Best Party Venue 2018
Banqueting House was specially created for entertaining in 1622 and is the only remaining part of what was ‘The Palace of Whitehall’ which burned to the ground in 1698. The palace has a heritage for entertaining heads of state and international ambassadors and in more recent years has become a landmark venue for parties held by corporate clients, charities and milestone events for private wealth clients.
Steeped in history, the Main Hall is a spectacular space. Accessed by passing through an elegant entrance hall and ascending a grand staircase, the Main Hall is framed by magnificent classical pillars, which lead the eye to the breath-taking sight of Ruben’s dramatic ceiling painting. With glittering chandeliers, the space is large, light and open enough to accommodate large parties, but can be deftly transformed to provide a more intimate feel with a few well-placed decorations.
The Undercroft was designed for James I and his friends to entertain themselves away from the public eye and is an intimate, atmospheric setting amongst vaulted arches. The space can be transformed by changing the colour of the lights to bright pinks, purples or blues for a fun party vibe, perfect for live entertainment and a dancefloor.
Bounce Ping Pong
Since its launch in 2012, the Bounce concept has been widely regarded by the hospitality industry as a game-changer in social entertainment venues, combining three different crucial elements: a bar, a restaurant and an entertaining activity – all set against award-winning design. Bounce was the first to offer such an immersive experience, taking the humble Ping Pong table from the back corner of a bar to the forefront of the venue, while creating an intricately considered and currently unrivalled leisure experience.
This coming September, Bounce, Farringdon will be undergoing a new refurbishment to celebrate its sixth birthday, adding even more colour, life and energy into their venue. The team will also be creating new and innovate party surprises which will be announced very soon.
Cirque Le Soir
We are thrilled and honoured to have been shortlisted and we’re looking forward to what’s to come.
Cirque has been operating for 9 years with our 10th anniversary on the horizon. The brand has developed into the leading late night venue in London, a place that corporate clients and locals aspire to visit, whilst being spoken about and reported on the world over. We have built a global following, as we continue to challenge the status quo of creative boundaries within the events industry, creating new memories and new contents week on week.
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Institute of Contemporary Arts is an iconic venue located on The Mall, just a short walk from Buckingham Palace and Downing Street. It is a creative and culturally significant building with two Regency rooms, a fully equipped Theatre and Cinema spaces available for wide range of events. While enjoying breath-taking views from three balconies overlooking St. James’s Park, Big Ben and London Eye – it is a spectacular location to sip champagne and to host a party.
The ICA is exclusively partnering with Arnold and Henderson, who run highly acclaimed Rochelle Canteen, based in Shoreditch’s Rochelle School, now also at the ICA. Melanie Arnold & Margot Henderson have been organising parties and celebrations for over 25 years and no brief is too big or too small for their in-house team to throw a spectacular event from start to finish.
Madame Tussauds London
Madame Tussauds London, with its historical charm, was founded in 1835 on Baker Street and has been on its current site on Marylebone Road since 1884. Since the last century, it has been an events venue hosting the likes of Queen Victoria and her family for afternoon tea. It has kept up to date with the latest faces in pop-culture, music, sport, fame and history and in turn, the venue itself has been given the ‘red carpet’ treatment.
Madame Tussauds isn’t just a venue for hosting excellent corporate and private events. It has extra elements and takes guests on a journey through history and popular culture. Its roster of talent is constantly being updated and improved with bigger and better exhibitions year on year.
At Merlin, the fun and the magic is at the heart of all we do across our business. For events, we want to work with the client as closely and carefully as possible to ensure they and their guests have the best event and as much fun as they can at Madame Tussauds. We strive to make the pre-event planning simple, streamlining the process for them and giving them a dedicated, experienced events manager.
Oval Space is a multi-purpose venue with over 5000 square feet of unobstructed statement space, in a unique London setting. Our location adjacent to the iconic Bethnal Green gasholders, along with the volume of space we offer and the versatility of our layout, have helped us become one of the capital’s most in-demand event destinations.
Oval Space is used for all kinds of events from corporate functions, product launches, fashion shows, through to small and large-scale stills, TV and film shoots.
With a location close to Shoreditch and an experienced on-site management team to help with all aspects of your event, Oval Space ticks all the boxes for corporate functions. Working closely with a preferred list of suppliers, we can furnish all your production needs from AV lighting and draping through to catering, bar management and security.
Puttshack has entered the London Venue Awards in the category of ‘Best Party Venue’, following their highly successful launch in June.
White City is a ‘world’s first’ social entertainment concept, using ground-breaking patented technology to catapult the traditional game of mini golf into a cutting edge gaming phenomenon! Opening in West London, and brought to you by the same folks as the much loved Ping Pong concept, Bounce, Puttshack is a social hub with food, drink, plenty of mini golf and great music.
Puttshack features innovative technology which allows automatic point scoring, electronic live leaderboards, intuitive gameplay, and trackable performance history. The holes include Shuffle Up, Beer Pong, and the Prize Hole, sure to make a trip to Puttshack like nothing you’ve ever experienced.
But it’s not all about mini golf – the venue also houses a high design bar and restaurant serving the nation’s favourite guilty pleasures, vegetarian and vegan dishes, and some of the rarest rums in London Town.
Tobacco Dock and Skylight
We love a party! We have a wealth of spaces and facilities to put on events to remember, whether clients are looking for a fully-branded formal extravaganza or a relaxed gathering with drinks and games.
With indoor and outdoor spaces, enormous, high capacity rooms and atmospheric barrel-ceiling vaults, we can create events to fulfil the most exacting of briefs not mention lengthiest of guest lists. Our rooftop bar, Skylight, can host up to 600 party-goers and offers packages including use of the croquet lawns and pétanque courts or Europe’s only rooftop ice rink, depending upon the time of year.
Our in-house catering team, Tobacco Dock Food are seasoned professionals who specialise in creating outstanding menus for about as diverse a range of events as you could imagine. From street food to formal banquets and everything else besides, our team will work with closely with organisers to build the perfect menu.
Our Christmas party season saw almost 20,000 festive revellers celebrating with world class entertainment, award-winning catering and premium drinks offering. This year we’ll be expanding our offering still further. We have a variety of mixed night packages or clients can take advantage of exclusive hire to build a bespoke event.