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The Den at Banqueting House

Cocktails,  in The Den at Banqueting House
Banqueting House, one of the six Historic Royal Palaces, was host to event agents and planners as the venue took the guise of The Den; a modern day interpretation of the private drinking den once housed within the Undercroft for King James I and his courtiers.
Taking place on Wednesday 10th June 2015, the evening drew clients and event planners and highlighted the splendor of Banqueting House, a scene of court masques and exuberant entertaining dating back to 1622. 

The evening’s proceedings were designed by the Banqueting House team. Guests entered ‘The Den’ through an opulent velvet drape before enjoying refreshing, long gin based cocktails.  

Three different types of gin were on offer from the distiller’s collection, including Beefeater London Garden Edition. Beefeater’s master distiller gave a talk on the history of gin and its place in London society along with sharing how botanicals are used in the distilling process.    

Stylish servers handed out a selection of canapés by Rhubarb Food Design.  The mouthwatering bites were designed specially for the event, and included ras el hanout lamb wrapped in sesame pastry with red pepper jam, and lobster with guacamole and spicy Bloody Mary crème fraiche in a crisp cornet.  

Other partners at the event included Great Hire who transformed the Undercroft with their elegant new collection of lounge furniture.  Mary Jane Vaughan provided sculptural floral displays while Prelude Entertainment supplied musical accompaniment for the evening.    

Guests departed with a gift bag containing a limited edition Union Jack emblazoned bottle of Beefeater gin, a ‘drink like a king’ tumbler and a recipe card in order to recreate the night’s cocktails at home.  

Jennifer Walker, Head of Banqueting House, said: “We wanted to bring James I drinking den back to life and give guests the feeling of a luxurious private lounge. The Undercroft is an incredibly versatile space which enables us to create an array of styles from dark and moody to bright and summery without fighting with the design of the room. Our partners for the evening shared our vision and each delivered a stunning, memorable evening.”

Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that also looks after the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. All money that is earned through private and corporate events is reinvested into the long term future of the palaces and their grounds.

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