Pop-up events are becoming big business in London. According to We Are Pop-up, such events contribute £2.3 billion a year to the economy and have so far employed 26,000 people. These statistics are helping to show that pop-ups are more than just a trend.
If you are thinking of holding a pop-up event, especially a food related one, then read on, as we'll take you through everything you need to hire to create a successful pop-up event.
When organising a pop-up event in London, it makes sense to hire furniture, such as tables and chairs. Hiring not only saves you money on expensive purchases, it also means you don't have to pay any storage costs either.
When hiring tables and chairs you need to work out how many covers you can fit into your chosen venue and how many people you want to fit around each table. Our rule of thumb is to give each diner two feet of space. Most of our tables fold, making it easy to transport and clear up after your event has finished.
When choosing chairs, you need to make sure they suit the surroundings and are practical. If you are looking for something cost-effective and stylish, why not go for a folding chair, which comes in three contemporary shades – white, red or black?
Once you have worked out how many people you will have at your event, you need to ensure you have the relevant kitchen equipment to cater for them. If your venue does not have any cooking equipment, it is possible to hire cookers and ovens. All you need to supply is the electricity; however, we do have gas options if needed.
At events where you have food and drink, you’ll need some way of storing it safely. Allens also offers fridges and freezers for hire, for which you will need electricity. As well as our range of fridges and freezers, we also have cold rooms, which are ideal for keeping large volumes of both food and drink cool.
You may need to hire more than an oven and a fridge to feed your guests; we also have an array of kitchen accessories including pots, pans, roasting trays and utensils.
How your food looks is just as important as how it tastes – after all, many studies have suggested that we eat with our eyes as well as our stomachs. You need to choose china that works for the look and feel of your event. If you are going for the elegant look then opt for the Ginseng collection. If you are looking for china with a splash, take a look at our colour china range.
When hiring cutlery, it’s best to order a little extra to make sure you are covered, because you will always need spares. For elegance and luxury, choose Robert Welch cutlery; we have three different styles: Palm, Westbury and Iona.
Whether you are offering cocktails, beer or wine, you will need a variety of glasses. If your event includes wine tasting then the Riedel Restaurant or the Riedel Veritas glasses for real connoisseurs are ideal. Riedel's grape varietal-specific glasses are renowned for being designed to get the best out of a specific type of wine.
If you are serving cocktails take a look at our range of coloured and cocktail glasses; from martini glasses to jam jars, we’ll have the right glass for you.
Not every venue has access to a bar, but this is not a problem; we hire LED bar units that link together to make a variety of shapes such as a circle, snake or a straight line. Our mobile bar units light up and with over 16 colours to choose from, you are sure to find the right style for you. It is also possible to hire cocktail making equipment, such as shakers and bar measures.
If you are planning a separate bar area, it may be worth hiring poseur tables. These high tables offer somewhere for your guests to congregate and network. If you are looking for something a little more lounge–like, make sure you hire our comfortable sofas and armchairs from our lounge concept collection.
Whatever your pop-up event, Allens Hire can help make sure you have everything you need to pull off a successful event, whether it’s for one night or for three months. Contact us today!