Author Archives: Venue Seeker

Bloody Mary Brunch at Bellanger

Interested in trying something new this autumn? Love a good cocktail? We’re here to tell you about the Bloody Mary Brunch at the Bellanger restaurant in Islington Green.

About Bellanger

This charming French brasserie in the vibrant neighbourhood of Islington showcases the rich cuisine of the Alsace region in eastern France. Because this area was once part of Germany, its cuisine has French and German elements, which can be seen in dishes like Riesling-braised Landaise chicken and Gewürztraminer-infused sorbet.

Inspired by Parisian brasseries

Bellanger is a stylish restaurant, cafe and bar, all in one space. It emulates the lively atmosphere of a traditional Parisian brasserie, with informal dining, regular live music, and a spacious terrace that’s perfect for warm summer evenings.

This year’s Bloody Mary Brunch

Held on Sunday 5th November, Bellanger will be hosting its second Bloody Mary Brunch which will include the traditional cocktail plus a few other variations such as the Alsacienne Bloody Mary, in line with the brasserie’s Alsatian theme.  As a Weekend Brunch customer, you’ll not only enjoy delicious food; you’ll also receive a complimentary Bloody Mary when you arrive. After that, each cocktail will be priced at just £6.95.

A special partnership with Grey Goose

The event has been created with Grey Goose, the renowned French vodka brand. Founded in 1996, it uses 100% French ingredients, with the distillate blended with spring water at Cognac in western France, a medieval city famed for its brandy.

Make your own cocktails

Head to the ‘Build Your Own Bloody Mary’ Bar where you can make your very own Bloody Mary under the expert eye of the bar manager. Learn about the many different combinations and ingredients that are used so you can brush up on your cocktail skills.

Practical information

Belanger’s Bloody Mary Lunch will be available between 11.30am and 5pm, and bookings can be made for up to six guests. To avoid disappointment, book in advance by calling the number or e-mailing the address listed here.

Getting there

To get to Bellanger, you can take the underground to Angel, which is just 300 metres from the brasserie. There are also several buses that stop at Islington Green, and direct trains from Moorgate to Essex Road railway station, about 700 metres away.

Can’t make this one?

Then don’t worry! That’s because Bellanger will be hosting its third Bloody Mary Brunch on Sunday 3rd December, which will be held at the same times.

 

Meanwhile, if you’re interested in planning your own cocktail party or another special event at our London events venues, get in touch with Venueseeker today and let us know what you need.

Why you should host your Christmas party at lunch time

Planning your next Christmas celebration and looking for ideas? Then find out why you should have your next Christmas party at lunchtime instead of the evening.

Host your Christmas party at lunchtime

Potential for a wider choice of venues

With fewer London Christmas party venues likely to be fully booked at lunchtime, you stand a better chance of finding the space you want.

A lunchtime Christmas party could be much cheaper

The prime time for Christmas parties is Thursday and Friday evenings, when slots can become fully booked six months in advance. In contrast, there is often much less demand on weekday afternoons, when the cost of hiring Christmas party venues in London can be considerably lower.

lunchtime Christmas party

It’s easier for your guests to travel home after the event

Although some underground lines do operate a night service on Friday nights and Saturday nights, it’s still easier for your guests to get home during the daytime or early evening, when there’s a wider choice of tube, rail and bus services available. This will be particularly helpful for guests living further away or outside of London’s public transport network.

Work / life balance

Celebrating during the day means your guests can still head home to their private lives after the working day is done. Parents are likely to already have childcare covered, rather than finding someone for the evening. With December being chock-a-block with Christmas celebrations, it can be difficult to compete with guests’s social lives, so a lunchtime party will ensure your guests can manage two parties in one day (which happens more often that not over December!).

Find out more about our Christmas parties

Whether you’re interested in London Christmas party venues by the river or 1000+ capacity spaces in the City, get in touch with Venueseeker today to tell us your vision.

Whatever your Christmas party plans, we’ve got the venue for you

Christmas parties come in all shapes and sizes, so we’ve picked our favourite Christmas party venues from our extensive selection to help you streamline your search.

If you’re looking for grandeur

The Pompadour Ballroom at Café Royal is decadence at its best. This grand hotel prides itself on the original famed French wine cellar set up in 1863. The ballroom includes original ornate detailing and décor and has capacity up to 250 guests.

christmas party venues

Bloomsbury Ballroom is a must for anyone looking for opulent art deco styling. The vast space can accommodate 880 guests and is understandably very popular for 1920s themed parties. And as Gatsby said, “a little party never killed nobody”.

christmas party venues

If you’re looking for the wow-factor

East Wintergarden is a stunning and unexpected space in the midst of Canary Wharf. The unmistakable domed glass hall is guaranteed to have jaws dropping and can hold an impressive 1000 party guests.

christmas party venues

The beautiful Nash Conservatory at Kew was inspired by Greek architecture. The glass roof and floor-to-ceiling windows look spectacular when lit with Christmas lighting. The space holds up to 200 guests.

christmas party venues

If you’re looking for cosy

Six Storeys at the corner of Soho Square is perfect for more intimate parties. Each floor is decorated differently, so there really is something for everyone. The first storey, The Parlour, is our favourite floor and holds up to 20 seated guests.

christmas party venues

The Driver at Kings Cross is a boutique and quirky venue. We love the Penthouse on the third floor with its waltzer-ride seating, private bar and capacity for 20 dining.

christmas party venues

If you’re looking for quaint

Winchester House in Putney ticks all the boxes if you’re looking for a picturesque setting. Mulled wine and stockings by the roaring fire in The Library, or dining and dancing in the Ballroom – all overlooking the Thames. This venue can cater for up to 150 guests.

christmas party venues

Kent House is an elegant venue with Victorian heritage. The rooms are simply decorated, letting the Victorian features and architecture take centre stage. This is a slightly larger space that can accommodate up to 300 people standing.

christmas party venues

If you’re looking for traditional

The Grand Connaught Rooms is one of London’s most impressive venues. The elegant staircase welcomes guests through to the stunning Grand Hall, complete with art deco features and chandeliers, and can hold up to 500 seated guests.

christmas party venues

One of the largest Livery Halls in London, Plaisterers’ Hall boasts neo-classical décor throughout. After recent refurbishment, this venue is fully equipped with state-of-the-art sound systems and wifi. The Great Hall and adjoining rooms can support up to 600 guests.

christmas party venues

If you’re looking for fun

Christmas Social oozes fun and a true Christmas party spirit. They’ve partnered with street food experts, Kerb, so you’ve got all the important elements covered. This Kings Cross venue has a minimum booking for 200 and maximum of 700 guests.

christmas party venues

More than a night club, Cirque le Soir, also offers performances, entertainers, theming, fun fair and a ball pit! This 500 capacity space will make for an unforgettable Christmas party.

 christmas party venues

If you’re looking for dancing

Amber is the place to go, with multiple glitter balls, mirrored pillars and the all-important LED disco dance floor. All things disco reside here in the 250 capacity bar.

christmas party venues

The Vaults at Old Billingsgate is an underground party den. Low ceilings, exposed brick arches and plenty of room to dance, this atmospheric venue is one of London’s best kept secrets. The space caters for groups between 150 – 800 guests.

christmas party venues

And if none of these are quite right for you, don’t worry we have over 500 venues listed with Venueseeker, so we can guarantee we’ll find the perfect venue for you.

event catering

Five things to consider when choosing your event catering

Things to remember for your event catering with Venueseeker

Here are five things to consider when planning your catering.

event catering

Five tips for successful event catering:

  1. Customise it to the event

Choose a catering theme that’s appropriate for your London event venue. For example, if you’re planning a fundraising event at one of our large venues like The Artillery Garden at The HAC, you’ll need to attract as many people as possible so you can reach your funding target. This is the perfect occasion for a standing buffet theme, as venues can accommodate more guests for this type of event than a seated dinner. On the other hand, if you’re planning a more formal conference dinner, a seated event with a traditional three-course meal theme may be a more appropriate option.

  1. Choose a menu that your guests will look forward to

Do your guests want something cutting edge such as a fusion of international flavours? Or would they prefer a traditional British Sunday roast instead? Whatever you have in mind, our catering partner Create can deliver exactly what you want for your event venue in London. Look forward to sensational food with bold, seasonal ingredients that will be carefully sourced by experienced chefs.

  1. Check the capacity of your desired venue

Make sure the venue has the right capacity for the number of guests you intend to invite – and for the type of event. For example, the OXO2 can house up to 180 guests for seated dinners with dancing, but up to 485 for standing receptions. Many of our venues also have terraces that are ideal for outdoor events in the summer, when a more informal buffet or food station theme will enable your guests to move around and meet new people.

  1. Plan your budgeting carefully

Once you’ve chosen your catering theme, plan your budget as early as possible. The main advantage a hiring a long-established caterer like Create  is that you’ll benefit from significant economies of scale. That’s because Create is part of the Concerto Group, which includes 16 other leading brands, from events managers to production teams. Because we have an extensive network of trusted suppliers, we can get big discounts  – which we’ll pass onto you.

  1. Book your catering early

The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have in regard to theming.  At busy times, like the run up to Christmas, many of our most popular event venues in London become fully booked, as the Create Team delivers hundreds of thousands of bespoke dishes in just a few weeks.

 

Get in touch to find out more about our amazing catering options

Contact the friendly team at Venueseeker today and tell us what you need.

Unforgettable Christmas Parties at Glaziers Hall

Still deciding where to celebrate your London Christmas party this year? Here’s why you should choose Glaziers Hall, one of our most popular venues in the city.

About Glaziers Hall

Overlooking the Thames, this wonderful London events venue is just minutes from the famous Borough Market and London Bridge station. Dating back to the early 19th century, the building replaced the first Glaziers Hall that was devastated in the Great Fire of London in 1666, like many other buildings in this area.

Glaziers Hall is just moments from the infamous ‘Nancy Steps’ of Charles Dickens’ 1838 novel ‘Oliver Twist’, and has excellent views of the City of London. With five versatile spaces, it can accommodate between 80 and 240 guests for seated receptions, and 150 to 450 for standing events, which means it’s well suited to a small or medium-sized Christmas party in London.

Christmas parties

The 2017 Christmas theme at Glaziers Hall

From Friday 1st December to 22nd December, Glaziers Hall will be transformed into an ‘Enchanted’ theme, with twinkling lights, stunning snow-dusted Christmas trees, and showstopping entertainment. With state-of-the-art sound and lighting, and a full event management service, we’ll make sure everything runs smoothly at your London Christmas party right until the end.

The star act

This year, Glaziers Hall will welcome Out n’ About, an acoustic trio who’ll keep you glued to the dance floor for hours. Throughout the dinner and reception, Ron Thomas and Tommy Andrews will be performing their incredible acoustic versions of your favourite pop songs, from old festive tunes to the latest big hits.

Food that you’ll remember for years to come

Expect nothing less than top-notch cuisine from award-winning caterers, Create, which promises to blow your guests away with its ‘best of British’ cuisine. For 35 years, it has been one of London’s leading caterers, serving at dozens of luxury venues, and delivering a quarter of a million dishes last Christmas alone! With a menu philosophy centred on bespoke catering that connects with guests on a personal level, Create pushes the boundaries of modern cuisine, making your foodie fantasies a reality.

One thing’s certain: your guests will be spoilt at their next Christmas party in London.

Want to find out more?

Whether you’re planning a Christmas lunch or an evening party at Glaziers Hall, get in touch with Venueseeker today so we can schedule a private viewing for you.

untitled bar

Untitled (bar)

From the creative mixologists at Drink Factory, Untitled is an artist studio, restaurant and bar all in one. Champion drinks pioneer, Tony Conigliaro is the mastermind behind this Dalston space, and the drinks are bursting with bold flavours that aim to make a multi-sensory experience.

The space boasts clean lines, polished concrete walls and a little bit of foil application (shiny!). The art on display is a mix: prints casually leant against the wall, a series of photos displayed in perfect precision on the wall, or a bust taking pride of place on the main bar. Whatever your art preference, Untitled has a completely unique feel to it and turns the usual “blank-canvas” white-walled space on its head, making it great for photoshoots, shows, or private dinner parties.

untitled bar

The menu has a Japanese fusion so whether you opt for food or drink, expect sake or soy somewhere in the ingredients. Our favourite cocktail? Fluffy! A blend of gin, watermelon and sake. With their cocktail expertise and sleek interior this is a perfect destination for edgy drinks receptions or guests looking for a little je ne sais quoi.untitled bar

Untitled will also be taking part in London Cocktail Week, so it’s an excellent opportunity to check out this space.

All photos from Untitled

New opening: The Mandrake Hotel

We visited The Mandrake Hotel last week for their breakfast showcase, and we were blown away. And we’re not just talking about the poached eggs and smashed avocado.

mandrake hotel

The new boutique hotel prides itself on combining eclectic and eye-popping interiors, with splashes of art. The space is a flurry of sounds and scents, as well as opulent décor, almost making for a sensory overload (don’t worry, it’s amazing!). This is not your humdrum hotel, as you turn every corner you’ll discover something new and want to explore further into each room. We definitely felt like children in a toy shop.

mandrake hotel

The central London hotel will have 34 beautiful rooms across four floors, along with conference and event spaces which surround the jaw-droppingly beautiful garden-courtyard. And if you’re still not impressed (really?), Michelin-starred restaurant Serge et le Phoque in Hong Kong will be opening their first London restaurant inside The Mandrake. Nom.

mandrake hotel

Why choose Winchester House for your Christmas party

In leafy Putney in west London, Winchester House is one of our most popular events venues. Here’s why it’s also the perfect setting for a Christmas party in London.

 

Five reasons to book your Christmas party at Winchester House

 

1. A beautiful Georgian house

An attractive Grade II-Listed building, Winchester House dates back to the 17th century and has been a private members’ club since the late Victorian era.

With a charming reception room, library and ballroom, the venue can accommodate up to 150 standing guests (100 seated), which means it’s the ideal space for a smaller Christmas party in London. Because it’s owned by the Concerto Group, it has large economies of scale, too, with access to some of the best production teams, caterers and entertainers in the city.

2. Picturesque riverside location, away from the hustle and bustle

Winchester House overlooks the Thames, and even has its own garden which is regularly hired for parties and weddings in the warmer months. Compared to the big skyscrapers of London’s financial district, and the bustling West End, this area feels much more laid back and detached from the big city, even though it’s easily accessible from Zone 1 by tube.

3. Mouthwatering food

Like in all of our London Christmas party venues, guests at Winchester House can expect sensational cuisine from our trusted catering partner, Create. During the festive period last year, Create served 98,000 freshly baked bread rolls for its starters, 31,000 portions of 12-hour braised featherblade for its main, and about 10,000 pints of cream.

If that doesn’t amaze you, this innovative brand managed to serve a quarter of a million Christmas plates, and worked on 12 events simultaneously during its busiest day.

4. Top-notch theming and entertainment

This year, celebrate Gatsby Glamour at Winchester House, with a 1920’s-themed photo wall,  vintage baubles and atmospheric lighting emulating the vibrancy of the roaring ’20’s. Look forward to a magical winter wonderland, amazing entertainment, and hours of dancing as the DJ plays all the best festive songs and pop hits.

5. Great transport links

This London Christmas party space is only a short walk from Putney Bridge and its adjacent tube station, which is linked to the District line and has direct trains to Wimbledon and Earl’s Court. Winchester House is also just minutes from the Ruvigny Gardens bus stop on Lower Richmond Road, which has frequent buses to and from Hammersmith and Putney Common.

 

Interested in finding out more about Christmas parties at Winchester House?

Then get in touch with the friendly team at Venueseeker today to request a private viewing.

‘Best of British’ seasonal produce at The Lampery

Brand new restaurant and bar, The Lampery, has opened on Seething Lane, EC3. Located within Apex Hotel City of London, just a few minutes’ walk from Fenchurch Street Station, The Lampery offers a unique dining experience in the heart of historic London.

the lampery

Inspired by the ‘Best of British’ and locally-sourced produce, the restaurant and cocktail bar delivers an exceptional selection of seasonal dining options. From snack bites at the bar, to full courses in the restaurant, as well as an extensive wine, beer and cocktail menu, there’s something to suit everyone.

the lampery

The Lampery is named after one of Seething Lane’s most acclaimed former resident, Samuel Pepys. Pepys was the original food blogger and his favourite dish was none other than the Lampery Pye.

the lampery

The menu is seasonal, and currently includes roast herb-fed chicken, a range of steak options, lobster roll, grilled Dover sole and of course it would be criminal not to include the famous Lampery Pye (beef cheek, prunes, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove).

the lampery

Anyone who has already visited will have noticed (and for those yet to go, keep an eye out for) beautifully detailed illustrations across the menus, coasters and signage by Colombian illustrator Randy Mora. You can find out more about him here.

For bookings and the full menu, have a look at The Lampery website.

The Japan Centre Opens New Food Hall

The Japan Centre has opened a new flagship store and food hall on Panton Street, off Leicester Square.

We love all things Japanese so this new expanded offering is very exciting! It’s the ultimate one-stop-shop for all things Japanese, with a number of specialist food rooms, focusing on different foods, alongside all everything you expect to find in the Japan Centre. In addition, there’s a central, 100-seat food courtyard which would make an amazing space for Japanese-themed parties!

Of course the Japanese food you’ll find at the Japan Centre is top notch too – there’s a whole room just for miso, serving fresh miso and hard-to-find examples. There are also fresh and dry goods like seaweed, dashi and soy sauce. You can buy the freshest fish for making sashimi too.

There’s a dedicated tea room, where you can order tea by the gram and also try lots of different blends.

And if you really want to get the party started, don’t miss the sake room. There are loads of different styles to try and experts on hand to help you choose.

© Concerto Group Ltd 2017. Registered in England 2063425. Registered office: The Concerto Group Axe and Bottle Court 70 Newcomen St London SE1 1YT