Thursday 27 August 2009 10.44am
It *can* be done - but it will take more work than a big budget.
You could trawl through all of the bars listed on this site and find one that will let you have a room for free - for example near our building 232 and Imbibe
have done so in the past. You will need to guarantee a minimum bar spend. You could perhaps ask them to put on a few nibbles (£200-300) and then spend the remainder of your budget on wine (don't offer anything else) after that it's a pay bar.
People are often happy to contribute though - so you shouldnt discou8nt that option. We paid £15 towards our Christmas lunch two years ago, which had a similar budget to yours. We went to Tiger Tiger in Soho, had an perfectly ok Christmas lunch, 3 glasses of wine each and then a pay bar in their basement club area.
You usually get a better deal if you are prepared to come at a usually quiet time - 15:00 can make your budget go a lot further and means people fade away mid-evening having had a great time.