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As election fever swept over London last night, the Home of Cricket opened its doors to the third Square Meal reader event of the year. Taking place exactly five years on from the previous election bash we held at Lord’s, you were out in force, having cast your marks in polling stations all over town. With so much of the stadium to cover, guided tours started in the 800-capacity Nursery Pavilion, swinging by the ultra-modern Media Centre, finishing up in the prestigious and history-packed Long Room, by way of the England players’ dressing room. Delicious bowl food was flowing all night, alongside lashings of Pimm’s and Lord’s-branded Champers.
Last night heralded the inauguration of one of the most prestigious trophies in the event industry: the Square Meal All Star Lanes cup. Joined by some of the king pins from the UK’s top venues and suppliers, we took over the private room at the Brick Lane ASL venue. After getting stuck in to the yummy cocktail list and diner-style canapés, competition turned fierce, as nine teams were whittled down to a three for a rousing final end. We’re proud to say our very own Laura ‘Disco Dicko’ Dickinson lead her bowlers to victory. The trophy pin now has pride of place on the V&E sales team pod.
As election results came in from across the country on 6 May, now prime minister David Cameron was up until dawn celebrating his 20,000-vote Witney constituency win. The main man spent the small hours celebrating in The River Room, part of the Altitude 360 venue collection, where he gave a stirring speech to the Tory party faithful, as our picture shows. Located a few floors below Conservative Party HQ in Millbank Tower, The River Room can host 650 for a reception and was pretty much fit to burst with Tory members celebrating the end of a hard-fought election campaign.