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Banqueting House hosts London & Partners agency dinner

Banqueting House agency and supplier dinner © Holly Clark
Banqueting House, one of the six venues cared for by Historic Royal Palaces, alongside London event caterer Food by Dish, hosted 40 agency clients and suppliers on Saturday 22nd August for a spectacular dinner as part of London & Partners and The Leading Hotels of the World’s London Summer Weekend.

UK conference and incentive agency buyers discovered the very best that London has to offer over the weekend via a series of teambuilding challenges and product updates, before enjoying a theatrical dinner at Banqueting House.

The evening dinner highlighted the splendour of Banqueting House, which since 1622 has been the setting for elaborate court masques and performances.

The dinner featured a modern day twist on ‘court masques’ and theatre with UK-based agents from Bi Worldwide, NYS Corporate, Vista, HRG and Zibrant all donning extravagant masks to play their part in the evening’s festivities.

The intimate evening showcased Banqueting House’s versatility when it comes to hosting smaller-scale events and saw the Main Hall divided in two to accommodate the reception and dinner. Fisher Productions created a theatrical divide in the form of a theatre curtain for the big reveal of the long banquet-style dinner table, while Hayford & Rhodes dressed the space with show-stopping flowers. Guests entered dinner to the sound of an operatic performance by lead vocalist from the ‘Masques’, Cecilia, supplied by Young Guns.

Catering was provided by Food by Dish and featured a starter of terrine, a main course of French trimmed breast of guinea fowl, leek cassoulet with potato and sage crisps, followed by egg shells filled with vanilla crème brûlée, raspberry consommé and a fresh raspberry and basil salad.

Following dinner, Wildgoose Events announced the winners of the day’s teambuilding challenges, before guests headed to the Undercroft, which was set up as a modern lounge bar, with white furniture and vine gobos on the archways and distressed mirror bar courtesy of Fisher Productions.

Milan Thakrar, Business Development Manager – Functions & Events, Historic Royal Palaces, said: “We wanted to incorporate the history of Banqueting House into the agency dinner and create an element of theatre with a modern take on a court masque. Banqueting House is an incredibly versatile venue, and this intimate affair allowed us to really showcase what the venue is capable of. Our partners for the evening shared our vision and helped us deliver a stunning memorable evening.”

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