Here at One Great George Street (OGGS) we try and make each client experience as unique and personal as possible. Once we had the Paramount Pictures events team come in for an evening and we were racking our brains as to where to host them and how to differentiate from the norm – we had just been informed of our brand spanking new HD projector in the Telford Theatre and that was it…a light bulb moment and we went from there.
I am delighted to announce that Charlene Basan has officially taken over as Head Chef and my new No.2 after nine years here at One Great George Street.
Charlene was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa where she grew up with her older sister Rene.Charlene’s father is a Civil Engineer and her mother ran several businesses including a building supply company so perhaps Charlene was always destined to work at the Institution of Civil Engineers HQ?
After studying Business Management, Charlene had a career U-turn and decided to pursue her first love which had always been cooking.
SeeAbility’s recent fundraising dinner held within One Great George Street‘s Great Hall was a huge success; achieving a magnificent total of £90,000.
The sum will support SeeAbility’s Children in Focus Campaign which transforms eye care and vision for children with disabilities. It will fund 1,058 specialist sight tests in SeeAbility’s pilot special schools located in London, Buckinghamshire and Durham.
Following on from the filming of the current BBC thriller series The Night Manager, One Great George Street was once again chosen as a filming location for War Machine, a satire of America’s war with Afghanistan. An upcoming American comedy war film directed and written by David Michôd, War Machine is based on the non-fiction book The Operators by Michael Hastings, and features Brad Pitt.
Location Manager Tony Hood shares his experience of working with One Great George Street’s Special Events Team, and sheds some light on why the venue is proving so popular as a filming location…
It can be difficult to secure the dates you need in such a popular venue as One Great George Street (OGGS) but it is always well worth the effort. We used OGGS as a hotel reception for War Machine. There are a number of stunning rooms within the building but what really sets the venue apart is the helpful nature of the event staff who have everything covered. It is unusual in Central London to find a single location that has such an extensive range of film-worthy spaces, and additionally the room to house the various elements of the production to allow us to shoot out the scenes quickly and efficiently.
In a very short space of time we were able to build a hotel reception, load in props, manage all elements of background costume and makeup, have enough green rooms to look after all our principal cast and cater for the whole cast and crew on site.
I would go back every film!
Tony Hood, Location Manager, War Machine
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To my surprise I am often asked if I go down to the food markets in the morning to buy the kitchen’s produce for the day’s business. When they ask me I’m sure they have visions of me strolling through a French style street market in the soft but bright glow of early morning sunlight with a flat wicker basket over my arm exchanging pleasantries with Pierre the butcher and Jacques the fishmonger: so tell me monsieur, what blessings has Mother Nature delivered you from the ocean this fine morning? Loup de mer? Wonderful, I shall create a wonderful special on the menu this very lunchtime.
I am sure that there are some small, stand-alone restaurants where something similar to this may happen, but this rose tinted illusion is the creation of T.V. chefs with heavy ladles of artistic licence for dramatic effect…