An exclusive look at One Great George Street’s 2019 menu

One Great George Street is giving event professionals a sneak peak of its 2019 catering menu.

As an independent venue with its own state-of-the-art kitchen and in-house catering team, One Great George Street has the freedom to purchase from specialist suppliers daily and prides itself on its approach to sustainability, accessibility and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Its 2019 menu continues to include its most popular dishes with classics like its famous Mini beef Wellington canapés of which its Executive Chef David Wilkinson has served an unbelievable 110,000 over 18 years of service!

The venue also has a few new tricks up its sleeve in response to changing market demand. For example, the venue’s in-house wine expert has opted to swap its house wines for sustainable, organic, biodynamic and vegan varieties from Spain.

You’ll also notice the menu is peppered with an array of innovative and interesting dairy free (DF), gluten free (DF), vegetarian (V) and vegan (Vg) options to ensure happy tastebuds all-round.

While the option to go bespoke is still offered, carefully composed menu packages designed to suit most budgets and tastes offer a headache-free alternative for time-poor event organisers.

1. 2019 Catering Brochure

Three new coordinators strengthen the team at Regent’s Conferences and Events

Regent’s Conferences and Events is pleased to welcome three new event coordinators, after a busy summer season.

Esta Verzoviti, came to London to study but enjoyed the buzz of the city so much that she stayed. Although missing her home city of Athens Esta loves the green spaces that London offers, which is what attracted her to come and work at Regent’s.

Elena Ortiz Gil has moved from Barcelona to experience the fun and excitement of London she has heard so much about. While settling in to Regent’s, Elena has been eating her way through the curries available on London’s Brick Lane.

Completing the team, Livia Salemme, who is originally from Naples, joins fresh from completing her Events Management degree at the University of Greenwich.

The Vaults are open at RSA House

Following a nine-month renovation, the RSA House Vaults reopened at the end of October.

Featuring high ceilings, dramatic exposed brickwork, an original stone road and snug alcoves, the Vaults, which were once used as riverfront warehouses for cattle, dairy products and wine, feature their own entrance, reception and private facilities.

The Vaults create a fabulous backdrop and memorable atmosphere for any event – from a screening space and breakout meetings, to a Christmas wonderland or wedding. For something a little different the alcove spaces work especially well for the interactive food stations on offer. Korean Ho-Bang steamed buns, Serrano ham carved in front of your guests, and “City Dogs” amongst our options you are sure to find something to please everyone.

Just off the Strand in the heart of the West End, the stylish Georgian RSA House is a highly versatile venue. Spaces available to hire include the Vaults as well as the Great Room with its’ domed-glass ceiling and period paintings, and the Benjamin Franklin Room which features an RSA commissioned chandelier and two original Adam fireplaces.

To find out more, or to book please contact 020 7451 6855 or email house@rsa.org.uk.

London Transport Museum wows industry with refurbed Cubic Theatre

Cubic Theatre, London Transport Museum wowed London’s film industry with an exclusive screening, following an extensive refurbishment replacing and improving all the technology in its tiered space.

Welcomed by a red carpet on Covent Garden piazza, guests were treated to frozen cocktails and cinema-style canapés designed by catering partner Benugo before settling into their tube style seating with warm freshly made popcorn to experience true 4k cinema projection of Working Title’s ‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ supported by Dolby Digital surround sound.

Now fully DCI/DCP compliant, screenings in the Cubic Theatre are the highest quality and clarity.

The Lansdowne Club dazzles at Bollywood-themed showcase

The Westminster Venue Collection invited guests into a cultural display of music, colour and entertainment at the prestigious Lansdowne Club in London’s Mayfair this week.

The event was held in The Ballroom, a stunning function area and the largest of the suites at the Lansdowne Club, to showcase the venue’s hosting capabilities to event professionals.

With Bollywood theming, the historic splendour of the club’s 18th century heritage and lavish interior was enhanced by lighting professionals, Effectevent, to accentuate its architectural detailing and was dressed with flamboyant, colourful bouquets by Petal to the Metal Flowers.

To add to the fun, the Bollywood Co. dance ensemble, made a dramatic entrance with their leading bhangra drummer, which was followed by a performance from two bejewelled Bollywood dancers, while a team of talented henna-tattoo artists offered complimentary hand embellishment.

Throughout the evening, guests were treated to an array of taste-tantalising Asian cuisine canapés and bowl food with an eclectic mix of vegetarian and meat flavour-infused tasters. Many guests commented on the refreshing take on event catering, provided by the Lansdowne’s in-house chefs. Avoiding predictable offerings, the catering team dished up lamb koftas with a home-made dipping sauce, squid-ink battered prawns and a lentil and butternut squash curry with rice, amongst other things.

Lucy Mannering, head of events at the Lansdowne Club and Westminster Venue Collection board member, said: “We are delighted with how the evening went. With over 150 event professionals attending, it was a great night of networking and entertainment. It also gave guests the perfect opportunity not only to trial one of our main event spaces, but also to be shown some of our 73 suites and bedrooms, provided for the comfort and privacy of our members.”

Trio of new members for Westminster Venue Collection

Westminster Venue Collection is delighted to welcome three new venue members to its marketing consortium – Royal Over-Seas League,110 Rochester Row and Dartmouth House.

Over-Seas House – the clubhouse home of the Royal Over-Seas League – is one of London’s most unique private members clubs. Located in the heart of St James’s, this historic Grade 1-listed building offers splendid period function rooms, which are ideal for holding everything from small syndicate workshops to major conferences, corporate celebrations, private dinner parties, birthdays and weddings.

During the summer, its private garden and terrace situated adjacent to Green Park offers a tranquil setting for drinks receptions. Graysons Venues oversee all aspects of the Royal Over-Seas League’s catering and their expert team use only the freshest produce of the finest quality to prepare dishes offering the perfect balance of flavour, texture and colour.

Patricia Paixao, Conference and Banqueting Sales Manager of the Royal Over-Seas League said: “Royal Over-Seas League is a non-profit members’ organisation with stunning headquarters in Westminster. We offer seven meeting and function rooms for hire and are delighted to have joined the Westminster Venue Collection. We believe the collection acts as a mark of quality and its access to event planners is unrivalled. We are looking forward to working with the members and hope our membership will contribute to the strength of the collection.”

110 Rochester Row boasts seven flexible spaces, able to accommodate a variety of larger events or smaller meetings, workshops and training courses.

Situated in the heart of London between Westminster and Pimlico, the contemporary meeting venue is equipped with state-of-the-art technology while a choice of mouthwatering menus from breakfast to dinner and everything in between has been created by award-winning caterers, Eden.

Andrew Waller, General Manager of 110 Rochester Row, said: “We have worked hard to provide an adaptable venue which acts a blank canvas ready to be transformed into anything you imagine it to be. We think this is a perfect fit for the Westminster Venue Collection portfolio, which is a crucial tool for time-poor event professionals. I am excited to use the collection to help further raise our profile and enhance our offering.”

Dartmouth House is a stunning Grade II listed Georgian townhouse set in the heart of prestigious Mayfair. The award-winning venue features an abundance of original features including an original Adams’ fireplace, a stunning marble staircase and beautiful chandeliers.

With five dedicated event spaces it can accommodate events ranging from 5-300 guests. In the summer months, the stunning outdoor Courtyard will transport you to the heart of a French Chateau.

Rebecca Hawkes, Sales and Marketing Manager of Dartmouth House, said “We are delighted to be joining the Westminster Venue Collection. We know the collection is kept in extremely high esteem with event planners and professions and hope this will allow us more opportunities to make valuable connections.”

The Chair of Westminster Venue Collection, Rachel Azzopardi, said: “We are extremely excited to welcome Royal Over-Seas League, 110 Rochester Row and Dartmouth House to our collection bringing our total number to 36. All of these fantastic venues make strong additions to our collection that brings together modern and traditional exhibition spaces, museums, auditoria, conference rooms and banqueting halls all in London’s iconic City of Westminster.”

Westminster Venue Collection wows at sensational showcase

Westminster Venue Collection dazzled event buyers at a glittering showcase on Monday evening.

Entitled ‘WowMinster’ the event at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, offered event planners the chance to meet and network with 36 of London’s finest venues while enjoying a range of mouth-watering delights.

Guests were treated to crispy pork skins with pulled ham hock and honey-roasted pumpkin foam, seeded cracker with carrot hummus and beetroot gel and mini BAFTA shepherd’s pie tartlets. Sweet treats followed the canapés and bowl food with cinnamon doughnuts served with spiced hot chocolate sauce, salted caramel and apricot jam and lime leaf and chocolate fudge brownie with popping candy.

During her welcoming address Rachel Azzopardi, chair of Westminster Venue Collection, said: “Our annual showcase gives time-poor event organisers an opportunity to meet face-to-face with our incredible range of venues. The unique and eclectic mix of the collection means our showcase provides a real insight into the breadth of our offer. From fashionable townhouses and unique private members’ clubs to luxury hotels, celebrated attractions, historic institutes and societies Westminster Venue Collection has it all.”

BAFTA 195 Piccadilly’s David Lean Room was transformed into a splendid backdrop using equipment from Thorns Furniture & Catering Hire. Viva Live Music’s saxophonist provided a sophisticated undertone while some event professionals even had their faces painted by London Facepainters.

As the evening drew to a close, a range of experiences were up for grabs in a prize draw featuring scrumptious afternoon teas and three course meals at various member venues as well as tickets to the Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival and the Ice Bar.

Ilenia Simonelli, operations and product executive of Sovereign Tourism said: “The event was fabulous. It was very enjoyable, well organised and informative – the food and drinks were also delicious. It was great to learn and discover the different venues in the Westminster area and we very much hope we can use some of them for our groups!”

Church House launches recycling initiative

Church House has found a cost-effective way to reduce its carbon footprint by having all its waste coffee grounds recycled by a bio-bean factory.

During the large number of meetings, training sessions and seminars taking place throughout the year, the venue serves thousands of cups of fresh coffee every week.

What happens to the waste coffee grounds? A specialised treatment process now produces bio-fuel pellets which is then used to power bio-mass boilers.

Recycling waste coffee grounds prevents waste going to landfill and incineration. Every year in the UK 1.8 million tonnes of CO2 emissions are generated by coffee waste disposal. By recycling the coffee waste, the venue is not only improving its environmental credentials but also reducing its carbon output as bio-fuels are carbon neutral and their use displaces fossil fuels.

Church House Westminster is committed to working in a sustainable way and minimising the venue’s impact on the environment. It also holds a silver award for Green Tourism.

IET celebrates women in engineering with an exciting new exhibition

A thought-provoking new exhibition has launched at IET London: Savoy Place showcasing women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

The new exhibit in the Mountbatten Exhibition room celebrates the current winners and finalists of the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year (YWE) Awards, highlighting the breadth of engineering in today’s society.

Guests and delegates to the venue can also see what initiatives the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is working on, including its recent #SmashStereotypesToBits campaign, the Portrait of an Engineer photography series as well as its work to highlight the inspiring career paths and amazing achievements these women engineers have accomplished.

The exhibit in the Watson-Watt room is a retrospective display of women in engineering and their contribution to the field sharing the rich history of women in engineering, celebrating the trail blazers, women on the move and discoveries made by women.

20 Cavendish Square houses NHS blood transfusion center

20 Cavendish Square has offered one of its meeting rooms as a base for donors while the NHS refurbishes its busiest donor centre for blood transfusions.

Every donor plays a vital role in making sure hospital patients get the blood that they need and the vital expansion to the centre will not only improve the donor experience but will enable thousands more donations to be collected.

20 Cavendish Square is just a five-minute walk from the centre located close to Oxford Circus tube station, so offers the perfect location for their temporary home.