Swinging 60s Party at Abbey Road Studios

Our client wanted to celebrate her 70th birthday in the heart of London, specifically around Kings Road or Carnaby Street, areas that are synonymous with the swinging 60s. Taking advantage of our venue-finding service, we arranged visits to shortlisted venues. During the day, conversation turned to one venue that wasn’t available on the required date – our client’s eyes immediately lit up and said she’d change the date if we could make it happen. One hastily arranged appointment later and we arrived in St John’s Wood, north London, beyond excited as we entered the legendary Abbey Road Studios!


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It wasn’t a difficult decision, the moment we walked in there was an amazing atmosphere and energy, strange as it may sound. Abbey Road Studios was like a second home to The Beatles, recording almost all of their songs in Studio 2 with producer George Martin in the control room. The studios have seen many top artists recording music over the years, but it is still The Beatles for which it is most famous. This was the venue our client was looking for – an icon of the sixties and guaranteed to ensure that her 70 guests, who came from all over the UK, would want to be there. The fact that Abbey Road Studios can be used for a very limited number of events each year – and that our client’s birthday party would be one of them – made our chance conversation feel like fate.

A black and white stylised version of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover formed the basis of the party theming and helped create a branded look for everything from the party invites to the table settings. Studio 2 was set up for a formal dinner, each table named after an iconic band and decorated with floral centrepieces created by our florist who skilfully continued the black and white theme. We took inspiration from the sound-proofing panels in the studio and installed more, as well as a massive wall projection, all of which featured images representing the culture of the sixties. Our lighting scheme added warmth and colour throughout the evening.

As guests arrived, having followed in the footsteps of the Fab Four across the zebra crossing outside, they were ushered into Studio 2 for a drinks reception with a pianist playing in the background – on the very piano John Lennon regarded as his favourite. Abbey Road Studios’ in-house caterers provided a stunning three-course dinner, and after dessert had been served a comedian filled Studio 2 with laughter. This was followed by a pub quiz we had specially devised for the party and Abbey Road chocolate vinyl records were awarded as prizes. On to the dancing and the playlist our DJ arranged, working closely with our client, proved a huge success – the sofas we’d put out for guests wanting to chill out remained empty for the duration!

This unique party was made even more special by the wonderful generosity of the Abbey Road Studios team. Guests were treated to a fascinating talk about Abbey Road and its history, as well as an opportunity to visit the control room where a sound engineer explained all the equipment. And with everyone dressed in their best 60s attire, it wasn’t hard to feel transported back to an incredible time in pop history.

Client Testimonials

What a party, your staff were amazing Hettie was first class her organising skills and people skills and attention to detail is excellent, and we hit it off with Matt from day one. Neil was so professional and reassuring he achieved everything we wanted to happen. Josh just created a fantastic atmosphere throughout the party. The entertainment was absolutely fantastic the food and catering was amazing.

Mr M Lyons

After observing the attention to detail during the week-long build-up and the courtesy and professionalism of all the MGN Team, it swiftly became apparent that value for money was not in question. I’ve spent similar sums on other luxuries over the years and the memory is a blur, however thanks to MGN I shall never forget the fun had by all, in particular my Son, Daughter and Wife whom I’ve never seen more happier…

Mr D Crompton

That was such an amazing party & Jack and all his friends had the time of their lives.. So many people said it was the best 18th they’ve been to & will take some beating..I just wanted to personally thank you for all that you done to organise such a great party. Plus all your help leading up to the night & on the night..You enabled me to relax & have fun celebrating Jack’s 18th.

Mrs J Taylor

This is a huge massive thank you for the best night of our lives! I seriously can’t thank you enough for all the amazing hard work and preparation you guys did to make our birthday night one a of kind.
I honestly couldn’t believe the transformation when I walked in, so thank you to all the MGN team. I need to make sure everybody knows about MGN because there is no other events planners like you guys.

The Akpan Family

A HUGE ‘thank you’ for helping us host an AMAZING birthday party! We have had so many text messages to say thanks for a great evening from all who came to the party. You were considerate of my worries about hosting a party at home for over 100 teenagers from day 1 and I must say all my fears were unfounded due to your reassurances and of course, the top quality professional service you provided from start to finish. Great team all round.

Mrs M Babatunde

Just want to say a massive THANK YOU for Jade’s party. It was amazing and all the kids had a wonderful time.
We really appreciated all your hard work and hope that you defrosted sometime in Sunday. Thank you for everything.

Mrs J Collins

Thanks hugely to you and all the team at MGN. You did a great job and achieved that difficult task of completely exceeding our expectations. The attention to detail by any standards was just outstanding, especially the dressing and lighting of the garden.

Mr P Dickson

I would like to say a huge thank you to you and all of the MGN team that helped with Grainne’s spectacular birthday this weekend. From our very first meeting to the party you were amazing and it was a pleasure to work with you. I will spread the word about MGN and look forward to our next fantastic event with you guys.

Mr J Wells

The whole process with MGN has been excellent. You have delivered everything you said you would and all done in a professional and friendly manner. Hettie, you have been super organised and kept all on track and I have very much enjoyed dealing with you. We will definitely recommend you in future (and hopefully have the chance to use you again ourselves!!)

Mrs H Wollen

I just wanted to say thank you for providing such a wonderful service, the end result being a fabulous party for Luke’s Birthday. It was really well thought through, you delivered on the vision and added more to make it better than we could have hoped for. Everyone had a great evening, the food was good, the DJ brilliant, please pass our thanks on to him, and the whole look was just perfect.

Mrs N Hussey

A great big enormous THANK YOU to MGN Events ! Mike assured us that MGN Events leave no stone unturned or any eventualities uncovered. and the result was an extremely successful, fun, WOW, show stopping ( my daughter’s friends’ words, not mine ) Arabian Night themed Birthday Party in our own garden.

All too quickly, it was all over….would we do it again ??? Oh yes we would !!

Mr D Couling

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