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What better way to welcome summer than a lavish rooftop party? Square Meal invited readers to celebrate the start of everyone’s favourite season at No.4 Hamilton Place
The handsome surrounds of Mayfair’s No.4 Hamilton Place provided an elegant backdrop to our first reader event of the summer. More than 250 Square Meal Venues & Events readers partied on the venue’s sought-after roof terrace long into the night, enjoying Champagne, cocktails, Pimm’s and views over Hyde Park.
As guests arrived, they were shown through the sumptuous lobby and up the sweeping staircase to the second floor, where hospitality specialists from Keith Prowse, Royal Ascot and Sodexo Prestige answered questions about summer season packages for 2009. Along with the Chesterfield Mayfair hotel, which gave away an overnight stay, these companies also donated prizes for the evening’s raffle, which saw lucky readers pick up pairs of tickets to Royal Ascot, Henley Royal Regatta, Cartier Polo and Chelsea Flower Show. Over a soundtrack of laid-back jazz and summer classics from four-piece band Moral Fibre, guests talked venues, events and summer weather with fellow readers and teams from Square Meal and No.4 while enjoying mountains of smoked salmon, seared tuna, freshly shucked oysters and langoustines provided by No.4’s top-notch caterer, Dish. ‘The food at Square Meal’s events is always excellent, as it is tonight,’ said Pamela Szwed, of the infrastructure finance team at Bank of Scotland. ‘There’s plenty to go round and the seafood, particularly, is delicious.’
To follow, Dish served up a steady stream of bowl food and hog roast with homemade tomato chutney and apple sauce, before platters of Eton mess and summer fruits brought the evening to a suitably summery conclusion.
Our party gave event planners a chance to look around the venue, which has built up a great reputation in the industry. ‘I’ve heard so much about Hamilton Place, but never had the chance to have a look around,’ said Suzanne Champion in the conferences and events division of insurers RSA. ‘It’s a beautiful space. All the rooms are so well styled.’
Fresh from a recent refurbishment, the Sopworth Room went down a treat. The 40-seater space has been given new chandeliers, a full repaint and air conditioning, but still houses a propeller blade from the first plane to cross the English Channel; a nod to the venue’s heritage as home of the Royal Aeronautical Society. The most impressive event space, however, was the combination of the Argyle Room and the roof terrace – a perfect space for dinners or receptions. From the livery outside to the immaculate linen in the toilets, the venue left guests impressed and inspired. ‘It’s a top event. A great opportunity to catch up with people and enjoy the venue,’ said event planner Laura Healey of AS&K Skylight.
The weather didn’t turn out perfect, but this wasn’t a problem – No.4 just unfurled the stylish canopy and fired up the heaters.