Planning your next event and looking for some ideas? Whether you’re considering a conference or a summer party, here’s some advice on how to make sure it’s a success.


Here are our top tips on how to plan your event successfully:


1 – Start planning early


The key to successful event planning is to pick and choose your venue and suppliers as early as possible. It’s not uncommon for people to book summer parties more than six months in advance, and many companies book prime dates for Christmas parties (i.e. the last Friday before Christmas Day) up to a year in advance. You may also get discounts for booking well ahead, and it will be easier to make adjustments when you have more time.


2 – Choose the right venue


Pick a venue that will help you make the best impact. For example, if you’re planning an elaborate theme like a beach party or a fancy-dress charity ball, consider a blank canvas event venue in London that can be easily tailored to different layouts.


Make sure the venue has enough space for the number of people you plan to invite. Remember that the capacity of a standing reception will much be higher than a seated dinner, and other factors such as the event layout and equipment can also impact on the capacity.


3 – Indoors, outdoors, or both?


Choosing an indoor space will ensure your event goes ahead come rain or shine. However, if it’s warm and sunny, your guests may prefer to spend their time outdoors rather than being cooped up inside.

We all know how fickle the British weather can be. This spring, we’ve had everything from snow and ice to temperatures as high as 29 degrees Celsius and the warmest London Marathon on record. Therefore, depending on your event, you might want to choose somewhere with indoor and outdoor space so you can have the best of both worlds. A marquee venue will do just the trick.


4 – Choose the right theme


Think of a theme that your guests will appreciate. For example, would they prefer a live music act or an impressionist for their entertainment? Perhaps they’ll be more comfortable with an informal buffet theme where they can easily move around, or a formal seated dinner? There’s no harm in asking your guests first so you can get an idea of what they want and expect from the event.


Because we’re part of the Concerto Group, we’ll give you access to the best suppliers in London to ensure your event runs smoothly throughout.


Get in touch to find out more


If you’re interested in booking one of our London event venues, call or e-mail us so we can arrange a viewing. Alternatively, fill in our online enquiry form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Now fully soundproofed, City Central is perfect for all kinds of special occasions. Here are some event ideas to crank up the volume!

5 event types to crank up the volume

1 – High-impact corporate conferences

With state-of-the-art sound, lighting and technology guaranteed, we’ll make sure you get your messages across to every guest so you can make the biggest impact.

2 – Unforgettable awards ceremonies

We’ll give you a fantastic awards ceremony with the best production equipment available. With soundproofing, we can crank up the volume so your guests never miss a word.

3 – Dazzling dance acts

Treat your guests to a showstopping event by booking a top dance act at this luxury London events venue. We can give you some of the biggest names in the industry, including renowned West End dance acts, all complemented with stunning sound and lighting.

4 – Fantastic live music shows

We can also provide you with acclaimed singers and musicians that will get everyone on the dance floor in no time. With soundproofing, guests at City Central will benefit from outstanding acoustics, whether our entertainers are drumming like Ringo Starr or playing the electric guitar like Jimi Hendrix. That means acts at this London events venue won’t be subject to strict noise regulations, which can prevent them from using certain types of instruments (such as guitar and bass amplifiers).

5 – Magical Christmas parties

At the end of a working year, there’s no better time to let your hair down and relax with colleagues than at your workplace Christmas party. This year, City Central at the HAC is celebrating Boogie Wonder Nights’, a glitzy ’70’s theme with everything from disco balls to dodgems and glitter balls to lava lamps. So dance the night away while the DJ cranks up the volume to all the best hits of the bygone era.

Get in touch today. Whether you’re planning an awards ceremony, a Christmas party, or any other special event at our events venues in London or elsewhere, let us know and we can arrange a viewing.