Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 11:45
When a corporate client got in touch with Sternberg Clarke to say that they were coming all the way from Australia to celebrate their company and wanted a bit of British entertainment thrown into the mix, we were absolutely delighted. They’d already booked the glorious Historical Royal Palaces’ Banqueting House in Whitehall for a fabulous banquet (well, dinner) so all that was left to do was hire the entertainment and celebrate a good time.
When it comes to British entertainment, it’s possible to go in two very different directions. One approach is to focus primarily on lookalikes and popular culture; we’ve hired anybody from Mr. Bean through to James Bond to create a British themed party and there’s no denying that guests experience a certain thrill when they walk down the hallway only to see Austin Powers walking the other way. Yeah, baby, yeah!
However that isn’t the side of the UK that many clients want, especially those who have travelled long distances to hold their event in London. The idea of a Great British event is often one that includes the Union Jack in some form or another, royalty and many other traditions that can be linked back to the Queen. Costumes tend to add to the feeling of exclusivity and elegance, and to that end we have a number of entertainment options.
With the venue being Banqueting House, it was clear that the client was focused on an event that featured entertainment from the latter category. It really is an exquisite venue, which features and original Rubens ceiling that is perhaps only rivalled by the painting that adorns the roof of the Sistine Chapel. Featuring a throne room that is undoubtedly the centrepiece of this fine building, it truly is as British a building as one can find anywhere in London. With the client hosting a dinner party, it meant that the entertainment had to be apt for the occasion and so it proved…
…We opted to provide a royal herald to greet guests as they arrived at Banqueting House. Similar to our royal footmen who adopt a jovial presence, the herald is similarly dressed in a lavish Louis IV-style costume but doesn't engage in the mime and improvisation. Imbuing the event with tradition, a royal herald or two can really help to elevate your celebration and in this case, they took on the role of MC for the evening!
Mindful of the fact a beautiful event should almost certainly include music, we provided two fanfare trumpeters to play numerous announcements to ready guests for speeches as well as other important information of note. Working in tandem with the Royal Herald, you would have been forgiven for thinking you were in Buckingham Palace!
It truly was a luxurious and lovely corporate event in one of our favourite venues in London and we cannot wait to return.