It’s nearly that time of year when euro pop comes out on top – the Eurovision Song Contest is back on Saturday May 10, and this year’s Copenhagen competition is likely to be as bonkers as its predecessors. However, planning a euro pop party in a city where the music genre is far from mainstream may not be the easiest. So we asked Hire Space venue expert Laura Richards to provide a shortlist of venues geared up for Eurovision screening parties, which should help you when there comes a time… for making your mind up (cue spangly dress tug, a la Bucks Fizz).
Genesis Cinema – Studio, Whitechapel
‘This cute little cinema in Whitechapel will make a great spot to screen the song contest, particularly Studio 5, which has a more relaxed, lounge-style vibe – not quite as relaxed as the Eurovision green room though, thank goodness! You’ll probably be needing a stiff drink to make it through the slushy numbers and the strange stage routines (France, we’re watching you!). Luckily, the cinema has its own bar. It also serves award-winning frankfurters, which will tie in rather nicely with the European theme.’
Ecclestone Square Hotel – Media Lounge, Victoria
‘Enjoy a two- or three-course meal complete with cocktails and canapes, with entertainment streamed straight from Copenhagen to your table. Better still, the Ecclestone Square Hotel’s Media Lounge has a 103-inch 3D TV, making the surreal song contest larger than life (as if it needed any help with that). Although this hotel may not be in Waterloooooo, the venue is in the heart of Victoria, making it a convenient option for all.’
‘If you find yourself taking Eurovision pretty damn seriously, why not take the opportunity to truly sit in judgement this year round at The Judge’s Court, found in the Covent Garden branch of Browns. The restaurant was once the Westminster County Court, and there’s still a witness box and judge’s bench, as well as a plasma screen TV for the all-important action. Just don’t judge too harshly, will you – there seems to be no helping our increasingly poor results.’
El Cantara – Tapas Room, Soho
‘If you feel like getting behind the UK is a lost cause, support Spain instead at El Cantara – after all, the Spaniards haven’t won since 1969. The Tapas Room at the Moorish restaurant in Soho has an adorable space fit for a Spanish-themed shindig, and the contest can be screened to you there. You can bet your bottom dollar you’ll be expected to dance along as the night draws on.’
Pause, The City
‘What you really need is a venue geared up for party time. You could hire a whole bar for the occasion, and if so, Pause is basically the Sir Cliff Richard of London bars, experienced as it is Eurovision tradition. A plasma screen is at your service and there’s room enough for 120 seated guests – you all have to stand up for the key change though, folks. Don’t be shy, it’s Eurovision!
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