With Halloween and Fireworks night 2011 now a distant memory and a lunchtime table in our Brasserie One restaurant for our popular Christmas lunch menu almost an impossibility except for a few last remaining tables on selected dates, its all about the countdown to Christmas 2011 now. If you fancy a spot of turkey lunch with all the trimmings at a reasonable price in Westminster, best to book quick as a few remaining tables still available for December 7th, 12th, 13th, 16th , 19th, 21st and 22nd.
This year our Sales team have managed to cunningly persuade myself and two members of my team to get some exercise and fresh Westminster air with them.
Rather conveniently, the two ladies who will be joining me for the Minster pie drop are on either side of me in this photo with Ali on my right and Aoife on my left.
We allocate a dedicated event coordinator to every event so if you haven’t already, you are bound to meet one of us at some point.
Margaret is on my far left and Yvonne on the far right. We’ll be walking the streets of Westminster to drop off mince pies to our clients in the area.
Our revenue manager (not best known for her creative marketing skills, sorry Victoria!) came up with the Minster pie drop acronym which has stuck within our team.
If you fancy a complimentary mince pie being dropped off on your Westminster doorstep to brighten up your afternoon tea break on a potentially gloomy December winter afternoon, send me an email to let me know. Only if you or your company have requirements for meetings, dinners and events generally and are based not too far from us though. I am getting on a bit you see and don’t want to over exert myself! We will be pounding the streets armed with our Minster pies on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday 13th to 15th December.
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Like so many major cities, London is located next to a great winding river and with the sun shining (well on and off!) it is a great place to be. Water always looks so inviting in the summer and our river has over recent years become much more of a focul point in terms of living, working and leisure time. In fact, one of the highlights of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year will be a river pageant with The Sovereign’s specially constructed Royal Barge leading a flotilla of boats along the river. This will no doubt conjure up thoughts of Tudor times when the mighty Thames was in constant use as a trade and transport route. After such a long time of underuse it is so good that the Thames has once again developed an effective riverboat service. Its also great that it has been integrated into the city’s infrastructure and you can even use your Oyster card!
We have just updated the ‘How to reach us’
section on the ‘Location’
page of our website to include details on the River Bus Service.
Of course the big story at the moment for London is that we are now less than a year from the start of the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympic Games
. It seems that here too the river Thames will play a big part in giving visitors a memorable ride to their Olympic event with extra river services being laid on between Westminster and Greenwich piers.
You can tell ‘Olympics fever’ has started. The countdown shown in huge numbers at the top of the BT Tower now seems meaningful and of course the recent party to unveil the Olympic Countdown Clock, only served to heighten the sense of excitement and expectation. I have to say how fantastic it is that all the permanent stadia are now complete a year out. That really says something for our ability as a world city to plan and execute such a huge project.
Westminster feels quite a focal point with Horse Guards Parade, site of the Beach Volleyball and only 5 minutes from One Great George Street set up for the Test event running at the middle of this month. According to the press, the Prime Minister is very excited about it and will have a birds eye view from 10 Downing Street.
Our own venue will becomes the London Media Centre for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games from mid June next year and registration has now opened for media. Our next door neighbours, The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre has been booked by Italy and close by 45 Millbank has been booked by Georgia. All of us are members of The Westminster Collection, a collection of stand-alone venues based within the boundaries of the City of Westminster.
With so many visitors, officials and of course the athletes in town our transport infrastructure will be pushed to the limit. The inclusion therefore of the river as another travel option and the connections available from the river to other integrated modes of transport such as the DLR will be most useful. The authorities are now making available lots of information to help everyone plan their journeys within the city around and during the games themselves.
I hope that you have found some of what I have been blogging about interesting reading. If you have any comments or suggestions about this blog post or ideas for future posts, just drop me an email. Enjoy the last remaining weeks of summer I’ll be back with another post September time.
LED lighting has been available via our on-site Audio Visual team from Eclipse for about 3-4 years now. Recently however, I was fortunate to see our venue Great Hall look spectacularly spruced up by the innovative use of LED lighting. Martin from Eclipse has been bending my ear since they purchased the LED lighting and equipment telling me all the benefits of this new cutting edge lighting technology:
~It is a great alternative to traditional lighting sources
~Gives off less heat
~Does not project UV and therefore a great way to protect our magnificent paintings
~Extremely versatile and decorative
~Very energy efficient
~Good for the environment as it has no mercury and pollutants
~Fully programmable and changeable at short notice by the on-site lighting engineer
The Great Hall, is our most popular room for weddings at One Great George Street and never fails to impress with or without lighting with its huge chandeliers, marbled walls and gold leafing. Passers by on the pavement walking through Storeys Gate are often seen gazing up to the windows to marvel at the glistening crystal.
Here are some snaps to show you the various areas of our building which were brought to life with LED lighting recently:The Foyer ~ Slow colour change of soft pink, amber and gold for the drinks reception
The Great Hall ~ Started similar to the foyer. Then spiced up when the Bride and Groom were announced by flashing the lights with quick colour changes in bold colours of red, green, blue and yellow. Then returned to the slow colour change of earlier. Coupled with a few bars of a favourite song this really did stand out as a grand entrance as the newly weds were received into the room to great applause from waiting friends and family before taking their places at the top table.
The Chandeliers ~ We made features by projecting colour onto them which resulted in giving a gorgeous glittering effect as the crystal sparkled.
The First Dance ~ We changed to soft pink/amber. Then we kept with warm colour changes and chases of various speeds plus rainbow and bold colour chases.
So….I guess you know what my answer to the question will be. In my view LED lights given their versatility, represent brilliant value for money and adds less than £8 per head for a wedding up to 240 people. In terms of a WOW factor it really transforms a beautiful room into something even more spectacular. Shame I cant have them for my own and a colleagues joint 90th celebrations tomorrow night the 8th of July!