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Venue Vendor - Samantha Lacey

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Samantha Lacey of Deptford dance studios Laban talks knickers, nicknames and 'nice' Guy Ritchie


  • My name is Samantha Lacey.USE_THIS_FULL_BLEED2.jpg
  • I am events manager at Laban.
  • I have worked here since October 2003.
  • They call me ‘lacy pants’, because of my surname, but I have been known to wear them on occasion too.
  • I’ve been in the events industry for ten years. Before I came to Laban I was at the Barbican.
  • My first event was a corporate motorsports hospitality day when I worked for Jonathan Palmer. I remember feeling very important rushing around with my walkie talkie.
  • I’ll always remember Stella McCartney choosing Laban for her Adidas product launch. She couldn’t make it because she’d just had her baby but had specifically requested our venue because she felt it reflected the edginess of the brand and her designs.
  • The most valuable lesson I’ve learnt so far is that you can never ask too many questions.
  • I particularly like the ‘Teletubby’ gardens outside. They were landscaped using leftover rubble from the building, which was made into mounds and then grassed over. All very eco-friendly. I’d use it for a drinks reception or dinner in a marquee for up to 250.
  • People always comment on the quirkiness of the building, particularly when they see it surrounded by the urban jungle of Deptford. It’s like a spaceship has landed!
  • You may be surprised to hear that Eric Prydz filmed his raunchy video for Call On Me in one of our dance studios. The Corrs and Destiny’s Child have also shot videos here.
  • Recently, we have featured in Guy Ritchie’s latest film RocknRolla. They transformed the foyer and a studio upstairs into an art gallery. I met Guy and contrary to popular opinion, he’s actually very nice and friendly.
  • After an event, you’ll find me enjoying a glass of wine or four at Bar du Musée in Greenwich.
  • When I need inspiration I just look at the dancers around me. It’s hard not to be inspired by their energy and creativity.
  • Later this year, I’m looking forward to moving out of London and into my Grade II-listed country cottage in Bishop’s Stortford with my boyfriend.
  • In 10 years’ time I’ll be 40, and they do say life begins at 40. I’d like to still be in my country cottage and hopefully the owner of a King Charles spaniel whom I have already decided will be called Fudge.
  • My famous last words will be ‘make mine a double’.

Laban, Creekside, SE8 3DZ, tel: 020 8469 9453, squaremeal.co.uk/laban


This article first appeared in Square Meal Venues & Events magazine, Autumn 2008.


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