If you are looking for an iconic, unique and breathtaking venue for your upcoming event, then look no further than the V&A Museum. As a London caterer, we are truly honoured to be one of the venue’s preferred suppliers.
The V&A Museum is the ideal venue to host a variety of events ranging from cocktail receptions, extravagant or intimate dinners to summer receptions and weddings. The venue has a wide range of varying galleries and also offers a picturesque garden which is perfect for those beautiful summer evenings.
The Raphael Gallery is the V&A Museum’s largest space and if you are anything like us here at Seasoned Events, it will give you goose bumps when you walk in! The Raphael Gallery in all its grandeur offers such incredible talking points, from the seven Raphael cartoons dating back to 1516 to the high ceilings and the spectacular Spanish altarpiece.
As the Museum is open to the general public during the day, we have mastered the art of turning the venue around in just 45 minutes! The Seasoned Events team are highly trained and well equipped to help execute the perfect event at the V&A Museum, whether that is a small drinks reception or a grand dinner. If you are in the midst of party planning and are looking for a breathtaking venue then please get in touch!
As a London caterer, we are very privileged to be able to say we work in such a wide variety of venues in and around London. One of the modern venues we work at is the Museum of London, which documents the history of London from pre-historic to modern times.
The Museum of London can hold weddings, cocktail reception and dinners for a range of capacities in different rooms.
The Sackler Hall, which is in the heart of the Museum, is perfect for private parties, award-ceremonies and celebrations. This space also comes with a digital ellipse and plasma screen, which works fantastically during events!
There are a number of different gallery spaces you can use for receptions or dinners, but as a London caterer one of our favourite galleries is the Designing a Moment: London 2012 Olympic Cauldron. Yes, this gallery contains the ‘Torch’ from the London 2012 Olympics and you can now hold an event in this room!
Working at this Museum has its challenges and of course it’s perks. One of the challenges is that the Museum closes at 5 pm, and on all events we only have 45 minutes to turn the venue around ready for the first guests arrival, whether it’s a dinner for 300 or a reception – which we have mastered! The perks of working here are; how easy the venue is to work at, there is lots of space for our chefs and the flexibility of the venue is great – not to mention the wonderful team!
This month we have had a chance to talk to Jade from the beautiful Guildhall in the City of London to get some of her thoughts about using this amazing venue…-
Ideally, what would you like clients to have thought about before arriving for a site visit?
Aside from financial gain what are the event objectives? Is it to make the guests feel special, is it to leave a lasting legacy or perhaps it’s to make them learn something new? Whatever the objective, it is important to know these early on so that the venue team can suggest ways to help you achieve them. The venue team are the experts on their venue and will be best placed to advise on what does and doesn’t work in their spaces.
What advice could you give to clients or agents who need to sell the venue to the final decision maker?
Paint a picture for the client on how their event would work in the venue. If you can prove that the event would work logistically as well as achieving their event objective then you are ruling out any reason to doubt the venue for their event. Once that has been successful, it comes down to the clients attachment to the venue. The best way to build this attachment is to take them on a venue visit and draw them in visually. Good sales people will try to make the client feel emotionally attached to the venue by drawing on the venue’s history and the guest experience.
What event would you love to see take place at the Guildhall?
I would like to see more events such as film premières and bespoke launches with big builds. Both offer fantastic PR opportunities and showcase the versatility of our venue to its best. Guildhall is one of the few iconic London venues that can offer all day and night access as well as seamless load-in via Guildhall Yard. This makes Guildhall an ideal location for clients wishing to create a statement event experience.
What advice could you give event bookers to ensure they are getting the best rates from suppliers and making the most out of their venue hire?
When booking a venue ask for a clear breakdown of what is included in the price to avoid any surprise costs further down the line. Most clients don’t realise that Guildhall provides fully equipped kitchens which can reduce the catering costs considerably. Something as simple as this could save thousands when compared to an alternative venue.
With suppliers – if you are a regular event booker and can guarantee multiple event contracts, you can request a multiple event discount. This cuts out the stress of dealing with several suppliers, reduces costs and helps strengthen supplier relationships.
Conferences so often conjure up an image of a hotel room, a standard 9am-5pm day, simple sandwiches and generally not a very exciting day for attendees. However, there are so many ways to invigorate your guests and make it a standout event.
There are many venues out there that are exciting and interesting in which you can host your conference – take an example of the Guildhall, a stunning central City venue. They have rooms from 20 to 760 for conferences all steeped in history and stories. The fascinating history and current life of the City of London and the Guildhall’s place in it is an amazing backdrop to any event. A talk or a tour can easily be included to give everyone the chance to understand what a special place this is.
Get your delegates engaged by doing a team building activity – this appears to be a current trend to break up the day or end the day with a more social and relaxing element. We work with some great companies that can make you your own team building activity – they can base this around a venue such as the Guildhall, so you can explore the rooms or outside across the City of London. Why not end with a prize like winning drinks back at the Guildhall in one of their fantastic rooms?
Add to that some creative and energy boosting food and drinks, and you should have an engaged and excited room of delegates!
Conferencing should be appealing and inspiring, generating thoughts and interaction – we always ensure your delegates get exciting options on their breaks to keep those energy levels up – something like –
Energy balls of apricot, almond & pecan nuts, Coconut & macadamia nuts
Home-made granola bar topped with toffee sauce & toasted seeds
Chocolate brownie topped toasted marshmallow & raspberry gel
Our Guildhall packages start from £50.00 + VAT day delegate rate so are great value for a fantastic location and venue – I am sure your delegates will certainly attend this one for the opportunity to see inside this iconic building!
We had the pleasure of working with the National Osteoporosis Society at their glamorous fashion show at the historic Lancaster House.
The event was held to raise awareness and funds for vital research which will help to find a cure to the gruelling condition. Many high profile guests were in attendance including the President of the Society and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall, famed Fashion Designer and creator, Bruce Oldfield; whose brand new evening and bridal collections were featured alongside his new collection of luxury, bespoke designs and actresses Sarah Owen and Susan Hampshire.
We received some fantastic feedback from the Special Events Manager of the National Osteoporosis Society, Bethany Howson:
“Just a quick note to thank you and all of your team for fabulous food and service yesterday. We’ve had lots of lovely comments from guests.
It was a fabulous evening. We think we have raised £107,000 from the tickets and live and silent auctions which is fabulous!
Thank you again for all your help, advice and flexibility in accommodating last minute changes!”
Photo Credit: National Osteoporosis Society.
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