Discover an extraordinary urban garden oasis nestled in the heart of London. Step into a breathtaking glasshouse event venue surrounded by an expansive, enchanting wild garden, offering you the opportunity to craft unforgettable and personalised experiences that seamlessly blend with nature. Whether it's a corporate gathering, a dreamy wedding celebration, an inspiring away-day, a captivating brand product launch, an influencer affair, an exclusive soirée, or an intimate private dinner, our venue is the perfect canvas. Immerse yourself in the beauty of our surroundings, boasting a thriving kitchen garden, a vibrant wildflower meadow, tranquil ponds, a lush grass lawn, and meandering paths that wind through the entire site. Prepare to embark on a remarkable journey where nature's wonders harmonise with your event's vision, creating a truly extraordinary ambiance for you and your guests. --- We can also provide everything in-house for your convenience. This includes staffing, furniture, table linens (tablecloths and napkins), florals, printed menus and guest placement cards, candles, and a bespoke music playlist. Our team will work closely with you to understand your vision, preferences, and budget, and use our expertise to pull the event design together for you. We can also provide live entertainment, photography, videography, AV and lighting. Please note that we are not a licensed venue for wedding ceremonies. Ceremonies held on-site at OmVed Gardens are commitment ceremonies, which means the couple needs to be officially married elsewhere. For catering, we have a list of accredited suppliers for you to choose from. Please note that we are a vegetarian venue, and kindly request that all catering complies with our vegetarian policy.
Selgars Mill is a beautiful converted 19th Century mill house with cottages, set in eight acres of secluded grounds in the Culm Valley in Mid Devon. We like to keep things simple and create a cosy and relaxed environment so that our guests can feel at home. You can reach Selgars in just two hour by train from Paddington. It's a perfect location for team building retreats and remote working. We have indoor overnight accommodation for up to 30 guests and seasonal (Mar-Nov) outdoor glamping accommodation for up to 60 guests. We also have the capacity to host nature conferences and community gatherings for up to 300 participants with the use of neighbouring camping fields for DIY camping. We host team building retreats, corporate offsites, workations, slow coliving, weddings, wellness retreats, nature immersions, educational and leadership programmes, families, school groups, local events, holiday rentals and our very own re:build and enchanted village gatherings. Our estate is small in size, but it is overflowing with big dreams and creative energy. Selgars is a place for both work and play. During the holidays we host 'Life at Selgars' coliving residencies, weddings and celebrations; we want Selgars to grow into 'a home away from home' where lifelong memories are made. When we all go back to school or work, Selgars is an ideal venue for hosting nature conferences, strategic offsites and team retreats. Selgars is perfect nature location to go to do deep work as a team and build the connection, trust, psychological safety and shared identity that is required for true collaboration and teamwork to take place. ?As much as possible we aim to place creativity & regeneration at the heart of all we do. We have an edible garden on site and seek to source our food from delicious local producers. When it comes to hospitality, we believe in simplicity and participation. When something needs to be done, we all do it together. This is what builds community. This is what makes Selgars special. If this is the culture and spirit of the event you wish to host, then please don't hesitate to get in touch. Visit www.selgars.org for more info. We also have an East London venue called House of Transformation - visit - www.hotspaces.org
The Hurlingham Club is a green oasis of tradition and international renown bordering the River Thames in Fulham in 42 acres of magnificent grounds. Recognised throughout the world as one of Britain’s greatest private members’ clubs, it retains quintessential English traditions and heritage, while providing modern facilities and services for all of its guests. Whether you are looking to host an intimate event or a glamorous gala dinner for up to 1,200 guests, The Hurlingham Club is well practiced in hosting events for a huge variety of clients including conferences, charity balls, summer parties, corporate events, weddings, social events and more.
It’s hard to find anything that’s more quintessentially British than a tea party. They’ve grown in popularity over recent years, and Mary Berry has certainly gotten everyone trying out their own recipes at home. A tea party is a great alternative event that can be used to celebrate birthdays, a christening, or even as a fundraising event. There are a few things that you need to consider when planning one, but once you’ve found the right venue and decided who’s doing all of the baking, you’re already on the right track.
Step 1: Choose the Ideal Date and Time
The first thing that you need to do when planning a tea party is to decide on when you want to have it. You will need to choose a date far enough in advance that the majority of those invited will be able to make it. You’ll also need to think about the season, as this can change the type of food that you serve and the whole atmosphere of the event. Finally, you’ll need to pick a suitable time. Tea is generally served at any time from 12noon to 4pm, but it can be later if necessary.
Step 2: Choose Your Venue
Choosing where to host your tea party is the next step. While you can of course have it in your own home, you are then dedicating yourself to doing all of the cooking and preparation yourself. If you are inviting only a small group of people, then this will be absolutely achievable. However, if you are hosting for a large group, be it a corporate day or a charity event, it’s best to look for a suitable venue to hire. One option is a country house for hire in London. There are lots of these houses, and some will even bring with them the option to host your tea party outside, weather permitting. Truly elegant, they definitely give off the tea party vibe that you’re looking for.
Step 3: Choose Your Tea
It’s not enough to just put a teabag in a pot. Tea should be taken seriously. One idea is to have a menu of teas given to your guests, so that they can choose their favourites from the list. The tea should all be loose leaf as well, with tea strainers either inside the pot or on the table for use. This way, there will be sufficient variety to be had as there are many people who much prefer caffeine-free herbal tea. It will also be a chance for those attending to try something new and will add a bit of surprise, not to mention sophistication, to proceedings.
Step 4: Choose Your Food
Next comes the food. The traditional high tea is served on a three-tiered tray which consists of sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, and a variety of sweet treats such as pastry tarts and buns. While the sandwiches and scones are seen as musts, you can tweak the menu of the sweet treats to suit what you think your guests will like. Variety here is key. Normally there is far too much on a tray, even shared, to eat, so provide boxes for your guests to be able to take any extras away with them. If you aren’t catering yourself, you’ll have to discuss the menu very carefully with your caterers. Make sure you sample all that is on offer before deciding. Above all, listen to their advice on what to serve. They will have done this before and know what goes down well.
Step 5: Choose Your Décor
One of the most important aspects of any tea party is the décor. Tables should be set traditionally, and in the right way. Luckily, if you have caterers, they’ll know exactly how it should be. You should consider the pattern you are having on the teacups, whether they are all going to match or if you are going for a more Alice in Wonderland feel. Other things to think about décor-wise is the colour of the tablecloths and the napkins. Everything should come together to produce an elegant feeling. For other decoration, you can have bunting up or floral centrepieces. If it is autumn or winter pine cones or even Christmas trees will work.
Step 6: Choose Your Dress Code
When you send your invites out, you need to let people know what the dress code is. You can’t really have an elegant outdoor tea party if people don’t know what’s expected of them. A lot of the time, women wear a summer dress or equivalent. The dress code is generally seen as smart casual, but guests should also dress for the weather. If it’s happening outside and on grass, it’s best to warn against any high heels as they will only sink!
Step 7: Choose Some Party Games
In order to keep the mood of the tea party light and carefree, it’s a great idea to organise some easy party games for people to play at their tables. Particularly if some of the groups don’t know each other, this makes for the perfect icebreaker to introduce everyone. Keep to your theme and keep all the games related to tea or the different cakes on the menu. Your guests are sure to start to relax into the moment and enjoy themselves before the main feature arrives – the tea itself.
Nothing is nicer than a tea party surrounded by friends. It’s an excuse to stuff yourself with cake, and it makes a difference form meeting up at in the pub. It’s a chance to get everyone together and actually have a good old-fashioned chat. The only thing you need concern yourself with, is running out of tea!
Country homes are incredibly versatile when it comes to accommodating the needs of a wide range of events. And these special venues can facilitate the following occasions: • Summer parties • Garden parties • Weddings • Private parties • Private dinners • Graduations • Engagement parties • Corporate parties London is home to a truly special catalogue of wonderful country houses that will instantly add an exciting dimension to your event.
Exuding a sense of romance and dreamy elegance that is hard to find in any other venue, it’s not surprise that many people choose to say, “I do” in a country house. Providing the perfect setting for celebrating such a momentous occasion, a country home offers a stunning back drop to your big day, impressive interiors, beautiful gardens, plenty of unique features and even accommodation that is available to hire for you and your guests. Featuring plenty of space for your guests, many country homes boast beautiful Dining Rooms, Drawing Rooms and Conservatories that epitomise traditional English country living.
Often a haven of peace and tranquillity, country houses not only offer the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of London. But there are lots of other reasons why you should seriously consider choosing a country house venue, including: • Beautiful backdrop to any event • Plenty of space • Jam packed with natural beauty • Enjoy exclusive use of the whole venue • Impress your guests • Create wonderful memories • Enjoy beautiful outdoor gardens and spaces
If you’ve got your heart set on booking a country house venue for your event, there’s a number of factors you should consider when choosing the right venue for you. With this in mind, you should always: • Talk to the venue first • Choose a venue will allow you to achieve your vision • Know your guest list – can the venue accommodate your numbers? • Remember your budget • Think about your guests' experience. • What is included? • Stay true to yourselves.
Britain is renowned for its catalogue of beautiful, traditional country houses that are steeped in history and charm. A country house is defined as being a large property in the countryside. Generally, traditional country houses have belonged to the same family for many years, which adds to their intriguing appeal. Bursting with character and stunning architecture, more often than not country homes are set in gorgeous gardens and have lots of attractive features that provide the perfect setting for a whole host of events.