Broadway House adds new Virtual Tour

Broadway House in Westminster have launched a fabulous new virtual tour to make it even easier for you to look round their venue.

The technology allows you to look at all of their rooms, in multiple layouts, through the click of a button. Also, using the ‘doll’s house’ view, you can see the location of your conference room in relation to your breakout rooms and catering spaces.

It looks great, it makes your life easier and, because you don’t need to visit the property lots of times in the run up to your event, saves you time.

Do have a look and let us know what you think.

Broadway House | Central London, Westminster Venue Hire | Make UK Venues (makevenues.co.uk)

Behind the Scenes at the QEII with Stuart Drummond

The QEII Centre pride themselves on the quality of the event experience and at the heart of that is their experienced, knowledgeable and friendly staff.  They have been kind enough to share their insight and experience on what makes a great Event Manager.

Stuart Drummond has worked at the QEII Centre for 27 years and his role is to work closely with the client once the contract has been approved, right through to the event day itself as well as any post event follow up that is required.

“My job is to successfully manage the event and build strong relationships both with the client and internal teams to achieve this.  My main priority is to ensure all logistics are in place and that the event runs smoothly on the day. It is essential that I build good relationships with clients and get to know them and how they like their events to run, especially as I run many events for repeat clients.”

Stuart believes that one of the great strengths of the Centre is that everything is about the client and ensuring the success of their event.  Staff are a vital part of this from the warm welcome at the reception and security team through to the client care provided by the AV, Catering, Event Management and Sales teams. Professionalism, knowledge and friendliness shines through.

Stuart says “the buzz of the job comes from helping the client to deliver a successful event and achieve their objectives. There is nothing more satisfying than having a client come up to you at the end of the event and thanking you for helping to make it possible.”

And what does an Event Manager do to relax when not looking after customers?  Stuart says “developing my cooking repertoire and trying out new recipes, as I really enjoy it!” Perhaps you can ask him about his favourites when you next visit the QEII Centre.

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Westminster Venue Collection partners with Paje Consultancy

Westminster Venue Collection are delighted to announce they have awarded the contract to provide Westminster Venue Collection with a full marketing, membership and enquiry service to Paje Consultancy Ltd from 1st November 2021.

WVC offers over twenty high quality venues in the Westminster region of Central London, and the Paje team are delighted to be working with this organisation to assist them in their exciting journey back to pre-pandemic business levels.

The WVC portfolio encompasses fashionable townhouses and private members clubs to luxury hotels, celebrated attractions, historic institutes and leading society venues.  This carefully selected venue collection combines both modern and traditional exhibition spaces, museums, auditoria, conference rooms and banqueting halls to offer the finest world-class facilities all based in London’s iconic City of Westminster.

Rachel Azzopardi, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Westminster Venue Collection says “We are delighted to be working with Mandy Jennings and the experienced team at Paje Consultancy.  The Board and I believe with their excellent track record in sales and marketing, plus success in managing hospitality industry consortia they will take our London collection of venues to new heights and really help support our venues coming out of the pandemic”

Mandy Jennings, CEO and Founder of Paje comments “Building on our strengths and the experienced team we already have in place; this is an ideal opportunity for progression.  We look forward to working with all of the exciting and innovative WVC venues over the coming months and developing a strong business model as meetings and events business continues to bounce back.”

This latest appointment provides Paje Consultancy Ltd with a fantastic opportunity to use their experience gained from successfully representing other leading UK consortia.   Mandy Jennings and the team have been partners of Venues of Excellence since 2016 winning the “CHS UK Best Representation Award in 2020” and during the pandemic Mandy made the decision to purchase the organisation to assure its longevity.  Paje Consultancy also provide a dedicated sales and marketing team for the acclaimed Academic Venue Solutions association.  Paje Consultancy formed in 2010 and have worked on over one hundred independent consultancy projects for hotels and venues during this time, plus they operate a first class Learning & Development academy providing online and classroom training for the hospitality industry.

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For more information contact:

Mandy Jennings MIH, CEO Paje Consultancy Ltd & CEO Venues of Excellence

Email:  [email protected]

Mobile: 07776 307167

WVC Website:  www.venues-london.co.uk

Paje Consultancy Website: www.paje-uk.com

Central Hall Westminster joins Toilet Twinning charity’s 10th Birthday celebrations

Central London conference and events centre, Central Hall Westminster, is joining forces with Toilet Twinning for the charity’s 10th Birthday celebrations on World Toilet Day, Friday 19th November.

Since becoming a ‘loominary’ just over five years ago for the charity, which helps provide water and sanitation to some of the world’s poorest families, Central Hall Westminster has become a major sponsor, raising a grand total of £55,000.

As a partner for the event, Central Hall Westminster’s Managing Director, Paul Southern, will speak at a special online birthday party to mark ten years of Toilet Twinning at 7.30pm on Friday 19th November. The free evening event will be hosted by Toilet Twinning CEO Lorraine Kingsley and its Country Director in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Hebdavi Muhindo. It will also feature some more famous faces, including comic Paul Kerensa and TV presenter and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota, share stories about Toilet Twinning’s impact over the past decade and some of the innovative ways supporters have raised money, along with an inevitable dash of toilet humour.

Central Hall Westminster adopted the charity in June 2016 in partnership with Methodist Central Hall Westminster. Central Hall Westminster Ltd was originally set up to provide funds to maintain its iconic and architecturally significant Grade II* Listed building and provide income to support the local church mission and ministry, as well as donate to many UK and international charities including Toilet Twinning.

As well as ‘twinning’ its own toilets to provide latrines for families overseas, the venue invites visitors and event professionals to donate their loose change to help the poorest communities gain access to clean water, a proper latrine and receive hygiene training.

Paul Southern, Managing Director of Central Hall Westminster, comments: “As an events venue which exists to provide money for the upkeep of our historic building and for charitable works around the world, we are delighted to have joined with Toilet Twinning to celebrate their 10th anniversary. We would like to thank each and every one of the event professionals and visitors who have donated to this worthy cause and helped us reach £55,000 in five years. Over this time, we have learnt about the crucial difference toilets make to people’s health and well-being. Sadly, 1.7 billion people globally still don’t have a safe, clean toilet at home. We are hugely impressed with the work Toilet Twinning has done over the last ten years to address this.”

Toilet Twinning CEO Lorraine Kingsley adds: “On World Toilet Day, we are so excited to be celebrating all we’ve achieved over the past decade to flush away poverty and delighted that Central Hall Westminster is joining us for the online party. Central Hall Westminster has been a ‘loominary’ for over five years and we are very grateful for the fantastic support they and their visitors have shown us: £55,000 is an incredible amount to have raised.”

Book your place at the Toilet Twinning’s World Toilet Day online party, in partnership with Central Hall Westminster, on Friday 19th November here: https://www.toilettwinning.org/world-toilet-day-party/

IET shares insights on why high-tech venues are needed more than ever

Due to the unprecedented global pandemic, event professionals have had to drastically re-think the way they host events and speed up the way they use technology.

While we were all eagerly awaiting the return of physical events, hybrid events nevertheless became a staple in the event calendar throughout 2020 and 2021, and people have now had a chance to experience the convenience of dialling into an event from home. Therefore, this dual physical and virtual option will no doubt become an expectation that delegates will expect to see when receiving an event invite.

Whether an event is fully in-person or hybrid, no one wants their high-class event to be ruined by a buffering Zoom video or an unstable internet connection, so stand-out technology is key to ensure a smoothly run event. As a result, high-tech venues have become extremely important for event planners.

Here are our top three reasons why a high-tech venue is needed now more than ever.

Hybrid events are not going anywhere

Hybrid events are here to stay, but they rely heavily on technology and, as with anything new or unfamiliar, can be very daunting, especially when you want to positively represent your brand. Therefore, hosting your event at a venue that has amazing AV facilities will not only enhance your virtual element but will also add a sense of professionalism.

At Savoy Place, whether you are wanting to host a large conference or a small webinar, their inbuilt AV facilities in every space, from their lecture theatres to their board rooms, will position your event at the forefront of digital innovation, ensuring you have the tech and know-how on-site to help your event run smoothly.

To help take some of the stress out of planning your event, IET Venues have in-house AV and broadcasting teams, all of whom are experts in their fields, so you can rest assured knowing AV is one less area of your event to worry about.

With a full range of broadcast solutions, their dedicated teams have the ability to stream or record your event and distribute the content live or on-demand, all the while delivering expert solutions and fulfilling your technical needs. They also have 50MB Wi-Fi that guests can use for free and will ensure there is no buffering in sight!

High spec tech

Even though we can see a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, many event planners will still be cautious in hosting events at full capacity and will continue to expect some social distancing and reduced capacities.

As a result, tech in venues that allows you to communicate or sync to different parts of the venue will be hugely beneficial as this will allow more delegates to experience the same event while being spread out within the venue.

For example, the Kelvin Lecture Theatre and the Turing Lecture Theatre can be linked with both video and sound which allows event planners to increase capacity across both rooms without any attendees missing out! There is also the opportunity to set-up a two-way link to the Riverside Room.

Their Riverside Room not only boasts amazing views over Westminster but has state-of-the-art AV facilities including video walls, PTZ cameras and video mapping software. This means no matter where your delegates are, either in the room or tuning in from home, the PTZ cameras provide the perfect view of your speaker or presenter, as these cameras film from any angle and is then displayed on the video walls and screens across the length of the room.

Screens throughout the Riverside Room also allow for digital branding, ensuring less printed materials and therefore fewer touchpoints for guests.

Going the distance

This year has prompted more collaboration than ever – brands partnering up, businesses working together, even venues working across different campuses to account for reduced capacities.

For event planners with delegates across the country, it can be useful to have two venues that can link up and seamlessly talk to each other. At IET Venues, we can link your delegates from the Midlands at IET Birmingham: Austin Court with delegates based in London at Savoy Place.

This allows reduced capacities at each venue, while still enabling the standard high number of delegates to enjoy your event. Additionally, for delegates nervous about travelling, this negates the need to travel as far for an event.

IET Venues are the home of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and have an extensive technological history; they have always maintained the forefront of technical advances and are fortunate to have our top-of-the-range AV systems in place before the widespread necessity for virtual events. As a result, their high-tech venues will have an even bigger impact on your event than ever before.

Getting to know: Tinique Hay

Tinique has been at 10-11 Carlton House Terrace for three years now and works as a Venue Sales and Marketing Coordinator. As the first point of contact for all sales enquiries, she plays an important role in engaging prospective clients.

We spoke with Tinique this month to find out how her role has changed over the past year.

How has your role had to adapt over the past 12 months?
Working in events, it’s obviously been a big change adapting to working remotely and conducting virtual show rounds which took quite a few months to adjust to. I am so used to showing wonderful wedding couples and corporate clients around our stunning venue in-person that it’s become a new skill trying to show it off virtually!

What have you found most rewarding about working during the pandemic?
Seeing pure happiness and gratitude from wedding couples and corporate clients after safely delivering their micro-wedding or Hybrid AGM during the pandemic, as our team worked extremely hard to ensure our venue was ready to safely host events as soon as we could.

What have you found most challenging about working during the pandemic?
Having to adapt to constantly changing restrictions in relation to events and not being able to see my amazing team all in the office together!

What type of enquiry gets you instantly excited and why?
I would have to say fashion and exclusive hire enquiries get me most excited, as I love all things fashion, and exclusive hire enables me to tap into my creative and logistical skills!

What’s your favourite thing about Westminster as a destination?
The array of historic landmarks dotted around the borough make it a special place to be and a nice part of London to travel to and from work.

To tap into Tinique’s expertise or enquire about holding your next event at 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, get in touch at [email protected].

Behind the Lens: Filming at Westminster’s Finest

Westminster is home to some of London’s most versatile and eclectic venues, offering blank canvases or ready-made stage productions for all manner of filming locations. From beautifully adorned backdrops to set the scene for period dramas, to vast private outdoor spaces to host mock festivals, consider our collection of venues for your next filming project.

Lincoln’s Inn

Dating back to 1422, the 11-acre estate of Lincoln’s Inn, located in the heart of Holborn, offers a wonderful array of historic halls, traditional rooms, beautiful gardens and spacious squares. The diversity of the exterior and interior listed buildings provide a range of choice for your upcoming filming project. The estate is the ideal backdrop for blockbuster films, TV productions and documentaries in need of period surroundings and the Halls and Library are particularly suited to a traditional themed setting. By contrast, the brand-new conference centre offers an interior space for a crowd base or ancillary services as well as a modern day set. Previous productions filmed at Lincoln’s Inn include DC Universe’s 2015 blockbuster ‘Wonder Woman’, the highly acclaimed ‘The Theory of Everything’ and Guy Ritchie’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’.

If you are interested in filming at Lincoln’s Inn, contact the team at [email protected].

One Great George Street

One Great George Street recently scooped the coveted title of ‘Best Film Location Venue’ at the Prestigious Star Awards. The venue provides an ideal internal setting for feature filming, period dramas and television series. Film and drama-makers love its many features when looking for an impressive historic setting. A variety of spectacular backdrops are ideal for stately film locations and historic television filming areas available. A dedicated event co-ordinator will collaborate with location managers, film production crews, film directors and photographers to suggest the most suitable space in line with the theme and budget. Previous films have included Fast and Furious 6, Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason and many BBC television productions.

For more information or to make an enquiry call 020 7665 2323 (option 1), or email  [email protected].

The QEII Centre

Based in the heart of Westminster, The QEII Centre is the largest dedicated conference and events space in Central London. Large spaces include The Churchill and Mountbatten suites, holding up to 1,300 people, while the centre also boasts medium and small spaces to host smaller meetings and events. The venue’s sixth floor has floor to ceiling windows offering stunning views of Westminster and Big Ben and is often used for drinks receptions. QEII is regularly used by film crews looking for flexible space. It featured as one location for the BBC series The Capture in 2019 and has more recently served as one location for political thriller Roadkill starring Hugh Laurie.

For more information, contact the team at +44 20 8078 5752.

IET London: Savoy Place

IET London: Savoy Place carries a timeless grandeur and commanding presence, visible from London’s South Bank as you cross Waterloo Bridge and offers panoramic views over the River Thames from its roof terrace. Extensive space for filming spans four floors with additional outside space in a location easily accessible by rail, tube and river. From Made in Chelsea’s rooftop parties, to the Prime Minister’s political briefings, the venue and its experienced team are well versed in delivering excellence for your filming needs. Its flagship spaces include a dominating lecture theatre hosting up to 450 people and the Riverside Room for 330 people, with vast natural light, London views and optional use of the roof terrace. For more intimate scenes, Savoy Place boasts a characterful Library and a series of smaller meeting rooms.

For more information, get in touch on +44 20 7344 5479.

RIBA

RIBA at 66 Portland Place represents the best of British architecture and is, in places, almost untouched since 1934. The versatile grade II listed building I set across six floors and complemented by unique features, such as its double height entrance hall, showstopping marble staircase, Art Deco detailing and triple height atrium. Florence Hall is an expansive space with etched glass doors, carved stone and patterned flooring, while the RIBA gallery is a modern, blank canvas. RIBA’s stunning Art Deco building has featured in many high-profile films, including Goodbye Christopher Robin, Guerilla, Woman in Gold and The Man from Uncle, as well as TV drama Silent Witness and an advert for luxury vehicle brand Jaguar. The unique architectural detailing is perfect for mid-century modern and contemporary film and photoshoots with ample space to accommodate cast and crew, and as the building is not currently open to the public or staff, it can be very flexible with bookings.

If you’d like to know more, email [email protected].

Regent’s Conferences & Events

Presenting an outdoor space unlike any other in London, Regent’s‘ grounds are encased in landscaped tranquillity, offering four acres of private space where the countryside meets the city. Comprising of pristine lawns and lush foliage, Regent’s creates a magical setting for filming festival scenes, weddings, summer garden parties and period dramas. Inside, Herringham Hall offers high ceilings and tall, arched windows – an impressive space which lends itself brilliantly to dynamic events including launches and parties. The Tuke Common Room is another signature space with original art deco features, wood panelling and views over the lawns. Well-equipped on-site kitchens could also be made available for cooking shows. The campus benefits from the rare advantage of on-site parking in central London, offering plenty of space for filming crew and their vehicles to access.

For more information, get in touch with [email protected] or call +44 20 7487 7540.

116 Pall Mall

116 Pall Mall is a spectacular film and TV location with magnificent Georgian architecture. A Grade I building just moments from iconic London locations, such as Downing Street, Mayfair and Covent Garden, 116 has featured in a wide range of historic moments, TV programmes and films, including Downton Abbey,  Gandhi,  The Dark Knight, Foyle’s War, Margaret Thatcher’s eulogy for President Reagan, Made in Chelsea,  Parks and Recreation and Strike. The building’s luxurious interiors include handsome period features and a wide range of versatile and flexible spaces across five floors.

To make an enquiry, get in touch here.

Church House Westminster

Church House Westminster is located within leafy Dean’s Yard and offers a peaceful setting for filming along with stunning views of Westminster Abbey. The venue offers stylish backdrops which include both intimate rooms as well as large airy spaces. Polished English oak panelling, Art Deco chandeliers, and classically inspired architectural details can be seen throughout the building. Curved corridors and modern staircases accommodate both live-action shoots and still photography. The extensive and versatile film location venue provides 19 event spaces that can easily accommodate wardrobe changes and catering areas. Stunning 360-degree rooftop views across central London from the 7th floor of the film location venue is ideal for news reporting, shooting pieces to camera for interviews and documentaries or photography shoots with iconic London landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye as a backdrop.

For more information, call the team on +44 20 7390 1590.

 

 

 

#WestminsterWonderland

While our venue collection may not be celebrating Christmas in true office party style this year, we wanted to bring some festive cheer to our colleagues and clients and ask you to join us for walking in a #WestminsterWonderland.

In a year where things have been far from normal, many of us have taken to the great outdoors for leisure and the benefits of such has been a regular feature of the news since the first lockdown in March. Taking care of one’s physical and mental health is so important, now more so than ever, and we think it’s the perfect excuse to don some winter wear and explore London with a takeaway hot beverage and to revel in the festive lights of the West End.

Along the way, you will pass many venues in our collection and we encourage you to share your pictures by using #WestminsterWonderland.

There is no right or wrong journey to take, that is the beauty of it! So, if you find yourself in one of the below areas in the City of Westminster, take note of the venues you’ll be passing as you take in the magical light displays!

Venues in Marylebone:
Cavendish Conference Centre – Cavendish Venues
Royal Institute of British Architects
Regents Conference & Events

Lights to see near Marylebone:
Marylebone Village
Oxford Street
New Bond Street
Carnaby Street

Venues in Mayfair:
BAFTA Piccadilly
The Lansdowne Club

Lights to see near Mayfair:
Claridge’s
Burlington Arcade
Fortnum & Mason
Regent’s Street

Venues in Covent Garden:
The Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn
London Transport Museum
IET: Savoy Place
RSA House
Vue Cinema London – West End (Leicester Square)

Lights to see near Covent Garden:
Trafalgar Square
Seven Dials
The Strand
Embankment towards Southbank

St James’s:
London Library
116 Pall Mall
The Royal Society
{10-11} Carlton House Terrace

Lights to see near St James’s:
Jermyn Street
Waterloo Place
St James’s Market Pavilion

Westminster:
One Great George Street
QEII Centre
Central Hall Westminster
Broadway House
Church House Westminster
Houses of Parliament
110 Rochester Row
Doubletree by Hilton London Westminster

Lights to see near Westminster:
Parliament Square

We’ll be sharing our #WestminsterWonderland on Instagram Stories, so visit our profile to see the latest!

Church House Westminster hosts recent hybrid event to highlight the power of face-to-face conversation

Church House Westminster recently ran a hybrid event to highlight the power of face-to-face conversations.

The keynote speech was delivered by Mark Herring, Founder of Urbano Network, who took to the stage of the Assembly Hall of the Westminster venue. An online audience tuned in to the event which was live streamed utilising the venue’s in-situ audio-visual and event technology, managed by the in-house Audio-Visual team. The talk was followed by an interactive question and answer session. Post event, the AV team edited and produced a professional event video which was made available on-demand online.

Mark Herring commented: “When the initial idea for the event was conceived, I knew it was paramount for me, as the speaker, to attend the venue in-person, as the theme centred on the value of a conversation. We all recognise the possibilities that flow from physically being in an event space, it is after all where we meet new people and explore future collaborations, discuss supply chain and project delivery, sound out new ideas and socialise.

Elana Kruger, Marketing Manager of Church House Westminster, added: “Following the challenges posed by Covid-19, event formats are evolving rapidly to provide more interactive alternatives as the industry prepares itself for larger in-person events. This comes with a huge sigh of relief as we wave goodbye to what has been a strange and awkward overreliance on virtual-only platforms – hence the elephant in the room. Collaborating with Mark on this event, underscores the fact that we are actively planning for an exciting new future of events where we look forward to welcoming back face to face events, safely”.

For more information about hosting an event with Church House Westminster, contact the team on 020 7390 1590.

RSA House delivers its first COVID-secure intimate wedding following latest regulations

Award-winning central London wedding venue RSA House, catering specialists CH&CO and renowned florist Mary Jane Vaughan joined forces to host their first physically distanced wedding.

RSA House practise stringent measures and procedures to prove that an intimate wedding can be carried out safely in-line with all new Covid-19 safety measures, without losing the magic of the day.

The wedding day was held in accordance with safety guidelines established in the ‘Safer events – A Framework for Action’ white paper and Visit Britain accreditations, Westminster council risk assessments and in accordance with public health and government guidance. All guests were sent a personalised RSA House pre-wedding guide and floor plans adhering to household bubbles prior to the wedding day, to help guests feel comfortable and at ease before stepping through the door.

Thorough signage was placed around the venue, including two-metre physical distancing floor markers outside in order to manage queues. Additionally, floor markings and signage in the event spaces and public areas were in place to manage a one-way flow of traffic around the venue. Capacities of the event spaces have been reduced to two metres or one metre where mitigation is in place and all guests were required to wear masks when moving around the venue. During the wedding ceremony, a two-metre distance between the couple and registrars was adhered to. All RSA House event staff have completed COVID-secure training and wore masks, aprons and gloves throughout the day.

The arrival of guests was staggered and digital contactless temperature checks were taken by a member of the RSA reception team and guests sanitised their hands on entry.

After the ceremony, guests were guided outside the beautifully historic exterior of RSA House, for picture-perfect wedding snaps, followed by a canape reception. A call for dinner was announced and guests made their way to the Great Room, steeped in history and providing a spacious and memorable setting for the wedding dining experience.

RSA House has gained the Hire Space ‘Safer Events’ accreditation and Visit England ‘Good to Go’ accreditation. The venue is open to host wedding ceremonies and receptions for up to 15 guests.