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What's a banquet without food, glorious food? When it comes to your magnificent meal you want to be spoilt for choice. Whether your guests are sitting down to a five-course degustation menu, sampling street food or enjoying bite-size banquet offerings, choosing the right menu for your event is key. Banquet food should be mouth-watering not boring, so keep fantastic feasting at the forefront of your mind when choosing your banqueting house.

 

Typically, your venue will provide catering. If your venue doesn't offer this service or you want to limit costs, alternative options to consider include non-traditional catering (like food trucks), sponsored catering or DIY catering.

 

When planning your banquet, remember to think carefully about what type of banquet service you’d like, such as a sit-down meal or food stations, as each has its own pluses and minuses. Sit-down style is appropriate for formal events, including weddings, while more casual options, like buffet-style and table d'hôte, are great for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and networking events.

 

Celebrating your big day with a sumptuous spread? Whether you’re dreaming of farm-to-table fare or a traditional Chinese wedding banquet, wedding feasts have come a long way from the chicken or fish options of old. Food trucks, speciality carts and bars, sharing plates and dessert tables are all bang on trend, with many couples opting for locally sourced, personalised menu offerings.

 

Banquet trends:

  • Fusion menus that marry flavours from different cultures – this is a great option for a multicultural wedding

  • Themed banquets that bring events to life – popular themes include The Great Gatsby, Downton Abbey and Thanksgiving

  • Decorative and tasty creative desserts, like donut walls, macaron towers and crepe cakes

  • Candlelit dinners that add a touch of magic to a festive feast, especially at Christmas

 

Most popular types of banquets

  • State banquets and functions

  • Formal dinners

  • Wedding banquets

  • Themed banquets

  • Conferences, meetings and training sessions

  • Hawaiian luaus

  • Gala dinners and charity events

  • Christmas dinners and parties

 

Finding the perfect place for your banquet can seem daunting, as you'll need to balance your budget while booking a venue with the amenities that'll make your event sparkle. Luckily, we're here to make this task hassle-free. Our advanced venue search engine showcases the most sought after banqueting houses right here in London, so you can focus on your main priority – making your event great.

 

Want to plan your banquet like a pro? Aim to secure your banqueting suite as soon as possible because the most popular locations sell out up to one year in advance. It's also helpful to have several workable dates in mind when you enquire about a banquet venue.

 

Planning a banquet on a tight budget? It's worth remembering that community centres, parish halls and function rooms are often much cheaper than a banquet hall, hotel or conference centre. Here at #tagvenue, we list a range of alternative events spaces for hire, so it's easy to find an affordable place for your celebration.


Some helpful hints for organising your banquet:

  • Preparing your guest list is an important step toward establishing a budget

  • Allocate the bulk of your budget to venue hire, catering and entertainment

  • Check if your catering team provides hospitality staff

  • Consider whether to provide a dress code, like black tie, formal or fancy dress

  • Check whether you can get a discount from your venue by taking care of some of the details yourself, like catering, decorating or setting up, or by holding your banquet on a weekday

  • Schedule presentations throughout the meal so guests don't have to sit for long periods without talking

  • Send invitations six to eight weeks before your event

  • Pay attention to details because it's those little touches that'll have your guests talking for years to come

 

Whether you hire a whole restaurant in Covent Garden, a banquet hall with a garden for a Muslim wedding ceremony, or an affordable function room in Greater London, #tagvenue can help you plan a banquet event that goes off with a bang.

Details to keep in mind when booking a space for your banquet:

  • Your budget

  • Whether the venue can accommodate the number of guests you expect

  • The best seating arrangement for your needs (banquet, U-shape, cabaret, etc.)

  • What style of venue your require (a fine dining restaurant with silver service, a semi-formal banquet hall with a dance floor, etc.)

  • If the location is convenient (whether it has good public transport connections, on-site parking, a valet service, etc.)

  • Any facilities you require, like lighting, disability access, a sound system, slide show projector, kitchen or a grand staircase for pictures

  • The venue's cancellation policy

  • Catering options and licences, like whether the venue has an alcohol licence or can cater to special dietary requirements (halal, kosher, gluten free, vegan, etc.)

  • What type of food you’d like (modern British, Afghan, Chinese, Indian, etc.)

  • What type of bar you’d like (open bar, limited bar, white bar, etc.)

  • The type of banquet service that will work best (silver service, sit-down service, buffet service, station service, passed-tray service, etc.)

  • Entertainment options, like a DJ, live music, stand-up comedy, circus acts, magicians, fortune tellers, etc.

  • Whether there are any vendor restrictions in terms of decorations, noise or photography

  • Event insurance

  • Whether you need a wet weather plan – this is a must for banquets held outdoors or in a marquee


Banqueting has hit the mainstream once again. Whether you're planning an award event, wedding reception or foodie feast, #tagvenue is here to help make your big night a success. Want to find out why food and the capital are a perfect pairing? Organise your next banquet event with #tagvenue.

 

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Banqueting is back! We have a fantastic selection of banquet halls for your special event. No matter if you’re organising a corporate dinner or the quintessential British banquet, great banqueting is all about doing something a little out of the ordinary. The act of enjoying a communal feast naturally brings people together, which explains why banquets are dominating event calendars all over the country. Whether you’ve got grand plans or aren’t quite sure where to begin, discovering the right banqueting hall for your outstanding banquet event all starts here.