23 Apr 2012

Birthday Dinner at The Orangery

The Brief
A relaxed summer party in the park, laid back Italian sophistication meets high class West London style. A warm, friendly greeting and champagne reception, a seated dinner with informal and impromptu toasts throughout, coffee, cake, cheese and digestives in the marquee on the lawn and cocktails  and conversation into the night.
The Menu
  - Rare roast fillet of beef on watermelon cubes with pickled ginger and coriander
  - Chorizo and Cumberland sausages with roasted red pepper ketchup
  - Ricotta cakes with slow roasted vine tomatoes and basil wafers
  - Smoked salmon, poached quails egg on brioche croute with hollandaise
  - Mini bagels of smoked salmon and cream cheese

Home cured salmon, fennel carpaccio, pink grapefruit with purple shiso and radish salad
Great seeded granary sour dough bread

Breast of guinea fowl filled with spinach and ricotta, confit of leg, smoked garlic mash, wilted greens and tarragon jus

Retro Trio of chocolate profiteroles, strawberry and blueberry pavlova and a Sicilian lemon cheesecake

An elegant grazing station full of delicious and yummy cheeses

  - Champagne
  - Peroni
  - Apple Fez (soft cocktail)
  - Bottles of Russian Vodka at the table for shots

Late Evening Cocktails 
  - Express Martini
  - Amaretto Sour
  - Lemoncello fizz

Here is the thank you from the grateful ospite...

"Well it is now one month since the big event at The Orangery and I have been travelling quite a lot since then so I have not had the chance to email you, but I do want to say that it really was the most FANTASTIC evening.  It took me at least two weeks to recover from all the fun.

The tent worked brilliantly for pre and post dinner drinks, so glad we had it.  The food was wonderful...everyone has commented on this, and the late evening cocktails were VERY popular.  And the beer and champagne were COLD. And there were no olives or capers to be seen anywhere !!!

The organiser for the evening, Tony, was excellent and so accommodating...

Thanks again for everything...Bovingtons are THE BEST"


16 Apr 2012

12 London Venues for 2012

Our choices to reflect the essence of what makes London great – individuality, achievement and diversity.  
Leighton House: a magical house in Kensington with an Arab Hall and a walled garden
45 Millbank: Right on the river Thames
The Magic Circle: mysterious Euston based steeped in history 
St Catherine’s Gardens: A beautiful space within tranquil Westminster Abby, calm and tranquil.
LSO St Lukes - High-tech versatility inside the home of the world famous symphony orchestra.
Kew Steam Museum - power, strength and industry - great for team building.
Fulham Palace - historic setting with courtyard, marquee and a maze of rooms to hire
Trinity House - Stunning and right opposite the Tower of London
Flamsteed House, Royal Observatory Greenwich - Octagon Room perfect for small, dinners
The Cloisters at Westminster Abbey - for soirées up to 250
The Orangery Holland Park - party amongst the peacocks in this versatile garden space
The Queens House - part of the National Maritime Museum, grand and elegant. 

3 Apr 2012

Mondrian Inspired Menu

- smart and stylish, easy to eat, hard to forget
- served with Pink Moet and Chandon, Campari, Martini Rosso, Vodka Martinis
* Poached organic salmon in cucumber cups with lemon mayonnaise
* Ricotta cakes with oven roasted plum tomatoes and basil
* Quails egg Benedict
* Mini Lobster Thermidor

- retro nostalgia meets millennial chic served with perfectly matched Australian wines

Start - ‘Prawn Cocktail’
Main - Beef Wellington with Dauphinoise potatoes and fresh spring vegetables
Desert - Molten Black Forrest Dessert
Finish - Espresso coffees, freshly made tea, tisanes and assorted biscotti

After Dinner Reception
– retro and colourful cocktails mixed and served from the cocktail bar

* Vodka Martini – vodka, vermouth, olives (martini glass)
* Blue Hawaiian – blue curacao, white rum, pineapple juice (hurricane glass)
* Tom Collins – Gin, lemon juice sugar and soda (hi-ball)
* Sloe Gin Fizz – Sloe gin, fresh lemon and soda (blue glasses)

2 Apr 2012

Mondrian Inspired Party at Kew Bridge Steam Museum

A birthday party for a high flying, distinguished Australian gentleman inspired by The Swinging Sixties - chiefly the distinctive block colours of Mondrian prints.

Styling included menus created from Beatles inspired album covers using photos from of the birthday boys life. We also helped to arranged some show stopping Sixties entertainment with a singer popping out of a cake to serenade the crowd with a medley of 1960s hits. Everyone up of their chairs and dancing.

After dinner, guests were treated to ‘Blue Lagoon’ cocktails in hurricane glasses (complete with paper cocktail parasols of course) whilst the room was transformed into a kitch black and white dance floor. A classic rock 'n' roll band took the stage and the guests then danced the night away to the Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Kinks and The Monkees.

All photos c/o the ever amazing Mark Columbus  http://www.markcolombus.com/


If you would like to hold an event at the Kew Bridge Steam Museum, call us for more information 020 8874 8032.

Fulham Palace Fabulous Wedding

The wedding was amazing; people are still talking about how nice the pork was!

Tony was a blessing on the day and all the staff worked really hard and made it a perfect day. The cocktails were very popular as was the cheese (although neither M nor I had any cheese!)

Here are some pictures; there are some great carving action shots!

Thanks for all your hard work and advice we really do appreciate it.