Don’t miss the chance to be at our fang-tastic showcase

Make sure you have the hottest ticket in town to attend our Hallo-Westminster showcase at One Great George Street.

The event, from 6.30pm on Tuesday 24 October, offers a gore-inspiring opportunity to meet with over 30 of London’s finest venues, network with other event professionals and take part in some terrifying trick or treats.

Our wonderful venues have kindly gifted the following treats to the Hallo-Westminster raffle:

  • Bateaux London – Dinner cruise for two
  • Army & Navy – Lunch for two in the Coffee Room
  • Royal Society – Tour of the venue and afternoon tea for two
  • Churchill War Rooms – Two museum entry tickets
  • One Whitehall Place – Afternoon tea for two
  • IET – Lunch for two in the Faraday Brasserie
  • The Lansdowne Club – Dinner for two in the Dining Room

Register your interest before Friday 20 October by emailing

*Places are strictly limited and Westminster Venue Collection reserve the right to qualify your event planning credentials in order to confirm your place.

Experience grandeur and political intrigue at House of Commons’ pop-up restaurant

The House of Commons is pleased to offer the opportunity to dine in the magnificent surroundings of one of its grandest dining rooms – The Strangers’ Dining Room.

Originally a Peers’ committee room that was later transformed into a dining facility in approximately 1867, The Strangers’ Dining Room was renamed during the interwar period. When Parliament is in session, the room is used by Members to meet their guests and these visitors are referred to as ‘Strangers’.

The House of Commons is a very British affair with the promise of courteous service and top end British cuisine. Seasonal ingredients from across the United Kingdom will be paired with sublime presentation and elegance, for a truly unique pop-up dining experience.

Book your table today at

Discover how to get ahead in life at QEII’s inspiring masterclasses

A series of three inspirational masterclasses is being held at the QEII Centre this October to help people get ahead in their personal and professional lives and follow their dreams, no matter how big or small.

The first event, ‘Being Your Best Self’, will take place on Monday 9 October hosted by Zoe Jackson MBE.

Founder and managing director of Living the Dream Performing Arts Company and charity Dream Foundation, Zoe started her business aged just 16 and has gone on to achieve national and international recognition. She will be sharing her story and top tips for adjusting your mindset to aid personal development and realise your full potential.

The second masterclass on 16 October, ‘Turn Your Blogging Passion into a Career’ will feature professional blogger Lucie Kerley from ‘Lucie Loves’, talking about how she has built a career as a freelance lifestyle blogger. Attendees will learn about the complexities of the modern blogging world including including blogger communities, sponsored posts and real life vs. Instagram.

On Wednesday 18 October the final inspiring event, ‘Think Like a Winning Athlete’, will offer advice on using the focused mentality of an Olympic athlete in everyday life.

Speaker Danielle Brown MBE is a double Paralympic gold medalist archer, who has also gone on to win Commonwealth gold in the able-bodied discipline. The session will discuss how harnessing the powers of resilience and self-belief can help you get ahead.

QEII Inspire began as part of the QEII’s 30th birthday celebrations, to mark three decades of providing a stage for game changers and innovators. All of the QEII Inspire sessions will include an interactive Q&A session, as well as a welcome drink on arrival and goody bag to take home, with tickets costing just £10 per person.

All ticket proceeds from the events will be donated to the Prince’s Trust, an organisation that is dedicated to helping transform and inspire thousands of young lives every year.

Tickets can be booked online at

Discover the magnificent view of London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks at One Whitehall Place

Celebrate the New Year in luxury and style at One Whitehall Place’s New Year’s Eve black tie dinner dance.

With magnificent views of the River Thames and London Eye, One Whitehall Place at The Royal Horseguards is the place to be this New Year’s Eve.

Commencing in the Reading and Writing room with a welcome glass of bubbly and canapé reception, guests will enjoy the finest seven-course dinner with complimentary house wine, beers and soft drinks in the Gladstone Library.

Celebrations will continue with the opportunity to dance along to live music entertainment including the best position to observe the nation’s famous firework display.

Enjoy a splendid New Year’s celebration at the Royal Horseguards Hotel and One Whitehall Place for £395 per person*.

For further information or to make a booking please contact the team on 020 7451 9386 or

*Kindly be informed that the event is for guests over 18 years, only.

Good luck to WVC members at miaList awards

We wish members Paul Martins of Cavendish Venues and Roopi Woodall and Charlotte Best from the QEII Centre the very best of luck in this Friday’s miaList awards.

The winners who make their way onto the prestigious role of honour, which celebrates the very best talent in the sector, will be announced at a celebratory lunch on Friday, 6 October 2017 at Park Plaza Victoria, London.

Cavendish Venues assists Animal Hero Awards 2017

Cavendish Venues was delighted to attend the Animal Hero Awards ceremony after facilitating the judging panel for publisher Trinity Mirror.

Hosted by Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden at Grosvenor House on Park Lane on 7 September 2017, the awards celebrated the bravery, dedication and resilience of animals and people.

A host of celebrity faces presented awards including ‘RSPCA Superstar of the year’, ‘Outstanding contribution’ and ‘Hero Animal of the year’, filling the evening with tales of appreciation for special people and animals.

Read more about the winners of the night, here

Christmas Showcase at Conrad London St James

Conrad London St James welcomed the great and good of the corporate and event world to their Christmas showcase on Tuesday 19 September.

Head Chef Michael Riordan and his team cooked up a winter feast for the 180 guests, transforming the historic 19th Century building into the newest Christmas market on the block and presenting the venue’s different party options for the upcoming festive season.

Conrad London St James’ party packages include:

  • Lunchtime celebrations from £35 per person
  • Afternoon Tea buffets from £35 per person
  • Evening celebrations from £45 per person

For more options and information about the events and packages, contact the Conrad London St James team on

Join St Martin-in-the-Fields as Events and Sales Executive

We are looking for an enthusiastic, passionate, highly organised, forward thinking people person to proactively support the Events and Sales Manager, in the management and sale of the events and conference spaces at St Martin’s. This is an ideal opportunity for the right candidate looking to start a career in Events Management.

This unique central London venue is situated within a historic and modern architectural masterpiece, with a team of award winning chefs, customer service trained staff and a choice of beautiful spaces.

The key focus of the role will be working closely with the Events and Sales Manager delivering events across the site. You will fully support our existing business, as well as generate new business leads through proactive sales calls, presentations and show rounds.

If you are…..

 Passionate – about understanding and responding to a client’s needs

 Enthusiastic – about hospitality and great customer care

 Hardworking – who can take the initiative to get things done and work to deadlines

 Motivated – to learn and excel in events industry  Self-starting – excellent at organisation and calm under pressure

 Friendly – able to work in a team with a fantastic team spirit

…then apply.

Experience of working in a hospitality environment is required, and a degree in Events Management or appropriate Hospitality degree or formal qualification.
Working at St Martin’s

Based at: St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London.

Working pattern: In general will be Monday to Friday, however there is weekend work for some event bookings, 40 hours per week, including some early mornings and evenings.

Salary: up to £21,000 plus Workplace Pension. Free meal on duty, free filter coffee and tea throughout your working day, 20% discount in the Café in the Crypt/Courtyard and Shop (excluding books and CDs) and limited concert concessions.

Holiday entitlement: 25 days holiday plus bank holidays Notice period: 1 month

For a full job profile see our website

How to apply

To apply for this post, please email the following to by 9.00 am Monday 25 September 2017:  a supporting statement, explaining why you believe you can do this role  a comprehensive CV including details of your achievements in each role, and including details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer (please note we will not contact referees without your permission).

If you would like to chat about the role, please call James Clark, Events and Sales Manager, on 020 7766 1139, or Nadine Swaffield, Human Resources Manager on 020 7766 1101.

Interviews will be Friday 29 September 2017.

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, unfortunately we cannot respond to all individual applicants.

Westminster Venue Collection welcomes three new board directors

The Westminster Venue Collection has welcomed three new board directors – Rachel Azzopardi from Regent’s Conferences and Events, Kay West from House of Commons and Barbara Wutte from the Royal Society.

Head of catering and events at Regent’s Conferences and Events, Rachel Azzopardi brings a wealth of experience to the collection, having worked at the academic venue for over five years. Rachel will be responsible for the collection’s appearances at trade shows and exhibitions throughout the year.

Also joining the board of the marketing consortium, which features an eclectic mix of 36 venues from fashionable townhouses and private members’ clubs to luxury hotels, celebrated attractions, historic institutes and societies is Kay West. The hospitality and event sales manager at the prestigious House of Commons has a stellar background in events and will be assisting the current board on all marketing activities for the collection.

Barbara Wutte, who will be working with Kay West on marketing, joins the board from the Royal Society, who only joined the collection in April of this year. Barbara has held the position of head of conference services at the Royal Society for just over two years and prior to that worked for industry heavyweights Elior and Peyton & Byrne.

All three of the new directors join hot on the heels of the collection’s new chair Diane Waldron, who took on the role in June, and will be assisting the current board to continue to increase the reach and enhance the reputation of the collection.

Speaking of the new additions, Westminster Venue Collection chair and QEII sales and marketing director Diane Waldron said: “We are extremely excited to welcome Rachel, Kay and Barbara to the board of directors. As a board, we work extremely hard to ensure our venues get the most out of their membership with us and with the recent changes in our brand and identity already reaping benefits, the future is looking extremely exciting.”

The Westminster Venue Collection will be appearing at Square Meal Venues and Events Live on 20 and 21 September. Come and see them at stand G32 or find out more here

#Eventprofs see us at The Meetings Show and grab yourself a prize!

We are very excited to be exhibiting at The Meetings Show 2017 taking place next week (Tuesday 13 June – Thursday 15 June).

Last year, we used the show as a platform to announce we would be relaunching under a new name and with a much-improved and more intuitive venue finding website and this year provides the perfect opportunity to get to know our exciting new-look collection as well as meet some key representatives from some of our 33 member venues.

We will also be marking the occasion with a fantastic prize giveaway with some unmissable prizes and experiences from our member venues including a ‘Secret Garden’ picnic for four with bubbles from Regent’s Conferences and Events, dinner for two with wine from 8 Northumberland Avenue and The Royal Horseguards Hotel and a magnum of Champagne from Cavendish Venues. To be in with a chance of winning, come and see us at The Meetings Show or sign up to our newsletter before Friday 23 June.

Full list of prizes are as follows:
Army & Navy Club
Two-course Club set menu meal and a bottle of Club wine
Regent’s Conferences and Events
‘Secret Garden’ picnic for four including a bottle of bubbly
8 Northumberland Avenue
Dinner for two with a bottle of house wine at Boyds Grill & Wine Bar.
Cavendish VenuesMagnum of Champagne
The Royal Horseguards Hotel and One Whitehall Place
Dinner for two with a bottle of wine at One Twenty One Two Restaurant
London Film MuseumFamily ticket