Words from the wise | Wellington Arch

26 June 2017

Ideally, what would you like clients to have thought about before arriving for a site visit?

Wellington Arch is such a unique venue and clients are always surprised about what you can do within the spaces. It’s very helpful if clients come with lots of questions – a showround is a great opportunity to look at all the possibilities so that we can help you realise your vision for the event.

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Words from the wise | British Museum

13 March 2017

Ideally, what would you like clients to have thought about before arriving for a site visit?

Additional costs

They need to know their rough schedule. This is necessary as time frame is not always covered in the standard hire period of 08:00-17:00. Many clients like to begin a conference at 08:00 but only have access to the venue from this time. Should clients need to have access outside the standard hire period, we are happy to be flexible depending on your requirements.

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Words from the Wise | Guildhall

9 January 2017

Every month we ask for some wise words from one of our lovely venues. This month we chatted to the lovely team at Guildhall about their loves and aspirations for the venue:

What are the best things that you have seen done in the space?

As a Grade I listed venue, it is surprising that we don’t have very many restrictions when it comes to working in our spaces. This gives clients a creative license to do as much or as little as they want to.

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Words from the wise | Porchester Hall

13 December 2016

Words from the wise Porchester Hall

How can clients help themselves to get the best rates?

Watch out for special availability deals throughout the different seasons of the year. Make sure you always ask what the perks are of using the venues’ recommended suppliers. For example, we offer free kitchen hire if you use our recommended caterers.

 

What are the best things that you have seen done in the space?

David Gilmore’s birthday party was pretty extravagant – the size of the production was vast and the celebs that attended were FAB!

 

What would you love to see done?

Restore the original 1920s granite & marble flooring that is under the red carpet staircase (I heard this may happen in Jan but shhhh).

 

What’s the best way that someone can sell the venue to their boss?

Firstly give them a swift G&T….just kidding! Seriously the venue is so flexible and offers something different than other hotel groups and theatres. We are capped at 450 banqueting and 600 standing for a concert, however if the numbers are within our limits we can host pretty much all types of events.

 

What do you wish people would consider before arriving for a site visit?

Remember we are primarily dry hire, so the venue is not setup all the time. Sometimes clients will turn up and want to see the venue fully setup for a 450 banquet with AV and catering, and we simply cannot do this – only on specific open days.

Words from the wise | From the lovely people at Two Temple Place

24 November 2016

Two Temple Place

 

How can clients help themselves to get the best rates?

Use their event time wisely. Think carefully about the type of event, the format and the time actually required in the venue.

 

What are the best things that you have seen done in the space?

The house was recently turned into a lavish 1920s speakeasy, complete with bespoke dance floor and golden palm trees! It was absolutely spectacular.

 

What would you love to see done?

A catwalk fashion show – the Great Hall would be perfect for showing off some fabulous clothes.

 

What’s the best way that someone can sell the venue to their boss?

Bring the boss/key decision-maker to the site visit. Once they’ve seen the venue, it’s very hard to resist it’s opulent yet intimate feel.

 

What do you wish people would consider before arriving for a site visit?

Have a clear idea of the aims and details of the event, so that they can really visualise it in the spaces. Also know about any special requests in advance, and understand the criteria for selecting the event space (cost factors, locations, facilities etc).

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