Cavendish Venues celebrate newest team members who graduate with first-class degrees

Cavendish Venues’ has appointed two new team members Gina Pichilingi and Serena Basso as sales and operations executives from the University of Westminster’s career fair.

Gina studied Tourism, Planning and Management at the university, while Serena studied Tourism and Events Management. Both graduates are excited to apply their skills and will perform key roles at Cavendish Venues.

Their success is an example of the continued and valued belief at Cavendish Venues in developing talent in the events industry.

116 Pall Mall uses extraordinary LED Wall for streaming event

116 Pall Mall hosted the 5th China Economic with the CKG School of Business alongside the Institute of Directors where it showcased the stunning LED wall provided by Oxygen Event Services.

Measuring 6m x 3.5m and weighing in at two and a half tonnes, the 271” screen was built in three hours and dismantled in one hour.

His Excellency Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese ambassador to the UK opened the event, which was attended by over 200 guests who heard from a number of impressive speakers including Sir Douglas Flint, UK Government’s Special Envoy to the Belt & Road Initiative, Vincent NI, Senior Journalist at BBC World Service and Dr Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover.

The presentations and discussions were live streamed, and clips were broadcast on Chinese state television news with over 500,000 viewers tuning in.

20 Cavendish Square hosts NHS 70th Birthday Tea

20 Cavendish Square opened its library for members of the public to drop in and enjoy a cup of tea, games and a chance to view the collections as part of the NHS 70th Birthday tea.

On and around 5th July, people up and down the country got together to raise a cuppa to our beloved NHS and raise funds for NHS charities. It was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the amazing achievements and the vital role that the service plays in our lives. It was also a great time to think about and to thank the dedicated staff, the “everyday heroes” who work so hard to guide, support and care for us every day.

IET London: Savoy Place offered the best seat in town for RAF’s 100 Flypast

IET London: Savoy Place’s guests had the best view of the Royal Air Force’s 100 Flypast when they passed directly over the venue on route to The Mall and Buckingham Palace.

Gathered delegates, guests and members on the venue’s roof had the best unobstructed views of the one-off spectacle. During the flypast, 22 Typhoon jets spelt out the number 100 in the sky, their biggest ever formation which came as a surprise to all those watching below. Puma and Chinook helicopters kicked things off just after 1pm, followed by aircraft including a Lancaster, Spitfires, Hurricanes, the A400M Atlas, Tornados and three F-35 stealth fighter jets.

As London’s leading STEM venue, IET London: Savoy Place continues to commit to giving back with its quarterly educational and learning series EngTalks.

June’s event recognised the RAF’s 100-year anniversary and was delivered by the RAF’s Air Marshal Julian Young who discussed his vision for the RAF of the future.

Two iconic venues join Westminster Venue Collection

Westminster Venue Collection is delighted to welcome two new venue members to its marketing consortium – RSA House and Prince Philip House.

RSA House offers a choice of 11 spaces in an unrivalled central London location. Seamlessly combining Georgian splendor with high-quality modernised design, the house boasts high-ceilinged rooms with original features, exposed brick vaults and intimate, Adam brothers-designed rooms. The eclectic history and stylish decor make it a versatile and stunning space suitable for a variety of corporate or private events for up to 220 guests.

Emma Gaymer, sales and marketing manager at RSA House, said: “RSA House is a centre for enlightenment, an inspiring environment to unblock creativity and discuss ideas in the intellectual and social home of some of the greatest thinkers and social activists of the past 200 years. We are delighted to join the Westminster Venue Collection to help further raise our profile and enhance our offering.”

Situated in a Grade II listed building, the recently refurbished Prince Philip House at 3 Carlton House Terrace offers a perfect blend of historic and contemporary character making a tremendous space perfectly designed for conference and events. The impressive location combines graceful and sophisticated facilities for a variety of events suitable for anything from board meetings to product launches.

Katie Jayson-Morgan, sales and marketing manager at Prince Philip House, said: “We are delighted to have joined The Westminster Collection, we hope that our membership will contribute to the strength of the collection and we look forward to working with the members.”

Rachel Azzopardi, chair of Westminster Venue Collection and head of catering and events at Regent’s Conferences and Events, said: “We are extremely excited to welcome two iconic venues to our collection that provides time-poor event professionals with a quick and efficient venue-finding service. Both of these venues have so much to offer event professionals and will make a strong addition to our collection bringing our total number to 35, from fashionable townhouses and unique private members’ clubs to luxury hotels, celebrated attractions, historic institutes and societies.”

Westminster Venue Collection wows event buyers at Open House event

Four properties within the Westminster Venue Collection opened their doors to some of London’s top event buyers on Thursday 19th July for an exquisite evening of food, wine and exclusive tours.

Buyers from companies such as Shell, Telereal Trillium, INCA Productions, Sledge, Hearst and Hirespace were given a unique opportunity to explore four venues – The Royal Society, Prince Philip House, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace and 116 Pall Mall – while taking part in a food safari.

Welcome drinks were served at The Royal Society on Carlton Terrace with guests served botanical gin cocktails and a selection of canapés from food stations on its terrace before the party moved to Prince Philip House just a few doors along.

At Prince Philip House buyers sat down for a starter of Cornish crab salad, cucumber jelly, Champagne cured salmon, salmon roe and squid ink tapioca paired with a Pinot Blanc from Alsace.
The main course was served at 10-11 Carlton House Terrace where guests were served Lake District cannon of lamb, potato terrine, baby leeks, Somerset peas and crispy courgette flower with Prunus Private Selection 2015, Dão, Portugal.

Finally, after dinner cocktails and a selection of desserts – Grilled pineapple, chilli, rum syrup, coconut mousse; Elderflower and raspberry jelly, peaches, amaretti and almond cream and Roast apricots, acacia honey, yoghurt and pistachio – were on offer at 116 Pall Mall to round off the event.

As well as allowing them to sample quality food and beverage, the event gave buyers the chance to view a selection of venues within the Westminster Venue Collection which can accommodate a range of events – from small meetings to large dinners and receptions.

Barbara Wutte, board director of Westminster Venue Collection said: “We were thrilled to be able to host so many of London’s top event buyers and give them an exclusive experience within four of our venues. The event really showed the breadth of what is on offer at our properties and the high quality of our food and beverage.”

Christopher McCarthy, event manager at Rathbone Brothers said: “I was blown away by the creativity of the chefs at each of the venues. My expectations were exceeded at every point during the night. The Westminster Venues Collection really does have some great venues and some wonderful staff.”

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.