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Event review: Walk on the Wild Side pop-up with The Radical Dining Society - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Walk on the Wild Side pop-up with The Radical Dining Society

With creepy crawlies and flowers on the menu, we dive head first into the world of foraged food

Our week in pictures: 23 - 29 June, 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 23 - 29 June, 2014

A week in the life of the Square Meal team is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we've been up to.

Our week in pictures: 16 - 22 June, 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 16 - 22 June, 2014

A week in the life of the Square Meal team is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we've been up to.

Our week in pictures: 9-16 June, 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 9-16 June, 2014

A week in the life of the Square Meal team is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we've been up to.

Half-price at Purple Door at Piccadilly - What's New: London Venues Half-price at Purple Door at Piccadilly

Hold an event at the West End venue in July and you’ll get 50% off the hire price. Designed as a blank canvas space, the 5,683sq ft venue can hold up to 600 standing guests.

Our week in pictures: 2-8 June, 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 2-8 June, 2014

A week in the life of the Square Meal team is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we've been up to.

Our week in pictures:  19-26 May, 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 19-26 May, 2014

A week in the life of the Square Meal team is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we've been up

Our week in pictures: 12 - 18 May, 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 12 - 18 May, 2014

A week in the life of the Square Meal team is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we've been up to.

Our week in pictures: 5-11 May, 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 5-11 May, 2014

A week in the life of the Square Meal team is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we've been up to.

Our week in pictures: 28 April - 4 May, 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 28 April - 4 May, 2014

A week in the life of the Square Meal team is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we've been up to.

Venue focus: The Goldsmiths' Centre - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Venue focus: The Goldsmiths' Centre

Tucked away in one of London’s most historic quarters is the glass-wrapped and gleaming Goldsmiths’ Centre. Don’t know the area? Let’s change that now.

Celtic Manor - In full swing - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Celtic Manor - In full swing

Celtic Manor is building again. This time it’s not another new clubhouse but a collection of Scandinavian-style lodges. We got the nod to head west and check them out.

Lunch club: Aqua Shard - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Lunch club: Aqua Shard

Square Meal readers gathered in London’s latest landmark to test the waters at Aqua Shard.

Event review: Summer showcase at ZSL London Zoo - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Summer showcase at ZSL London Zoo

We popped along to check out what the venue has planned for the events crowd this summer.

Event review: Paul Smith Curator’s Dinner at the Design Museum - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Paul Smith Curator’s Dinner at the Design Museum

For one night only, we stepped into the impeccably dressed world of fashion designer Paul Smith.

Event review: Brooklyn Bowl launch party - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Brooklyn Bowl launch party

A gaggle of celebs joined us in giving their best Big Lebowski impressions at the London branch opening.

Event review: Reader event at 15 Hatfields - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Reader event at 15 Hatfields

The South Bank venue showed us - and some of you - what sustainability really looks like.

Event review: Strictly SW7 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Strictly SW7

South Kensington's finest institutions can put on quite a show.

Event review: National Television Awards 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: National Television Awards 2014

The small screen's finest were out in force at The O2.

Event review: Belle Époque at the Playboy Club - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Belle Époque at the Playboy Club

It was the fin de siècle, but the start of something new for the Mayfair venue.

Event review: Cirque Le Soir's fifth birthday - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Cirque Le Soir's fifth birthday

The unconstrained club near Oxford Circus celebrated its fifth birthday with a makeover.

Event Photography Awards 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event Photography Awards 2014

Here they are: the winners of the inaugural EPAs, a new competition for event photographers, both amateur and pro.

Our week in pictures: 14 - 21 April, 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 14 - 21 April, 2014

A week in the life of the Square Meal team is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we've been up to.

Our week in pictures: 7 - 13 April, 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 7 - 13 April, 2014

A week in the life of the Square Meal team is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we've been up to.

Our week in pictures: 24 - 31 March, 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 24 - 31 March, 2014

A week in the life of the Square Meal team is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we've been up to.

Our week in pictures: 17 - 23 March, 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 17 - 23 March, 2014

A week in the life of the Square Meal team is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we've been up to.

Our week in pictures: 10 - 16 March, 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 10 - 16 March, 2014

A week in the life of the Square Meal team is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we've been up to.

Our week in pictures: 3 - 9 March, 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 3 - 9 March, 2014

A week in the life of the Square Meal team is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we've been up to.

Our week in pictures: 24 February - 02 March, 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 24 February - 02 March, 2014

A week in the life of the Square Meal team is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we've been up to.

Our week in pictures: 17 - 23 February, 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 17 - 23 February, 2014

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to.

Our week in pictures: 10 - 16 February, 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 10 - 16 February, 2014

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to.

Our week in pictures: 3 - 9 February, 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 3 - 9 February, 2014

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to.

Our week in pictures: 20 - 27 January, 2014 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 20 - 27 January, 2014

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to.

Our week in pictures: the Christmas break - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: the Christmas break

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. So, imagine what we got up to during the season to be jolly! In all fairness, we behaved. For the most part, anyway Here are some snaps so you can see.

Our week in pictures: 9 - 15 December, 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 9 - 15 December, 2013

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to.

Our week in pictures: 2-9 December, 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 2-9 December, 2013

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to.

Our week in pictures: 18-24 November, 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 18-24 November, 2013

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to.

Our week in pictures: 4-10 November, 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 4-10 November, 2013

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to.

Our week in pictures: 28 October - 3 November, 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 28 October - 3 November, 2013

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to.

Our week in pictures: 21 - 28 October, 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 21 - 28 October, 2013

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to.

Square Meal Canape Cup 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Square Meal Canape Cup 2013

It’s 5pm on the first day of Square Meal’s Venues & Events Live, and we’re queuing for the second round of this year’s Canapé Cup. Along with 300 other judges, we’re looking forward to testing out what this year’s batch of venues and caterers have created as their best bites. Would Eden Caterers, last year’s winner, reign supreme? Or would it be D&D London’s new catering arm Cinnamon Candy? Or perhaps it would be one of the event’s new contenders: The Hippodrome, Melissa Webb Catering or Alistair-Hugo? We grabbed a glass of fizz and a sharpened pencil and descended the steps of Old Billingsgate’s Vaults to cast our vote and find out…

Venue Focus: Purple Door at Piccadilly - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Venue Focus: Purple Door at Piccadilly

Blank Canvas' newest property mixes the company’s love of an industrial space with privacy and high-tech specs. We had a snoop around Purple Door at Piccadilly just before it held its first event.

Tried & Tested: I Spy - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Tried & Tested: I Spy

We jumped aboard Britain’s last surviving WWII cruiser for a night of code-cracking.

Tried & Tested: Jive Talkin' - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Tried & Tested: Jive Talkin'

Can you bond over a boogie? We strapped on our dancing shoes and chasséd over to the Karen Hardy Studios in Imperial Wharf to find out.

Tried & Tested: Skyfall - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Tried & Tested: Skyfall

Ever fancied running away with the circus? We tried the next best thing – a morning in the treetops with flying trapeze experts Gorilla Circus.

Square Meal Venues & Events Live 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Square Meal Venues & Events Live 2013

Recession? What recession? If the mood at Venues & Events Live was anything to go by, the UK events industry has returned to form.

Our week in pictures: 14 - 20 October, 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 14 - 20 October, 2013

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to.

Group focus: Elite Hotels - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Group focus: Elite Hotels

When Elite Hotels invites you to eat your way around its venues – escorted by helicopter – it’s hard to say no. We overcame out fear of flying to whip round the collection.

Our week in pictures: 7 - 14 October - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 7 - 14 October

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to.

Our week in pictures: 30 September - 6 October - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 30 September - 6 October

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to.

Our week in pictures: 23 - 30 September, 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 23 - 30 September, 2013

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to.

Our week in pictures: 16 - 22 September, 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 16 - 22 September, 2013

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to.

Our week in pictures: 9 - 15 September, 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 9 - 15 September, 2013

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to.

Event review: Green Man Festival - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Green Man Festival

From Vauxhall to Glanusk, we made the five-hour schlepp to the Brecon Beacons for Green Man Festival’s 10th birthday. And boy, did we celebrate.

Event review: The reopening of the Barbican's Garden Room & Conservatory - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: The reopening of the Barbican's Garden Room & Conservatory

We love a bit of Brutalist architecture, so we were never going to pass up an invitation to the Barbican; particularly one showcasing its revamped Garden Room and Conservatory.

Our week in pictures: 2 - 8 September, 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 2 - 8 September, 2013

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to

Event review: Standon Calling - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Standon Calling

From flying trapeze artists to world-class music: V&E slapped on the face paint and joined the circus that was Standon Calling.

Our week in pictures: 26 August - 1 September, 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 26 August - 1 September, 2013

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to

Our week in pictures: 19-25 August, 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 19-25 August, 2013

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occasional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to

Event review: Faulty Towers, the Dining Experience - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Faulty Towers, the Dining Experience

Torquay comes to London for this Edinburgh Fringe favourite, featuring three of British comedy’s most loved characters. V&E braced itself for a bombardment of 70s-style chaos at The Charing Cross Hotel.

Our week in pictures: 12 - 18 August, 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 12 - 18 August, 2013

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occassional bad behaviour. Here are some snaps so you can see what we get up to.

Our week in pictures: 5 - 11 August, 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 5 - 11 August, 2013

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occassional bad behaviour. Here's some snaps so you can see what we get up to

Our week in pictures: 29 July - 4 August, 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Our week in pictures: 29 July - 4 August, 2013

A week in the life of team V&E is a mixed bag of eating and drinking, meeting and greeting, dancing, and occassional bad behaviour. Here's some snaps so you can see what we get up to.

Event review: The ninth annual Chap Olympiad - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: The ninth annual Chap Olympiad

Pimm’s and propriety on the lawn of Bedford Square: V&E waxed its moustache and pulled up its plus fours for an afternoon of anarcho dandyism, courtesy of The Chap.

Event review: Latitude - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Latitude

One of the few festivals V&E’s managed to miss, we’d heard great things about Latitude. A weekend of comfortable camping with culture in every corner was always going to be a winner

Lunch club: Quo Vadis - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Lunch club: Quo Vadis

On a surprisingly sunny day in Soho, our Lunch Club reconvened for a long-overdue session, with both regular members and a few new faces in tow.

Venue focus: Silverstone - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Venue focus: Silverstone

With gleaming new entertainment space in The Wing, the home of the British Grand Prix is racing into events at full speed. From conferences, launches and exhibitions to music festivals and even weddings, Silverstone now hosts much more than racedays

Event review: Glastonbury Festival 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Glastonbury Festival 2013

The daddy of all festivals is back after a year off, selling its 138,000 tickets in a record-breaking 100 minutes. V&E popped down to Worthy Farm for a mad weekend in the sun.

Event review: Epsom Live! - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Epsom Live!

Team V&E trotted along to Epsom Racecourse for a night of betting and hospitality, not to mention a spot of crooning from Tony Hadley. However, it turned out the Spandau Ballet singer was not to be the star of the show…

Event review: Royal Ascot 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Royal Ascot 2013

Now in its 302nd year, Royal Ascot remains the jewel of the racing calendar, attracting the genteel to three days of fizz and frivolous betting. V&E dusted off its finery and went looking for Irishmen with good tips.

Event review: Masterpiece London - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Masterpiece London

Team V&E were just two of 34,000 guests to attend the eight-day art and antiques fair, Masterpiece London. We popped over to Chelsea for lunch at its Le Caprice pop-up and ogled over £1bn worth of modern art and ancient artefacts.

Venue focus: Kings Place - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Venue focus: Kings Place

A decade ago, Kings Place was little more than a bright idea and a blueprint. Today, this canalside corner of King’s Cross is home to a thoroughly modern venue where culture meets commerce

Event review: Longines Global Champions Tour - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Longines Global Champions Tour

The Harrods-sponsored event came to London for the first time this summer. We popped along to the renamed Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for a morning of hospitality on the competition’s second day.

Event review: Hard Rock Calling - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Hard Rock Calling

While most of London’s music-loving population were at Glasto, two of team V&E headed a little closer to home to catch Bruce Springsteen at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Event review: SS Atlantica ocean liner party - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: SS Atlantica ocean liner party

Luxury yacht the Silver Sturgeon is transformed for one night a month into 1931 cruise liner the SS Atlantica, hosting a roaring 30s-themed party. We dug out our string pearls and climbed aboard.

Event review: The Gatsby Club at The Wimbledon Championships - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: The Gatsby Club at The Wimbledon Championships

The Gatsby Club opened its doors once again to welcome hospitality guests for this year’s Championships. With catering from legendary chef Albert Roux OBE and the women’s quarter-finals on the cards, it was set to be a memorable day. We dug out our whites and joined the hordes of tennis fans who descended on the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

Event review: BNP Paribas Tennis Classic - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: BNP Paribas Tennis Classic

The venerable river-side venue again played host to the BNP Paribas Tennis Classic this year. We slapped on the SPF and went to check out the final warm up before Wimbledon.

Event review: The Boodles - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: The Boodles

Wimbledon’s out of town warm up didn’t fail to deliver its trademark glamour and style this year. V&E dusted down its Sunday best and checked out the hospitality offering at Stoke Park.

Event review: Kerrang Awards 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Kerrang Awards 2013

The devil’s rejects descended on Troxy for the venue’s inaugural hosting of the Relentless Kerrang Awards. V&E put some leathers on to check it out.

Event review: MINT Polo in the Park - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: MINT Polo in the Park

The opener of a three-day polo extravaganza featuring a parade of gents in tight white trousers and glossy-maned fillies, both on and off the pitch.

Event review: Luma YrStore pop-up launch - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: Luma YrStore pop-up launch

V&E pop along to the launch of tech innovator Luma’s pop-up YrStore, the world’s first all-over garment printing store, just off Carnaby Street.

Venue Focus: 15 Hatfields - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Venue Focus: 15 Hatfields

Welcome to 15 Hatfields, one of the most eco-minded venues in London. Its GM Warren Campbell talks to V&E about spreading the green dream

Event review: 'David Bowie Is' at The V&A - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: 'David Bowie Is' at The V&A

The private view of the first international retrospective of David Bowie’s career, ‘David Bowie is’, featuring handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs and instruments.

Tried & tested: The Lounge, Odeon Whiteleys - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Tried & tested: The Lounge, Odeon Whiteleys

The V&E team test out the cinema group's luxury screening offering at its venue in Whiteleys, Bayswater.

Event review: NME awards 2013 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Event review: NME awards 2013

At the behest of east end venue Troxy, the V&E team were invited to attend the NME Awards 2013. We accepted with zeal. Click through to find out what we remembered the day after.

ISES Mistletoe industry event 2012 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus ISES Mistletoe industry event 2012

Tobacco Dock hosted the third annual ISES Mistletoe industry showcase on Tuesday 4 December. Read the event review here.

Tried and Tested - a private event and dinner at Shakespeare's Globe - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Tried and Tested - a private event and dinner at Shakespeare's Globe

V&E road-tests a Bard-themed dinner event, hosted by Mask Event Design & Production at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Artist & Manager Awards 2012 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Artist & Manager Awards 2012

Last week, Troxy hosted the second annual Artist & Manager Awards. Read our report of the event here.

Tried and tested - oyster shucking masterclass - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Tried and tested - oyster shucking masterclass

There is no better season for oysters than this and few finer coasts, we are told, from which to pluck them. So, in the autumn/winter months when these rock huggers are ripe, we thought it a good idea to try out a teambuilding oyster shucking masterclass. Our fish-loving friends at Wright Bros restaurant on Kingly Street invited us to learn the tradition, led by executive group head chef David Gingell.

Venue focus - Alexandra Palace - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Venue focus - Alexandra Palace

Fresh from hosting 130,000 orange sports fans over the Olympics, Ally Pally is very much back on the events map. V&E explores the mighty venue and its mind-boggling range of space.

Tried and tested - D&D's Casa del Habano - News & Trends Tried and tested - D&D's Casa del Habano

Always keen to keep you abreast of the trends, V&E put D&D’s La Casa del Habano to the test, to check out the rise of the cigar bar.

Drop dead gorgeous - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Drop dead gorgeous

Day of the Dead, Wahaca’s music, food, art and film festival celebrates the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos. It’s on for another two nights (2-3 November) and it’s a really cool event so catch it if you can

The AIM Independent Music Awards 2012 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus The AIM Independent Music Awards 2012

The second annual AIM Independent Music Awards, presented by BBC broadcasters Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq.

Distilled at Congress Centre - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Distilled at Congress Centre

Online marketing specialists Distilled brought its searchlove conference to the Congress Centre and V&E was there to check it out.

Hollywood Costume Dinner at The V&A - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Hollywood Costume Dinner at The V&A

The Victoria & Albert Museum Hollywood Costume dinner, sponsored by New York jewellers Harry Winston.

Rock stars - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Rock stars

The 10th anniversary of We Will Rock You

Bumper pack - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Bumper pack

Namco showcase party

An arty party  - Event Reviews & Venue Focus An arty party

South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2012, hosted by Melvyn Bragg

Best of the chefs  - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Best of the chefs

S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards 2012 at the Guildhall.

Sweet harmony: Coca-Cola Olympic single launch - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Sweet harmony: Coca-Cola Olympic single launch

An exclusive gig from Coca-Cola to celebrate the launch of the brand’s official single for the London 2012 Olympic Games

Bateaux London launches MV Harmony - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Bateaux London launches MV Harmony

The MV Harmony, Bateaux London’s latest addition, made its maiden voyage this month. The boat has an open deck which holds up to 200 guests for dinner. V&E went along to the launch – read about it here.

Another dimension: Nokia Lumia Live - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Another dimension: Nokia Lumia Live

The launch of Nokia's latest smartphone, at Altitude 360.

The art of giving: Crisis Commission charity auction - Event Reviews & Venue Focus The art of giving: Crisis Commission charity auction

The launch of Crisis Commission, an exhibition of work by celebrated artists including Anthony Gormley and Tracey Emin

Going Underground: Morning Parade album launch - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Going Underground: Morning Parade album launch

Somerset House hosts Morning Parade's album launch in style

Do you know your NME? - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Do you know your NME?

All the gossip from the Shockwaves NME Awards 2012

Soho House pops up for BRITs - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Soho House pops up for BRITs

Universal Music’s Brit Awards after party at Soho House

Let's all meet at Tom's - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Let's all meet at Tom's

The recent refurbishment at Tom Aikens – earthy, beautifully crafted – reflects the delicious new menu. We went to try it out and meet the man himself

Venues & Events on Confex TV - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Venues & Events on Confex TV

Our friends at Silverstream TV have just sent us this video from the Square Meal stand at International Confex, where we showcased winning nibbles from our Canapé Cup – check it out .

 Proud Cabaret Camden launches - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Proud Cabaret Camden launches

Following in the glamorous, if risqué, footsteps of Proud Cabaret City, Proud Galleries in Camden has been given a £150,000 facelift, offering a new-look dining space with a menu to match.

Fashion Monitor at Altitude - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Fashion Monitor at Altitude

Online industry mag Fashion Monitor teamed up with Nomad Food and Design to invite London's fashion elite to Altitude 360 Black at the Millbank tower this week. Team V&E couldn’t resist a peek. Read the review here.

Mistletoe 2011 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Mistletoe 2011

ISES, MPI and Site organised a charity Christmas party for the meetings and events-industry, which helped raise money for their charity MIMN (Meetings Industry Meeting Needs)

Christmas at the Bloomsbury Big Top - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Christmas at the Bloomsbury Big Top

London’s largest temporary Christmas venue opened its doors for the season with a Cirque de Noel-themed showcase party this week. Read all about its impressive entertainment programme here.

Christmas showcase and 2012 kick-off at the Tower Pavilion - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Christmas showcase and 2012 kick-off at the Tower Pavilion

The Ultimate Experience invited us to its pavilion in the Tower of London's moat to celebrate the launch of the winter season - an evening of sparkle, scale and snow cones.

Bollywood Christmas showcase at The Window - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Bollywood Christmas showcase at The Window

Islington's exclusively veggie venue, The Window, invited V&E to its Bollywood showcase and ended up in an Indian dance class.

Museums unite for landmark showcase - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Museums unite for landmark showcase

For the first time, the V&A, Science Museum and Natural History Museum collaborated to showcase their venues, along with their preferred suppliers, in unison. Click here for the full review.

ISES Talks Entertainment - Event Reviews & Venue Focus ISES Talks Entertainment

Event review from ISES Talks Entertainment at Floridita

Royal Albert Hall and "rhubarb" Showcase - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Royal Albert Hall and "rhubarb" Showcase

We headed over to the Royal Albert Hall to try some delicious food from the venue's new exclusive caterer "rhubarb', and we bumped into Heston too.

Meet and Two Veg - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Meet and Two Veg

V&E Lunch Clubbers discover there’s a place for vegetarian food in the conference room

Square Meal Canapé Cup 2011 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Square Meal Canapé Cup 2011

The knives were out at this year’s Canapé Cup as nine top caterers and venues fought for the most coveted prize in finger food.

Man Booker Shortlist Party - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Man Booker Shortlist Party

Celebration of the main contenders for the 2011 Man Booker Prize.

Launch of the Pavilion at the Tower of London - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Launch of the Pavilion at the Tower of London

Showcase event to introduce the latest addition to the Concerto Group's portfolio of temporary summer and Christmas party venues.

Hedsor House - Hedsor 2011 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Hedsor House - Hedsor 2011

One-night music festival in aid of the charity Médecins Sans Frotiéres.

The Halkin - 20th Birthday - Event Reviews & Venue Focus The Halkin - 20th Birthday

Celebrating 20 years of five-star chic in Belgravia.

It's The Agency 1st Birthday - Event Reviews & Venue Focus It's The Agency 1st Birthday

First anniversary of the CH&Co group's event solutions company.

Access All Areas at The Roundhouse - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Access All Areas at The Roundhouse

Showcase of the iconic Camden venue and its top suppliers, complete with food from ten top caterers.

Clash of the titans - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Clash of the titans

It’s been a busy time for hotel openings in London. We pitch the four big arrivals against each other

Many happy returns  - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Many happy returns

We join the 30th birthday celebrations at The Roof Gardens, and remind ourselves just what great spaces the iconic west London venue has to offer

Let's do lunch - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Let's do lunch

Take seven readers, four Square Mealers and a restaurant PR, place in a beautiful room, add a three-course meal with matching wines, then stir in hot restaurant gossip, some great private dining recommendations and mix well. The Venues & Events Lunch Club is ready to serve

Privacy Please - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Privacy Please

From PDRs and chef’s tables to exclusive-use options, here’s what the latest crop of London restaurants offer in terms of private dining

Spicing up the seasons - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Spicing up the seasons

The Metropolitan’s new private dining menus are all about vibrant flavours and colourful ingredients. We put the summer offerings to the test at an exclusive tasting

Thames Venues - Canary Wharf to O2 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Thames Venues - Canary Wharf to O2

Our guide to the finest Thameside venue spaces

Thames Venues - Tower Bridge to Canary Wharf - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Thames Venues - Tower Bridge to Canary Wharf

Our guide to the finest Thameside venue spaces

Thames Venues - London Bridge to Tower Bridge - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Thames Venues - London Bridge to Tower Bridge

Our guide to the finest Thameside event spaces

Thames Venues - Southwark to London Bridge - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Thames Venues - Southwark to London Bridge

Our guide to the finest Thameside event spaces

Thames Venues - Blackfriars to Southwark - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Thames Venues - Blackfriars to Southwark

Our guide to the finest Thameside event spaces

Thames Venues - Messing about on the river - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Thames Venues - Messing about on the river

An event by the Thames is hard to beat – but an event on the Thames might just manage it. Here’s our pick of the best party boats and river experiences for groups

Thames Venues - Waterloo to Blackfriars - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Thames Venues - Waterloo to Blackfriars

Our guide to the finest Thameside event spaces

Thames Venues - Westminster to Waterloo - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Thames Venues - Westminster to Waterloo

Our guide to the finest Thameside event spaces

Thames Venues - Chelsea to Westminster - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Thames Venues - Chelsea to Westminster

Out guide to finest Thameside event spaces

Thames Venues - Richmond to Putney - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Thames Venues - Richmond to Putney

Our guide to the finest Thameside event spaces

Thames Venues - Hampton to Richmond - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Thames Venues - Hampton to Richmond

Our guide to the finest Thameside event spaces

Thames Venues - Marlow to Hampton  - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Thames Venues - Marlow to Hampton

Our guide to the finest Thameside event spaces

Thames Venues- Henley - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Thames Venues- Henley

Our guide to the finest Thameside event spaces

Thames Venues- Oxford to Sonning - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Thames Venues- Oxford to Sonning

Our guide to the finest Thameside event spaces

Calling in  the Pros - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Calling in the Pros

Over 50 professional wedding planners descended on Lord’s for their annual helping of trend reports, tips and business advice, courtesy of a panel of industry experts ranging from Michelin-starred chefs to fashion designers

Perfect 10 - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Perfect 10

How time flies: this year The Cinnamon Club celebrates a decade of taking us beyond the balti. We join chef and CEO Vivek Singh and raise a glass to one of London’s finest restaurant venues

Natural Selection - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Natural Selection

There’s more to the Natural History Musem than bones and butterflies – it’s also one of the most exciting and versatile venues in the country. V&E pays a visit and unearths a wealth of event spaces

Group Dynamics - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Group Dynamics

It’s been a manic few months for the restaurant scene, with a host of big-name openings around the capital. V&E picks the best for private dining.

Join The Club - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Join The Club

From the grand to the industrial, there’s a private members’ club in London to suit all tastes. And they aren’t as impenetrable as you might think

Venues with a View - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Venues with a View

There’s nothing like a breathtaking panorama to give your event fresh perspective. We’ve hunted high and low to bring you the most scenic spaces in London, the UK and worldwide

Reaching For The Stars - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Reaching For The Stars

With a string of global names installed in the capital's top hotel kitchens, banqueting is in for a Michelin makeover, says Tom Vaughan

Michelin Meals for the Masses - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Michelin Meals for the Masses

Bespangled banqueting has finally come to the capital; Venues & Events heads to Maze to put the first menu of its kind to the test

Dressing Room Drinks - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Dressing Room Drinks

One of the most recognisable, yet hard-to-access locations in English sport is now available for select events. Mark Sansom discovers that the home dressing room at Lord’s makes a stunning opener for dinner

Wake Up & Smell the Coffee - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Wake Up & Smell the Coffee

Morning meetings are on the rise. Louise Troy explains why the breakfast table is a great place to do business

'New & Improved' - London's Hotels - Event Reviews & Venue Focus 'New & Improved' - London's Hotels

Hotels across the capital continue to invest. Mark Hayes investigates the fresh openings – alongside old favourites that are upping their event game

'Lording it Up' - Venue Focus Feature - Event Reviews & Venue Focus 'Lording it Up' - Venue Focus Feature

There are few experiences as quintessentially English as watching a test match at ‘the home of cricket’ and, as Karen Doyle discovers, the hospitality is top notch too

Venue Focus - Andaz London - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Venue Focus - Andaz London

Food, interaction and clever design take centre stage at the new incarnation of what was Liverpool Street’s Great Eastern Hotel. Mark Sansom reports as Square Meal’s Venues & Events team try out the new hotel’s most innovative space, the Andaz Studio

Venue Focus - 30 St Mary Axe  - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Venue Focus - 30 St Mary Axe

Breathtaking views and exclusive access make the top floors of ‘The Gherkin’ one of London’s hottest event spaces. Louise Troy finds it lives up to the hype

Venue Focus - Cinnamon Club - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Venue Focus - Cinnamon Club

With a prime Westminster location, magnificent setting and consistently first-rate cooking, the Cinnamon Club thoroughly deserves its popularity as an events destination, says Anna Longmore

Venue Focus - City of London Club - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Venue Focus - City of London Club

With its efficient service and reliable staff, the recently refurbished City of London Club knows how to keep clients happy, as Louise Troy finds out

Venue Focus - InterContinental London Park Lane - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Venue Focus - InterContinental London Park Lane

Park Lane’s long–anticipated relaunch impresses with striking contemporary space and immaculate attention to detail. Louise Troy takes a look around

Venue Focus - Megaro Hotel - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Venue Focus - Megaro Hotel

King’s Cross’ latest opening focuses on treating guests as individuals. Louise Troy checks into the Megaro Hotel

Venue Focus - Oxo Tower - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Venue Focus - Oxo Tower

From bouillon central to destination restaurant, Louise Troy charts the success of Oxo Tower and finds it’s also become a top events venue

Venue Focus - Park Plaza County Hall - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Venue Focus - Park Plaza County Hall

The South Bank is home to a sleek new venue. Louise Troy pays a visit to the Park Plaza County Hall and finds plenty to impress behind the hotel’s acres of glass

Venue Focus - The HAC & Prince Consort Rooms - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Venue Focus - The HAC & Prince Consort Rooms

A £6.5m revamp has turned The Honorable Artillery Company’s Victorian drill hall into the stylish new event space Prince Consort Rooms. Karen Doyle explores the venue’s successful marriage of past and present

Venue Focus: The Ritz - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Venue Focus: The Ritz

The landmark Piccadilly property celebrates its centenary by launching opulent new event space. Louise Troy takes a look around

Venue Focus - Vinopolis - Event Reviews & Venue Focus Venue Focus - Vinopolis

Set beneath a Victorian railway viaduct and just a stone’s throw from historic Borough Market, Vinopolis is riding the wave of Bankside’s cultural boom. Karen Doyle takes a look around