Very recently I celebrated my 28th Birthday Every time my Birthday comes round, the thought of organising a Birthday Night out does stress me out – sending invites, organising a venue, etc, the list goes on. If you are from London you will know the endless restrictions when trying to enter a club, especially for you boys. I will be sharing tips that I have picked up over the years of organising a Night Out that can help you, even if you are not from the Capital City. For you Londoners, I hope my tips come in handy. I’ll also share my Birthday Night Out with you.
The first thing you need to do is set a date for your Night Out. I would recommend doing this in advance as peoples weekends do tend to fill up very quickly and you want all your nearest and dearest to celebrate with you. Send your guests a WhatsApp message or create an event page on Facebook. This will give you a clearer idea of how many guests are free to make your Night Out so you can find a venue that is going to cater for the amount of people that are going to turn up. The sooner you let people know, the more likely they are to make it.
Now we need to work out WHERE? London is a big place, so you need to decide where in London you would like to go. Different areas in London have a different vibe altogether. If you like House, Trance or Alternative music, going to Shoreditch in East London would be a good shout. If you want a classier night, somewhere around Central London would be a great option. So you just need to pick the right kind of place for you and the kind of evening you would like to have.
Through the years I have done a mixture of going out in different kinds of clubs and bars in London. This year I decided on Yager Bar. This bar was recommended to me by a few people, as I had not been there myself. So I did a lot of research and read reviews online. I would highly recommend doing this as it can help you in picking the perfect place. I got in touch with the promotions team (London Groove) that run the club nights on a Saturday at Yager Bar, and made an enquiry about an area and guest list. I was really surprised when they told me there was no minimum spend to have a table area. They just require a small deposit upfront, and when you arrive on that night that deposit amount is put on a tab for you to spend on drinks. So technically the area did not cost anything. RESULT! They also throw in a bottle of bubbly
For a London bar this was good enough for me. A lot of bars/clubs in London charge various rates for table areas, so shop around. I would recommend getting an area as you can have table service, so you don’t need to wait in the dreadful queues at the bar. It is also a nice place for your guest to chill out in because let’s face it not everyone will dance. You must check all the rules of the club/bar, such as the dress code, age restrictions, etc. It is so important that your guest are aware of all the rules and regulations the venue has because you want all your guests to gain entry into the venue easily. Make sure everyone brings ID, even if you are older or look older, most bars/clubs have new policies that require all ID to be scanned. Always ask how much is entry and when last entry is. You don’t want to pick a bar/club where the entry fee is too high, or out of yours and your guests price range. I also check the drinks menu too, most places have these online, as they can vary venue to venue, You don’t want to confirm everything, turn up on the night, finding that drinks prices are extortionate.
Another thing to think about, and an issue I came across is that some people do not like staying out too late. So, you can organise pre drinks in a bar close to the venue that you are holding your Night Out in. This way, the people who don’t really like that scene, you’ll get to see beforehand. The guests that will be out with you later are also free to join pre drinks or they can meet you at the Night Out venue. This gives your guest more options and you also get to see more of your friends.
Once you have an idea of the number of people coming out with you, you can send your guest list off. To be completely honest, every time I have organised a Night Out 50% if not more will probably not show up. I used to get upset when people used to let me down, now I just concentrate on having a good time Now the hard part is over you can concentrate on the fun part like- WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO WEAR?
If you are reading this and it’s your Birthday coming up, treat yourself! Your birthday comes once a year and you deserve to feel special. Buy that outfit you have always wanted, or those shoes that have been screaming ‘buy me!’ for the past few months. Now you can relax and just wait for the day of your Night Out. Keep your guests informed before your Night Out of any changes or just how excited you are.
On the day of your Night Out, have fun getting ready. I LOVE the getting ready process! I put my favourite tunes on and just give myself loads of time so I am not rushing. I pour myself a drink and have fun. This year I was teaching during the day so I started to get ready as soon as I could. To all the men, you probably don’t need as much time. This is mainly for the lovely ladies. If it is a special occasion I like to get creative with my make-up. I used the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette and one of the lipsticks in her range called Firebird. I am loving her range! As you can see I do not really care what attire I get myself ready in I just want to be comfortable and then I put my outfit on last minute. Sorry boys but this is the reality!
When you are fully ready why not take a selfie? I clearly could not help myself! I wore a blush toned midi dress which is currently on trend and had messy curls. I really like the messy curls look as it is easy and looks better when it is messy, great for later on in the night. I wore my comfy heels as I wanted to dance the night away, being a dancer this is a given I had organised pre drinks for 8.30pm for those friends that had to leave early. The bar I chose was Dirty Martini in St Pauls. Dirty Martini has a number of bars dotted around London and they’re all nice and chilled out, and you don’t have any issues getting in. Pre drinks are great to ease you into a Night Out. They are a good way to catch up and talk to friends as the bar/club later on will get louder.
After pre drinks we made our way to Yager Bar, and because it was so close we walked. In true London Bar/Club fashion, one of the boys in our group of friends did not get in the bar as apparently he had the wrong footwear on. I thought this was out of order as we meant no harm to anybody and his shoes were smart enough. Sometimes there is no reasoning with London bouncers. My friend had to go home with another one of my friends so two of my guests did not come into Yager Bar. This was upsetting but I had to join all the other guests that were already inside. As soon as we got in, I got my area which was directly next to the DJ and my bubbly. The night was getting better. The music was Old Skool Hip Hop, R&B, Garage and a mix of commercial music. It was a good vibe! Strangely Yager Bar was not packed, this was nice as most other London bars on a Saturday night can become claustrophobic. Myself and my friends danced the night away and just had a really good time. I am really happy that my close friends and members of family came out, it meant a lot. It was a great night for crazy dance offs, endless bottles of various drinks, catch ups, hugs and fun and frolics! I was a happy girl and felt special
The main outcome of organising a Night Out is to have had an amazing time. I honestly did have a really nice night. There will be memories from this night I will cherish I have summarised the main points on how to organise a successful night out that is as stress free as possible.
Top Night Out Organisation Tips-
- Set a Date– The earlier the better and let your friends and family know so they can make arrangements.
- Where?– Find a venue and do your research. How much is entry? What are the rules and regulations? How much is an area? What is the dress code? Also boys, always go in mixed groups. Everyone take your ID.
- Secure your venue/ sort out Guest list– Once you know how many guest will be attending send the guest list off and let your guests know the venue details.
- Do you want to have pre drinks? A good option for those that want to leave early.
- Wait for the night– You can think about your outfit and get yourself excited! Keep your guests informed too.
- Enjoy your night and have an AMAZING TIME!
I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I have writing it. Those of you that are from outside London this is an great insight to a Night Out in the big city, and all you Londoners, you are probably used to a good Night Out, but I hope my tips help. Let me know of any experiences good or bad you have had on Nights Out in London. Or do you know of anywhere else in that has a thriving night life if you are not from London. If you have any other tips I would love to know. Comment below and get in touch