London’s leading venue consortium, Westminster Venue Collection, welcomed event buyers to a show-stopping showcase at IET London: Savoy Place this week (29 October).

The ‘Wizard of Westminster’ showcase offered event planners the chance to meet and network with 36 of London’s finest venues while enjoying a night of wondrous wizardry with themed activities and culinary delights.

The venue, offering unparalleled views over The Thames, was decked out with striking themed props and state-of-the-art projections of the event’s branding with support from the collection’s preferred suppliers, Rosetone, Event Prop Hire, Guardian Display and Effect Event. Designed to project the undeniable magic of Westminster, event planners were welcomed over the yellow brick road into the Riverside Room at IET London, boasting large windows and a private balcony overlooking the lit-up city.

While some guests had their faces painted by Annie Newman, others marvelled at the live demonstrations as dessert was served and adorned directly onto a large sharing table following the popularity of a bustling sushi station.

During her welcoming address, Rachel Azzopardi, chair of Westminster Venue Collection, said: “The theme, Wizard of Westminster came about through our desire to show you all that there really is ‘no place like Westminster’, given the tremendous breadth of venues that we have in the borough.

“We’ve had another really positive year, growing both in size and reputation with the addition of One Birdcage Walk, Lincoln’s Inn, The London Library, Vue West End and Lumiere London. Each of these is totally different from the next, and able to cater for a wealth of events of all shapes and sizes, which is what we love about the collection.”

As the evening drew to a close, a range of experiences were up for grabs in a prize draw featuring scrumptious afternoon teas, a private cinema screening and three course meals at various member venues.

For more information about Westminster Venue Collection and all its member venues, please visit

Photography credited to Andrew Lunn.