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Ever fancied treating your team with a trip to New York for the morning? Or maybe Prague or Hong Kong? Flight simulator iPilot has just launched at Westfield and makes an innovative teambuilding experience. Take it in turns to fly and land a plane into the world’s most famous airports. A Champagne and canapé reception can be easily built in, as can dinner packages at the centre’s restaurants.
City livery company Grocers’ Hall is hosting an exhibition of the works of celebrated 1950s stained-glass-window maker and painter, John Piper. Various tenants of his work from across the country have loaned their pieces to produce the exhibition, which showcases never-before-seen artefacts, including his oil-on-canvas of the Piazza Navona in Rome and his iconic Brighton Pavilion, from 1938. The exhibition won’t be open to the public, but is free to view for those hosting functions at the hall.
Congratulations to the London Eye, which hits double digits this year. Since opening ten years ago, the Eye has welcomed a staggering 36 million visitors, rotated 45,000 times, hosted 433 weddings, and has established itself as an iconic part of the London skyline. In celebration, from 7pm today, all visitors to the London Eye will enjoy an impressive light show as they rotate, plus a free glass of Pommery Champagne. If you can’t make it tonight, there will also be a special limited allocation of 10am celebratory birthday flights each morning through March, available at a reduced price of £10.
Londoners have long wondered what was to come of Battersea Power Station; last night they found out. In a party to celebrate the launch of The Boiler House – an Arena marquee dropped into the shell of the building – the 15 caterers from the venue’s preferred list went head to head showing off their wares to a willing audience of over 1,000. Production gurus Fisher, who have the sole contract at the venue, put on a truly fabulous show, with the walls of the building illuminated with the logos of the venue’s various providers.
If you noticed the plumes of smoke rising over east London this morning, we are sorry to inform you that The East Room, one of the city’s premier members’ clubs, caught fire around 4am. The club and bar Sosho beneath have been completely gutted and subsequently have had to cancel all events. The venue will be in touch to inform those who previously held bookings.
THE GRADE II-listed Stoke Newington Town Hall has been restored to its original art deco glory. After a two-year, multimillion-pound refit courtesy of Hackney Council, the much-loved 1930s civic building has a stunning new interior, complemented by what the venue claims to be the largest mirror ball in Europe (1.5m in diameter, for all you disco fiends). Two new spaces are now available to hire: the 70-capacity Council Chamber and the Assembly Hall, both with vaulted ceilings and state-of-the-art AV facilities.
Our second reader event of the year last night went with a swing. Celebrating the refurbishment of London’s most central venue, The Northumberland, we invited 500 of you to come and check out the space over Champagne, cocktails and bowl food aplenty. ‘Chips and Champagne,’ one reader remarked. ‘I couldn’t be happier!’ We’d have to agree – the trademark Boyd’s chip cones and lobster bisque were delicious. Service from Off to Work made the event run smoothly. Check out the pics.
Fresh off the back of a £3m facelift, No.11 Cavendish Square launched with a lavish party last night. Square Meal joined over 300 guests to sample what the venue had to offer, from its all-new summer menu featuring a truly superb Eton Mess, to Black Velvet cocktails in honour of St Patrick himself. Previously known only as The King’s Fund, the No.11 branding brings the venue into the event world with some stellar spaces: the Georgian-styled Treasurer’s Room, seating 16, and the light-and-airy Conservatory, holding 200.
Wednesday saw the launch of a new Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Bar at Vinopolis. During the day, the space, conceived by hot French designer Christian Ghion, forms part of the venue’s Wine Tour. By night, it makes a great entertainment area for up to 70 guests. We’d use it to stage a tasting of some of the diverse Champagnes in the Nicolas Feuillatte range, most definitely including the excellent Rosé Vintage – a brightly coloured but very delicate wine, perfect for a summer party.
Ever the early bird, the Brewery burst into summer last night with the launch of its spectacular new menu. One of the most innovative and off-the-wall launches we’ve had the pleasure to attend, its ‘Trashed’ theme showed incredibly detailed theming and seriously sophisticated cooking. From the personalised wheelie bin that held the cutlery, to the deconstructed neon signs that lit the rooms, it will make a perfect summer party space.