Repainting entire streets with an obscure colour schemeLondon’s historic Royal Horticultural Halls has played host to its highest profile guest yet; the President of the United States, as part of his final UK visit as incumbent leader.
President Obama – whose objective at the event was to inspire students and young people about the future - arrived at the venue’s Lindley Hall on Saturday (26th April), and after a warm welcome from the staff and events team, went on to present a ten minute speech followed by an hour long question and answer session offering young people the chance to converse with him.
The event, arranged by the Royal Horticultural Halls with support from supplier Oxygen Events and Wernick Events, was organised in just under a week and in additional to utilising the impressive Lindley Hall for the live session, the BBC conducted a private interview with the President against the backdrop of the historic Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Library.
Rebecca Nicholls, Venue Sales Manager comments, “Hosting the president at such a prestigious event was a major coup for us and we are extremely proud to have been involved in a part of his UK tour. The buzz around his arrival and the inspirational nature of his talk were awe-inspiring and it’s safe to say it’s a special day that none of us will forget in a hurry.”
In addition to an audience of young professionals and students, high profile guests in attendance to support the President included Annie Lennox, Karen Brady and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The Royal Horticultural Halls, which originally opened its doors in 1904, plays host to hundreds of events each year including London Fashion Week fashion shows, expansive exhibitions and conferences. The venue has also played host to several high profile stars as a film location.