Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 12:30
As part of The eVent: The UK Summit 2017, independent charity Historic Royal Palaces partnered with London & Partners and 2B UK to devise a four-day event programme for US buyers across five of its palaces.
The Tower of London hosted the main Gala dinner for the summit on Saturday 29th July, welcoming 20 North American buyers plus suppliers. The dinner was a collaborative event staged by Historic Royal Palaces and DMC 2B UK, and featured approved palace suppliers including event caterer Blue Strawberry, production company Wise Productions and florist Pinstripes & Peonies.
Following the Gala dinner and culmination of the summit, buyers were split into two groups for the rest of the programme, with half of the buyers heading to Scotland and the other half remaining in London for the Historic Royal Palaces’ Palace Pursuits programme.
The first day of the Palace Pursuits programme began with a visit to Banqueting House, during which guests discovered the sheer magnificence of the venue and marvelled at the world-famous Rubens ceiling. Later the same day, buyers enjoyed a drinks reception at Kensington Palace in the Kings apartments. The evening also included a private viewing of Diana: Her Fashion story which traces the evolution of the style of Diana, Princess of Wales. The event was supported by Urban Caprice and Event Concept.
Hampton Court Palace was the centre of attention the following day as buyers enjoyed an exclusive rooftop tour before lunch was served, courtesy of Rhubarb, in William III’s Little Banqueting House on the River Thames. The space was beautifully presented with the addition of floral designs from Lavender Green. Buyers were also able to spend time exploring the palace’s splendid formal gardens, elegant courtyards and magnificent Tudor and Baroque architecture.
The Palace Pursuits programme came to a close on Tuesday 1 August, as guests enjoyed dinner at Kew Palace. Set within the fantastic Royal Botanic Gardens, guests could savour the sights of Kew as they were treated to a drinks reception in the kitchen garden before enjoying a dinner menu inspired by the palace’s garden courtesy of event caterer Ampersand. Flowers for the event were provided by Hayford & Rhodes.
Milan Thakrar, Business Development Manager, Historic Royal Palaces, said: “It was fantastic to be involved in The eVent: The UK Summit and to work alongside London & Partners to demonstrate what the UK has to offer. The idea behind our Palace Pursuits programme was to allow buyers the time to explore each of our venues, and experience their incredible history for themselves, as well as demonstrating the many different ways the venues can be utilised for events.
“It was also an opportunity to communicate our charitable cause to buyers. As an independent charity which receives no Crown or government funding, all income raised from commercial activities such as corporate and private event hire is reinvested in conservation, public access and educational activities, so present and future generations can continue to enjoy the palaces for years to come.”