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London food festivals 2017

17 May 17

Food festivals are fast becoming as popular as music festivals. One of the UK’s biggest and most highly regarded food gatherings, Taste of London, attracts over 55,000 people, which is only 15,000 less than Reading and Leeds Festival and an enormous 30,000 more people than Wireless Festival! London now has an array of food festivals that take place across the capital, offering mouth-watering treats to suit everyone, whether you’re a self-confessed carnivore or dedicated vegan.


How to host a summer drinks reception party?

15 May 17

Summer drink receptions are a feature of the warmer months, whether it’s a corporate party or a private event. In this blog post, we will take you through what you need to hire to host a summer drinks reception party – no matter your theme or venue type.


5 fun ideas for your barbecue event

12 May 17

A barbecue party is a staple in the summer; whether it's a corporate event or a summer family get-together. According to research from Kantar, 76% of barbecues are adult only events – however, family occasions grew by 50% in 2016. Kantar also stated that due to higher temperatures last year, 115 million barbecue events took place, compared to 9 million in 2015. As barbecue events become more popular in the UK, despite our unpredictable weather, keeping guests interested will always be a challenge. To help you host a fun and unique barbecue event here are some ideas to keep your guests happy.


New table linen for 2017

10 May 17

At Allens Hire, 2017 is about all things new; we've rebranded, a new website will be coming soon and we have a range of new table linens! 

Crisp linen has long been associated with fine dining, exclusivity and luxury, and many event managers, caterers and clients still look to tablecloths to provide this. For weddings, table linen is still as popular as ever; there is nothing quite like a room of perfectly set tables to impress your guests.


Give your guests a taste for tapas

08 May 17

Tapas is now a firm favourite amongst the British. Chorizo is almost becoming a staple and sales of Manchego cheese and Iberico ham are up according to major supermarkets, while a whole host of tapas and small plate restaurants can be found on the UK high street.


What you need to host an outdoor party?

04 May 17

The summer month’s hopefully mean warmer weather as well as the opportunity to enjoy events, family parties and get-togethers outside. So, whether you are holding a large family barbecue, a corporate summer event, a client soiree or a big bash for your friends and neighbours, here’s some advice on how to host an outdoor party in the UK.