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 Venues Magnum 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 Museum Family ticket



The hotly-anticipated announcement saw Cavendish Conference Centre and IET: London Savoy Place shortlisted for the ‘Best Conference Venue (under 300 theatre) category, QEII shortlisted in the ‘Best Conference Venue (over 750 theatre)’ category and both IET: London Savoy Place and One Great George Street in the running for the ‘Best Venue Customer Service (under 500 delegates)’ award.

Clare Arouche, WVC chair said: “While we already know that when event planners select one of our venues to hold their events they are choosing the very best that central London has to offer, it’s great to see this has been officially been recognised by one of the industry’s leading awards. We wish our venues the very best of luck in the finals.”

The winners will be announced on Friday 30 June.

To find out more about our award-winning collection, just click here.

Major refurbishments completed at Regent’s Conferences & Events

Regent’s Conferences & Events is delighted to announce its Tuke Common Room has undergone a striking renovation with an Art Deco-style interior finish. 

Equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi and conference facilities, this stylish new event space can accommodate up to 80 people and is licensed for wedding ceremonies. It also boats elegant pendent lighting decorated with stunning crystal droplets creates a sophisticated, timeless feel and the room’s neutral colour palette.

To arrange a viewing of the new and improved Tuke Common Room or any other space at Regent’s Conference & Events, please contact Conferences@REGENTS.AC.UK.

Have a crack at our Easter competition!

You may have already seen on twitter, but Westminster Venue Collection is getting into the Easter spirit with a very special Easter competition.

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is find the Easter egg hiding among our stunning venues and direct message us on twitter with your answer and email address.

The winner will be chosen on April 19 and they will receive a personalised Thornton’s Easter egg made especially for them!

So, why not have a crack at our competition and win yourself a tasty treat this Easter? Click here to enter!  

8 Northumberland Avenue on the hunt for two new hires

Historic events venue 8 Northumberland Avenue is looking for an events manager and operations manager to join its exciting team of event professionals.

Event Manager
The successful candidate will be able to manage and be accountable for assigned events from beginning to end, whilst ensuring consistently high standards across all of the business areas, including client liaison, catering, production, operations and profitability.

Please note all applicants must have a minimum 3 years’ experience in a similar role to be considered.

Operations Manager
The role of the operations manager will involve both event operation and catering, as well as contributing to the overall group of exciting businesses that make up Northumberland Events.

Organising, and delivering over 160 events per year, both the events manager and the operations manager will be part of a dynamic business where exceeding expectations comes as standard.

Applicants for both roles will enjoy working on high-profile events such as big brand product launches and award nights as well as extravagant Christmas parties for a long prestigious client list including Sky, LinkedIn, Facebook, Disney and more.

For more information or to apply for these roles at 8 Northumberland Avenue, click here.

Congrats to all the winners of our BNC Events Show Giveaway!

We had a fantastic time meeting all you #eventprofs and discussing your venue needs at this year’s BNC Events Show.

To mark the occasion, we gave away some fantastic prizes from our member venues including fine-dining for two with wine at Victory Services Club, a £100 voucher for lunch or dinner at Shepherd’s of Westminster and a £50 Strada voucher from Church House Westminster.

The prizes are now on their way to the winners so, a big congratulations to them and thank you to all those who entered. 

Make sure to keep an eye out for the next lot of prizes on offer from our member venues by signing up to our newsletter here or following us on Twitter.