Organising a networking event in Holborn
There are many reasons why Holborn is a perfect choice for hosting a networking session. It’s close enough to the centre of London that it’s relatively easy to reach, but far enough away that it’s not in the heart of the action. This makes it a more relaxed place to meet and chat than somewhere like Covent Garden might be.
It’s also got great transport links, with both Russell Square and Chancery Lane tube stations nearby, and plenty of buses plying their trade along Kingsway and High Holborn. If you’re travelling from further afield, Euston station is only 10 minutes away by foot.
Holborn is full of venues that can host networking events. You'll find everything from contemporary bars and restaurants to unique spaces that make a fantastic impression on guests.
Why networking is an investment
Networking does not happen by accident. It takes a deliberate strategy and effort to build relationships, so it is important to think about how you can get the most out of your networking efforts.
You can approach networking in much the same way you would an investment. If you thought about what you wanted to get out of it, then made a plan and put in some time and effort, you are more likely to succeed.
Before you start networking, ask yourself: 'What do I want from my network?' This could include contacts with potential employers or partners, information about new job opportunities or businesses who need your services.
You should also think about how quickly you might want results. After all, networking is a long-term investment. While meeting someone for the first time will rarely land you a job or a contract on the spot, it may help in future when they have a position available or are looking for advice.
There are many ways to build a network – whether that's online through social media or offline at events, conferences and exhibitions.
How to pick the right venue for your event
Networking events are a great way to build your business and cultivate relationships with other business owners. Whether you're hosting the event or attending one, it's vital that your event is memorable in some way. While the decorations featuring your logo can be a nice touch, nothing says "I'm serious about business" like the kind of venue that will make you feel comfortable and welcome.
How can you choose the best venue for your event? There are a few key factors to consider:
Size. The size of the event is important because it can affect seating arrangements and other aspects of planning. The more people attending, the harder it is to divide them up into small groups. However, if there are too many people at the event, you'll be swamped by attendees and spend too much time greeting each guest individually (not to mention struggling to keep everyone organised). If there are too few attendees, then you'll need an overflow room so that people can mingle while waiting for others to show up.
Atmosphere. This should be taken into account when choosing a venue because if you want something that feels relaxed and welcoming, then a hotel or conference centre might not be the best choice. If you're looking for something more formal and stuffy, then a banquet
Catering. Check whether there are food options available for your attendees because this can make things easier for you and save you time working on your presentation instead of preparing food yourself. Don’t forget to double-check allergies and other food preferences.
Our top 3 favourite venues in Holborn for networking
Networking events can be a really useful way to meet new people and get your business out there. Whether you're hosting a networking event or attending, here are the top three venues in Holborn for networking events.
1. 1989 Clubhouse
The 1989 Clubhouse is a premium private members club and venue that provides opportunities for creativity and collaboration. This venue is great for hosting networking events as it has multiple spaces available for hire that are suitable for any size of event.
2. Brasserie Blanc
Brasserie Blanc is the perfect venue if you want to host a more formal networking event. With its delicious French food and extensive drinks menu, this venue makes the ideal choice if you want to impress potential clients and collaborators.
Lockes is an amazing wine bar located on Great Queen Street close to Chancery Lane, just two minutes away from Holborn station. Lockes provides the perfect space in which to meet with other professionals in a relaxed atmosphere.
Booking the perfect space for a networking event
Booking the perfect space for a networking event is as easy as 123! Start out with just browsing these great options, other similar areas like Shoreditch or Soho, and similar venue types like drinks reception venues. Whenever you see something you fancy you can shortlist it with the heart icon in the upper right corner. This way you’re keeping track of all your favourites in your shortlist from where you can send out all enquiries at the same time when you have a good number of options.
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