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.
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.
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:
Contact person: Lauren Denham – Communications and Marketing Manager
Loch Fyne Salmon Mousse Blini with Capers, Lemon & Dill
Photos by Sandeep Rai