Britain’s oldest wine and spirits merchant has sat on the same street in St James’s since its inception in 1698. You might recognise the venue’s cellars which featured in 2017 action caper Kingsman: The Golden Circle?
The four private event spaces host lunch and dinners, receptions, meetings and product launches, plus teambuilding activities such as wine tastings and quizzes. These can also be arranged in combination with each other – how about a tutored tasting or walkaround before a nice sit-down meal?
Wine experts will help pair food with wine and the menus are always seasonal. Head chef Stewart Turner designs them to enhance the flavours of the wines, ensuring you get a special experience. Turner has formerly worked at The Connaught Hotel, The Wolseley and the three Michelin-starred Waterside Inn, so you’re in safe hands.
To get more familiar with the more than 4,000 wines available, the tastings explore different regions, grape varieties and styles – it’s both fun and informative. The walkaround tasting is great for larger groups and offers a more informal activity.
Taking a closer look at the rooms, there’s one that’s been named after the Kingsman films. The Kingsman Room is a discreet wood-panelled space inspired by the film set. The 19th century Napoleon Cellar also featured in the film and is the largest out of the three on site. The atmospheric vaulted space is ideal for standing receptions and tastings, but equally works for sit-down meals.
Note the Sussex Cellar, too. Spread across two levels, it combines modern architectural innovation with the feel of the other historic cellars. Looking for something for a more intimate occasion? The Townhouse boasts two rooms, The Long Room and the Green Room, which both provide an elegant backdrop.
Events are available both during day-time and night-time and can cater to all kinds of budgets.