One Great George Street has hosted some magnificent events over the years; the most recent of which was a spectacular exclusive Christmas party…
The brief; exclusive use for a Christmas party hosting a potential 550 people in central London and to do it in style and to come up with an entertaining, stylish theme that would be unique.
|Lit-up exterior of One Great George Street|
The client was very definite in that they did not want static food stations and that all the food was to be tray served but to add to the food experience they also wanted some interactive food stations. We wanted to add to this and ensure that every guest had the opportunity to enjoy all the food available within all the varied rooms and areas. Once the food options were agreed following a tasting where the client got to try every item we proposed to offer on the night we were able to start work on the theming ideas and build up our vision of the party. To assist us we recruited the services of one of our regular suppliers, Sternberg Clarke.
The event; guests arrived and were immediately greeted by a floodlit exterior (in the client’s corporate colour) and led into the building by Royal Footman over a red carpet. A choir singing Christmas carols under a glistening Christmas tree was the first spectacle they met in the illuminated main foyer. The Rotunda also was lit with an array of colours, as was the glass dome atop the building which changed colour every hour while other lights projected an array of shapes and designs down to the ground floor. The Foyer smelled of Christmas with mulled wine being served on arrival.
|Red carpet welcome with Royal Footman|
A choice of themes were available for entertainment throughout the building; the Council Room furnished as a Gentlemen’s club with leather chesterfields and armchairs, complete with a bar offering a range of whiskies and liqueurs as well as an actual whisky tasting. This room proved very popular all night as a chill out space to sit and chat.
The Brunel Room became Casino Royale with a James Bond theme where punters played roulette or black jack in the company of Jaws, Odd Job and a bond girl while sampling dry martinis; shaken, not stirred. Those who fancied themselves as singers hit the stage in The World of Japan or Smeaton Room, which was completely transformed with black felt lined walls and furnished with LED chairs and tables. Geisha girls encouraged guests onto the stage to sing (not that much encouragement was needed!) while a sushi chef enlisting the aid of the guests created canapés (Japanese bites!) on the spot. Sake was of course available to wash them down with.
Our Café Bar and Brasserie on Lower Ground two proved really popular as a Sports Bar with pub grub style canapés such as mini pasties with HP sauce and fish and chips in cones and bowl food with the typical bangers and mash. As well as a choice of drinks from our bar, guests were able to partake of a beer tasting while playing air hockey, snooker, darts and ‘taking the wheel’ on the Scalextrics. Music was provided by a 1950’s themed juke box.
As the night moved on, guests aided by a really useful pocket guide provided by the client started to get to know their way around and the party really came into its own. Word spread that a most fantastic room was upstairs which was in fact, the main space, our Great Hall. Guests helped themselves to paella and hand-made smoked salmon blinis from an ice-bar and waited expectedly for the entertainment to come on the large stage set. Lemar was the first surprise, accompanied by the 10 piece ‘all-stars’ band followed by 80’s Diva Jocelyn Brown who belted out her most famous hit ‘Somebody else’s guy’. This was a real treat for me and Head Chef here, Jo Dingwall, who managed to have a chat with her and get her autograph.
The party kept in full swing until the finish time with most guests staying until the entertainment finally came to an end at 0100.
It was a fantastic event for our team to work on and the feedback from the client was really positive. It was a big event to put together and a long day for everyone but the planning and execution on the day gave the whole team a real buzz.