November 23 - 07:30 pm


November 24 - 01:00 am

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Imperial College Finance Society, King's Business Club, LSESU Business and Investment Group


Porchester Hall

Porchester Road

London, United Kingdom, W2 5HS

The Varsity Guild Great Gatsby Masquerade Ball is here to give you the best night out of your year! This inter-university ball is brought to you by the top societies from LSE, UCL, Oxford, Imperial, Cambridge, Warwick, King’s College London and London Business School. We invite you to spend a magical evening in lavish luxury in the grandeur of the world famous, historic and illustrious Porchester Hall in London, one of the country’s most celebrated ballrooms and music venues, a gorgeous GRADE II listed building. Re-live the Roaring Twenties and release your inner child in a 1920’s setting the Great Gatsby would be proud of! Celebrate nearing the end of your term in style on Saturday 23rd November at the best ball of the year! Put on your mask, prepare for a night of mystery and decadence and re-live the Roaring Twenties in a 1920’s setting the Great Gatsby would be proud of! YOU WON’T NEED TO PAY ANYTHING ON NIGHT AS THE TICKETS INCLUDE ALL DRINKS AND FOOD!

WHEN: Saturday 23rd November, 7.45pm
WHERE: Porchester Hall
TRANSPORT: All included to and from Oxford and Cambridge (should you wish)
DRESS CODE: Black tie
Brought to you by the UCL Guild, LSE BIG, Imperial College Finance Society, King’s Business Club, Warwick Finance Societies, London Business School, Oxford Guild, Cambridge Guild and the Collegium Global Network.
WHAT TO EXPECT? Our magnificent venue is the perfect grand setting for the night’s excesses and the ball of the year. The renowned Porchester Hall is one of the world’s premier properties, music venues and ballrooms/banqueting halls and a timeless, beautiful and characterful location that will ensure a truly memorable night for all. Picture the scene: elegant crowds sweep in across the red carpet, glass in hand at the champagne reception, impeccably dressed in masquerade with black tie and gorgeous dresses in the Great Gatsby setting. Pass the spectacular Titanic-esque entrance, a stunning backdrop for photos, and enter the grand ballroom, one of the country’s finest which is the very essence of grandeur and opulence, where he intimate acoustics make for an electric atmosphere with place settings prepared carefully for our wonderful entertainers, dancing and the delicious food and drinks. Take in the incredible history as music plays in the background and dance the night away to brilliant DJs and live bands. With a wide array of activities to enjoy, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Expect an amazing night of entertainment! We will also be specially raising money from and at the ball for incredible children’s causes with funds going to UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and YoungMinds (the UK’s leading charity championing the mental health and wellbeing of young people). Tickets are selling VERY FAST so buy ASAP to make sure you don’t miss out!
It’s time to unroll the red carpet and put on your bow tie! We’re back and having previously hosted Balls in stately homes, country houses, castles, world famous museums and London boats, we thought why not a one of the nation’s finest ballrooms/banqueting halls and most famous music venues (how often do you get to party in one?!)?
This year we are bigger and better than ever before. We are very excited to bring you one the best events of the year, at a lower price than many other events, parties and balls, packing in the best value for money ticket you can buy. This truly is a night that is not to be missed…
Early-bird tickets with transport are just £75 AND ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT (£60 without transport) whilst regular tickets are £85. They include copious amounts of drinks (unlimited!), tasty food, elaborate entertainment and transport to and from the magnificent venue for those outside London. Join us, be whisked away to our wonderful venue and make the most of what is on offer!
Expect an amazing night of entertainment including:
– Brilliant DJs,
– Casino,
– Caricaturists,
– Live bands,
– and many more!
Polish your Oxfords, get your best heels out, dust off your masks and get ready for a glorious celebration in a famous and gorgeous venue, providing incredible value for money for what will be an exciting and memorable evening. Re-live the Roaring Twenties and release your inner child in a 1920’s setting the Great Gatsby would be proud of!
This grand venue that smacks of history will be the perfect setting for a night of delightful jubilation. Whether you’re a Prince Charming dressed in an impeccable black tie, or the belle of the ball in a sweeping dress, the night is sure to offer delightful memories and abundant smiles. Come with friends, meet new people from a range of different backgrounds and dance the night away, fuelled by tasty sweet food and drinks!
As a result of the grandeur of the glamorous venue, previously the Porchester Hall has been used as a location for various high profile fashion shows as well as featuring in many televised broadcasts such as: The Brit Awards 2015, Monty Python’s ‘The meaning of Life’, BBC Sessions, Channel 4’s ‘Stand up for Cancer’ to name just a few. Having hosted many leading artists such as Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse, Arcade Fire, The Who, Van Morrison, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Jools Holland, Status Quo, Pink Floyd, Lily Allen and many other acts at the forefront of music, an opportunity to party in this venue is not to be missed. Indeed, Sir Tom Jones and Alicia Keys are performing here just days before our ball.
Stepping into the impressive 1929 GRADE II listed art deco building, situated in the City of Westminster, you are captivated by the stunning splendour of the elegant curled staircase with its ornamental bronze and wrought iron banisters, striking marble walls and exquisite crystal chandeliers. The red carpet flows up the stairs from the entrance to the main hall and this spectacular Titanic-esque entrance provides a stunning backdrop for photos.
The striking exterior of the hall sets the standard for the rest of the building. Portland Stone and Cornish Granite were used for the main structure and entrance steps of the venue with teak woodwork and bronze metalwork around the windows forming the details. The building’s attached leisure facilities provide an original 1920’s swimming pool and Turkish Spa complex which English Heritage notes as being the ‘best surviving example in the country’. Inside the main ballroom the walls are handsomely panelled in English oak and walnut with luxurious rich crimson velvet drapes. Fascinating figurines and motifs support the main beams and ten magnificent crystal chandeliers adorned in gold leaf hang from the finely engraved ceiling, bestowing a real sense of heritage to proceedings. The majestic Porchester Hall’s intimate acoustics make for an electric atmosphere, recalling the vintage music hall culture of London whilst there is a perfect dance floor made of sprung oak parquet. It promises to be an amazing experience!
Join us for a night of masked decadence as we bring you the social highlight of your term once again…