May 2011 archive

- 17 May 2011

Obama…next big thing to hit Westminster

Since I last blogged I have been away on holiday in India but felt fully in touch with the Royal wedding build-up thanks to the good old BBC. There was something a bit odd looking at people camping out on Westminster pavements from a hotel room in Shimla – I suppose I felt a bit like I’d never really got away.

When I settled back into an armchair on my first day back in the UK to watch the great event I was fully up to speed. Wasn’t it a perfect occasion, really flawless? Those responsible for putting together this great spectacle really did a fantastic job. Even the gossip we read in the press about differences of opinion about glitter balls in the Palace’s Throne Room must have been overcome given the happy expressions on guests faces as they went on their merry ways in the early hours of Saturday.

At OGGS there was some serious work and planning being done in the run up to the same weekend as we had one of our own weddings taking place on Saturday 30th. The team had to keep on top of news regarding road closures which affected not only deliveries prior to the big day but we were also concerned about how soon after the Royal wedding normal access would be restored. Any unforeseen security issue could also have caused disruption for our own wedding couple. Fortunately the meticulous planning this end paid off and wedding number 7, of 25 confirmed so far this year, was a royal success.
Thought I would share a photo, sent in by one of our OGGS fans and taken outside our building (on the right) on the day of the Royal wedding showing the Scots Guards marching back to Wellington Barracks.

Although this scene took place on the very special Royal Wedding occasion it is not uncommon to see similar scenes at this time of year with the forthcoming Queen’s Birthday Parade when the Colour is trooped on Horse Guards Parade to mark the Monarch’s official birthday. Shortly before this of course, there is the State Visit of President Obama who will be staying down the road at Buckingham Palace between 24th and 26th of May. Expect to see and hear more ceremonial activities including marching bands and flagpoles along The Mall and Horse Guards Road draped in Union flags. The Star Spangled Banner will of course also be here, there and everywhere. Don’t forget too that the height of the summer means that St James’s Park, across the road from us really looks at its best with flowers of glorious colours, clipped grass verges and beautiful trees.

Naturally we are ideally located for top notch hospitality dinners and receptions for those considering corporate hospitality in the run up to and including Trooping the Colour For example:
Beating the retreat: During the Week preceeding the Trooping the Colour on Horse Guards parade (less than 5 min walk from our door where the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Beach Volleyball will take place) on 7, 8 and 9 June. Why not consider combining this with a small private dinner or drinks Reception with us. Visit for information on events and tickets.

Full dress rehearsals take place for Trooping the Colour on Saturday 28 May and Saturday 4 June: Why not buy your tickets while there are still some going to attend the trooping of the colour and make up a corporate hospitality package by combining with a lunch and drinks receptions.

If you just want to watch what’s going on from the roadside during the week, consider combining your day out with lunch in Brasserie One. To reserve a table please call 020 7665 2340.

Money may still tight (except for those in the recent Sunday Times rich list!) but London has so much to offer, particularly in the summer months and much of it is free.

The phone’s ringing…… to go……Customer has to come first!

- 09 May 2011

Our own Prince William lunching in our Brasserie One!

You have probably already seen it but I have only just actually seen the T-Mobile spoof Royal Wedding video on YouTube. If you are one of the last in the world (like me!) it’s a must see, watch it via the link I have included.

I have to say that I was amazed at the uncanny likeness of some of the participants, not mentioning any names, dont want to end up in court! The creators of this video appeared to have had some insight into the clothing choices of some….? It turns out that look-alike Prince William is actually a Civil Engineer and member of our parent organisation, the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is a loyal OGGS visitor and is next coming in for lunch on the 24th of May.

We have always known that our Brasserie One lunchtime restaurant produces food, wine and service fit for a king :-), could you feel that pun coming? When we asked him more about it, Simon commented: “My mentioning that I am in fact a civil engineer has been getting quite a reaction because people just cannot believe that my normal job is so different from the look-alike work!”

If anyone would like to find out more about our lookalike Prince William or book him before he jets off for his Caribbean honeymoon, you can visit his Prince William lookalike website for more details.

That’s it from me for today but keep your eyes peeled as my head is buzzing with ideas for my next blog update about the new round of Westminster ceremonial celebrations coming up.