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.