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Banqueting House celebrates 60 years of great british history with a street party

Banqueting house celebrates 60 years of great british history with a street party
Banqueting House, one of the six venues cared for by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, welcomed over 150 guests to its very own Street Party last night (10 November) to celebrate 60 years of Great British history.
Guests arrived in the 1950s, with the entrance to Banqueting House decorated with a nod to post-war Britain with allotment style fruit and vegetables in crates courtesy of Lavender Green Flowers, and a live band performing some 50s classics in front of the throne.

The venue’s Main Hall featured a long street party style table, which was split into six sections to represent each decade, while White Light’s state of the art video mapping transformed the walls to look like the windows of terraced housing on which clips and images from each decade were shown.

Event caterer the-recipe created a range of dishes with an exciting gastronomic twist for each decade, including the 50s classic prawn cocktails with charred brioche; beans on toast canapés for the 60s; a new take on cheese and pineapple for the 70s; posh pot noodles in the 80s; posh toasties in the 90s; and finally a 00s dessert station with G&T jelly cubes, lime gel filled mini pavlova domes on a chocolate disc, and trifle shots.

Channelling the ‘flower power’ of the 60s and as a nod to Historic Royal Palaces’ crown icon, guests were able to make their own flower crown, before wearing their creation and having a picture taken in the open air photo booth with autumnal foliage wall backdrop. Entertainment from Sternberg Clarke included swimming cozzie hoopers in the 60s and a 70s disco ball contortion act.

As the 00s came into view, a countdown to the millennium proceeded with flag dancers on the stage and New Year celebrations such as fireworks and Big Ben projected onto the windows.

Jennifer Lockham, Banqueting House Manager, said: “As a venue that has played such an important role in British history, it seemed fitting that we should celebrate this with a traditional Street Party as we head into the last two months of 2015. We hope guests enjoyed the range of culinary delights and entertainment reminiscent of each era, while experiencing the grandeur and versatility of the Banqueting House.”

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