Planning a networking event in Mayfair
Mayfair is one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, offering a variety of luxury hotels, restaurants and bars. Many venues tend to be smaller in scale, but there are also some larger spaces available for hire here. It's ideal for networking as the venues are impressive and the area is so central. It’s also home to London’s most famous park – Hyde Park.
The prestigious location can mean prices are higher than in other areas of London and it’s quite a popular area with the business community so make sure you’ve got plenty of time before it’s time for your event.
What to think about when planning a networking event
Networking events are a great way to bring people together who share common interests or goals. However, if you’re considering hosting or planning an event of your own, it’s important that you make sure your event is as successful as possible.
When planning an event, there are many things that you should think about. One of the most important things to take into consideration is how you will be curating your guest list: while it can be tempting to invite everyone and anyone that you know, it’s best to keep the group as small and intimate as possible.
Another important thing to consider when planning a networking event is how long it will be and whether or not there will be activities during the event itself. Many people find that the best networking events are those that don't just allow for conversation but also include some sort of activity for those involved to participate in.
Finally, when planning an event, don’t forget about finding the perfect venue! The location in which your networking event takes place can have a huge impact on its success: if you're trying to plan a more casual, relaxed get together in someone's home or office building, this may work out well — but you should also consider other options such as big halls or in a restaurant.
What to look for in a networking venue
The type of venue that's perfect for your event, of course, depends on what you're planning and the size of your guestlist. But with little exception, most networking venues need a good amount of space, a great location, and reasonable catering options.
Here are some of our best advice when looking for a networking venue:
Event space – Even if your event is small, it's important to have access to more than one room in case the main area gets too crowded. And if you plan to have any kind of entertainment or speaker, make sure the space is large enough to accommodate your guests comfortably.
Location – Look for venues in convenient locations that are close to public transportation and easy to reach from major highways. The last thing you want is for people not to be able to find where they're going because it's hidden away somewhere inconvenient!
Parking options – Venues that are located near public transportation may not have parking available for attendees' cars. If this is the case, make sure there are nearby parking lots where people can leave their cars while they attend your event.
Catering options – Ask about catering options when choosing a venue. If you're having an all-day networking event, you'll want food and beverages available throughout the event so make sure there are plenty of refreshments available.
Our favourite venues for hosting a networking event in Mayfair
If you're looking for a venue to host an industry or networking event in Mayfair, you won't struggle to find one. There are many beautiful and unique venues that are perfect for such occasions.
You have many great venue options here but our three absolute favourites when it comes to networking in and around Mayfair are House of Fine Art, The Scotch of St James, and Willows on the Roof.
We know each very well as we've had the privilege of working in them all!
House of Fine Art – There really is no better place to hold a networking event than House of Fine Art Gallery London. From the moment you walk through its doors, you're surrounded by stunning artworks. It's a truly amazing space with plenty of room for networking events of any size or type.
The Scotch of St James – Another fabulous venue worthy of mention is The Scotch of St James, which is located on Mason's Yard in Mayfair. This is a fantastic option if you want to be able to have many different spaces your guests can walk between.
Willows on the Roof – Willows on the roof is a lovely venue situated on top of one of London’s best-kept secrets; a fully functioning urban rooftop farm. The space is ideal for those looking for something out of the ordinary for their next corporate event – providing the perfect spot for entertaining guests or hosting meetings in style.
Booking a venue with VenueScanner
Browsing VenueScanner is a great way to start finding and booking the venue that’s perfect for your event. Start by simply browsing the options here, and on similar ones like private dining spaces or networking venues all over Central London. Whenever you find something you like, click on the heart icon in the upper right corner to shortlist it. As you find more options, add them to your shortlist too. When you have a good couple of venues to choose from you head over to your shortlist and send out all your enquiries at the same time. When you get replies, it’s easy to compare them against each other to make sure you choose the one that’s perfect for your event.
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