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Navigating back to live London events - your guide to a safe return

Tuesday 23 February 2021

 Outdoor reception in London  Summer at the Tower of London

Whilst we welcome the news that we should be operating live events in London from mid-May, we appreciate that navigating our way back to live is not an easy process.  However, the team at Venue Search London will be with you all the way to ensure that you book the right venues on flexible terms..

Whist we have enjoyed the new challenges and opportunities offered by virtual events, everyone at Venue Search London was overjoyed to hear the news that we should be returning to live events this summer. We know from personal experience that being apart from our colleagues, as we work from our over-utilised kitchen tables, has starved us of that creative interaction and team spirit that our agency and many other companies thrives on.

However, for us and our loyal clients, the long wait will soon be over; and we anticipate a huge interest in live summer events, as we all seek the huge benefits to be gained from live in-person events, whether it be a conference, summer party or residential off-site.
When thinking about your summer events there are two key dates announced in the unlocking plan:

Monday 17th May

From this date indoor events for up to 1,000 people will be permitted, or 50% capacity, with up to 4,000 permitted at outdoor events. Up to 10,000 may be permitted in seated outdoor environments, such as stadiums.

Most restrictions on meeting people outdoors, up to a limit of 30, will be also lifted on this date. At this point, theatres, concert halls and hospitality venues will be allowed to reopen, as well as fans being allowed to return to stadiums (so Wimbledon and the Euros will have some cheering fans back!)

Monday 21st June

Not only is this great news for the sun worshipers at Stonehenge, who will be able to safely gather there in huge numbers, but the longest day should be the end of the longest wait.  

From this day the Government aims to remove all legal limits on social contact, on weddings, and on other live events, opening everything up to and including nightclubs and enabling large events such as theatre performances without the above limits.

In order to secure the above deadlines, the Government will be undertaking several pilot events, starting in April, to test the potential impact of this lockdown easing.

Whilst there remains some uncertainty around these dates (which will be “based on the data”), we are very confident that corporate events will be permitted in normal (or near-normal) formats by the end of June, which opens up a huge opportunity for conferences and celebrations, both in July and September.

Here at Venue Search London, we are ready, willing and able to share with you our favourite summer venues in London, all with great outdoor spaces for alfresco drinks and activities; and we just can’t wait to share them with you!  So please call us on 0207 870 9305 or drop us an e mail to start planning your summer events.

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