Thursday, January 19, 2017

TENANT TIPS: Siren’s Three Tenant Tips for Hosting the Perfect Event in 2017

54 St James Street is home to a whole network of incredible expertise and creativity. Tenant Tips is a blog series where we sit down with a tenant and delve into their exceptional knowledge to share with you. We have already spoke to Steve Flatt from the Psychological Therapies Unit to find out his tips on encouraging good mental health in the workplace, and Ian Fitzpatrick for his tips on saving time and money on document printing. This month we are speaking to the faces behind our on-site cafe and everyone’s favourite, Siren.

Jeni Wadkin and Natalie Hardman moved into our building over three years ago to an empty kitchen space on our ground floor and made it their very own. Today, Siren has a whole team of food-passionate individuals who whip up a delicious, homemade and hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner for many of the Baltic community, daily.

You may know it best as your lunch time food-run, with a vast and extensive menu that caters to all of your cravings. What some of you may not know is that the Siren team are also events specialists that hold many creatively, wonderful events to suit their client’s needs. From parties, celebrations, gig space, wedding receptions, corporate events and networking, Siren really is the perfect venue for all occasions. Whether it’s organising sparklers and mulled wine on the fourth floor balcony, holding a barn-themed dance under the stars, holding picnics in the sun or decking the café out with fairy lights and gingerbread lattes for the colder months, Siren have got it covered.

Jeni & Natalie said: “The high ceilings and glass walls give the space a bright and open feel which transforms into the perfect party venue after dark. Our catering menus are full of fresh and modern buffets, sharing boards and canapés, our food is all home-made and we specialise in providing delicious vegetarian, vegan and special dietary options”

We sat down with Jeni and Natalie to find out their three tips for hosting an event in 2017.

1) Plan Ahead!

“Organisation is key, ensure you have plenty of time to meet with the venue & discuss your requirements. Utilise the venue event co-ordinators expertise - find out what works well in the event space & what seasonal themes you could add; our favourite must be mulled wine & sparklers in our urban garden in colder months! Make sure you send out invites with plenty of time for RSVP’s & be sure to ask for any dietary requirements from your guests.”

2) Entertainment

“Set the mood of your event by booking a band or DJ to get your guests up & dancing or if you are after a more chilled occasion, why not design your own Spotify playlist, personalised to your guests’ musical tastes. Hosting a Christening or Communion party? Why not hire some soft play equipment to tire the little ones out! Get your guests mingling by planning some creative & fun games to get them talking, check out Pinterest for some fab ideas!”


“The big day has arrived, be safe in the knowledge that the event team will look after all the details of your event so that you can sit back, relax & be ready to welcome your guests!”

If you would like to find out more about Siren or enquire about their events space, you can contact the team on 0151 706 8148, or head to . You can also follow Siren on Twitter or like their Facebook page.

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