Inspirational Summer Party Venues & Rooftop Bars For 2018

Spring is around the corner…we promise!

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With what is being dubbed “The Beast From The East” in full swing, the weather forecast certainly looks bleak for London for the rest of this week. So what better way to escape the big chill than to dream of the Great British Summer and of course plan the annual company summer party! It’s the perfect time to secure the best venues on your preferred dates. Being the eternal optimist… the return of the warmth and sunshine will be greeted with many Londoners enjoying sunny afternoons and balmy evenings on rooftops and outdoor spaces across the capital.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of our top 10 Summer Party venues for 2018 that we think will impress guests and create lasting memories (and fans). The list excludes the likes of Kensington Roof Gardens, which for some has been a hugely popular summer party venue, but sadly closed it’s doors in January.  With some new additions, some recently refurbished and of course the usual favourites we hope you will find some inspiration here and please feel free to contact our team of venue specialists to check availability and rates.

Please feel free to get in touch to further discuss your requirements and our eager team of venue experts await your call.

Our top 10 Summer Party Venues we love for 2018!

(in no particular order)

1. Rumpus Room – Mondrian London – SE1 9PD 

Boasting some of the finest views of London, Rumpus Room is an elegant rooftop playground perched atop Mondrian London. With an extensive list of the world’s best champagnes as well as classic and British-American inspired speciality cocktails, the space is ideal for receptions and parties for up to 250 guests. The outside terrace space provides a perfect opportunity to watch the sunset, drink in hand. With a vibe that harnesses the youth and energy of the South Bank while projecting the glamour of modern London, Rumpus Room comes alive as the sun goes down, featuring DJs and live entertainment.

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2. The Trafalgar -St James

The Rooftop is a space for sipping individually crafted cocktails and drinking in the inimitable city view. Complete with alfresco and canopy-covered seating, the sky-high space lends itself as a year-round experience. Outdoor heaters and blanket selections provide warmth through cooler months. The Roof Top has a max capacity 180 guests for a standing reception or 70 seated, offering two bars and a retractable canopy in case of adverse weather conditions.

Additionally, for premier occasions, we offer ROOM – a glass enclosed private dining room with space for 14, offering spectacular views onto Trafalgar Square. Room is available for private hire only.

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3. Eight Members Club – Moorgate

Eight Moorgate offers space for conferences, private dining and larger parties of up to 500 guests or banquet dinners of up to 150 guests. Described by many as a hidden gem in the City, Eight Moorgate is the perfect location for an exclusive summer event with a stunning wrap around terrace. With meeting rooms that can host a plethora of styles from boardroom, to theatre style, presentations to workshops this venue is one that few will know about and provides a certain draw factor for  delegates and attendees.

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4. Ace Hotel – Shoreditch

The Rooftop is a super-functional patchwork of meeting spaces that work as well for  banquets as they do board meetings. Wide windows flood the place with ever-precious sunlight — dolling out  dreamy views of Shoreditch and greater London.

The Rooftop Bar and Terrace at Ace Hotel London Shoreditch is a  sunlit haven from the city below and provides respite and rollick, panoramic views of the city and gatherings of all kinds.

5. Sushi Samba – East Terrace – EC2N 4AY

As the highest outdoor dining terrace in Europe, this space offers spectacular views of the London skyline with casual lounge furniture and a bar serving signature cocktails and Champagne. It it ideal for networking events requiring the WOW factor, as it towers above our neighbours offering a viewing platform like no other. The 39th Floor lounge and bar is reserved as a back up in case of adverse weather.

Capacity: 40 seated or 120 standing

 

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6. Bōkan, Canary Wharf

Bōkan is the newest destination restaurant, bar & roof terrace in the heart of Canary Wharf offering a “Lounge in the sky” all year round! Perch inside at the rooftop bar or unwind on the terrace, Bōkan is an easy-going & informal hideaway, transporting you far from the buzz of the busy streets below.

The roof terrace features a specialist gin bar, rooftop daybeds, Sunday jazz sessions, perfect for exclusive events and intimate gatherings, whilst admiring striking views of London.

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7. Sea Containers Events

The roof terrace:Sitting at the top of the building behind the iconic Sea Containers letters, our stunning roof terrace is one of the capital’s most exclusive and distinctive outdoor event spaces.

With panoramic 360 degree views of London, from The Shard all the way around to the London Eye, your event will feel like it is floating on the London skyline. Standing: 150

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8. Century Club, Soho

Capacity: 150 guests for a standing reception

Undoubtedly the pièce de résistance of Century Club, and they are extremely proud to host the largest rooftop terrace in Soho. With stunning views over Shaftesbury Avenue, and London’s iconic skyline, the terrace is the ideal spot for hosting any private event.

With a fully retractable roof, this is the perfect place for private hire all year round. It is an excellent choice for an array of events, from breakfast events to drink receptions, private dinners, product launches, summer parties, live performances & much, much more.

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9. Ham Yard Hotel – The Roof Terrace

On the fourth floor of the hotel, there is a large, leafy roof top garden with sweeping views over the London skyline. The garden is also home to two bee hives which are tended to by our dedicated bee keeper, Camilla. There is a lounge area scattered with Whitman benches, upholstered seating and a bar.

The Roof Terrace is exclusively available to in-house guests and can also be hired for private events.

Things to note – max capacity is 100 guests, no amplified music or PA systems and the finish time is 10pm at the absolute latest.

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10. Radio Bar @ The ME London

We mention this iconic rooftop as many of you may already know it well, however, the venue has recently  refurbished the  rooftop bar areas and it’s most certainly worth a revisit!

The rooftop bar situated on the 10th floor of the ME London hotel with striking views across the river Thames and London’s skyline. The rooftop is accessible via a dedicated express lift from the ground floor of the hotel.

Radio Rooftop Bar has capacity for 240 guests and the venue is available for exclusive hire.

Well, there you have it. 10 of our favourite London roof top and terrace venues for this year. There were a few others that we haven’t mentioned but are certainly worth considering and we’d be delighted to further discuss your event requirements for 2018.

Warmest regards from all the Inspirational Venues & Events Team!

Expectation vs Reality

The importance of “Site Visits” and a few top tips on getting the most out of your show rounds...

You can’t believe everything you see on the internet…

After a recent business trip to the French Riviera I was reminded, yet again, how vitally important site inspections are to the success of any event. Whether the venue has been used in the past or for the first time, for large numbers or an intimate affair; walking the venue and experiencing the service has never been more important. We are living in a digital era in terms of virtual site visits and access to extensive image libraries on venue websites, and even google images can be a great source of research, however, there is quite a lot of misleading representation out there. Unless you have a keen eye for precise detail and a crystal ball predicting time scales it’s become increasingly difficult to identify the genuine state of a venue’s current aesthetics and soft furnishing.

My recent experience is quite comical and I take full responsibility for being so naïve especially since I am a huge advocate for site inspections and insist we arrange show rounds for our clients when the shortlist of potential venues has been decided. But more on that a bit later.

Not only is the physical appearance of a venue hugely important but there are a number of other benefits gained from visiting any potential event venue.

Some comments noted on show rounds vs images on the internet have been:

“Ooh this carpet looks worn and a bit tatty, hmm those windows look like they haven’t been cleaned in ages, the paint is chipped on every corner and doorway, did you notice the stain on the couch in that room…..”

There’s more to a site visit than meets the eye…

For me, the site visit begins within 5 meters of the front door or outside entrance and in some instances the journey from the airport. I have one important viewpoint in mind; the delegate journey. This starts with the sense of arrival and the all-important welcome. The sentiment felt as you enter a venue will often impact a delegate’s perception of the event. A warm and welcoming doorman, concierge or front of house reception can really have a positive influence and set the tone for the day or evening. Another key point to note at this stage of the site visit is that the venue is aware of your arrival and acknowledge that they are expecting you or your client. Being offered a quiet place to sit and a simple glass of water also goes a long way. Being left stood in reception unsure if you are even in the right building can influence the organisers decision and even cost a venue the business.

The proof is in the eating however there’s no such thing as a free meal….

It’s simply not economically viable for a venues or hotel to offer complimentary meals and beverages on every show round. Having experience working within hotels and venues, the number of site visits far out number confirmations so it is hugely important to manage this expectation. I do feel water is an absolute bare minimum and should always be offered at the very first part of the introduction process when meeting with the respective sales person.

This, however is not the point. What is important when visiting a venue is an opportunity to experience some form of hospitality, this makes up the second part of experiencing the product. Whether you have said yes please to a glass of tap water or requested a “Triple, Venti, Half Sweet, Non-Fat, Caramel Macchiato it’s all about how friendly and efficient the wait staff are. This will tell you everything you need to know about how well your delegates will be looked after. Happy, helpful and efficient staff are a direct reflection of the hotel management, culture and overall guest experience. I always find being greeted by the housekeeping team a key indicator of the staff sentiment towards the hotel and the guests.

One size certainly doesn’t fit all…

So we’ve experienced the wonderful sense of arrival, had our caffeine fix and run through the event brief in detail with the venue sales manager. Now it’s time to set off on the site visit. Location location location…is what’s going through my mind. After delegates arrive and have been directed to the respective reception area or pre-drinks space what is the flow of the event like? Does the reception space join onto the main space? Where are the cloak rooms and “WC’s” located? Are the service kitchens located close by? Are the breakout rooms on the same floor or easy to find? These are all the important logistical elements that create a successful event. In most cases where logistics are a concern, there is usually an alternative solution. This is when you can really work out if another room or space may work better or if there is any better utilization of the existing space. For example a terrace in warmer weather using the terrace for coffee breaks or pre drinks reception may be better than the foyer area.

Typically, venues are sold on the standard style and layout of the capacity charts and as event organisers we are always trying to do something new or different that will lead to better delegate experience and levels of engagement. This is a great opportunity to take inspiration from the venue and use the event spaces available to their full potential.

Takeways…

Your own photos/videos are a great way to keep top of mind awareness when viewing multiple venues. Floorplans and capacity charts are a great help with plotting out the event flow too. Having your agent with you on your show rounds means you’ll have great continuity from venue to venue as well as an impartial venue expert with your best interests in mind. Lastly, always set the expectation of what you are wanting to view and how much time you have for the show round. Ensure the venue is showcasing the relevant venues, spaces and bedrooms related to your booking. Site visits have a tendency to drag on for far too long and there is really no need to view every single bedroom type and all the meeting rooms on every occasion.

The “French Riviera” Experience…

I’m not an advocate for using Airbnb for corporate travel, however, I was due to spend 10 days on-site at the client’s expense and wanted to be realistic regarding accommodation costs (and comfort). Not only that but for protracted stays abroad serviced apartments do make an excellent alternative to hotel bedrooms. The traveller can have some creature comforts to hand like a decent refrigerator filled with their personal preferences as well as facilities to prepare meals and it’s generally easier to create a home away from home. With this said, I did as much due diligence as possible reviewing feedback, apartment images and location maps. Google maps is a great tool for better understanding the location and surrounding area. All this research on the internet didn’t really prepare me for what I landed up with but to better illustrate this I took my own comparative image.

Please note there has been no editing or trick photography done here whatsoever.

Please feel free to get in touch to further discuss any event requirements or venue enquiries and our eager team of event specialists await your call!

Posted in Feb 2018

Inspirational “New Venues” Update – September 2017

Newest hotels and venues welcoming Londons visitors, delegates and guests

2017 is yet again proving to be a remarkable year for new hotel, venue & restaurant openings in London.

From an event and conferencing perspective these new venues are well received because with it comes more variety and enhanced value which is a key driver for organisers selecting London as a preferred event destination.

As one of Londons’ leading venue finding agencies we have experienced a real uplift in demand for venues that are different and unique but one prerequisite remains the same; they must exceed expectations in all areas especially, and above all, with service delivery. The great news is that the newest editions we’ve seen are on the higher end of the service spectrum with well established brands like The Ivy, Nobu, Soho House as well as some new brands like “Curio” by Hilton which is “a collection of unique hotels appealing to travellers seeking local discovery”

We are excited to share our list of the newest venues we think are ones to know about. A pdf version of this blog can me found here

  • Dorsett City
  • Trafalgar
  • Postal Museum
  • Ivy City Garden
  • Ivy Tower Bridge
  • Grace Hall

Please feel free to get in touch to further discuss any event requirements or venue enquiries and our eager team of event specialists await your call

4 STAR HOTEL IN ALDGATE, CITY OF LONDON

The perfect hotel choice for both business and leisure travellers that offers stylish and contemporary accommodation for the most discerning guests to enjoy, relax, party and refresh.

This 13-storey hotel with 267 rooms including suites boasts modern architecture and design; alongside two restaurants, 24 hour gym, 4 meeting rooms and a destination rooftop terrace bar with a panoramic view of London’s most iconic skyline.

This luxury hotel blends innovative bold designs and thoughtful service with excellent dining and nightlife, entertaining both international visitors and Londoners under the same roof. The Trafalgar St. James is a true sanctuary to work, rest and play.

Enjoy a unique approach to event space at The Trafalgar St. James London. An enviable location in the heart of London is just the start – the hotel has the versatile and luxurious venues that will wow every guest.

Perfect for private dining for 14 guests in the private lounge “Biblio” or host a cocktail reception for up to 150 guests on the exclusive Rooftop Bar accented by panoramic views of London’s skyline including Nelson’s Column and the London Eye.

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For more than 75 years, it was a vital artery in Britain’s communication network, hidden from view.

Located a stone’s throw from Farringdon Station and bordering trendy Exmouth Market, the impressive new event spaces at The Postal Museum and Mail Rail have a capacity of up to 275 people and will be available to hire for unique and experiential events.

Hold your event in a unique subterranean space, combined with a once in a lifetime opportunity to ride through the deserted ‘Mail Rail’ tunnels or perhaps contemporary museum space with the added benefit of a sunny courtyard

Unique space for private dinners, cocktail receptions & parties, product launches and award ceremonies. Great for  networking events and breakfast briefings too

Ideally located 2 minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street Station, in Dashwood House, The Ivy City Garden’s private dining room provides the perfect setting for entertaining clients, colleagues and friends. Complimentary menu cards and place cards are provided for each event and each table is decorated with seasonal flowers and tea lights.

The Garden Room seats 24 guests on one long table, or 32 over four round tables of eight, and is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as for drink and canapés receptions for up to 50 guests.

Situated on the first floor of the restaurant, The Garden Room private dining room has a lovely view of the historic Bishopsgate Gardens and St. Botolph Church, providing the perfect solace away from the bustling City of London.

The extraordinary development of the Tower Bridge district keeps getting better. Alongside a brand-new 900-seat theatre, a branch of the Ivy Brasserie has opened as part of the Berkeley Homes mixed-use development close to City Hall.

The riverfront-facing restaurant is a more casual version of the Covent Garden original, but the stunning views of Tower Bridge add to its wow-factor. An intimate alfresco terrace (which comes complete with blankets for colder nights) is perfect for those looking to get the full riverside experience.

The first floor can occasionally be hired exclusively.  The space can accommodate 38 guests seated and the room has its own private bar.

Period details dovetail with modern styling at this enchanting Leadenhall venue.

Opening Autumn 2017, Grace Hall will be a versatile, multi-faceted events space hosting 30 to 600 guests.

Step back in time and into this elegant art-deco hall, at the heart of the City. Grace Hall hosts up to 200 guests theatre-style, 170 seated and up to 600 standing across the venue’s four event spaces.

A light Bright , slightly vintage influenced interior.

A perfect sister venue to Banking Hall. Where Banking Hall is black and white and dramatic, Grace Hall is light and bright in honour of its name, with a subtle coloured lighting palette, loosely based on Robert Adams Interiors, which was the inspiration for James W O’Connor, the original architect of the Grace Hall.

Please feel free to get in touch to further discuss our next team building event or activity and our team of event specialists look forward to being of service !

Warmest regards from all the Inspirational Venues & Events Team!

Posted September 2017

Interactive Cooking Experiences… a recipe for success!

Cooking up storm with team building activities on the menu !

When it comes to team building activities or executive retreats (generally for the smaller groups of up to 50 delegates) it’s always a challenge to provide an activity that is truly engaging and inclusive for all attendees. With all the fantastic food related TV shows like “Master Chef “and “Great British Bake Off”, we’ve seen a surge in corporates wanting to host cooking or baking experiences. These kinds of activities not only entertain attendees but provide a real lasting and invaluable new “life skill”.

Activities like cocktail making, Sushi making, wine tasting, gin making (although current and still very popular) have all been done before or slightly miss the mark in terms of longevity and inclusiveness. Some may not drink alcohol whilst others may not really enjoy Sushi. So with this, and because everyone is an expert in two things – “eating and sleeping” as we all do both every day of our life, there is now a diverse range of cooking experiences that will deliver engaging, entertaining and inclusive experiences to suit all budgets, delight the palettes and delegates.

We now have a number of excellent options in a vast range of locations so we thought we’d highlight three of our favourites this month. They include a London based provider, great for non “residential” team building activities and two destination hotels offering luxury and five star accommodation on site. And, of course, all venues mentioned offer brilliant meeting room facilities.

Please feel free to get in touch to further discuss any event requirements or venue enquiries and our eager team of event specialists await your call

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AVEQIA London, right in the heart of the City

AVEQIA London is conveniently located minutes away from Farringdon, St. Paul’s , City Thameslink and Blackfriars stations on 2 St. Bride Street. The venue provides a sanctuary at the heart of the city marrying luxury, comfort and design through Scandinavian inspiration and craftsmanship, designed by architect Jenny Andersson.

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Interactive Cooking – a unique experience for all participants

Welcome to the perfect activity for meeting clients in a relaxed environment, socialising with colleagues or simply enjoying good food and drink together with friends and family.

David Berggren coined the term Interactive cooking (or Active Cooking in Swedish) back in 1999. Back then, it was all about an event where people could meet, cook a high class meal and simultaneously build and develop their relationships and this hasn’t changed. Interactive cooking is not a typical cooking class but an excellent way to socialise in a relaxed environment with food as the focal point and ice breaker.

Avequia’s Chefs have years of experience gleaned from working at top restaurants around the world and are as skilled with people as they are with food. The essentials for Interactive Cooking are their outstanding chefs, fresh produce and fantastic venues (a combination of an exclusive home kitchen and a luxurious restaurant); where everything from light and music that changes during the course of the evening to the interior design has been perfectly outlined.

But what is most amazing about this concept is what happens to people when they start cooking together. Whether you feel at home in the kitchen or never set your foot in one before, if you want to roll up your sleeves and get involved or if you prefer to mingle and add the finishing touches – it doesn’t matter. People open up, hierarchies, prejudices and traditional roles disappear and what is left is a group of people connecting and creating something enjoyable together.

Corporate Teambuilding

Corporate entertainment and internal teambuilding events often take place at a restaurant or at a music / sport event. The locations involved usually mean you are in an environment that only gives you the opportunity to converse with the people immediately next to you. Interactive Cooking however, is an interaction between all the participants of your group where you command your own kitchen studio and dining area exclusive to your party. The cooking part of the evening encourages mingling throughout the group and the dinner is conducted in the private dining room adjacent to the kitchen area, where your party will share a great culinary experience. AVEQIA is a luxurious restaurant and a social event rolled into one.

Interactive cooking is not a cooking class, however cooking is the engagement-building factor. Everyone can participate regardless of if they are keen to learn, just want to socialise and meet people, or eat some exceptionally good food. Interactive Cooking suits all participants, no matter the season, weather or dress code.

Choose Interactive cooking as a stand alone activity or combine a visit with a conference, team building or other activity. Click here for promotional video

Inspirational Venues & Events would be delighted to assist you with your next London based “cooking experience” so please do get in touch

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SEASON at Lainston House

Situated in Hampshire, in the stunning grounds of Lainston House an Exclusive Hotel, SEASON was born out of our great passion for food and dining.

CORPORATE AND PRIVATE BOOKINGS

Cooking or baking are two of the most natural, original and interactive ways to entertain and build relationships amongst colleagues or with clients… and are lots and lots of fun!
And the best thing is that ‘ability’ is neither here nor there –  ALL abilities are welcome at Season – and they make sure from the outset that everyone has an amazing time.
Accommodating groups of up to 24 willing delegates, perfect for team building, client entertaining or any group activity!

READY, STEADY, COOK!

The Cookery School is perfect for a colleagues team building day, as a thank you treat for staff or clients and works perfectly when used exclusively for these types of events.

Reserving the venue exclusively, they can create a day to inspire and ensure that all guests and delegates conclude their time with a great sense of achievement.

EXCLUSIVE USE

Taking over the school exclusively would include;
a full day in the cookery school along with private use of the historic Well House
Unlimited tea and coffee and a delicious interactive lunch with a glass of wine per person
There will be an apron and recipes for everyone to take away
Additionally they can organise a personalised Chef’s knife with your company logo along with a glass of Nyetimber, English sparkling wine to end the day and celebrate the team’s achievements.

MAKE AN EVENING OF IT

Alternatively, they have also created the following short courses that could form part of your day or a ‘cook-your-own’ informal and interactive evening meal:

Burger Experience | Bread Making | Sushi Making | Pasta Making | Classic Cake Making

There is also the opportunity to have a guided tour of their kitchen garden, pick-your-own Pimm’s or to finish the day or evening with a wine tasting or cocktail making class… perhaps using your corporate colours?

A few options to consider:

TEAM BUILDING INTERACTIVE DINNER

Delegates will make their own burgers under the guidance of our cookery school chef and enjoy the fruits of their labour in the relaxing space of the well house dining area.

This can be tailored to a variety of other interactive experiences to suit your group.

TEAM BUILDING SHORT COURSES

The following short courses are available to form part of your meeting or event in just 4 hours:
Bread Making
Sushi Making
Pasta Making
Classic Cake Making

BELMOND LE MANOIR AUX QUAT’SAISONS

Created by celebrated chef Raymond Blanc OBE, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is renowned for offering one of Britain’s finest gastronomic experiences.
Situated in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton, it is also one of the country’s most cherished manor house hotels, with 32 individually designed guest rooms and suites.

The hotel received two Michelin stars in 1984, the first year of its opening, and, remarkably, has held them ever since.

Surrounded by lawns, flower borders and orchards, the luxury hotel enjoys an idyllic, typically English setting. But beyond the eye-catching displays are vegetable and herb gardens that provide the kitchen—and the acclaimed Raymond Blanc Cookery School—with ultra-fresh, organic produce, ensuring the Michelin-star restaurant remains at the cutting edge of culinary excellence.

AMENITIES

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From the mushroom valley and orchards to the serene English water garden, a stroll through the verdant scenery will be one of many highlights to your stay.

You can also enjoy a fascinating insight into the unique flora of the hotel’s grounds with daily tours.

AT A GLANCE

  • ACCOMMODATION 32 rooms and suites
  • DINING Celebrated two Michelin-star restaurant by Raymond Blanc OBE
  • FEATURES Resplendent grounds with organic kitchen garden, Japanese garden and orchard
  • ACTIVITIES Raymond Blanc Cookery School and garden tours
  • EVENTS Private dining for up to 50 guests
  • LOCATION 8 miles from Oxford, 32 miles from London Heathrow Airport

THE RAYMOND BLANC COOKERY SCHOOL

Embrace your passion for food and learn to create phenomenal cuisine in a fun, relaxed setting.

Courses are suitable for all experience levels. From half-day introductions to residential programmes, dinner party master classes to children’s courses, there’s something for everyone. Many courses focus on recipes important to Raymond Blanc, showcasing dishes that inspired him to become the Michelin-starred chef he is today.

In addition to the hands-on learning experience, students benefit from a luxurious break in the enchanting surroundings of the hotel.

Enjoy a delicious informal lunch in the school and the chance to make new, like-minded friends.

Tuition by our expert chefs is led by Cookery School Director Mark Peregrine, who brings over 30 years’ experience to the role.

WINE & DINE PACKAGE

Treat friends, family or colleagues to a one-of-a-kind gastronomic experience.

Venture into the manor’s hidden cellars where you’ll enjoy a tasting of wines from Raymond Blanc’s extensive travels. Then, champagne and canapés welcome you to The Raymond Blanc Cookery School for an expert demonstration. Finally, enjoy an exquisite four-course dinner with accompanying wines, coffee and petits fours.

 

Please feel free to get in touch to further discuss our next team building event or activity and our team of event specialists look forward to being of service !

Warmest regards from all the Inspirational Venues & Events Team!

Posted July 2017

New Restaurants We Love – with private dining rooms…

New Restaurants We Love - with private dining rooms...

It seems 2017 is proving to be the year of choice for hoteliers to launch new properties and the city of choice is our very own London town!

There is a real buzz in the events and hospitality world and for us, as event organisers and venue finding specialists, it’s a hugely exciting time. It provides us with new products to sell and experience right on our doorstep but most importantly a new hotel entering the market provides our clients with that something new and exciting which will draw attendees and guests, engage existing audiences and create new fans.

In this segment we’ve highlighted just three of the newest restaurants that have entered the London market with nothing but stellar reviews.

Please feel free to get in touch to further discuss any event requirements or venue enquiries and our eager team of event specialists await your call

The Ivy City Garden

Located in the historic Bishopsgate Gardens – one of the City’s few garden squares – and next-door to the famous St. Botolph church, The Ivy City Garden brings the familiar luxury of The Ivy, West Street to the City of London.

The Ivy Collection’s first site in the City of London features an all-day-dining menu, private dining room, and hidden garden offering a tranquil al fresco escape from the hustle and bustle of the Square Mile. The restaurant boasts a summer water fountain, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows opening onto a hidden garden with its own bar. The Ivy City Garden’s outdoor space has a retractable roof, allowing diners to enjoy the garden all year-round.

Private Dining – The Garden Room

The Garden Room at The Ivy City Garden seats 24 guests on one long table, or 32 over four round tables of eight, and is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as for drink and canapés receptions for up to 50 guests.

Situated on the first floor of the restaurant, The Garden Room private dining room has a lovely view of the historic Bishopsgate Gardens and St. Botolph Church, providing the perfect solace away from the bustling City of London.

The walls of The Garden Room are adorned with blue woven fabric panelling and decorative antique mirrors inset into pale blue painted panels. Large star-shaped brass and antique mirror ceiling lights create a dramatic feature.

With a selection of menus available, specially created by Executive Chef, Sean Burbidge, The Garden Room is equally suited to corporate breakfasts, lunches and dinners as it is for private parties.

In addition, The Garden Room will feature a beautiful silk clad and pale orange onyx bar, decorated with antique brass rod detailing, making the room suitable for both seated dining and standing receptions.

Ideally located 2 minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street Station, in Dashwood House, The Ivy City Garden’s private dining room provides the perfect setting for entertaining clients, friends and family. Complimentary menu cards and place cards are provided for each event and each table is decorated with seasonal flowers and tea lights.

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M Threadneedle Street

The multifaceted venue M Threadneedle St, houses our award-winning M Grill restaurant, a private members lounge, destination cocktail bar, wine tasting room, a secret den and four private dining and events spaces.

M is incredibly flexible for functions, private dining and exclusive events. With playful, yet luxurious decor, the six private dining rooms and event spaces are a happy union of energy and fun, with an undertone of gravitas and sophistication. Our dedicated Sales and Events Manager, is on hand to create bespoke experiences for parties of 10 – 600 guests, (including master classes and tastings), which will take you on a journey around both the venue and the flavours of six continents!

SPACE CAPACITY

The Locker Room – Functions for up to 18 guests

M BAR – Functions for up to 150 guests

M DEN – Functions for up to 100 guests

M GRILL Private Dining Room – Dining for up to 26 guests

Underground Station – Dining for 10 – 36 guests /Functions for 30 – 60 guests

The Hudson Room – Dining for 6 – 10 guests

The Wagyu Room – Dining for 10 – 24 guests /Functions for 15 – 35 guests

Conferencing – 10 – 100 guests

Exclusive Hires – 100 – 500 guests

 

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MEI UME

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square welcomes London’s most exciting new Asian dining venue, introducing a menu of authentic dishes from China and Japan with a modern approach.

Vibrant and fast-paced, the restaurant will include bar, lounge and table seating, as well as a Private Dining Room for up to 14.

Following the successful launch of Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square earlier this year, the Hotel is now set to open the doors to Mei Ume, a Japanese and Chinese restaurant designed to complement and diversify the Hotel’s existing food and beverage offering.

Demonstrating the part both cuisines play in the concept of the restaurant, the name Mei Ume is inspired by the Chinese and Japanese terms for plum blossom. Head Chef Tony Truong, formerly of Royal China, will lead the kitchen team, supported by Sushi Chef Mun Seok Choi from Sake no Hana and Dim Sum Chef Derrick Chen from Yauatcha.

The Mei Ume menu incorporates authentic dishes from both China and Japan with a modern approach. Head Chef Tony’s creative small plates, such as crispy baby squid with salted eggs, will be complemented by a selection of delicate steamed, baked and fried dim sum. Larger plates include stir-fried Dover sole with cloud ear mushroom and celery, and braised pork belly with crab. Served according to tradition across two courses, the Mei Ume whole Peking duck will be one of the restaurant’s standout dishes, served first with pancakes, leeks and cucumber, followed by crispy duck with salt and pepper.

Should you have any requirements for private dining please feel free to get in touch or visit our Private Dining Reservations website for some inspiration! 

We look forward to being of service! Warmest regards from all the Inspirational Venues & Events Team!

Posted July 2017