At 8 Northumberland Avenue we are incredibly passionate about events and love to explore the industry. We know what works and what doesn't and our blog is designed for you to follow our team as we explore the capital, the world beyond and see our top tips for successful events.
Summer outdoor events are great but what about when the weather doesn't go to plan or the catering is spoiled within the hour?
We share the best tips for working the room at your next networking event.
Standing up is important for many health reasons but how can you ensure guests are standing comfortably at your event?
We look into how and when countries and cultures outside the UK express love to one another.
After an uncertain 2017, we look at what 2018 could hold for the events industry.
Our event experts put together the ultimate awards planning timeline.
Image credit to VR Awards.
As humans expect more and more from technology, the demand for the best event tech is at it's highest.
Guests experienced the bright lights of The Neon Carnival and the magic of The Winter Circus.
In the last instalment of our conference series, we look at how you can turn a dull conference into an exciting event making guests return, year-after-year.
In the fourth part of our conference series, we look at the state-of-the-art tech that's changing the events industry.
We look at the effects food can have on your delegates and the recipes for the best superfoods to keep them engaged.
With a vast amount of venues on offer in London, we explain how you can find the perfect one for your next conference.
We break down into steps what you need to take into consideration when branding your conference.
We all know finding the perfect wedding date is a struggle but what about the season? Will you choose to go against the norm and choose a winter wedding?
Many companies have articulated a set of values that are unique to their culture and mission, but tangible and clearly outlined values that everyone can see and practice are not easy to accomplish.
We take a look at traditions from around the world for celebrating the New Year.
The growth of experiential events has skyrocketed recently, we look at how brands are utilising the trend.
From the temperature to your view out the window, small factors of your office space could be having an effect on how you and your colleagues work.
The excitement of receiving an invitation is a great feeling but when you're planning the event and sending them out, what's the most effective process?
Looking for fun food ideas for your next event? Why not try a themed food station?
Feeling daunted by the concept of GDPR? We explain everything you need to know.
We look into how to get the most engagement from your delegates at each step of the way.
No, it's not your linen.
Ensure your event is communicated sufficiently and effortlessly.
Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring. Read our top five favourite ways to get one of our five-a-day.
With so much to see and do in London, we narrow down the choice with our top 6 favourite things to do.
David Begbie artist of our mesh sculptures at 8 Northumerbland Avenue, showcases one of collaboration with art dealers Raccanello LePrince.
Raising money for charity is an honour, but it can be hard work too. Read our tips on maximising your final figure.
We share the secret to planning a high-quality event for a low cost.
When temperatures are reaching as high as 34 degrees, the last thing you want to deal with is a stuffy commute.
Hayley, our resident bride-to-be gives her tips for those all important finishing touches.
Our very own bride-to-be and wedding planning expert, Hayley Econemou, shares her top tips for sourcing your dream wedding venue.
Christmas time is our favourite time of the year. We deliver memorable Christmas party experiences for both dinner and lunch parties.
We start our 3 part series of wedding planning advice with how to start the planning process.
We share four great health benefits of eating asparagus.
The 31Practices approach turns the theory into a daily practice where the actions and behaviours are understood by all of us.
We look at how the events industry has adapted to the rise of vegetarian and vegan diets.
Top tips on making your Christmas party the most memorable yet.
Jascots Wine Merchants and WineEd visited the 8 Northumberland Avenue and AlchemyLive team to give further insight into wine pairing.
The May bank holiday is quickly approaching and our team of event professionals are looking forward to three full days of exploring London and all she has to offer from our base as a central London venue.
We’re delighted you have hired the finest venue in London, 8 Northumberland Avenue. We’re here to help you make your event a huge success
We share our best tips on avoiding the most common event pitfalls.
London. It’s the greatest city on earth. It‘s the city we call home and where 8 Northumberland Avenue has stood for over 150 years.
If you’re hosting an awards night in London it’s never too early to start the planning process.
London's most central venue is proud to be a part of the London Marathon! For the seventh year in a row we are the celebratory meeting point for the runners, families and friends of four amazing charities.
In the past 5 years there has been a significant rise in people wanting to spend less time commuting around London and rightly so.
8 Northumberland Avenue built in Holographic projection technology, Musion 3D is used in the French elections to great effect.
8 Northumberland Avenue share their top predictions for awards trends in 2017.
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As a celebration of launching Christmas 2017 we invited our guests for canapés, dinner and most importantly dessert.
Start the New Year with a conference and make the most of our package starting from £95 per person with healthy foods to boost the January resolutions.
Christmas is the one time of the year we can all indulge and not feel guilty. That is until January hits, the New Year’s resolutions are made and the gym memberships are bought.
Happy New Year from 8 Northumberland Avenue and our partners; AlchemyLive and Blue Hut Productions.
Here is all the information you need for your New Year's Eve at London's most central venue.
"Two years ago we used elaborate mood boards to showcase our Christmas party themes, last year a video and now we’re pushing the boundaries of immersive 3D Virtual Reality." Charles Boyd, Owner of 8 Northumberland Avenue
We love being a part of Christmas celebrations here at our events venue in central London. After the success of our A Winter’s Avenue Christmas theme last year, we wanted to review our favourite London markets.
Get ahead of the game with these 2017 predictions.
Introducing our newest tech solution to boost engagement at your conference.
Remember this famous tweet? We have put together our tips to get your event noticed on social media.
Here at London’s most central venue we decided to give Stoptober a twist. As the busy period kicks in at our events venue in central London, the team have less time to socialize so cutting out drinking wouldn’t be very difficult. We thought about what would be a real challenge? Sugar of course.
Take an organised step into the new year with a conference and kick-start the year for you and your delegates .
AlchemyLive's Head of Events, Ellie Barnard recently got married and it was fabulous yet personal. Ellie gives us her top tips to ensure your personality shines on your wedding day.
London Fashion Week is one of the greatest events in the calendar and is guaranteed to bring surprises every time. We asked the sales team for their highlights of the most stylish event in the UK.
Here at London’s most central venue, we understand that the struggle to get from lunch to the end of the day, without tucking into a packet of biscuits, is one of life's hardest.
September is here and at AlchemyLive that means the launch of our Autumn/Winter 2016 menus. The menus are designed to bring you warming and hearty food that’s substantial but still visually beautiful and above all, tastes amazing.
Are you wondering what to do whilst everyone else is on holiday? Our team give us their tips to making the most of British summer time in central London.
It’s that time of year again when the sun should be shining, we’re jetting off on holiday and eating too much ice cream. Soon you will be back to your hectic schedule of organising conferences and Christmas parties. Organise your New Year's Eve now before it's too late.
From finding the perfect venue to saving money on a wedding planner, we provide you with our top tips. We want to make sure you have everything covered!
Entertaining yet informative. Guests swam with sharks and listened to VR experts discuss how virtual reality is a natural evolution in communication.
Leading event technology and innovation partners 8 Northumberland Avenue and Eventopedia, this week announced the launch of London’s 1st immersive VR event experience to showcase how venue marketing can be taken to a new level, and how virtual reality can be a powerful tool for brand engagement.
We give our top tips on making a memorable large dinner in central London, from itinerary to invites we cover it all.
As recent winners of The Best Places to Work in Hospitality 2016 Catey’s award (the Oscar’s of the event’s industry), we want to share what makes us different from the rest here at London's most central venue.
Win an exclusive trip to visit Nyetimber’s vineyard, the oldest in the country. For over 25 years Nyetimber has had a single aim: to make the finest English sparkling wine, one to rival the very best in the world, including Champagne.
Finding the perfect venue space is a key factor when planning any exhibition. A wide open space, plenty of character and of course easy to find are just the starting points and here at 8 Northumberland Avenue we tick all the boxes.
With the event off-peak time of the year ahead, we give you some tips on how booking with us in June and July can have some huge advantages even on a tight budget.
Now there is more light at the end of the day, the sun is no longer such a stranger and we are anticipating winter relief with the sunlit seasons in clear view. Thankfully our partner AlchemyLive, are well prepared with their Spring/Summer menus to spur your senses and bring variety to your event.
Christmas is the busiest time of the year at 8 Northumberland Avenue. Everyone is working hard, but it’s up to AlchemyLive event managers like Nikki Daniels to turn months of painstaking planning into hours of faultless entertainment for each of her clients and their guests. Despite the frenetic pace of the run-up to Christmas, we managed to sit down with Nikki for a chat about what the next few weeks will hold.
What makes a truly great awards night? Is it the food? The location? Or (dare we say it) the cocktails? In truth, both none of them and all of them!
There are many reasons why 8 Northumberland Avenue is London’s top events space, but first and foremost this is down to our talented team of skilled professionals. We believe in not only recruiting the best people, but in nurturing our staff and supporting careers in the events industry through a number of work placements. So we're delighted to announce some recent promotions, plus the recruitment of three new staff members!
The Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year awards evening will take place at Central London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue on Tuesday 7 October. All age category winners will have a VIP makeover, and one overall winner will take home the most prestigious title in specs wearing at the grand finale.
Our May feature on The Business Moment online...
Musion shot into the public eye when the company ...
"What is your favourite colour and why?" written by Ross McGuinness (Writer of In Focus features at Metro)
January is the perfect time to throw out predictions for the upcoming year, and who better to play the odds than our events team? We asked what they thought would be the major conference and event trends for 2016.
Ellie Barnard, Head of Event specialists AlchemyLive, is getting married (congratulations!). While Ellie does her planning, we sneakily took the opportunity to ask her what 5 major wedding trends she sees coming this year.
Every year new foods and presentation styles appear as if by magic, while others fall away as if they had never been a big deal at all (remember kale?). This year we're pretty sure we know what'll be appearing on our collective plates...
8 Northumberland Avenue are the first London venue to launch their themes for Christmas 2016 with an Eat The Theme experiential event...
London’s most central venue won ‘Most Innovative and Tech Friendly Venue’ at a glittering awards ceremony for the Event Technology Awards on the 11th of November.
We recently received news that Charlotte Ivey and Ella Crowther have graduated from Gloucestershire and Leeds Beckett universities (respectively), with First Class Honours in their Event Management Degrees. We are absolutely delighted for them, not least because both Charlotte and Ella completed their event management placement years at 8 Northumberland Avenue!
If time-travel isn't your thing, you may be glad to learn that we've done lots of research to create this year's Christmas market theme at 8 Northumberland Avenue. So much research, in fact, that it would be a shame not to share our findings!
As far as we’re concerned, there aren’t many things more satisfying than a traditional festive lunch come Christmastime. This year, do one better than crackers and mince pies and book a classic three course lunch in one of our two Christmas themed rooms.
8 Northumberland Avenue are delighted that their submission into the category Best Use of Video Marketing for the Meetings Industry Marketing Awards (MIMA) 2015, has been shortlisted as a finalist.
Let’s pretend for a moment that a Christmas party is already on the cards. There are at least three things worth doing - even at this early stage:
As our event specialist's AlchemyLive tell us, food is a major concern for many event and conference organisers – and for good reason. Arranging for the prompt arrival of fresh, varied and easy-to-eat fare can involve numerous logistical headaches, and that’s without even considering the nutritional content of the food itself.
In one form or another, 8 Northumberland Avenue has been an event space in the centre of London for close to 150 years. But not every venue is so lucky. Once famous but now practically unknown, these four unique buildings were highly regarded London venues in their time. How many have you heard of?
We all know what it’s like to come back to work after a nice, long break. Often lethargy sets in and the sudden influx of work seems insurmountable. All that pre-holiday momentum is gone, and so is your stapler. The week is suddenly very, very long. So what can we do about it?
Guess which luxury department stores are ready for Christmas? No surprises here - the answer is all of them!
At London's most central venue we take London's pride quite seriously, so naturally there is no contest for us. The Business Insider however has some interesting facts to back up our city's credentials.
Today’s organisations have great content and great stories to tell however, one of the biggest challenges faced by Marketing and Communications Professionals and Event Planners is coming up with fresh new ideas that bring to life content and engage their internal and external audiences. One of the most impactful methods of communication that can be used is visual communication.
Forbes case study reveals London is the world’s most influential city, leaving New York as a close second.
On 26th January Charles Boyd, Director and Owner of 8 Northumberland Avenue and Ian O’Connell, Director of Musion used the Musion technology already installed in London’s most central venue, to conduct a Q&A session with only Charles being physically present in the venue.
Meetings and conferences often take place in the afternoon, when attendees are tired, distractions abound, and your message is easily lost. Here are five reasons it makes sense to start with breakfast right in the centre of London:
A Covent Garden back when it was a booming central London marketplace, replete with vegetable stalls, market porters and scandal. Originally developed as one of London’s key vegetable and flower markets, the main hall was built in 1833 and still stands today.
It's that time of the year again when the nights get darker and our layers get thicker! Saturday 28th sees the clocks turn back so we put together a survival guide to keep your spirits up!
8 Northumberland Avenue, has become the first venue in Europe to install the state-of-the-art amBX light system.
It seems our announcement about introducing 3D holographic to our events spaces has caused quite a commotion!
It may be fabulously atmospheric to host a Christmas ball in a rural country manor, but realistically, how on earth are your guests going to get home?! The beauty of a venue like 8 Northumberland Avenue is that it is London’s most central venue – right next to Trafalgar Square and surrounded by convenient transport options
We've asked our best party planners their top tips to consider when planning a New Year’s Eve party in London;
After the second round of judging that took place on July the 18th, we are delighted to confirm that 8 Northumberland Avenue has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Event Magazine Event Awards in the category of Event Space of the Year for over 400 guests.
The countdown to Caterer and Hotelkeeper’s 31st annual Catey Awards has begun, and 8 Northumberland Avenue has been shortlisted for the Best Use of Technology Award.
London’s most central venue won Best Use of Technology Award at the 2014 Cateys at a glittering awards ceremony last night.
8 Northumberland Avenue are delighted to announce they have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Conference Awards 2015 within the Best Conference Venue (over 500 delegates) category. Sian Jones, organizer of the Conference Awards 2015 commented on the entry: “To reach this stage is a serious achievement in itself with the number of entries and their exceptionally high quality exceeding all expectations.”
Our culinary wizards, Alchemy Food, has devised a brand new Autmn/Winter three-course menu to make the best use of seasonal produce at your next event.
Due to the overwhelming response to the amBX lighting system installed last year in the Old Billiard Room at 8 Northumberland Avenue, this technology is now being installed in the Victorian Ballroom, described by English Heritage as 'the grandest example of a Victorian Ballroom in existence'.
We were delighted to be hosting an interactive educational event in partnership with Eventopedia. Like us they have a similar passion for working with cutting edge technology: they were launching our industry’s first interactive video. With the introduction of this, they aim to help clients by reducing unnecessary site visits, by providing more information at the shortlist stage.
Did it work? Were your eyes drawn towards the colourful text?
Conference news on our state-of-the-art lighting system in the Ballroom!
Get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions by booking a conference with healthy options with us in 2013.
Looking for a central London venue to create the wedding of your dreams? Look no further – With the help of the spectacular events team and the creative use of our amBX lighting technology, 8 Northumberland Avenue can transform your big day!
Your delegates have just enjoyed a five-star lunch spread. They’re fed, watered. Nice and warm...and looking suspiciously droopy eyed. The fact is, no one can be 100% focused all the time – we’re only human! Whether it’s to combat Friday afternoon exhaustion, or a bleary-eyed Monday morning start – how can you make sure your delegates are focused throughout your conference?
Today London's Most Central Venue host the Emerging Regions Wine Tasting
8 Northumberland Avenue, a few steps from Trafalgar Square - the capital's official centre - is London's most central venue. It provides clients with innovative technology, versatile spaces, an excellent events team and superb transport links, all combining to enhance clients ROI.
When Colonel Mustard heard about the amazing light show parties Miss Scarlett was having in the Billiard Room, he was determined to have the same in the Ballroom. And who are we to argue with the Colonel…?!
We are delighted to inform you that following the first stage of judging of the Event Awards 2015, 8 Northumberland Avenue’s has been voted a finalist in the Event Space Award category.
We are delighted to inform you that following the first stage of judging of the Event Awards 2015, 8 Northumberland Avenue’s has been voted a finalist in the Venue Team Award category.
We are delighted that following the first stage of judging of the Event Awards 2015, 8 Northumberland Avenue has been voted a finalist in the Event Technology Award category.
8 Northumberland Avenue are the first London venue to launch their themes for Christmas 2016 with an Eat The Theme experiential event, which has – so far – been experienced by the trade press and key agents and their clients, who were invited to an exclusive one off experience to view the venue’s 2015 Christmas themes in the Ballroom and Old Billiard Room, followed by the discovery of the magic and mystery of the new 2016 themes.
Venue operators looking to move into the 21st century now have a cutting edge video technology that helps promote their event spaces to the increasingly busy corporate event planner. Called the Eventopedia Virtual Site Inspection, the system is fast to film with interactive information links within the engaging content.
8 Northumberland Avenue and Eventopedia are co-hosting an educational event for corporate event planners on Monday 26th January at 18.00.
Fashion Fringe at 8 Northumberland...
8 Northumberland Avenue has become the first venue in the UK to partner with Musion, the world leader in 3D holographic technology.
We were busier than elves this Christmas. We’re talking 3,034 mince pies, 3,340 crumble tarts and 1,710 soufflés, busy! In fact, the festive season was so successful it has got us fired up for Christmas 2013 already and we have two exciting themes to choose from.
2479 bottles of beer, 1479 bottles of wine and 772 bottles of Champagne later we can officially say we had our busiest Christmas ever!
LUMINOUS: Celebrating British Film and British Film Talent. The BFI's Inaugural Fundraising Gala at 8 Northumberland Avenue.
Now let’s not pretend we didn’t all overindulge this Christmas... Luckily, for all our waistlines, our chefs have created some tantalizing new conference menu options that will help you regain your normal, svelte self in no time.
At ‘Event Tech That Works’ we saw how intelligent lighting can really affect the attention levels of your audience, how iPads can be used to entertain and host Q&A's, as well as how powerful holographic technology can be used for audience engagement. Not to mention the worlds first 4G holographic telepresence conducted right here in The Ballroom.
We caught up with Nikki Daniels about her in-depth work on 8 Northumberland Avenues’ upcoming Christmas parties. Nikki is Senior Event Manager at AlchemyLive.
On the 19th of March London’s most central venue hosts Jersey Finance's Annual Fund Conference for the second consecutive year.
Organising a Kosher Wedding and in need of a stunning venue in the heart of London?
Unfortunately, our application to run in the 2013 Virgin London Marathon was unsuccessful (that’s the story, and we’re sticking to it!)
Led Zeppelin held a press conference in the Ballroom at 8 Northumberland Avenue last week to launch their Celebration Day movie/DVD.
Christmas is nearly here! Join us on Thursday 6th December for an evening to celebrate the lighting of the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square.
American Express Meeting & Events 2015 Global Meeting Forecast names London as the number one city for meetings and events activity.
The LBC Leaders' Debate saw Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and UKIP Leader Nigel Farage take part in a heated hour long debate about whether Britain should be in or out of the EU. The debate was hosted by Nick Ferrari in front of a live audience at London's most central venue: 8 Northumberland Avenue.
8 Northumberland Avenue has been approved as a technology venue by venuefinder.com, Official Venue Finding Partner to London Technology Week.
London is now the fastest growing technology sector in the world, receiving £12 billion worth of economic investment from the local tech industry over the next 10 years. This tech movement will also provide an extra 46,000 jobs to the capital.
8 Northumberland Avenue are delighted to announce they have been shortlisted as a finalist in The London Venue Awards 2015 in the 300 - 600 delegates' category.
Jersey Finance is holding its Annual Funds Conference, ‘Through the Looking Glass’, at 8 Northumberland Avenue.
BFI ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL FUNDRAISING GALA: WITH AUCTION PRIZES INCLUDING F1 CAR FROM RUSH, JOHN TRAVOLTA & DANIEL CRAIG COSTUMES, A PART IN A FILM AND MANY MORE
The same 3D holographic technology installed in our Ballroom was used to steal the show at the 2014 Billboard awards.
Pardon Me featuring Naughty Boy, Professor Green, Laura Mvula, Wilkinson and Ava Lily raising awareness for the Peace One Day Organization ahead of World Peace Day on September 21
Our recent showcase of Musion’s 3D holographic experience left guests in awe as they saw first hand how this game-changing technology will revolutionise events.
On the first of September London’s most central venue hosted the 9th annual Scottish Fashion Awards.
On the 16th of July judges released the finalist’s shortlist for the Event Technology Awards.
8 Northumberland Avenue have been chosen for the Skillsoft Perspectives Global Event!
On the 14th of January London's most central venue hosted Sky Atlantic’s premiere of their new TV show Fortitude.