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The Natural History Museum has opened its event diary for the Darwin Centre, which will be available for corporate and private hire from 1 October. The £78m centre will be able to cater for 150 guests for dinner and up to 350 for receptions, and will boast its own landscaped garden and gated private entrance. Room hire starts at £10,150 and space is bright and modern, with access to the museum's 20-million-strong collection of insects and plants in a 65m-long, eight-storey cocoon.
Trendy Shoreditch restaurant Hoxton Grill has joined the Soho House Group. The classic American grill-style venue has five private hire spaces: two elegant private dining rooms seating 30 and 22 respectively; a lobby bar where two areas can be reserved for drinks and canapé receptions for up to 50; and a pretty garden, available for exclusive use Monday-Thursday and Sundays, which accommodates 80 standing.
Heat up debate at your boardroom meeting with afternoon tea at The Cinnamon Club. The restaurant has just launched an enticingly spicy menu for groups of 24 or more (maximum 30) to enjoy afternoon tea between 2.30-5pm in the cosy Library Bar. Enjoy such treats as kathi kebab rolls, chicken tikka sandwiches, Bengali spiced crab and the obligatory scones and pastries. A week's notice is advised for bookings, though 24 hour's notice can be accommodated in exceptional circumstances.
Kensington Palace is set for complete refurbishment between 2010 and 2012. As a result, the Victorian Garden Rooms, comprising the Red Saloon (Queen Victoria met her Privy Council for the first time in this room in 1837), the Teck Saloon and the North Drawing Room (where historians believe Victoria was born), will close from March 2010 to make way for a permanent exhibition. Don't miss your last chance to book any of these historic spaces for events.
The in-house caterer at The Brewery is among the best in the business so when the City venue ‘Challenged Annica’ to a cook-off, we knew we had a big task on our hands. The V&E team put up a good fight, serving 20 three-course meals with just four hours’ prep, but our haloumi salad, fish & chips and frozen margarita pie didn’t quite score enough points to beat the Brewery’s chicken liver parfait, baked haddock and plum clafoutis. We reckon the real winners were the judges who got to eat it all!
We couldn't have asked for better weather at last night's reader event: the hottest day of the year so far and what better place to watch the sun go down than Altitude 360? Over 600 of you arrived to a Champagne reception with delicious canapés, while the sushi bar and fresh pasta station proved almost as popular as the breathtaking views over miles of London skyline. Guests were welcomed by Altitude 360's managing director Alex Kersjes, who spoke about the venue's new 15,000sq ft space The River Room, situated on the second floor for those with less of a head for heights!
Even more of an incentive to book an event at ZSL London Zoo: two gorgeous 10-week old Asian lion cubs have just been introduced into the Animal House enclosure. It's the first time in 10 years that lions have been born at the zoo. Watch them play at close hand when you book the Animal Houses for an event for up to 250 guests but hurry, they won't be babies for long!
Now summer is nearly over, we're looking indoors for event entertainment and love the idea of combining a private lunch for 200 or drinks reception in the Amphitheatre Restaurant at the Royal Opera House with an exclusive backstage tour (for a maximum of 20 guests per tour). The tour includes a history of the theatre, current productions (you may even get to see the Royal Ballet in class) and the amazing backstage technology at work.