Vue West End shares new safety protocols for corporate events

Vue West End is reopening its doors for corporate events following months of closure due to COVID-19.

In order to ensure the safety and reassurance of staff, event planners and delegates, Vue West End is adhering to strict new measures in its venue’s meeting spaces. Guests are required to wear a face mask at all times, unless eating and drinking, and a sign-posted one-way directional flow system has been implemented to control interaction throughout the venue.

Hand sanitiser has been made available around the building and enhanced cleaning measures have been implemented, including staff training to confidently deliver the new protocols.

Floor planners are provided to event organisers in order to allocate guest seats, and Vue safety team members are on hand to assist with managing the guests exit for breaks and departure.

Individual microphones are supplied to all necessary speakers, so nobody has to share, reducing shared touch-points wherever possible. Catering has been reassessed to offer lunch bags, canapés and bento boxes for individual consumption.

Lincoln’s Inn gains ‘We’re Good To Go’ accreditation from Visit Britain as the venue opens its doors to events

Lincoln’s Inn has received its ‘Good to Go’ accreditation from Visit Britain as part of preparations to invite guests back into a safe and secure environment at the venue.

The Ashworth Centre provides a perfect setting for small live meetings, complete with hybrid event solutions to extend an event’s reach to a virtual audience. Alternatively, the historic Old Hall also provides a stunning backdrop, a dedicated team on hand, and well-equipped professional supplier partners, lending itself nicely to intimate wedding receptions.

Lincoln’s Inn has worked extensively to put stringent measures in place in time for reopening for events of up to 30 guests, in line with government guidelines and most recent regulations.

116 Pall Mall hosts its first virtual events and micro-weddings upon recently reopening

116 Pall Mall has successfully reopened its building once again for meetings, weddings, hybrid events and for IoD members.

With the safety of visitors and employees of utmost importance, the venue has taken extensive measures to ensure they provide a safe venue, including distancing, enhanced cleaning regimes, reduced capacities and staggered arrival times.

Another key development is the ability to offer hybrid and virtual events, and 116 Pall Mall hosted their first fully virtual event since reopening – in the format of an awards ceremony for the Institute of Directors.

The award hosts were present in the venue and were filmed and streamed virtually out to ‘attendees’ by experts from their in-house AV company – Oxygen Events.

Jeremy Warrillow, Head of Hospitality said: “We are delighted to have reopened the venue due to demand from IoD members and increased meeting enquiries. It’s great to see visitors back in the building and we can see that usage is really picking up – especially the demand for meetings. This just shows how important face-to-face interactions are for people after so long working from home and having to work with colleagues virtually.

“We’ve also seen a flurry of enquiries for micro-weddings which highlights that couples are less inclined to wait for full restrictions to lift as this virus continues. Having held many smaller weddings over the years, and after hosting our first for 30 guests since lockdown last week, we want to reassure couples that micro-weddings can be incredibly beautiful and just as much fun.

“With the regular changing of government restrictions making planning more difficult, we are keen to stress we will remain flexible on all bookings to ensure we can deliver the best possible experience for our clients.”

Find out more about hosting safe meetings here.

Find out more about weddings at 116 here.

Lumiere London – The Embassy offers 360-degree sound system for events

Lumiere London – The Embassy is home to an all-encompassing sound system, allowing sound to be administered through speakers across the whole venue.

The main event space houses a grand red circular masterpiece which disguises a complex piece of technological wizardry. While a focal point of the room, it also acts as the main speaker unit as well as simple PA system for exquisite sound quality for any manner of music, speech or video.

The Embassy, conveniently located in Belgravia, and positioned directly opposite Buckingham Palace gardens, offers something just a little different. After many months of careful restoration of its original features, polishing the former bank’s office’s wood panels and parquet flooring, it has metamorphosised into a rather exceptional event space steeped in statement design.

For more information, contact [email protected]

110 Rochester Row launches its new spring menu

110 Rochester Row has been working with its catering supplier Eden Caterers to create a menu that is ethical and harnesses the increasing popularity of Vegetarian and Vegan lifestyles.

This new menu is now available and places sustainability at the forefront for catered events at 110 Rochester Row.

The menus change seasonally to ensure ingredients are used when in season and to keep the range fresh, and where possible, are locally sourced.

For further information please contact [email protected] or call 020 7828 2888.

IET London: Savoy Place launches new Wines with a Conscience menu

IET London: Savoy Place has launched a new wine list titled ‘Wines with a Conscience’ as part of a wider environmental initiative.

In a bid to become more sustainable and as consumer demand grows for wines aligned to a more responsible philosophy, IET London: Savoy Place has been scouring the wine-producing world to ensure a more local but equally wide range of wines for events.

The venue will offer a new variety of organic, biodynamic, sustainable and vegan wine that doesn’t compromise on taste, sourced from European vineyards that operate on a self-sustaining ecosystem. Natural materials, soils and composts are used, with chemical fertilizers and pesticides banned from operation.

Closest to home, the menu will feature an organic white wine from London’s only commercial vineyard, Forty Hall, where grapes are grown naturally to preserve the natural characteristics of the vineyard, its soil and microclimate.

For more information on the wines or to find out more about hosting your next event at IET London: Savoy Place, please contact 020 7344 5479 or email [email protected].

Prince Philip House extends its licence until midnight for evening events

Prince Philip House, home to the Royal Academy of Engineering in the prestigious St James’s, has extended its event licence and is now able to accommodate events with dancing until midnight.

Guests wishing to host a summer reception at Prince Philip House can utilise the amazing terrace overlooking The Mall and then move inside to end the night on the dance floor.

With a focus on attracting more receptions, Christmas and summer parties and dinners, the extension is a welcomed addition.

To get in contact about your reception and party enquiries, get in touch on 020 7766 0625 or email [email protected].

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi showcase Autumn Winter collection at Church House Westminster for London Fashion Week

On 16 February, day three of London Fashion Week, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi presented its seasonal ready-to-wear collection in the dome-shaped Assembly Hall of Church House Westminster.

Founded in 1996 by husband and wife team Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, fans of Preen by Thornton Bregazzi include the Duchess of Cambridge and Michelle Obama.

Designs are an aesthetic of darkly romantic and effortlessly modern, often juxtaposing the masculine with feminine. Since its first debut collection at London Fashion Show Spring Summer 2001, the label has become synonymous with deconstructed London cool.

This season’s collection takes its inspiration from Venice. Following a holiday to the Biennale, Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton combined their impressions of the city with cinematic references from ‘Don’t Look Now’. The show, which was attended by more than 500 guests, featured the dramatic soundtrack of the film, a liquid gold runway, and opulent textures including gold and glitter.

Many of the fabrics in the collection are sustainable, with tweeds made from end-of-line stock from British Woollen Mills, recycled knits, sustainable viscose, and georgettes created from recycled plastic waste.

Models leading the catwalk included Cecilia Chancellor, Yasmin Le Bon, and Ragnhild Jevne, demonstrating that the brand is universal in its appeal.

Following the fashion show on Sunday, Paulette Caletti, producer at Prettybird, remarked: “A huge thanks to the team at Church House for making the show one of our best”.

Robin Parker, General Manager of Church House Westminster, commented: “As in previous years, London Fashion Show provides an excellent opportunity for leading designers to match their inspired collections with creative event spaces in London. The vibrant and spacious Assembly Hall with its gold historic reliefs and elegant oak panelling was a perfect match for this catwalk, delivering on versatility and providing a stylish backdrop”.

For more information about Church House Westminster, please email [email protected] or call 0207 390 1590.

The London Library teams up with Creation Theatre for new Time Machine production

This spring, The London Library is teaming up with Creation Theatre to host an exciting new theatre production.

As The Time Machine celebrates its 125th  anniversary, delve into the secret corners of The London Library and travel through time to experience HG Wells’ prescient sci-fi classic as never before.

Writer Jonathan Holloway reimagines the novel to create a world in which time has fragmented, the present is endlessly shifting and the future is strange and uncertain. This surreal, psychedelic adventure draws on cutting edge research from the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities to challenge our perceptions and raise important questions about time, society and the nature of human existence.

Innovative audio-visual design will transform The London Library’s extraordinary building – where Wells was a member for over 50 years – to create a unique theatrical experience, with audience groups being led by their very own Time Traveller. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be provoked on this journey into the unknown.

To find out more and book tickets, visit https://www.londonlibrary.co.uk/whats-on/58-the-time-machine.

St Martin-in-the-Fields’ Café in the Crypt wins Café of the Year in the Food Awards London 2020

St Martin-in-the-Fields’ Café in the Crypt has been named Café/Bistro of the Year in the Food Awards London 2020.

The awards recognise the success of local professionals and establishments that continue delivering great flavours and experiences to their customers.

The winners are a reflection of high standard and customer service, as they are chosen by members of the general public, who often have eclectic gastronomic tastes.

A spokesperson for The Food Awards London, said: “These awards aim to thank those that work hard within the city’s food industry and contribute to making London a great gastronomic place to visit”.

Andrew Papworth, Events and Sales Manager at St Martin’s said “Our kitchen team is incredible in their ability to create canapés and seated dinners for our venue hire clients. All this whilst delivering breakfast, lunch and dinner to thousands of Café in the Crypt customers daily. They are consistent in delivering on both quantity and quality. It’s fantastic to see their achievements acknowledged by the Food Awards London.”

For further information, please contact [email protected] or call 020 7766 1165.