The Kensington Palace Pavilion launch invited 300 guests to experience the first evening of opening yesterday. Fine dining, stunning entertainment and out of this world styling ensured everybody received the royal treatment.
Kensington Palace: Your next venue
Kensington Palace is one of six venues cared for by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces. Situated on the palace lawns, the Pavilion overlooks the beautiful sunken garden and will be available to host an exclusive number of events for three years while The Orangery is closed for planned conservation work.
A red carpet entrance
Walking down the red carpet was the first glimpse of luxury the evening was to deliver. We were continued to be greeted by historical characters including Henry VIII, Charles I and Queen Victoria as well as a photo opportunity in front of the palace grounds. We felt just like princesses! Doris Loves letters lit up the walkway with the Kensington Palace hashtag for every Instagrammable moment.
Drinks in the Orangery
The Orangery reception was simply stunning. The space was decorated with a variety of fruit trees in terracotta pots alongside stone and bronze urns, dressed with green foliage, fresh oranges and stephanotis flowers, all provided by Simon Lycett. Coates & Seely sparkling wine was circulated and delicious By Word of Mouth canapés were beautifully styled on perspex trays.
The menu included palm sugar and ginger marinated salmon, avocado mousse on a basil biscotti as well as star anise spiced duck confit bon bon and torched red mullet on an english asparagus and broad bean salad. Jazz singer Atila contributed to the relaxed atmosphere with a whimsical collection of smooth classics.
The little touches made the evening even more picture perfect, altogether representing time – from heritage buildings to a brand new venue. Cutture are luxury stationery designers for invitations and styling. They ensure the details stand out from the crowd and increase attendance. We loved the intricate pieces across the entrance space. Instagrammable details included the fob watch escort tags laser cut with your table number!
A royal call for dinner
To commence a two-course dinner guests were called through by two fanfare trumpeters. The doors were opened and the grand reveal of the dinner space was greeted with amazement and guests in awe of the design.
Capturing time in table styling
Tables were adorned with elaborate decorations of up to an impressive 2.5metres. These were beautifully created with pillar candles, a steel-supported decoration of mixed foliage as well as an assortment of glass vases displaying colourful flower arrangements. Each table was a vibrant Pantone and chairs were perfectly matched. To complete, clock and watch-faces were interspersed throughout to reflect the evening’s theme of ‘time’.
Each guest was given a fresh sprig of thyme on their napkin. This was a 21st century equivalent of the fragrant herbs they would have had at a Palace event in days gone by to mask the scents of the city. This was also representative of ‘time’ as being the greatest gift of all and which Historic Royal Palaces preserve, celebrate and present with their unique historic venues.
The man of the moment
Alex Donnelly-Palmer, Events and Operations Manager at Kensington Palace, said:
“It was a truly spectacular evening celebrating the launch of the Kensington Palace Pavilion. The event perfectly showcased the versatility and how it can be transformed for extravagant events. Whilst still incorporating the storied history and traditions of Kensington Palace. Following the closure of the Orangery for vital conservation work, we are delighted to be able to offer this one-of-a-kind venue for events. Whether it be a gala dinner, evening reception or product launch. Additionally, clients booking events in the Kensington Palace Pavilion will contribute to Historic Royal Palaces’ charitable cause. Income raised from all commercial activities is reinvested in conservation, public access and educational activities to ensure the palace continues to well-maintained and open for all to enjoy.”
An entertainment reveal
A surprise performance by Tokio Myers, winner of Britain’s Got Talent was revealed after the main course. His extraordinary talent as a multi-instrumental artist and composer left the guests in silence. The beauty and emotion throughout his performance captured the power and excitement of the event perfectly.
Desserts in the Citrus Grove
To conclude, guests were guided back through to the reception area. The space had been transformed into a ‘UV Citrus Grove’ setting for dessert and after-dinner drinks. Desserts were displayed amongst a ‘copse’ of fruit trees. Stunning dessert stands included citrus jellies with yoghurt foam, sour cream cheesecake with yuzu curd as well as velvet cake with Valrhona chocolate shards.
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