A taste of Formula One at London Transport Museum

Visitors to the London Transport Museum were treated to a Sahara Force India F1 car followed by a glittering reception in the museum’s gallery.

Fresh from the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, a Sahara Force India F1 team car took pride of place in the Covent Garden Piazza on Thursday, 14 June.

Organised by design agency Orange Bus, yisitors were invited to have photos taken with the vehicle as well as take part in a social media competition to win a range of prizes including merchandise signed by team drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon.

After a day of high level public interaction, 300 international VIP guests were wowed at a glittering Payne and Gunter reception in the museum’s gallery, further excitement ensued with an appearance from Otmar Szafnauer. A highlight of the evening included a high-octane auction which raised money for Orange Bus’ charity partner Breast Cancer Care.

Life’s a beach at QEII’s show-stopping summer showcase

Over 100 event planners came together at London’s QEII Centre as one of central London’s largest venues showcased its world-class events spaces.

Arriving on the fourth-floor, beachgoers discovered the blank canvas spaces of the Rutherford and Abbey rooms had been totally transformed into a decadent Copacabana Beach, where they enjoyed music straight from the heart of the carnival and escaped the bustle of city life thanks to massage angels.

Event theming partners Event-Trees pulled out all the stops to create an immersive and imaginative experience, providing the perfect sun-inspired backdrop for cocktails all the way from the beaches of Brazil, accompanied by regionally-inspired delicious canapé bites designed and delivered by QEII’s in-house caterers, QEII Taste by Leiths.

20 Cavendish Square taking steps to reduce its plastic waste

With 400 million tonnes of plastic produced each year, 20 Cavendish Square is taking steps to reduce its waste.

A whopping 40% of the plastic produced single use plastic, the venue team is searching for ways to be less wasteful and kinder to the environment.

One of the simple steps the team have taken is to bring their favourite mugs from home and remove single-use cups. Thousands of single-use cups are used in the average workplace – these aren’t easily recyclable so almost all of them will go to landfill.


Church House Westminster appoints new AV Manager

Bradley Hill has been appointed to AV Manager at Church House.

With 22 years’ experience in live events, Bradley has worked with various production and audio-visual companies in London, Europe, Africa, Asia and the US and will lead the AV department in continuing to deliver a huge range of successful events.

On taking the role, Bradley said: “AV plays an important role in enhancing events, but clients don`t always know what is available to them. Church House has an enviable list of clients and agencies who regularly stage large scale events and my aim is to bring a production company feel to the venue, delivering more exciting events promoting the outstanding AV service we offer. I will be working in partnership with the client to ensure the venue`s latest technology is utilised to its full extent and makes the impact the client is seeking.”

Church House has invested significantly in its AV facilities, with its capabilities boasting some of the most advanced infrastructure of any London venue. Its in-house team are able to deliver full HD web streaming and video on demand services (VOD) and offers 4k projection in its largest Space – the Assembly Hall.

The Institute of Contemporary Arts launches exhibition devoted to the late Julie Becker

‘I must create a Master Piece to pay the Rent’ by Julie Becker is an exciting addition for those looking to book events at ICA this summer.

The new exhibition featuring Becker’s portfolio of legendary installations, sculptures, drawings, photographs and video.

Becker’s oeuvre speaks to the language and mythology of the late 20th century American Dream turned nightmare, drawing from sources as diverse as Stephen King’s The Shining, Disney’s fantasy The Gnome-Mobile, Kay Thompson’s children’s books Eloise, and suburban stoner myths espousing the karmic convergence between The Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon.

I must create a Master Piece to pay the Rent by Julie Becker will be on at the venue until 12 August 2018.

Westminster Venue Collection appoints Rachel Azzopardi as chair

Rachel Azzopardi, head of catering and events at Regent’s Conferences and Events, has been appointed chair of the venue consortium.

Rachel takes over from QEII Centre’s director of sales and marketing, Diane Waldron, who steps aside following her recent appointment as chapter chair for ICCA UK & Ireland.

Diane, who remains on the collection’s board of directors, said: “I’m delighted to hand over the reins to Rachel who is a talented and enthusiastic leader, embedded in the industry and well-equipped to take the helm. I remain passionate and committed to the consortium, which features such a fantastic array of venues from fashionable townhouses and private members’ clubs, luxury hotels, celebrated attractions, historic institutes and societies.”

Rachel said: “Diane has done a wonderful job serving the members of Westminster Venue Collection over the last year and we are extremely grateful for her leadership and contribution.”

With over a decade of industry experience, Rachel has been responsible for a vast array of prestigious events. These have included BBC Question Time, product launches for brands such as Sony Music and Facebook and fashion shows for Topshop during London Fashion Week.

Rachel added: “As a venue marketing consortium we are constantly looking at ways to build our profile and engage with the industry, delivering a seamless and simple approach to venue finding for time-poor event planners.”