Banqueting House hosts exclusive dinner to celebrate its re-opening
Banqueting House, one of the six venues cared for by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, last night (11 May) welcomed 90 guests to the Banqueting House Supper Club in celebration of the venue’s recent re-opening following renovation work.
Guests were treated to a four-course menu created by Urban Caprice as they dined under the stunning Rubens ceiling. The creative and inspiring menu utilised a range of seasonal ingredients including a mussel marinated in coconut, chili and lime presented in an edible squid ink shell amuse bouche, English asparagus to start, a sea bass and seared cauliflower main, and a traditional pairing of English rhubarb and custard with a contemporary twist for dessert.
In order to highlight the newly installed windows at Banqueting House, Wise Productions created an elegant light design with each frame adorned with a vine leaf pattern projection to inject a sense of spring and complement the seasonal menu.
A brand new range of wireless LED uplights were used on the columns to frame the dining space, before the room was gradually dimmed to accentuate the lighting wash to the ceiling so guests could fully appreciate the unique experience of dining under the Rubens painting.
Pinstripes & Peonies embraced a classical England theme providing floral arrangements which kept the Banqueting House history in mind and ranged from tumbling arrangements of classical English flowers, and more contemporary vases of architectural tall arums.
Entertainment on the night combined the contemporary with the luxury with virtuoso duo The Ayoub Sisters performing a varied modern repertoire filled with jazz, pop and film tracks in their own unique classical style. Guests also enjoyed a caricaturist who drew them ‘sitting’ on Banqueting House’s iconic red throne, and the London Contemporary Voices who specialise in performing unique A Cappella arrangements of popular chart hits rounded off the evening.
Jennifer Lockham, Banqueting House Manager, said: “We had such a wonderful evening celebrating our re-opening following a brief closure for essential restoration work. We have a show-stopping calendar of events coming up and we are looking forward to working with our clients to host some spectacular occasions at the venue.
“As an independent charity receiving no Government or Crown funding, all income to fund restoration work is raised from a range of activities including ticket sales, retail and catering, membership, sponsorship, donations, as well as functions and events. Our Banqueting House Supper Club provided the perfect opportunity to show guests exactly how this money is used.”