One night, three globally revered museums, 150 guests, one seriously entertaining event!

Last night saw the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the V&A join forces to host the return of the celebrated showcase event Strictly SW7.

The exclusive event debuted last year as a celebration of the £28m transformation of Exhibition Road and returned for a second round yesterday, Monday 19th November, giving the event world the chance to come together to experience a unique evening of entertainment and exceptional food at the three venues. Attendees included industry professionals from JP Morgan, Amazon, American Express, Emap and the Guardian.

The 150 attending guests were divided into three groups, each starting at a different museum and moving between venues simultaneously at two intervals during the evening. Each group got the chance to experience the diversity of the various event spaces at the three venues, as the museums showcased separate spaces for the different stages of the night.

Guests at the Natural History Museum were able to enjoy the reception in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition space, whilst the next groups moved on to the Central Hall for the main course and the dessert. The Science Museum held the reception in the Exploring Space, the main course in the Making the Modern World gallery, and finally ending the night with dessert in the Wellcome Wing. The reception at the V&A was held in the newly renovated Fashion Galleries, whilst dinner and dessert was served in the venue’s most popular entertaining space, the Dome.

Guests at the Natural History Museum were treated to grain fed sirloin of beef, carved in front of the guest, with a smoking porcini, truffled jus, served on crispy salardaise potatoes, heritage salt baked carrots & béarnaise sauce created by Admirable Crichton, one of the world’s leading catering and party planning companies.

At the Science Museum, guests were able to enjoy breast of duck on spiced braised red cabbage; roast and comfit pheasant with pumpkin, honey and cumin lentils; ballotine of quail stuffed with cranberry and pistachio on winter greens with caramelised cauliflower puree and bramble sauce, made by leading special event caterers Payne and Gunter.

At the V&A, award winning caterer Create Food and Party Design showcased a culinary centrepiece of seared fillet of British beef with chard and cashel blue bread and butter pudding, wilted spinach, glazed beetroot and roasted garlic cream sauce.

At the end of the evening, a golden goodie bag was handed out to one lucky guest at each venue, containing a complete set of special exhibition tickets for the three museums.

Joanne Wood, events manager at the Natural History Museum, commented: “Once again, the event was a great success, exceeding all expectations; the guests were treated to an unforgettable night. We would like to thank all the suppliers for helping us deliver such an exceptional evening.”

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Notes to editors


StrictlySW7 Suppliers

Rick Bronks, Satureyes (Photography)

An Agency Called Bert (Design)

Natural History Museum

Admirable Crichton (Catering)

Sternberg Clarke (Entertainment)

Event Concept (Event production)

Veevers Carter (Flowers)

Great Hire (Furnishings)

Science Museum

Payne and Gunter (Catering)

Events TSL (Event Technology)

Wheathill Music (Entertainment)

Hayford & Rhodes (Flowers)


Create Food and Party Design (Catering)

White Light (Lighting)

Detta Phillips (Flowers)

Great Hire (Furnishings)