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Top 5 Corporate Event Venues in London Reviewed

Corporate entertainer London

Corporate entertainer London

London is a fantastic place to choose for hosting your corporate event, and one of the first things to consider when planning a corporate event is where you are going to host it. There are a few things to consider when you are choosing where you are going to host, such as:

– The location of the venue
– Accessibility of the venue
– The venue’s capacity
– Popularity of the venue
– Any additions that are offered by the venue (e.g. in-house catering)

They are all very important things to consider when choosing a venue, so what are some of the best and most popular venues in London for hosting corporate events in?

Banqueting House

The ‘Banqueting House’ is placed amongst popular places in London such as Westminster, 10 Downing Street, and St James’s Park. For over 380 years this architectural phenomenon this venue has hosted a variety of vents ranging from simply meetings and parties, to gala dinners and corporate events for up to 500 people at a time. This venue was originally designed to be used for the royal family and higher up people inside of the government back in the 17th century, meaning that those using the event can feel a sense of satisfaction knowing they are in a venue used by royalty.

Tower of London

The Tower of London is based on the edge of the River Thames. The venue has been a part of London for over 1,000 years and are home to the exquisite crown jewels. This venue is perfect for large events such as weddings or any type of corporate function as it is able to hold up to 2,000 guests at a time. The tower is a very popular venue, hosting over 350 events annually ranging from meetings, to charity events, to corporate level events. If you are interested in hosting an event in the future, get your hands on a booked evening for your event!

One Great George Street

One of the most beautiful buildings in London, One Great George Street is known for its placement in movies along with its use for many events. The venue is incredibly accessible, allowing for almost any type of event without any limits. The building has been featured in a lot of movies, making it a tourist attraction as well as an event venue.

The Royal Exchange

Located in the heart of London, The Royal Exchange is a historic landmark originally built in the 16th century. While the venue is popular for events, their availability of every meal of the day makes it popular among tourists, companies, and the public. The building itself can hold up to 800 guests at a time, making it perfect for your average fashion show, and even better if you decide to host a corporate event there. The venue has been recently recognised as a ‘Prestigious Venue’, proving how exquisite it is.

Plaisterers’ Hall

This hall Is one of the largest in London, although it can only host up to 600 guests. It is one of the more modern venues as it has only opened up in the 1970’s, but is in the heart of the city. While it was only built recently, it received a renovation in the year of 2004, making it even newer than it was before. It is a perfect venue for not only any wedding related events, but corporate events too.

Where you decide to host an event is important as it plays a huge part in defining your event and showing what your event is about. These are the top 5 corporate event venues in London, but if you feel as though they can’t properly define your event and you don’t think that your event is as high class as these buildings, don’t hesitate to go for a simpler venue. You’re planning the event, plan it as you feel necessary!

Duncan William has been performing his exciting brand of London corporate entertainment for the last 15 years and his show is both contemporary, fun, interactive and highly engaging and can be customised to your event. For more, infomation, please do not hesitate in contacting him on 07934 856 696 or via email on enquiries@playingwithminds.co.uk

What is a Psychological Entertainer?

Psychological entertainer

Psychological entertainer

When it comes to fun, magic, mystery, intrigue and laughter, psychological games are at the heart of amazement. The ability to figure out what someone is thinking and incorporate in a completely different manner is just short of being a unique psychic. So, what is a psychological entertainer?

A psychological performer is someone who uses a variety of techniques in order to determine what someone is thinking about in a set context. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the more well-known types of psychological entertainment.

What Makes People Enjoy Psychological Entertainment?

As humans, it is in our nature to seek entertainment. Anything in which we see potential to be entertaining in, we grasp and get intrigued by it. We have a psychological need for entertainment, which is why when a psychological entertainer produces a fantastic act, we’re left overwhelmed with excitement and are impressed by the confusion that the entertainer has left in our heads.

Mind Reading

The most famous type of psychological illusion is of course, mind reading. Mind reading creates the illusion that the entertainer is able to use telepathy in order to find out what others are thinking. How mind readers do what they do is a mystery to their audience, although as the entertainer they are able to determine what you are thinking based on factors such as body language and your use of words.

The illusion that the entertainer creates leaves the crowd lusting for more and wanting to know exactly how it was done.


Perhaps more entertaining and more comical than mind reading, hypnosis is when an individual or group of people are put into a hypnotic trance where they are still conscious, although in a different state of mind where they will not remember. Once put in a hypnotic trance, they are conscious and aware of what is going on around them yet once they have been awoken from the trance, will not remember anything that happened while they were in it.

In the past hypnotic shows had more of a serious tone, although in modern shows they tend to have more of a comedic hint to them. Tricks such as the human bridge are best performed in hypnotic states. While many believe otherwise, being put into a hypnotic trance is not dangerous at all and is completely safe regardless of any health conditions. Hypnosis puts on a great show for the audience, with a touch of comical value.

Uniqueness of Psychological Entertaining

The thing to keep in mind when considering psychological entertainment, which is by far one of the best things, is that every so often the entertainer will change up his routine. Some people presume that by hiring a psychological entertainer multiple times that you are simply paying for the same thing twice, but they’re wrong. Every few gigs, entertainers tend to switch things up in order to keep things fresh and prevent their act from going stale. It’s in their best interests to make their performance as entertaining and as memorable as possible. Regardless of the entertainer, each act will be completely unique.

The message to take away from this is that while psychological entertainment is limited, it is something that your audience will thoroughly enjoy and is guaranteed to impress them. Psychological entertainment is something that humans enjoy no matter what, and if you’ve struggled to find the right fun for your event up until now, look no further. The uniqueness of psychological entertainment is something that should be heavily considered when looking into it.

Duncan William’s act is truly unique, contemporary and fun! It mixes, magic, suggestion, psychology, showmanship and an element of storytelling….. This makes it difficult to pigeonhole it. The closest it form of entertainment it may fall into is that of psychological entertainment. To find out more about his unique brand of corporate and after-dinner entertainment, please do not hesitate to get in touch via phone on 07934 856 696 or email on enquires@playingwithminds.co.uk


How to Pull Off a Successful Corporate Event, Conference or Gala Show

Corporate entertainer - Duncan William

Corporate entertainer – Duncan William

Planning any event can be an incredibly stressful experience, and knowing how to handle that stress is just as difficult. Just like any event, there is a lot of planning involved and it’s important that you get everything just right so that everyone who attends, is thoroughly impressed. Among these stresses is the stress of finding suitable after-dinner entertainment. If you manage to plan accordingly and know exactly what you want and what you’re doing, then you’ll be able to rid yourself of the stresses that come with planning and will be able to plan a fantastic event that you can sit back and feel a sense of satisfaction with!

Handle The Stress

Before you even get into the planning phase of things, or if you already have but feel the stress coming on, rid yourself of any stresses that you are feeling. Being stressed can affect your performance, so if you feel yourself getting too distracted or stressed about one specific aspect of the event, move on to something else and come back to it later on once you feel you’ve calmed down. If you press forward and have an attitude such as, “It has to get done at some point, I’ll might as well just do it now.”, then you may make a mistake that you regret when it comes to the time of the event and realise that there were many better ways you could have approached the issue. If you find yourself getting stressed out at every little detail, take a timeout for 10 minutes and go back to planning. Again, stress can have an impact on your work so working in a stress free environment is important if you plan on working on an event which includes dinner party entertainment, the attendees are counting on it.

Start Things Off Strong!

When you are planning your event, it’s important to get your audience hyped as the event begins. The more hyped are at the beginning of the event and the more energy that they have, the more they will enjoy the event and you will get a better response from the audience as the night goes on. A prime example of starting an event off strong is the opening number of the 2013 Tony Awards. As you can see, this opening clearly gets the crowd in an upbeat mood and given by the standing ovation towards the end of it, it is clear that they are full of energy and hyped up for the rest of the event.

The opening of an event is important for the rest of the event; it sets the stage for the rest of the event. Start thing’s off strong and you’ll be taking the first big step towards pulling off a successful event.

Promoting Your Event

If you are holding a corporate event, which would require corporate entertainment, in order to show appreciation for company shareholders or a company’s staff team then you can use this opportunity to reach out to potential shareholders or increase the staff team of the company. Promote your event appropriately and you’ll be able to not only reach out to potential shareholders, but you’ll be able to inform the necessary people that your event is happening. Setting up social media accounts, social media pages, and a small website will not only help you reach people but will also allow you to grow your event and promote it online. Natural promotion through flyers and handing pamphlets will also help you. Whatever you feel is best for supporting your event, trust your instinct and do so.

Producing an event is difficult, and when the stress is piled on it becomes even more difficult. Take your time to plan everything accordingly and run through it with the rest of your production team, and in a matter of months when you finally get to pull off the event you’ve spent endless nights planning, you’ll realise that it was all worth it in the end.

For more help or advice in planning the best event for your event, please do not hesitate to contact Duncan on 07934 856 696 or email him on enquiries@playingwithminds.co.uk