After all the hard work of a busy school year, teenagers and students get to unwind and celebrate at their school prom. Pitched somewhere between a formal dance and a graduation party, prom – which is short for promenade – is a recent tradition in the UK, largely imported from the US, but one deserving of a great prom venue and lots of careful planning.
Are you a high school hero trying to make plans for your entire year group? Do you want to arrange a formal prom venue hire for you and your close friends? Whatever your plans, just use our simple search function to find a suitable party venue and then let our venues team handle the rest. We'll help with the arrangements so you can concentrate on choosing your gowns and suits and get practising your dance steps for the big night.
Prom Venues London: Tips and Ideas
- Do you know how many of your fellow students are likely to attend? You'll need to send out RSVPs and make a rough estimate of numbers before you start making enquiries.
- Will there be dining as well as dancing or is this all about the music? If you want everyone to enjoy a sit-down meal, you'll need a venue which is big enough to house dining tables as well as a dance floor. Alternatively, you can arrange for small canapés to be served.
- Do you want a covers band to provide the music or will you play it safe and hire a DJ? A DJ is certainly a cheaper option, just be careful to check whether they can provide their own equipment and whether the venue is set up with the right audio equipment.
- Have you decided on a dress code? It's traditional for a prom to require formal evening wear (i.e. black tie, dresses and gowns), but there's no reason for not breaking the mould. You could encourage guests to dress up without sticking to traditional formal outfits.
- Although everyone will have their smart phones to hand for selfies and group shots, there's no harm in hiring a professional photographer to take portraits and event shots. They may need to set up their photography equipment somewhere in the venue, so make sure that's a possibility.
- If this is a senior prom event, most people should be 18 and over, but if this is a prom for 16 year-olds you'll need to check about serving alcohol in the venue and how it affects their license.
- Are you looking for a prom after-party as well? Try browsing through our selection of rooftop venues, nightclub venues and private party venues.
- Since proms come along at the start of summer, it might be worth looking into some garden party venues or outdoor party venues as well.
How can I choose between prom venues near me?
- You'll want to pick a location with good transport links that's easy for everyone to get to. It might be an idea to look at venues near your school, since everyone will already know how to arrange travel in that area.
- Try visiting a few different venues ahead of time, to get a feel for them and to scout out the logistics.