacies are served in style by the team of expert in-house caterers. Ideal for meetings, conferences, and wedding receptions, this event space can accommodate up to 1200 guests.

If you’re planning a large scale corporate event in London, make use of these ideas to ensure that your event is a productive one.

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