The National Gallery is one of the capital’s icons, boasting a unique, world-famous collection of paintings. The British Library, designed by lauded architect Colin St John Wilson, has become one of London’s best-loved modern landmarks, collating every piece of literature written in the English language. Two Temple Place is the elegant former-residence of millionaire businessman Lord Astor and current home of The Bulldog Trust charity.
Each venue was assessed through Unique Venues of London’s rigorous joining process, which includes complete financial declarations and a series of ‘secret shopper’ visits to prospective members before a final presentation and subsequent vote from existing members.
Commenting on achieving membership, Natasha Halford, head of events at the National Gallery said: “The National Gallery Events Team are absolutely thrilled to be joining Unique Venues of London, which comprises an extraordinary collection of venues. In particular we are looking forward to being part of a wider network of like-minded professionals, which will enable us to share best practice with our peers.”
Unique Venues of London chair, Moya Maxwell added: “We have three great new members each with their own individual character, bringing the membership up to an all-time high of 82. There is particular significance to this development as one of our main goals for 2016 is to increase our membership, and this is a hugely positive start to the year. With three new members and a 98% retention rate, it’s reassuring and encouraging that so many unique, landmark and heritage venues see the real value of being a part of the Unique Venues of London family and the business advantages we offer. I look forward to welcoming and involving the National Gallery, the British Library and Two Temple Place over the coming year.”