The New Arlington
The New Arlington
ART DECO FUNCTION ROOM FOR HIRE IN LEIGH ON SEA, ESSEX
Who is the Arlington?
Our beautifully furnished function suite is truly unique, catering for up to 250 guests. Our spacious Art Deco venue is versatile and can suit any function, from a glamorous wedding to a business conference.
Our Events team are on hand to help you with every aspect of planning. Why not book a free consultation and let us show you what we have to offer?
The rejuvenation of the former Arlington Rooms sees the welcome return of a cultural hotspot to our area. Re-named The Arlington, due to the large singular central ballroom, it renders itself not only as a more accurate portrayal of the venue, but a more sophisticated one at that.
The building dates back to the roaring 20’s ‘Art Deco’ and ‘Jazz’ era. It was originally built as a music hall, where local residents could dance and listen to live music. A popular past time back then and currently experiencing a strong revival today. Over the years, The Arlington has had various owners, changing hands many times, yet never quite reaching it’s former glory days. Over time, it had lost its charm and become quite tired.
Local businessman and former British & European Karate International Champion, William Verner and his wife Susan stumbled across the weary building in late 2012. Due to their family affiliations within the ballroom and Latin dancing world they saw the potential to re-invent the establishment and return it to its former dance hall glory. Will and Sue saw an opportunity to attract both national and international world class professional champion dancers to the venue. The thought of putting on events and having a world champion or celebrity dancer fox-trotting past you as entertainment seemed an exciting prospect for the local area.
Why choose the Arlington?
Price – Our hire charges are very competitive and considerably less than many of our local competitors.
Food – As we have our own in-house chef, we can be totally flexible on our menus and the choices we offer. The standard is also much higher than those venues who use outside caterers.
Accessibility – As everything is on one level, we are suitable for all ages and physical abilities.
Outside space – We do not see the lack of outside space as a negative point. A stately home or golf club, for example, are lovely with their lush grounds but on a warm, summers evening the majority of your guests will sit outside enjoying the view rather than being on the dancefloor, meaning that your party atmosphere is lost.
Lighting – We have various options for lighting which can really change the feel of the room. We have recently installed some new down lighters in the alcoves and behind the second bar. These can quickly transform the look of the room creating the mood you want.
Projector and screen – our projector and screen are not only intended for use by businesses but are also available to clients to display videos or photos. The screen has been used by clients to show their wedding photos after being married abroad, to display embarrassing childhood photos at a milestone Birthday or photos of a loved one at a wake.
The Bars – the addition of our second bar means no long wait for drinks. Our prices are very competitive and in line with pub prices, not the higher prices of clubs and hotels.
I have used the Arlington Ballroom to host Business Seminars and I have been really pleased with the service. It’s a great venue, really stylish, with lots of space and parking for my delegates. Each time I have asked for the room to be set up in a particular way and it has exceeded my expectations. The staff are warm and friendly, and the equipment – projector / screen etc. have always worked. The team are always on hand to help with any set up issues. The prices are very reasonable too!Vicky Kelly
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