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Style & Creativity


Keeping you up to date with what’s going on in and around the By Word of Mouth office.

The New-New Covent Garden Flower Market

Last week the By Word of Mouth buying team, in a hunt for exotic flowers, found ourselves early on a Monday morning at the brand new home for New Convent Garden Market.  Bleary eyed, with coffee in hand we stepped into the bright new space just a short walk from the original Market in Nine Elms.

Open 4:00-10:00am every Monday to Saturday, the Market-goers include some of London’s most celebrated florists, including Simon Lycett who described the new market  as “the most exciting thing that’s ever happened”.  And after seeing it for ourselves, we would have to agree!

For those who struggle to keep any plant alive, C.Best is located at one end of the market and stocks an extensive range of convincingly realistic artificial flowers as well as a vast array of vases, pots and inspiring stylish decorative pieces.

The volume and variety of plants, flowers and foliage available throughout the market is staggering and yet the space it so open, light and orderly it doesn’t take long to find exactly what you need. Even if you aren’t a morning person, the new New Covent Garden Market is well worth a visit and, if the flowers don’t brighten your mood, the enthusiasm of the stall holders for their new home will.

Venue Partner News

After competitive and detailed tender processes, we are absolutely delighted to have been re-selected to work at Roundhouse and The Wallace Collection!   This is such a fantastic endorsement of the BWoM team and we are huge fans of both these impressive and beautiful buildings which illustrate the incredible diversity of architectural styles to be found among the UK’s finest venues.  Please get in touch if you would like to discuss holding an event at these or any of our venue partners.

Good news comes from Banqueting House which, as of September 2017,  will once again be offering day -time hire on Thursdays (excluding school holidays).  Clients will be able to host lunches, conferences, product launches, daytime fashion shows, large set builds, all-day weddings, as well as evening set builds on the Wednesday for high production events starting on the Thursday morning.  This offers huge potential for those planning daytime events or needing more time to set up for a Thursday evening – please contact us if you would like to know more!

On a sunny, spring morning at the end of March, we spent the morning in Kensington at Leighton House Museum styling a dining table for a photo shoot to promote the new opportunity to hold seated dinners in the stunningly ornate Narcissus Hall.

Knowing that Mary Jane Vaughan was planning florals in shades of cream and white, we chose an elegant, elephant grey linen cloth with a welcome pop of saffron yellow coming from the napkins to contrast dramatically with the almost iridescent turquoise tiles that line the walls of this breath-taking space.  Glass charger plates and crystal glasses finished the look and the end result is, to us, a wonderful example of how to create impact without taking anything away from the exotic beauty of this exquisite hall.  If you would be interested in knowing more about hosting events at Leighton House, our planners would be delighted to chat to you.

Image of Narcissus Hall, Leighton House Museum courtesy of Matt Lain.

Summer at Ally Pally

North London icon, Alexandra Palace offers one of the finest views over the capital and is surrounded by 196 acres of lush, green parkland.  This wealth of outside space makes it an excellent choice for al-fresco summer entertaining.  It may come as a surprise that you do not have to be entertaining thousands to hold your event here – this stunning landmark offers a variety of spaces to suit all numbers from small and intimate to spectacularly huge.  This, combined with the option of adding outside activities, makes it the perfect summer venue.

We love the idea of sipping an iced cocktail on that magnificent terrace whilst watching the sun set over London’s cityscape.  Add a couple of By Word of Mouth’s street food style bars or some some light and fresh seafood served over crushed ice and you have all the ingredients for a very special experience.

Ally Pally offers something really different, versatile and special within easy access of central London.  For further inspiration,  take a look at the video to see how this wonderful space can work its magic on your event.

Want to know more?  Contact us and one of our planners would be very happy to discuss how to make the most of this wonderful venue and to provide you with a quotation for your event.



There is so much to inspire us, whether the beauties of the natural world and its changing seasons or the latest offerings from the flourishing art, design and food scenes. Take a look at what By Word of Mouth loves……

Seasonal Recipe - Burrata with Asparagus, Courgette & Truffle

Burrata di Puglia.  The words roll off the tongue almost musically, evoking the romance of the sun drenched heel of Italy – a land of magical domed Trulli, endless coastline and these clouds of almost-liquid, extremely creamy mozzarella that have arguably become Italy’s most seductive export.

This light summer salad has become one of our most popular dishes, so much so that our beloved Italian specialist, Vallebona, has regularly had to send for emergency supplies to satisfy demand from our clients.  Serve individually or create a platter to share, adding some finely sliced Italian charcuterie, a bottle of two of chilled Gavi and a long, hot afternoon on which to enjoy….


For four people:

2 x burrata, each carefully broken into two

1 bunch asparagus

1 green courgette

1 yellow courgette

4 tbs extra virgin olive oil

2 tbs truffle oil

2 black summer truffles, finely chopped

1 tbs flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

Using a potato peeler, shave the asparagus length ways to create long ribbons.  Keep in iced water whilst you prepare the other ingredients.

Slice the courgettes very finely length ways, scatter with salt and leave to draw out some of the moisture.

Mix the two oils together, adding the chopped black truffle and flat leaf parsley plus seasoning to taste.

Assemble the dish: drain the asparagus, wipe any salty moisture off the courgettes and toss together in a little bit of dressing.  Place a small pile of the vegetables on each plate and top with half a burrata.  Garnish with a few ribbons of shaved asparagus, some summer herbs and a final drizzle of the truffle dressing.

Mad About Metallics

An undeniably enduring trend but with rose-gold and copper currently taking the homewares world by storm, we love the versatility, effortless elegance and reflective qualities of all the metallics and have chosen to use them as the influence for our beautiful range of canape presentation trays for the autumn/winter season.

National Velvet

This luxurious, regal fabric has always been one of our favourites and we were excited to see GP & J Baker’s collaboration with one of our venue partners, Historic Royal Palaces where we are a cross palace supplier. The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace have provided a wealth of inspiration for the collection and we especially love the Kings Velvet range with its dreamy palette of heritage colours.

By Word of Mouth’s Festive Stuffing

A great match for your Christmas turkey and equally delicious served cold with some spiced chutney.

Serves 8-10
2 Onions, chopped
25g Butter
800g Sausage meat
1 Bramley apple, peeled, cored and diced
100g Pistachio nuts, shelled
150g White breadcrumbs
A large handful of fresh sage and flat leaf parsley
Sea salt and black pepper

Fry the onion in the butter until translucent. Chop the pistachios and herbs. Place the onion, nuts and herbs in a large bowl and mix in all the other stuffing ingredients, seasoning generously with salt and pepper. Pack into a grease proof tin and bake for 45 mins in an oven preheated to 170C. Make sure the stuffing is cooked all the way through before serving.


Scott Hallsworth’s casual, contemporary Japanese dining concept was originally a pop up but we are so pleased that his incredibly cool restaurant is now a permanent fixture in Chelsea SW3 and Marble Arch W1.

Think of it as Japanese tapas – little dishes that push the boundaries with their bold and inventive flavour combinations. Salmon gravadlax and avocado maki with dill mayo has a hint of Scandi-chic about it whilst the BBQ pork belly in steamed buns with spicy peanut soy never ceases to have us in raptures. If you needed any more persuasion, some seriously kick-ass cocktails with which to wash it all down are also on the menu.

Kindred Spirits

English wines are enjoying a surge in popularity and Chapel Down in Kent is one of the best known and most progressive producers, with over 100 acres of vineyards across Kent that enjoy very similar soil and growing conditions to the Champagne region. Two of our event planners, Harry and Georgie, toured the vineyards recently and commented on both the passion that the Chapel Down team put in throughout the winemaking process, as well as the diversity of the range they produce.

“As English wines become more fashionable, it is fantastic to work with one of the pioneers of the British wine industry, who shares By Word of Mouth’s commitment to quality and who continues to push the boundaries of what is possible with British wines, beers and ciders.”

To Market, To Market...

Just a few miles from our kitchens, New Covent Garden Market, the UK’s largest wholesale flower market, is a hub of exciting ideas and creative inspiration.

Spending an early morning wandering amongst the many stalls, it is impossible not to be excited by the enormous variety of seasonal flowers, foliage, plants, herbs and amazing props ranging from huge cast iron urns and neon pink candelabras to fabulous decorative pieces. Nowhere else could you find feather boas and gold sprayed shells sitting moments away from towering palm plants and stunning displays of flowers, many of which are British-grown. Every visit to the market is an inspiration as well as a great opportunity to pick a few more pieces for our own Aladdin’s cave!