Planning a Christmas party in London is no easy task, and if you’ve never done it before, you may not know the right questions to ask when choosing a venue. The right venue for a Christmas party can make or break the event, similar to picking a venue when planning your wedding. If the venue is too crowded, too cold, or provides terrible service while you’re there, you’re likely to spend most of the night trying to fix problems instead of having a good time. By asking a few questions, you can get a better idea of whether or not the venue can deliver the type of event you want to have.
Here are some of the questions you should ask before you book a venue for a holiday party:
Can I take a tour of the space?
Asking to take a tour of the space is a good idea even if you don’t plan to actually do it. If the venue’s team hesitates to let you come in and see the space, it can be a sign that there is a larger issue they are trying to keep from you. Perhaps the way the venue looks doesn’t match the photos they use to advertise, or maybe they are having work done that may not be totally done in time for your event.
How many people can you accommodate?
Instead of offering the number of people you are planning to bring, ask what the maximum capacity of the space is first. This way you can be sure that the venue is not exaggerating how many people they can fit to get your booking. Remember to ask if there will be space for important elements, such as a bar and dance floor.
What kind of food will you be serving?
Some venues offer a “Chef’s Choice” menu, so you do not get a specific idea of what you’ll be eating before you arrive. If you opt for this kind of menu, ask for examples of what the chef has served in the past. In some cases, you can call the venue the day before to get a more specific idea of what will be served.
How many events like this have you hosted in the past?
You don’t want your party to be this venue’s first attempt at hosting a party. Many issues can arise on the day of your event that a new venue is not prepared to deal with, like issues with the food, or a shortage of staff. If they are a new venue, ask about the experience they have in previous venues or with hosting parties in the past. This can help you get an idea of what type of event they are prepared to handle.
These are just a few things to consider as you search for Christmas Party Venues London. Keep these considerations in mind as you plan, and you’re sure to have a Christmas party that all of your guests will enjoy.