Taste of the Vine

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Here is a selection of venues that we often work with. We are delighted to recommend these locations due to their quality and suitability. We also have a list of alternatives, country and world-wide, so please call for ideas.

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1 Lombard Street

1 Lombard Street's spectacular setting is ideal for a wide range of events, from formal dinners to dazzling launches and premiere parties.

195 Piccadilly

195 Piccadilly is the headquarters of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Recently re-opened following an extensive refurbishment it offers private hire spaces in a building with a history and ambience.

30 Pavilion Road

30 Pavilion Road, with its renowned elegance and warmth of welcome, is designed for stylish private entertaining.


A transformation of the Great Eastern Hotel.

Armourers' Hall

Armourers’ Hall, situated on the corner of Coleman Street and London Wall, is on the original site of the ‘Dragon and two Shoppes’. The Company has occupied this same site since 1346.

Barber Surgeons' Hall

Barber-Surgeons' Hall has been home to the Worshipful Company of Barbers since 1430. The first hall was destroyed by the Great Fire of London and the second hall on this site was ravaged during the Second World War.

Brewers' Hall

The Brewers’ Hall, refurbished in 2011, is located in Aldermanbury Square: an oasis amongst the high rise modernity of the City of London. This welcome open space can be found between the Guildhall and London Wall. The Brewers’ Company is one of the oldest of the City of London Guilds or Livery Companies with origins dating back to the medieval period.

Browns Courtrooms

Browns Courtrooms offer an elegant setting for any corporate event. With natural daylight and air conditioning in all rooms, plus modern technology they can create any event from an executive board meeting for 10 to a cocktail reception for 300.

Butchers' Hall

Butchers' Hall is one of the most elegant of the City livery halls, having been carefully restored after its destruction during the Second World War. The ancient Guild of Butchers has written evidence of its existence dating back to 975AD. Still closely associated with the Meat Industry it is suitably located in the vibrant Smithfield area.

Castle Ashby

The fabulous Castle Ashby dates from the 11th Century. Situated in central Northamptonshire the castle is ideally suited to those organising client or team events where guests are coming from around the country.

CBI Conference Centre

The concourse area offers a serene and luxurious platform with glass walls from which you can watch the world go by. Suitable for up to 70 guests.


Cicada serves the very best in pan-Asian cuisine with influences from China, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan.

Clothworkers' Hall

Fine dining has been central to the life of Clothworkers' Hall since the early 16th century.

Coopers' Hall

The newly refurbished Coopers' Hall is a delightful Pre-Georgian Town House in the heart of the City of London.

Denbies Vineyard & Winery

Nestled in 100 hectares of the North Downs close to Dorking, Denbies is England’s most prestigious vineyard. Private rooms are available which hold from 40 to 170 people.

Glaziers Hall

Glaziers Hall is situated on the Southbank of the River Thames offers superb banqueting services and a memorable setting for your special event.

Grocers' Hall

A classic venue with modern facilities in a private courtyard opposite the Bank of England.

Haberdashers' Hall

Designed by celebrated British Architect Sir Michael Hopkins this sought after venue is the stunning new livery hall of the Haberdasher’s Livery company.

Harvey Nichols 5th Floor

Situated on the top floor of the famous Knightsbridge shop the simple and elegant surroundings at Harvey Nichols 5th Floor will bring an air of class to any event.


Owned and run by award winning cheese maker Bill Oglethorpe, the Kappacasien dairy provides a unique and dramatic backdrop to any tasting event. The cheeses produced within its Victorian arches will provide the delicious centrepiece to your event and the beers produced by neighbouring micro-breweries can provide the ideal accompaniment. We structure the tasting in the classical Taste of the Vine format; introducing interaction, humour and for those competitive groups: a challenge, and Bill provides the venue, cheeses and anecdote.

Kensington Close Hotel

Situated in a quiet location in the heart of Kensington near the high street. Alchemy is the Hotel's conference & banqueting centre, with 15 meeting rooms, all equipped with modern facilities and latest technology.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace has been a royal residence for over 300 years. Originally a private country house, the building was acquired by William III and Mary II in 1689 and was transformed into a royal palace by Christopher Wren. The palace was home to William and Mary, Queen Anne, George I and George II and was the birthplace and childhood home of Princess Victoria (later Queen Victoria).

La Fromagerie

Stylish & unconventional, La Fromagerie is recognised as being one of the finest cheese shops in England.

Mosimann's Club - The Belfry

Built in 1830 as a Church and Spiritualist Venue, and now Anton Mosimann's world famous dining club, The Belfry has interest charm, style and character in equal measure.

Anton realised his dream when he opened the club in 1988, offering the best of foods and finest of wines in the most luxurious surroundings.

Museum in Docklands

Historical and contemporary combine at Canary Wharf's newest and most versatile venue.

Old Luxters Vineyard & Winery

This charming 17th century property, housing a modern winery and brewery, sits on the brow of the tranquil Hambledon Valley to the north of Henley. The recently refurbished barn is a great location for dinners and entertainment activities.

One Aldwych

Friendly, professional service complements a fabulous choice of inventive original food at this Covent Garden gem.

One Birdcage Walk

Originally the site of James I's aviary - later extended by his Grandson, Charles II - Birdcage Walk was created as part of a post-Restoration remodelling of St.James' Park.

Prospero House

A versatile meeting and dinner venue, Prospero House has been designed to inspire and generate creativity and ideas.

Royal Court Theatre

The Royal Court Theatre's Café Bar is a lively meeting place for audiences, writers, directors, actors and the general public. Set within the 19th Century auditorium pit, it occupies a space steeped in history.

Royal Society of Arts

A former cellar of a Port shipper, the atmospheric Vaults at the Royal Society of Arts are an ideal location for events with a wine theme. Situated behind the strand, it is well suited for groups coming from the City and West End. Vault 1 (pictured) is a perfect location for a pre dinner challenge or tasting reception. Vault 1 holds up to 80 people standing.

Royal Statistical Society

Set in a converted Victorian school close to the Barbican centre, the Royal Statistical Society provides a light, airy and flexible venue whatever the event.

Saddlers' Hall

The magnificent mansion house of The Worshipful Company of Saddlers sits a few yards from St Paul's Cathedral in a position it has occupied for over 600 years.

Savoy Place

Savoy Place is a characterful building next to the Thames with uninterupted view from St Paul’s Cathedral to the Houses of Parliament.

Shakespeare's Globe

The Balcony Room (pictured) is light and airy with panoramic views of the Thames, the City and the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral. It will comfortably hold 60 people for a seated event. The contemporary décor is suited to all manner of functions, conveying an informal though elegant feel.

Silver Fleet

The Silver fleet is comprised of three fabulously appointed river yachts for private charter on the River Thames.

Somerset House

Somerset house has a range of striking areas for entertaining, but we particularly recommend The Navy Board Rooms (60) and Portico Rooms (80) for tasting events.

St. Paul's Crypt - Wren Suite

Containing some of the oldest and most beautiful architectural features in St Paul’s Cathedral, the Wren Suite combines the splendour of Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece with the comfort and convenience of 21st century facilities.

Temple Bar (St. Paul's)

Sir Christopher Wren’s Temple Bar is a unique structure that marked the gateway to the City of London for 200 years.

The Brewery

Particularly suited to beer themed events, The Brewery houses a wide range of rooms suitable for tasting events. Our favourites for smaller groups are the Sugar Rooms and Smeatons Vaults, both characterful settings accomodating between 30 and 100 people. The Smeatons Vaults were once beer fermentation vessels.

The Porter Tun is a stunning room ideally suited to events for between 250 - 700 guests.

The Cadogan Hotel

At The Cadogan history comes alive. Room 118 was the scene of the arrest of Oscar Wilde, and the Edward VII Suite was renamed to celebrate the King of England’s liaisons with the actress Lillie Langtry.

The Cumberland

The Cumberland is one of London's newest world-class hotels. A place where breathtaking style and design, exceptional comfort and personal service, combine to form a truly unique and intimate experience.

The George Inn

Tucked away in a cobbled courtyard just off Borough High Street, this is the only remaining galleried inn in London. It was built in 1677, and was mentioned by Dickens in Little Dorrit.

The Lanesborough

London's foremost address for discerning travellers, The Lanesborough.

The Little Ship Club

Hiding on the banks of the Thames next to Southwark Bridge, The little ship Club offers a relaxed and cosy atmosphere with views onto the Thames.

The Sanderson Hotel

The Sanderson epitomizes a new style of luxury that is smart, pared down, and tempered with a healthy dose of wit and irony.

The Soho Hotel

Philippe Starck’s design is a brilliant collision of influences, from the modern to the baroque, that suffuse the hotel with energy, vitality and magic.

The Stafford Hotel

The Stafford has an air of timelessness, the feel of a country house with a central London location.

The Undercroft at Banqueting House

The vaulted basement of the Banqueting House was designed as a drinking den for James I. Soon after it was completed, Isaac de Caus was commissioned to decorate part of the basement as a shell grotto where the King could enjoy himself with his friends.

The Zetter

Set in an old five storey warehouse, the Zetter exudes a unique character but with a stylish theme of old and new.

Vintners' Hall

Only infrequently released for corporate functions to members of the wine trade, Vintners Hall is one of the most impressive of the livery company halls.

Waddesdon Manor

You instinctively slow down on the approach to Waddesdon Manor and imagine you have been transported to Bordeaux. The magnificent Renaissance style chateau was built by the Rothschild family at the turn of the century and is now home to the finest collection of Rothschild wines (Lafite Rothschild & Mouton Rothschild) outside Bordeaux.

Wellington Arch

Commissioned by George IV, this majestic stone arch was designed as an entrance to Buckingham Palace. Its fascinating history includes a spell as home to London's smallest police station.


This award-winning Michelin-star restaurant opened in the heart of Knightsbridge in 1995. It offers some of the finest Italian cuisine in London.