I've been trying hard to find a venue for months for my up-and-coming birthday party and have been rather thwarted by recalcitrant venues responding to my requests. It's bizarre, either they are all so busy they can turn away business or they're just so disorganised they only respond to repeated enquiries.
I finally contact a group that have several venues, so there's more of a chance of success. They suggested a few options but really they had me at the Gherkin. I love this building and was even more convinced on visiting and checking out the the bar. Party venue sorted, now for the invitations.