The Grove – Venue of the Month

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Set within a beautiful 300-acre country estate, a mere 18 miles from the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly Circus you will discover The Grove, London’s Country Estate – a significant and magnificent country house of yesteryear, resided in by an aristocratic family who would regularly throw lavish parties for Royalty, Politicians and the crème de la crème of aristocracy.  The Grove was such an important home at the time, that when the aristocratic Clarendon family moved from, and subsequently sold The Grove in the 1920’s, it led The Times newspaper to publish a letter mourning the loss of one of the ‘Great Political Houses of the 19th Century’.READ MORE

June’s Venue of the Month – Rosewood London

Rosewood London

The stunning Edwardian Belle Époque building standing at 252 High Holborn, an incredibly historic thoroughfare dating back to Roman times, began life when building commenced on the central building in 1912 and completed in 1919 – a flamboyant styled building, designed by C. Newman.  Over the following 50 years, the building was expanded upon in three further stages.  The East block was designed by P. Moncton and built between 1929 and 1930, a South East extension built between 1954 and 1956 as well as the West block, built between 1959 and 1960 both designed by Bates and Sinning.

Historic Rosewood

The Pearl Assurance Company Limited, moved into the property during the building of the first stage (Central Block) in 1914, which became their Headquarters.  They remained the occupiers and custodians of 252 High Holborn until 1989, when they relocated their Headquarters to Peterborough.

 

In 1974, several years before Pearl Assurance moved to Peterborough, English Heritage designated the principal façades, interiors of the East and West Blocks as well as the impressive and iconic Italian Grand Pavonazzo marble staircase, which sits directly below the 166-foot-high cupola, as Grade II Listed.

Italian Marble Staircase

The year 2000 rang a change to the life of the former office building, as the Marriott International Managed Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel opened, however, only 11 years later on 11th June 2011, the relationship between Marriott International and Renaissance Hotels broke down and the Renaissance Chancery Court began trading independently, until being bought and closing its doors for the final time in 2013.

 

The buyers of this magnificent property, were none other than Rosewood Hotel Group.  An extensive and lengthy restoration and refurbishment programme commenced immediately, all under the guidance of English Heritage, due to the listings in place.

Rosewood London

Original designs were followed where possible during renovations and any missing details have been carefully replicated and replaced.  The restoration process has created an ambience of a historic London residence, with ample space and atmosphere for both intimate and large events.  With heritage meeting rooms, boasting listed Cuban mahogany doors, of which have not been available to purchase now for over 35 years, along with rare types of marble, Rosewood London really has been fashioned from the finest materials and created to the highest standards throughout.

Bronze Hall

Opening in October 2013, this magnificent new addition to the London five-star hotel scene, features 262 guestrooms and 44 suites, with eight signature House Suites including the only suite in the world, to have its very own postcode, all designed by Tony Chi and associates

Rosewood Suite

The hotels wrought iron gates, lead you through to the calming and peaceful inner court yard of the hotel, where you are greeted by fashionably clad concierge professionals and porters, as well as the hotels gorgeous dog Pearl – a name which connects the buildings history, to the present day. The extravagance of the rose bronze gallery and the luxurious lobby with its rich furnishings beyond, give you an immediate sense of the brilliance of the hotel and its interiors, which await you as you traverse through the unwinding story of this grand Edwardian building.  The jewel box design of the Mirror Room, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, the Martin Brudnizki designed Scarfes Bar and Holborn Dining Room, along with the relaxing and rejuvenating tranquillity of the Sense Spa on the lower ground floor, really do lend themselves to creating a perfectly appointed central London hotel, whatever the occasion.

Rosewood Entrance

Whether you are looking for a spectacular London venue, for a once in a lifetime wedding or event with your family or work colleagues, Steven Pellier Weddings and Events recommend looking no further than Rosewood London.

Rosewood Sign

Rosewood London offer a choice of no less than 12 exquisite rooms, which are ideally located for both society and corporate events, for intimate dinners all the way up to receptions for 555 guests.

 

The Grand Ballroom – Two dramatic sweeping staircases lead from the hotels lobby, to a balcony overlooking The Grand Ballrooms spectacular foyer.  The Grand Ballroom is a luxurious and flexible venue, which can accommodate 450 guests for a reception, 340 guests for a luncheon or dinner and 280 guests for a dinner dance.  The expansive space can also divide into three separate rooms, each with its own entrance.

Rosewood London

The Salons – Five elegantly appointed rooms, which provide flexible breakout spaces and are very close to The Grand Ballroom.

 

The Dining Room – For unique culinary experiences from The Dining Rooms show kitchen, –  a fabulous space to entertain up to 35 of your guests, just off of the hotels Mirror Room.

The Dining Room

The Living Room – Also located just off of the Mirror Room, you will discover The Living Room, where you can hold business meetings, working breakfasts, lunches and dinners for up to 27 guests on three round tables.  A great room that really benefits from natural daylight.

 

The Chairman’s Boardrooms – Rosewood London has three of these boardrooms, individually named Sir George, Sir James and Sir Geoffrey – a kind gesture and nod to the origins of 252 High Holborn, as the names belong to the three Chairman of the Pearl Assurance Company, during the time that the company occupied the now Rosewood London from 1914 – 1989.  The boardrooms are grand, stately styled rooms with original architectural features, preserved French walnut panelled fireplaces and listed Cuban mahogany doors, overlooking High Holborn.  These rooms can each host between 12 – 15 of your guests for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a board meeting.

Chairmans Boardroom

Manor Club – A rarefied retreat on the third storey, the Manor Club is ideal for private functions, enriched with British heritage and refined elegance.

 

To learn more about hosting your meeting or event at Rosewood London, why not contact the Rosewood London meetings and events team on +44 (0) 203 747 8120 or emailing London.events@rosewoodhotels.com

 

For more information or to discuss your wedding or event with Steven Pellier Weddings or Steven Pellier Events, or to see how we can help plan your wedding or event at Rosewood London, or experience wedding or event planning with Steven Pellier in London, throughout the UK or internationally please call the Steven Pellier team on +44 (0)207 760 7553 or send us on email hello@stevenpellier.co.uk

 

Photo Credits: Rosewood London

References: Rosewood London and Historic England

May’s Venue of the Month – Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire

 

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Hedsor House – an award winning wedding and event venue, set in 100 acres of undulating historic parkland in Taplow, Buckinghamshire.  Just a short 45 minutes’ journey by car from London and less than 30 minutes from Heathrow airport.  With a history dating back to 1166 – a regular haunt of regal guests, to Hollywood royalty, and more recently exclusive weddings and events, its no wonder that with her illustrious history, Hedsor House is Vogues dream wedding venue and loved by many both near and far.

Hedsor Today

Originally owned by the de Hedsor family in 1166, the Hedsor estate has had many custodians over the last 800 or so years.  Hedsor House was originally designed by Sir William Chambers, the architect of Somerset House with design assistance from King George III and Queen Charlotte, who were captivated by Hedsor’s picturesque position high above the River Thames and in such close proximity to London.  Hedsor House famously became home to Princess Augusta, Dowager Princess of Wales, King George III mother and founder of Kew Gardens until 1764, when the estate was bought by Lord Boston, who regularly entertained Kings and Queens when they were in residence at nearby Windsor Castle.

 

In 1795 a fire swept through Hedsor House, badly damaging the building.  The building was later demolished and the current house was built, which was completed in 1868.  The house was unusually modelled in an Italian Villa style, with a domed hall rather than a central courtyard.  The domed ceiling is the focal point of Hedsor House to this very day, providing the backdrop to many weddings and events – a perfect location to celebrate and entertain, the very room where Queen Victoria would take tea, when visiting from Windsor Castle.

Historic Hedsor

Today, the Shephard brothers Nick, Mark and Hamish, run the house and estate as a wedding and events exclusive hire venue.  Hedsor House has remained in the Shephard family for four generations and was a wedding gift to their grandparents, Florence and Philip Shephard in 1934 from the brother’s great grandfather Philip Edward Shephard.  They launched Hedsor House as a venue in 2008 and in a few short years, the estate has gone on to achieve outstanding success and many awards.

Front of Hedsor Today

Hedsor House is a wonderful wedding and event venue, which is licensed for indoor wedding ceremonies in no less than 5 glorious rooms, hosting up to 150 guests (sit down) or up to 250 evening guests.  Marquee options are also available through the Hedsor House preferred marquee suppliers, where you can entertain up to 1000 of your guests in beautiful surroundings.

The Ballroom Today

With live music and fireworks permitted, a church only 300m from the House, a 100 acres of parkland as well as being in close proximity to London, Hedsor House is a fabulous venue to celebrate and entertain in, with her 10 generously proportioned bedrooms, which provide a perfect blend of period style and modern facilities, Hedsor can also become your home away from home for you and several of you guests.

Bridal Bedroom Today

To discuss your requirements with the Hedsor House team call +44 (0)1628 819050 or email info@hedsor.com

For more information or to discuss your wedding or event with Steven Pellier Weddings or Steven Pellier Events, or to see how we can help plan your wedding or event at Hedsor House, or experience wedding or event planning with Steven Pellier in London, throughout the UK or internationally please call the Steven Pellier team on +44 (0)207 760 7553 or send us on email hello@stevenpellier.co.uk

 

Photo Credits: Hedsor House, Steven Pellier & Unknown

Celebration Cake

Scrumdiddlyumptious….

Now those of you that know me, will confirm that I love weddings & that I talk about weddings non stop – however, my blog today is related to a special cake… there we go, you are all thinking – we are going to discuss wedding cakes – but oh no my friends we are not!

 

I wanted to tell you all about a particular BIRTHDAY cake that I recently ordered, (& helped to devourer) for my partners birthday at the beginning of August. The cake that I ordered was incredibly upbeat, fun & really, really cool – (a word I do not use often).

 

This particular cake was aptly called the ‘Doughnut Cookie Monster Cake’ which as the name suggests, came complete with doughnuts, but also consisted of chocolate sponge, smooth & silky Oreo Swiss Meringue Buttercream, heaps of Oreo cookie crumble, Cookies & Cream chocolate bar shards with several doughnuts sitting nice & proud on top.  Where was this SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS cake from, I hear you ask?  Well it is from a gorgeous bijou boutique called Anges de Sucre, in Kensington.  The Anges de Sucre website says that the cake I was ordering was ‘literally the BEST cake to party with’ & they were not wrong.

 

So the cake looked amazing, but most importantly, for my taste buds, how did it taste?  Did the taste stand up to the look? – I can quite honestly say that the taste was incredible, a gastronomic party of delights, tickling your taste buds & it was thoroughly enjoyed by all who had a slice…..or 2..ok 3..OKAY 5!!!

 

Putting the cake aside for a moment (not that there is any left), it is important to also mention the whole ordering process.  I ordered the fantabulous cake online from www.angesdesucre.com – as soon as my order had been processed, I received a brilliantly written email, to confirm that ‘the cheeky cherubs at Anges, are just too excited & getting pumped to bake & prepare my recent order’, I continued to receive these emails that made me smile, right up until the day after I collected the cake.  As these little emails made me chuckle to myself, I feel that they really added an extra & welcomed dimension & a different element of customer service.

 

There was however, one final element that made the cake taste that bit more sweet & yummy & that was the warm, welcome reception I received at the pretty Anges de Sucre boutique in Kensington, when I arrived to collect the cake.  Not only were the team in the shop incredibly friendly & the epitome of customer service, but Reshmi Bennett, the owner who trained in classical French cuisine in Paris, at Ecole Gregoire Ferrandi, was also present to hand over her wonderful creation to me with the biggest, warmest & most genuine smile.  She offered me some fantastic advice, on how to look after the cake until it was presented & eaten, as well as taking the time to ensure that I was happy with the product.

 

Now just to make it real for Steven Pellier, I am going to take it back to weddings just for a moment.  Anges de Sucre also create show stopping macaroon towers, drop dead gorgeous wedding cakes, gifts, unique favours & sweet treats – I couldn’t keep it away from weddings for too long now, could I!!

 

Whether you need advice on cakes, or are looking for a wedding planner in London, throughout the UK or in the Algarve, please do not hesitate to contact Steven Pellier and his team, to see how we can help.