Be The Office Hero

Not all heros wear capes

Event organisation – whether it’s part of your job description or something you’ve volunteered to do to earn some extra brownie points, we’ve rounded up a list of tips, tricks and hacks to help you arrange the perfect event, not matter what the occasion.

1.Don’t be shy about asking for help

When it comes to corporate events not matter what the size, it’s always useful to have a few extra pairs of hands to help out. Just because you’ve sought help from a few additional sources doesn’t mean your boss will feel you’re incapable or inefficient. In fact they’ll probably be impressed with your initiative and project management skills! So whether you gather a crack squad committee or rope in the office intern, remember to keep briefs tight with clear deadlines to make sure your event is as smooth and stress free as possible.

2.Do know when and when not to leverage your brand name and company rep

If you work for a well known brand or big business sometimes it’s better to keep shtum when enquiring about venue hire. Greedy venues have been known to hike up the price for big corporates when actually private hire is normally a fraction of the price. To avoid inflated fees an insider tip is to initially enquire as an individual, obtain a quote and the use this as a point of reference when enquiring on behalf of your company. However, sometimes your business can be a big bargaining tool, especially if a venue is new and they want to add an impressive brand to their client list. So think carefully about whether your brand is going to be a hindrance or a help in affecting the price tag of your event.

3.Don’t be afraid to bargain

Let’s be clear, we’re not suggesting that you haggle over every detail but you’ll be surprised just how much you can save on your event if you’re brave enough to bargain. We’ve seen venues waiver booking fees, knock down catering quotes and throw in an extra services, all thanks to a bit of bargaining. Before you begin, we suggest you work out the tools you have in your arsenal and pinpoint the area you want to bargain on. Stay polite, stay strong and save some £s.

4.Do ask friends for freebies and seek sponsors

Not everyone has the luxury of big budgets but that doesn’t mean you can’t host a memorable event. Sponsorship of corporate events is incredibly common. Many businesses are only to willing to be an event sponsor – for them it’s an opportunity for their brand to reach a new audience or be associated with a good cause. If you’re thinking about sponsorship we recommend you have a clear idea of sponsorship opportunities and their associated benefits before you approach a business. What’s your ask and what will you offer in return? Be sure to allow plenty of time to arrange sponsorship – no one likes last minute begging. For those really on a shoestring, considering asking friends (especially those in PR) whether they are able to donate or help out.

5.Do save time by using a venue discovery and booking platform

Finding the perfect space or venue for a work event is an all too familiar conundrum. Thankfully you no longer need to trawl through Google or spend vast amounts of money on events agencies. Venue discovery and booking websites, like VenueScanner, save you time and money by enabling you to easily search, compare, enquire and book venues all in one place.

6.Don’t forget about transportation
It may come as a surprise to you but one of the key factors that impacts whether a guest will attend an event is the ease in which they can get and from it. You may think the promise of a free cocktail bar in a quirky venue will have the RSVPs flooding in (and yes it will) but if it’s not easy to get to you may find you don’t get as many guests on the night. If you’re unable to find a suitable space close to good public transport links, perhaps considering laying on buses or organising a fleet of taxis.

7.Do end the night with some H2O

If you really want to be the office hero then swoop in to the rescue with bottles of water at the end of the night to help your colleagues avoid the dreaded hangover It’s a simple final act that is guaranteed to impress the boss.

London’s Best Rooftop Venues

Gone are the days of wet winds and gloomy grey clouds. The sky now filled of salmon pink rays ready to glaze the hairs on our skin. Summer is coming! It’s not often us Londoners get the chance to rejoice about British weather, so whilst the sun is still shining why not wine, dine and move your waistline at some of the best rooftop venues London has to offer. Ditch the mundane office space and opt for an al fresco team building session at some of the best London rooftop venues. We’ve selected five of the hottest rooftop venues which are perfect for any occasion. 

1)Roof Gardens

Hooray the sun is shining, but let us not be fooled by the sun, with British weather we can experience all four seasons within 24 hours. But not to fear! At the Roof Gardens you can enjoy the beauty of a scenic roof top venue and still be well equipped for our ever-changing weather. The Roof Garden’s terrace is lined with heaters, and they’ll also offer you blankets. Sounds like a win-win, ay? And that’s only one of the reasons why Roof Garden is in our top 5! When it comes down to scenery there is no denying Roof Garden’s natural beauty. And in terms of versatility, well whether it’s a business meeting, disco, Barmitzvah or wedding, Roof Garden’s does it all!

2)  Radio Rooftop

If you’re a photographer or someone who appreciates breathtaking views you’re definitely in for a treat with this one! With arguably one of the best panoramic views of London, Radio Rooftop is a stunning venue to say the least. Situated on the 10th floor of the ME London hotel, Radio Rooftop has dazzling views across the River Thames. It will come as no surprise that this venue is extremely popular so booking beforehand is crucial! With being such an elite venue, prices are on the slightly higher side, but definitely one worth paying for. You know that old saying about somethings being ‘once in a lifetime’, this venue was definitely made for it.

3) The Driver, Roof Terrace

Fancy some sunshine in the city? If so, The Driver, Roof Terrace is exactly what you’ve been looking for. Whether, you’re wanting a day of relaxation and serenity, or rather a day full of fun and entertainment, this hidden gem located in King’s Cross is a versatile venue. With the opportunity for private hire, and great transportation links this venue is also great for corporate events. Everything’s more fun in the sun!

4) Rumpus Room|South Bank Rooftop Bar

Proving there’s nothing quite like ‘the good old days’, Rumpus room is a flash back to a time where partying was a lifestyle. Inspired by The Bright Young Things, the rooftop bar Rumpus Room emulates the raunchy British 1920s era. The bar located on the 12th floor of the Mondrian Hotel is the perfect place to sip on some cocktails with some of your fellow socialites. Everyone loves a great party!

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5) Coq D’argent

Last but definitely not least, we present to you Coq D’argent. Situated in the heart of London City, Coq D’argent is no stranger to picturesque views of some of London’s prettiest Landmarks. Serving an all day delicious French menu and some equally as delicious curated wine, Coq D’argent is perfect for both corporate and private celebratory events. And guess what… between me and you, there’s also a secret garden, but shhh… we never told you.