1920s Americana; the flapper era; the roaring 20s; whatever you like to call it, the charm and appeal perfectly captured in The Great Gatsby has become one of the most popular themes for a party, and in particular, it lends itself perfectly to the glamour of a Ball. The best way to set the scene is to start by selecting the right venue.
Found in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, just a 5 minute walk from Sloane Square tube station, Chelsea Old Town Hall sits in a fantastic location. It should come as no surprise that this building – which dates back to the late Victorian era – has been used not only as a reception space for various events, but also a backdrop for filming and photography sessions in thanks to its beauty. Having been lovingly restored to bring all of its original features back to their former glory, it is an appropriately grand and atmospheric venue for a Ball.
Stepping into Drapers’ Hall will more than likely take your breath away. Steeped in history and with sense of presence that is nothing short of magical, the awe inspiring decorative ceilings, ornate walls, beautiful artwork and various original features would immediately let your guests know that they are in for a truly special evening. At just 7 minutes from Liverpool Street train station and with a good capacity of 700, it is an equally practical choice for your Ball, and with the world of Gatsby being all about excess and glamour, Drapers’ Hall is more than a match.
If you would like somewhere a little more intimate in size and yet no less grand in style and feel, then The Old Finsbury Town Hall could be just the venue you are looking for. Its 280 person maximum capacity is generous without being overwhelming, while the art nouveau interior of this Grade II listed building comes complete with wonderful touches, such as the original stained glass, elegant chandeliers and vintage styling throughout that feels just right for a Gatsby themed Ball. Located right in the heart of the city, it is easy to reach from throughout London.
With no less than 21 different but equally beautiful function rooms on offer at One Great George Street, you certainly won’t be short of space. In fact, there’s a maximum capacity of 700, with The Great Hall alone holding an impressive 400. Being in the popular area of Westminster in central London, the venue is at the heart of all the city’s buzz, making it easy to reach for those travelling from across the city or further field, with nearby transport links including Charing Cross train station, as well as St James’ Park and Westminster tube stations.