Gala Dinner Venue Ideas
The V12 room accommodate a variety of events such as private dining, wedding receptions - seated and standing, corporate meetings, team building days incorporating our classic cars, training days and product launches. We can accommodate dining on round tables and long tables for up to 150 people. The room can fit in a dancefloor and DJ for more formal events. The room is filled with sculptures, art on the walls and a viewing gallery that shows off our classic cars. This gives the space that unique edge that makes your event different from the rest.
Village Underground is one of the last fully versatile event spaces in London. The scope to truly dress and add production to the venue event space is the reason why so many brands and clients love to use the space. We have hosted a wide range of product launches, networking events, birthday parties and celebrations. The music led venue is already set up for any AV/ PA requirement but is also adaptable to be able to change the configuration to meet most event requirements.
An impressive room by any standards. Spacious with plenty of natural daylight and full of impressive, iconic period features of oak panelling and magnificent stained-glass windows, detailing a history of insurance companies from the past. The Great Hall is perfect for conferences, presentations, AGMs and awards ceremonies. The space is fully equipped with an automated blackout system, lobby reception area, adjustable lighting, 13ft front projection screen and features a fixed stage and minstrel gallery.
POW is a large multi-use venue with a two-tier outdoor roof terrace. All of our spaces attract high profile private hire from leading supermarkets to film publishers, we can cater for most types of events/hires. Our spaces are especially great for private parties, product launches, networking events and drinks receptions. Our 1920s Art Deco dancehall has unique features, full audio visual install and Funktion-One sound system. Our terrace has views across the South-London skyline and Windrush Square and is also kitted out with speakers and more.
The Prince Consort Rooms is accessed through its own courtyard. It is flexible and adaptable to different seating layouts making it perfect for a gala dinner. The in-house catering team will work with you on tailoring the menu to suit every guest's dietary requirements to create the perfect event.
An impressive room by any standards. Spacious with plenty of natural daylight and full of impressive, iconic period features of oak panelling and magnificent stained-glass windows, detailing a history of insurance companies from the past. The Great Hall offers an excellent space for corporate dinners and lunches. It is fully equipped with an automated blackout system, lobby reception area, adjustable lighting, 13ft front projection screen and features a fixed stage and minstrel gallery.
Bermondsey Social is a unique space set under a railway arch in South Bermondsey. An Ideal spot for private parties, club nights, corporate events, Christmas parties, Birthday parties and much more BSC boasts to have one of the best outdoor areas south of the river along with a state of the art light rig and amazing DnB sound system. We can accommodate up to 120-140 guests for events and have staging on site should you need it for a live band to play or to present an award. We also have a projector and screen. Our License is till 4am 7 days a week.
EartH Hall is a purpose-built music venue holding up to 1200 standing, the space is big enough for most events. This space is perfect for every private or commercial event. A blank canvas to theme and decorate to your event needs - with amazing sound system and AV you can host a number of events in the Concert Hall such as conferences, weddings, photoshoots, receptions, birthday parties and post screening events. There is also direct access to the roof top terrance.
Located in the celebrated heart of the UNESCO Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site Cutty Sark is the ideal location for memorable corporate events and entertaining, offering the only event space under the hull of a ship in the world. With 4 distinct event spaces the ship can be used for any style of corporate hospitality. Ideal for seasonal parties, product launches, private dining, conferences with a WOW and press releases. This iconic British Institution offers commanding views over the mighty river Thames and an evening beneath her gleaming hull is truly one of a kind.
Beveridge Hall is the perfect space for conferences, gala dinners and award ceremonies. Designed in the early 20th Century by Charles Holden, it maintains a sense of sophistication and gravitas. As one of Central London's largest venues with a capacity of 480, it features flexible seating and a large stage area. The space benefits from natural lighting and makes a perfect location for banquet and private dining. Our experienced in-house caterers devise menus to suit all event requirements, from canapes to banquets.
Located on the ground floor of the JM Finn stand, the England suite is a filled with natural daylight and offers fantastic views of the famous Oval pitch. It is an ideal venue for dining events. The space has additional space in the wings of the room and is adaptable for an array of events.
The Long Room, fronting the Pavilion, is a world-famous sight at Lord’s – international cricket players pass through it on their way onto and off the field of play. A magnificent backdrop for elegant Christmas parties, private dining, lunches and receptions, it has high, ornate ceilings and is fronted by glass. Its walls are lined with fine paintings celebrating the game from the 18th century to the present day. The adjoining Long Room Bar can also be used as a characterful drinks reception area.
Disappear behind the wine shelf, revealing a secret entrance to The Living Room! Guests will descend the stairs to the hidden bar below, featuring eye-catching tropical wall treatments, a mixture of lush, velvet seating in rich jewel-tone colours and the bar's signature caves, artistically built into arched brick walls. The Living Room has it's own private bar, informal seating & table areas with surrounding mingling space. Also includes a separate sound system to play your own music and private WC facilities. Ideal for drinks & canape receptions, corporate networking and Christmas parties!
The main event space in the National Maritime Museum is the 'Great Map'. Set at mezzanine level and spanned by a glass roof, this event space is flooded with natural daylight and is ideal for corporate receptions, award ceremonies and networking. Whether you're looking for a seated gala dinner or a more relaxed standing bowl food affair, this epic space can accommodate up to 580 seated or 1000 standing. With some of the museum's most treasured items on display within the event space, or the option for guests to explore our engaging galleries, this is one event your guests won't forget.
Plaisterers’ Hall is an elegant City venue that benefits from a prime location in the heart of the action at One London Wall. The neoclassical event space is available for corporate and private events. With state of the art AV plus a full size back projection set and staging for the Great Hall, we offer fully produced meetings, conferences and awards dinners. With an experienced event management team, who will be with you every step of the way, the venue regularly plays host to celebratory dinners and parties, Asian weddings, civil ceremonies, and corporate events.
The Main Space at the Roundhouse, which is renowned for its stunning architecture, is an exclusive and unique venue ideal for large events such as gala dinners. This impressive venue has a sound system, lighting rig and staging, which can be used to bring your event to life.
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What is a gala dinner and why should I host one?
A gala dinner is a formal dinner held to celebrate a special event or raise funds for charity. Gala dinners are usually quite grand affairs, with delicious food and drink, music and dancing, and maybe even a celebrity guest or two. They are usually black tie events, with guests dressing in their finest evening wear.
To make your gala dinner stand out, the first thing to look for is a stunning venue that will impress your guests and leave a fantastic lasting impression. Browse our full range of gala dinner venues in London, or get in touch with one of our team to find out how we can help you.
What should I look for when choosing a gala dinner venue in London?
If you're planning a gala dinner in London, there are a few things you need to bear in mind when searching for your perfect venue.
First of all, you'll need to decide on the type of event you're hosting and what it’s in aid of. Is it an awards ceremony? A charity fundraiser? A formal end of year dinner for your company? The type of event will dictate the kind of venue you'll need to look for; eg a more formal affair will require a different setting to a fun and festive party.
Next, you'll need to think about budget. How much are you willing to spend on the venue hire? Keep in mind that gala dinners can be quite expensive, so it's important to set a realistic budget.
Location is another important consideration. Where in London do you want to hold the event? There are plenty of stunning gala dinner venues all over the city, from opulent ballrooms to stylish restaurants. Don't forget to take into account things like parking, accessibility, and amenities too.
Finally, think about logistics. Will you need a stage for speeches or entertainment? Is there enough space for your guests to mingle and dance? Does the venue have a good sound system? And what kind of atmosphere you want to create? Do you want a relaxed and informal vibe, or a more formal and elegant feel?
Once you’ve thought about these factors, it’s time look for a venue! Once you have found a few options through Hire Space, make sure you discuss with the venues any extras you’ll need throughout the event. For example, you’ll need catering, AV, theming, and furniture at a minimum, so make sure you state exactly what you need and ask how much this will all cost. If you’re going for a dry hire venue, you’ll need to source all this yourself, so it’s worth keeping in mind exactly what you’ll need for the event every step of the planning process so you don’t forget anything important! Check our our guide to dry hire vs wet hire for more guidance on what would work best for your event.
How much does it cost to hire a gala dinner venue in London?
As an example, if you were holding a gala dinner for 100 guests with an awards ceremony, 3 course meal, drinks, AV and branding, the average cost of a gala dinner venue in Central London would be around £15,000. However, this cost will vary hugely depending on the size and location of the venue, as well as other factors such as number of guests, catering, entertainment and theming, so it’s certainly worth doing your research and talking to the venues openly about costs. For more of an idea of how much it would cost to hire a gala dinner venue in London, make sure to contact us and we will be happy to provide you with more information!
What are the best gala dinner venues in London?
London is full of fantastic venues for gala dinners, so whatever the style and size of your event, you’re sure to find the perfect one that works for your event objectives and budget.
Below, we’ve listed a few of our favourite London venues that are sure to make your gala dinner pop.
Traditional gala dinner venues
If you’re looking for a traditional, historic venue for your gala dinner, there a plethora of venues in London that fit the bill. We like One Moorgate Place, the Royal Horseguards, Ironmongers’ Hall or Plaisterers’ Hall for unique, historic spaces that add an air of regality to your gala dinner.
Unusual gala dinner venues
If you’re bored of the same old gala dinner venues, allow us to present a few of our favourite, slightly more unusual backdrops. EartH in Hackney will certainly make for a unique option. We also love the National Maritime Museum, Landing 42, or even the London Transport Museum.
Impressive gala dinner venues
If you’re looking to seriously impress with a grand backdrop that will make you feel straight out of the Great Gatsby, a couple of our favourites include East Wintergarden, the National Gallery, or the Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Outdoor gala dinner venues
If it’s nice and warm outside and you’d love to take your dinner alfresco, there are plenty of options in London that can help. We love the Hurlingham Club, the HAC or Queen’s House for a magnificent quintessentially British setting.
Top tips to make your gala dinner stand out
There are a few key ways to make your gala dinner truly memorable.
Food and drink
Due to the high-end nature of these events, your catering should be top notch for a gala dinner. Work with the catering supplier to devise bespoke menus to reflect the style and theme of your event, and make sure to cater to dietary requirements too. Why not even devise some bespoke cocktails that match your theme?
Speaking of theme, it’s always fun to add a unique twist on your gala dinner. You can keep it simple by introducing a subtle colour scheme, or go all out with a theme that reflects your company’s personality and brand. Some ideas include London, masquerade ball, Moulin Rouge, Oscars, or Old Hollywood glamour theme.
A key part of any gala dinner is adding some great entertainment. Hire a band or DJ to keep your guests entertained throughout the evening, or maybe hire something fun like a magician, photobooth or some fun street food/cocktail stalls dotted throughout the event. Browse our range of event suppliers to find the perfect choice for your event.
Finally, don't forget about the little details.
Make sure you have enough staff on hand to help things run smoothly, including security, cloakroom staff, and enough cleaning staff. Paying attention to these details will ensure that your gala dinner is truly unforgettable for the right reasons So there you have it!
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