Award-winning central London events venue RSA House hosted the TEDxLambeth antinomies event on 16th October 2020 for the second year running. The venue has been accredited as a ‘safer venue’ by Hire Space and Visit England which means RSA House have fulfilled all the criteria set forward by both companies to ensure the venue is safe to host events. TEDxLambeth is a non-profit event licensed under TED Talks, wherein they hold brief, punchy, but highly relevant talks and performances by experts in their fields as clear examples of ideas worth sharing. Each presentation is subsequently published on TED.com and the official TEDx YouTube channel.
The day began with the staggered arrival of guests to RSA House, temperature checks took placer upon arrival and all guests were asked to scan the NHS Track & Trace unique venue code. Guests entered the iconic Great Room which is steeped in history, providing a truly memorable setting for any event. Catering was provided by RSA’s in-house caterers, CH&CO, and enjoyed in the surroundings of the funky exposed brick vaults. Guests were allocated their own seating area to maintain two-meter physical distancing. The RSA events team offered table service of afternoon tea, coffee and individually plated delicious cake.
We interviewed Daniele Irandoost, founder/organiser of TEDxLambeth to share any top tips and experience of planning an event in the current climate.
- Why was RSA House your chosen venue for this event? The theme of our gathering is antinomies, or in other words creative opposites. In which case, a Georgian venue overlooking the borough of Lambeth suits our overall concept.
- What was the feedback from your event at RSA House? It was a sheer pleasure working with the RSA House team this year, whereas our point of contact, Olivia, clearly went out of her way to help us develop and stage TEDxLambeth and facilitate the success of our gathering. Also, her professionalism not to mention courtesy were appreciated by everyone concerned.
- How did you find planning the event in the current circumstances? It goes without saying, these are challenging times, while the necessarily imposed COVID-19 restrictions decimated our audience numbers from full capacity along with our expected earnings. Nevertheless, our volunteers walked the extra mile required, whilst the sheer flexibility of both Olivia and the RSA House paved the way for a highly successful event. Indeed, our VIP guest, HRH Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia, was highly impressed.
- What would be your top tip(s) for any event organiser planning an event during Covid-19? Work closely with the venue, besides being creative and fluid in your overall plans.
RSA House comprises of 11 unique and versatile event spaces, including seven smaller meeting rooms suitable for meetings for 1+, a large conference room with a beautiful historic backdrop, an auditorium and the Vaults. The venue has the capability to accommodate hybrid events in all rooms and has been safely open to welcome business events for up to 30, micro weddings for up to 15 and filming bookings (in line with government guidelines and current advice). The RSA House team has put together a Covid-19 pre-event guide to help equip and guide their clients through the new processes they have in place.
For more information please contact Olivia Parrott, Senior Event Executive, RSA House. Olivia.email@example.com , 020 7451 6817