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Latest venue discoveries in London

I really like the big venue selection in London. I rarely visited a venue twice, except few exceptions, and had the opportunity to attend events in venues which are top tourist attraction during the day, before the space is transformed to welcome event guests. There are countless openings and renovations, and unique venues are opening their spaces for corporate events and offering something new and exclusive.

This year I had five venue discoveries in London and are worth sharing.

The Royal Exchange

Located just outside Bank DLR Station and in the heart of the financial centre, The Royal Exchange contains offices, shops and restaurants, and is where I attended the EWL Club breakfast event about “Closing the gap between event education and experience”. Our session took place in the Sauterelle room, overlooking the Grand Café and light breakfast was provided by D & D London.

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EEF Venues Broadway House

Broadway House is part of EEF Group and is a conference venue just walking distance from the Westminster and Victoria tube stations and is where I held #EventPlannesTalk LIVE event about “the perfect pitch – what clients are looking for”. They have in-house catering and for the evening offered us an antipasti buffet with wide selection of healthy options. Walking from and to Westminster station attendees will have spectacular views over Big Ben and House of Parliament which is also not to be underestimated and adds to the whole experience.


Victory Services Club

Another very central venue but a hidden gem is the Victory Services Club, a private members club exclusive for retired and serving members of the armed forces. It’s very high end and bespoke establishment and just recently they did £1.5 million refurbishment of two rooms, El Alamein and Trafalgar Suite and held the “VSC Vineyard Event” to showcase the renovation. They have their own in-house catering and during the event we were treated for a wide selection of canapés, finger food, cone food, fork buffet, bowl food and desserts to pair with selected wines.


Victoria and Albert Museum

V & A Museum is one of London’s top tourist attractions in South Kensington and a must visit, and I’ve been there several times before as a tourist during the day. But this year I attended the International Corporate Event Awards (ICE Awards), recognising in-house event planners, and the museum was privately hired for us. The evening started at 7pm with drinks reception at John Madejski Garden, continued with dinner and awards ceremony at the Raphael Gallery and desserts buffet and bar were offered at the Dome. I was really impressed by this venue and if I have to pick one from this list of venues this will be my favourite. It was absolutely unique and exclusive to have this venue privately hired just for us.

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The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall

The Westminster Suite – the presidential suite at the The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall was the venue of #EventPlannersTalk LIVE event about “The role of airlines, added value and the decision making process in MICE travel”. The hotel is located just walking distance from Westminster tube station and is overlooking the Big Ben and House of Parliament. If you want to host a formal event but still give it an informal, relaxed and exclusive ambiance and encourage networking opportunities between attendees this can be the right choice for you. For catering we had a selection of starters from their buffet menu.


What are your favourite venues or latest discoveries in London and around the world this year?

Victory Services Club Vineyard Event

Last week I was invited to a venue I haven’t heard of before, the Victory Services Club. It’s a private members club exclusive for retired and serving members of the armed forces, very high end and bespoke establishment just few minutes’ walk from Hyde Park and the Marble Arch tube station. I was invited to the “VSC Vineyard Event” to see the El Alamein and Trafalgar Suite after its recent £1.5 million refurbishment.

As the event name suggests, we were treated for a wine tasting and food pairing experience across five stations and the room was transformed into a vineyard for the evening.



The El Alamein and Trafalgar Suite is a flexible event space with direct kitchen access and own private bar and can be used for private celebrations or business functions. When used jointly, it can accommodate up to 250 delegates for a drinks reception and up to 60 delegates boardroom style. Both enjoy natural daylight and fully air-conditioned.


Both rooms can be also used separately. The El Alamein room, named after two battles in North Africa, together marking a turning point for the Allies in the Second World War, can accommodate up to 120 delegates for a reception and up to 40 delegates boardroom style. The neighbouring Trafalgar Room can be used as a breakout space.

The Trafalgar Room, named after the historic naval victory, is smaller than the El Alamein room but has own bar and its own entrance. It can accommodate up to 90 delegates for a reception and up to 30 delegates boardroom style.

The venue has in-house catering and we were treated for a selection of canapés, finger food, selection of cone food, fork buffet, bowl food and desserts to pair with selected wines. On this occasion I didn’t drink alcohol but enjoyed the food nevertheless.

Chargrilled Steak with Chunky Chips & Béarnaise Sauce

Air Commodore Nigel Beet CBE, CEO of the Victory Services Club gave a short overview of club’s legacy over the years since the Second World War and said that today the club has 60,500 members from the UK armed forces, Alliance and Commonwealth, and that it prides itself for delivering three things: Value, Service and Courtesy to its members and guests. The club also engages in Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives using funds from corporate events. These funds allow the club to provide support to families of armed forces and serving personnel who have been injured in military operations and fund free weekends for them and their families.


Air Commodore Nigel Beet CBE, CEO of the Victory Services Club

Lastly, the organisers also created a hashtag for the night, #VSCVineyard, and encouraged participants to take selfies and tweet for a chance to win a Jeroboam bottle of wine or a magnum bottle of Laurent Perrier champagne. The tweets were displayed on two big displays and showcased the online interaction and leader board.

Victory Services Club Selfie Sticks 

As you would expect at a private members club, the service was very attentive, bespoke and exclusive and I really liked its corporate feel. Would be happy to come back!

This post is sponsored by Victory Services Club. You can contact Victory Services Club in the following ways:


Twitter: @VSCvenue

Contact person: Lauren Denham – Communications and Marketing Manager



Loch Fyne Salmon Mousse Blini with Capers, Lemon & Dill

Mini Wild Mushroom Stroganoff in Filo

Smoked Tofu Sausage, Mushroom Ketchup and a Shot of English Cider

Chicken Tikka Pieces, Roasted Teriyaki Salmon, Moroccan Lamb Kofta, Chargrilled, Courgette & Red Pepper with a Raita Dip

Vegetable Tempura with sweet chilli sauce

Beef Burger and Chips

Cod & Chips in a Cone

Free Range Chicken, Chorizo & Olives with Penne Pasta in a Tomato & Basil Sauce

Mango & Pineapple Trifle and Chocolate Cups

Individual Strawberry & Cream Meringue

Mini Ice Creams

Photos by Sandeep Rai