Planning your team away day in Waterloo
There is a lot of debate about what makes for a great team away day and the best place to host one. We think Waterloo is a great place to host your next away day!
If you want somewhere central in London then Waterloo is a fantastic location as it's right in the heart of London and has excellent transport links. It's also situated right on the Southbank of the Thames which means there are plenty of amazing venues and activities to choose from and if you're looking for something quirky there are loads of hidden gems and quirky bars.
We love to get our team out of the office and into a different environment. But we also want to make sure that we're not wasting our time with 'team-building' exercises that aren't going to make us better at what we do day to day. That’s why we’ve collected these venues that will actually help you and the team bond and reconnect.
What to think about when planning a team away day
When planning a team away day it's important to consider three things: your goals, what your team enjoys and the schedule for the day.
First, think about what you want to achieve by doing a team away day. Is it to get your team working better together? Or is it more about rewarding them for their hard work? It might be both! Regardless it's important that you've established this before you start planning the event and booking a venue.
Next, think about what your team enjoys. Do you have any ideas from previous events? Or maybe you've got some new data from an anonymous survey you did? If not, then just ask them! At the end of the day, a team away day is for the team and if they don't enjoy it it's a waste of both time and money.
Finally, think about the schedule for the day. Are there any activities that have to happen in certain places? How long do you want the event to last? What's your budget? What are the timings for lunch and dinner etc.? This is going to affect your choice of venue so choose carefully.
What to think about when looking for a venue in Waterloo
Finding the perfect venue for your event can be a daunting task. From finding the right location to considering catering options, venue vibe, and size of the venue; it is important to find a venue that not only best suits your needs but also matches your personal style.
Catering Options – Food is an essential component of many events and finding a venue that is able to provide quality catering or has access to good catering options can save you time and stress. When looking at venues, consider what menus they offer or if they have local catering partners they work with. This will help you decide if the venue is able to fulfil all of your catering needs. A good team away day isn't complete without food, not just because people are more creative when they're not hungry but also because it's a good opportunity to get some breaks in. Both of these things are going to make your team happier and more productive.
General Vibe – The overall vibe of the venue is another important factor to consider when choosing the right venue for your event. If you are hosting a sit-down Christmas party you may want to choose a more formal setting, whereas if you are hosting a corporate retreat you might prefer something more relaxed. Deciding on what type of vibe will best suit your event will help make your decision easier!
Size of Venue – It is also important to consider how many people will be attending. This might sound like a given but many people don't think about how much it narrows down your choices. It's not just important to have enough room for everyone, it's also not a good idea to book a venue that's too big as it'll feel empty.
Our favourite venues in Waterloo for hosting a team away day
There are so many great venues for hosting a team away day in Waterloo, but we've chosen our top three for you to consider.
New Yorker Gallery – This beautiful space is perfect for those looking to host a team away day with an intimate feel to it. The venue is ideal for board meetings and company off-sites yet has a homely feel to it. The gallery features a stylish interior with antique furniture and quirky art, while floor-length windows allow guests to enjoy views of Waterloo Bridge.
SAMA Bankside – Located in the heart of South Bank, this vibrant restaurant is perfect for any team away day. It has been designed with an industrial feel and features exposed brickwork and metal beams, which are complemented by bold splashes of colour throughout the space. With a capacity of up to 350 people, it's a top choice for bigger businesses wanting to make an impression.
Limin' Beach Club – This one is definitely our favourite! Located on the South Bank, this venue is inspired by beaches around the world and brings the Caribbean beach club vibe to Central London. With a capacity of 150 people, it's great for medium-sized groups with plenty of space to accommodate the team. The venue also has its own private bar and an amazing sound system so you can get the party started!
How to book a venue
It’s so simple to book a venue with VenueScanner you could do it in your sleep. First, you just browse through the many great options of team away day venues in Waterloo. If you want more options you can have a look at team away days in Holborn, Soho, and Clapham too. Whenever you see something you like you can use the heart icon to shortlist it. When you’ve got a good few options it’s time to head over to your very own shortlist where you can send out all enquiries at once. This way VenueScanner saves you both time and money in the process of finding the perfect venue.
There are also plenty of other venue types for corporate events like summer parties, meetings, and drinks receptions. If you want help or have any questions you can always contact us at email@example.com.
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