5 Dec 2013

Fulham Palace - one venue, many faces

It's been a busy summer of weddings here at Fulham Palace where Bovingdons are the caterers. There are many galleries to choose from but I just had to share these wonderful photos of the palace's courtyards as captured by the wonderful Jo Hughes of The Art of Weddings http://blog.theartofweddings.co.uk 

Red Tudor brick makes for a stunning entrance and the fountains add to the music. The long garden lawns point towards the palaces Georgian fascia, a totally different look. Then finally, the walled garden contains a modern, clear sided marquee. Many courtyards, many eras, many interesting and beautiful backdrops for wedding photographs.

Jo Hughes of Art of Weddings http://blog.theartofweddings.co.uk
Jo Hughes of Art of Weddings http://blog.theartofweddings.co.uk 
Jo Hughes of Art of Weddings http://blog.theartofweddings.co.uk 
Jo Hughes of Art of Weddings http://blog.theartofweddings.co.uk 
Jo Hughes of Art of Weddings http://blog.theartofweddings.co.uk 

7 Aug 2013

A Magnificent Family Day in the Meadow

Photos from a magnificent event for a client of Stratagem Events held in the walled gardens and meadows of Fulham Palace. Truly a company who know how to make the most of a magnificent space in such magnificent weather.

Using a bespoke approach to managing events at Fulham Palace means that both clients and event organiser leave happy as larry. The day runs smoothly (yes we were even prepared for wet weather) and clients get to enjoy a truly fabulous and incredibly central London venue with excellent transport links.

Photos by the ever excellent Lloyd Dobbie http://www.lloyddobbie.com/blog/

5 Jul 2013

Fulham Palace Conference

Here's a great example how we were able to help an organisation make the most of the varied spaces and impressive rooms when they held their conference at Fulham Palace.

The European Investment Bank used Fuham Palace as the location for their fascinating conference entitled Innovative Financing of Cultural Heritage. The subject of the conference made Fulham Palace (established in 704) an even more appropriate venue.

  - The Tudor Courtyard is an excellent backdrop for the filmed interviews by the ShortFilm Company (exert below)
  - The impressive Great Hall works as the main presentation room
  - The Bishops rooms for breakout areas
  - The Walled Garden Marquee for lunch and networking
  - Lighting and staging to enhance the historical feature by EffectEvent

25 Jun 2013

Corporate Event at Westminster Abbey Gardens

Westminster Abbey Gardens is a particularly special venue that Bovingdons are privileged to work at.

Westminster Abbey Gardens is only available to hire for a few short weeks during the summer. Not only does this ancient venue have such incredible character but it has hands down the most impressive location in London, right in the shadow of Big Ben, footsteps from the seat of British power.

One company making the most of this unique and unusual venue was GMT Communications who held their 20th Anniversary celebrations in the cloisters and gardens. Here are some photos from the event taken by Lloyd Dobbie...


20 Jun 2013

"The best corporate function I have ever attended"

Photos soon, in the meantime, here are some thank you letters from one of our corporate clients who held their anniversary event at Westminster Abbey Gardens last week...

Hi Julie

I wanted to say a huge thank you for everything last night. Feedback from guests has been excellent. So many people sought me out to thank me last night. Everyone commented on the food, the drinks, the service, the immaculately turned out waiting staff, the flowers, even the loos!

The atmosphere was relaxed and fun, which is just what we wanted.

I’ve attached just a couple of the notes received this morning, I think they speak for themselves. 

I’m sure I’ll be in touch again for the next shindig, but it’s going to be hard to top that!

Thanks again. 

And here are some of the thank you letters SHE received from her guests!

Dear J,

Thank you very much for a great event yesterday – wow, what a truly unique venue, what exceptional people, excellent food and beautiful weather – a stand out event in my professional life.

I wish you all the best in the next 20 years and hope I can contribute my little share to your continued success.

Again congratulations with your exceptional achievement and impressive results.

Looking forward to being in touch soon.

Best regards,



A huge thank you for inviting us to the party.
I think it ranks as the best corporate function I have ever attended.
The venue was superb and (you) were very generous hosts.
A big thank you to Jenny as well for inviting Diana along , it was very kind of you.

Wishing you the very best for the future

Kind regards




Many thanks for the invite last night, fab location, brilliant food and great organisation…… I hope they let you have  the day off to rest !
Really enjoyed the evening.

Well done.

See you soon.


11 Jun 2013

Family Fun Day at Fulham Palace - The Menu

Here is the menu from the corporate family summer fun day at Fulham Palace. As you can see, having a bespoke approach means anything is possible with our menus, including candy floss and posh hot dogs!


 * Cucumber boxes filled with a fresh salad of feta, mint & parsley * Baby bagels with Scottish smoked salmon & cream cheese * Mini quails egg Benedict * Peking duck pancakes * Mini Yorkshire puddings with rare beef & horseradish

BBQ Lunch

Skewered chicken fillets infused with lemon & herbs
Lime and ginger marinated salmon with salsa verde
Cumberland sausages inside buns with onions
Homemade burgers with relish and salad
Little jacket potatoes with sour cream
Red onion and feta galette
Tomato and onion relish, salsa verde and lemon mayonnaise
Baby and wild leaf with feta, cherry tomatoes and croutons
Char grilled Mediterranean vegetables with pine nuts
Garlic and herb bread


Eton Mess

Children's Mini Bite Menu

 - Popcorn chicken
 - Mini tomato and mozzarella pizzas
 - Bowls of warm mini sausages
 - Chicken skewers
 - Bowls of Hula Hoops and crisps
 - Hot dogs with ketchup or French mustard

10 Jun 2013

Family Fun Day at Fulham Palace

A bouncey castle... in a palace?

A construction company contacted us to assist them in organising a well earned summer family fun day at Fulham Palace. Here are some photos by Lloyd Dobbie from the event.

Highlights included:

 - a bouncey castle
 - candy floss and popcorn carts
 - a cork shoot and a cocounut shy
 - a penalty shootout competition
 - wonderful canapes and bowl food (full family fun day menu here >> )
 - entertainment and a posh hot dog dinner for the children 
 - a full BBQ and full bar for the adults

18 Apr 2013

French Menu for a Chic Wedding

A delicious French wedding breakfast menu designed with a Francophile couple an served family style. In their thank you letter (which we've published in full over on the Nonsuch Mansion blog) they describe the moment that their "guests faces lit up when huge terrines of pâté were placed in the middle of each table..."

Once again, food makes the moment and the memories.

Pain de Champagne and baguettes
French butter
Pate de Champagne served with red onion marmalade 
Alsace Onion Tart
Le Mesclum salad
Coq au Vin and Pomme Puree
Assiette du Fromage 
Tarte au citron,
Breton creme fraiche  
Tea and coffee

For more photos visit Lloyd Dobbie's blog

For the full text of the thank you letter visit Nonsuch Mansion's blog

4 Mar 2013

Westminster Abbey Gardens: Youth Olympics Event: Part 1: The Menu

Here's an example of one of our menus from a high-profile event at Westminster Abbey Gardens held during 2012. As I've mentioned before, Westminster Abbey Gardens is an exclusive venue, open briefly every summer for a few short weeks. Places in the diary are highly sort after.

This particular menu was served to 350 high profile guests at an event to celebrate the success of the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games, Europe's biggest youth sports event. Guests included customers, MPs, Lords, Olympians and members of the London Assembly.

We designed the menu to be a balanced mix of two bite finger food that was passed amoungst guests as they enjoyed archery, badminton and table tennis demonstrations and applauded the award presentations.

Cucumber boxes filled with a fresh salad of feta, lemon and parsley, topped with purple shiso cress
Rice paper wraps of mint and palm sugar marinated vegetables and tofu
Sultana bread croute with Dolcelatte, fresh fig and balsamic caramel

Mini Quails egg Royale
Baked jersey Royals and sour cream

Wraps of smoked chicken with  mango and spinach
Carpaccio of beef on Truffled crostini with rocket pesto and shoots
Ras el hanout lamb with baba Ganoush caviar 

To find out more about this event see http://www.balfourbeatty.com/index.asp?pageid=43&blogid=42

25 Feb 2013

13 Perfect Canapes for your 2013 Summer Party

Bovingdons help our clients ensure their summer events are "even better than last year".

The tasty menu below works perfectly for a drinks reception with canapés and should be served a lovely Prosecco, with Pimms. Call us for more information 020 8874 8032.

A balanced, delicious menu of bitesize morsels, easy to eat, light yet satisfying.


Broad bean and pecorino falafel with lemon yoghurt dip
Cucumber cups with feta, mint and parsley
Rosemary shortbreads with goat’s cheese and tomato chutney
Sultana bread croutes with Dolcelatté and balsamic glazed fresh figs

Wraps of cured salmon with fennel carpaccio
Dukkah crusted, seared tuna loin in smoked paprika
Skewers of lemon grass and chilli marinated king prawns

Macadamia blini, rare beef, honey and truffle with a rocket pesto
Chicken and lemongrass boudine, toasted jasmine rice and a cucumber relish
Confit duck, savoy cabbage with peach relish

Waffle cones of summer sorbets and ice-creams (below)
Spoons of vanilla pannacotta with vanilla infused peaches and lavender syrup
Homemade passion fruit marshmallows

19 Feb 2013

Long Table at The Orangery

Our own snaps of a beautiful long table at The Orangery in Holland Park. Less is so often more.