take a step into our 'Apres Ski' festive retreat
Posted: 20th December 2018
Christmas is now within touching distance and for all the news of retail woes, Oxford Street is still jam-packed with shoppers scurrying around for last minute presents.
This is however a truly wonderful time of year. London is one giant sparkle and people have a festive spring to their step as they enjoy everything the season has to offer.
With this in mind, at 41 Portland Place we decided to end the year with a glamorous, themed Christmas showcase, going all-out to bring the après-ski look to our elegant stuccoed townhouse.
How did we make this happen? Well, we transformed our venue into an Alpine hideaway, complete with stag heads, vintage ski racks, faux fur throws on the sofas, a dancefloor and enough decorated Christmas trees to quash anyone’s Grinch-like feelings. As the season comes towards its finale, we thought it would be a fitting end to the year to share the evening with you.
Guests arrived and were guided into our Laurie Landeau room where we had set up our prosecco bar and interactive mince pie stall. Yes, in our inimitable fashion, we took this traditional festive sweet treat and gave it a savoury twist, and our chef taught guests how to make these at home, handing out recipe cards to anyone who wanted to impress friends and family.
Meanwhile, Head Chef Irmantas made sure our guests were well-fed as they toured the house with our events team, producing an array of delectable winter canapes, with caraway and cranberry garibaldi, air dried beef, Norfolk bronze turkey and chestnut mini wellingtons leading the way.
The tour took in the highlights of our Christmas party packages which include exclusive venue hire. Guests start in our Georgian gem, the Council Chamber, either for their sit-down meal or reception, and they can also take advantage of the bar set up in the Council Reception and Ann Ryland’s. Once wine, prosecco, festive fine dining and canapés have been devoured, they can move downstairs to our Wolfson and Exhibition areas. This, ladies and gentlemen, is where we ask them to don their dancing shoes! The Wolfson has been turned into the perfect dancefloor, with lights and DJ ready to celebrate the season in style. For those needing a reprieve, with, of course, a drink at hand, our Exhibition area is where guests can relax in our cosy ski lodge complete with armchairs, sofas, spotlights and a bar: the perfect way to end any Christmas party!
“"We had an incredible time and it was all down to your team’s fantastic hospitality, professionalism and attention to detail. Everyone on your team surpassed themselves in making our party a total success!"”
Applied Predictive Technologies
Although the season will be coming to a close soon, we are looking forward to bringing you all another themed Christmas at 41 Portland Place next year and, of course, we will be here in 2019 ready to bring your events, meetings and conferences to life. In the meantime, we wish everyone “a Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night”.