Your wedding gift list must-haves

 

Hear the words ‘wedding gift list’ and you may immediately conjure up images of china plates, cutlery sets and toasters. However, as times are changing, so are the tastes of newlyweds as more couples are requesting more unique (and sometimes more elaborate) gifts.

After your wedding day, when the excitement subsides a little, you can be sure that the giddiness will return when you sit down to unwrap your wedding gifts. At The Brewery we believe that every couple is different, and that your wedding should be truly unique – so why not make sure your gift list is unique too?  Break tradition with a list of gifts you want, rather than what you need-without a toaster in sight!

Jet-setters

If you’re jetting off on your honeymoon straight after your wedding, or simply love to travel, gifts that you can take along with you and use while you’re away are ideal. Increasingly, couples are asking for tech such as action cameras as wedding gifts, which are perfect for capturing every moment of your honeymoon – whether that be snorkelling, skiing or skydiving! Perhaps a little more on the extravagant side, drones are now cropping up on wedding gift lists, enabling you to capture truly breath-taking aerial footage while on your travels.

Foodies

As it’s getting more commonplace for couples to live together before tying the knot, it’s likely that you’ll own most of your kitchen appliances already. Gone are the days when kettles and toasters were gift-list essentials, as more elaborate and unusual household items begin to take their place.

Wedding lists are an ideal opportunity to ask for those gifts that you wouldn’t necessarily buy for yourself – for example, outdoor pizza ovens are currently one of the most desired gifts for newlyweds, replacing the more traditional baking equipment like hand mixers in the cooking and dining category. While your pizza is cooking, why not pour some wine from your wine cooling cabinet- another must-have on the newlywed gift list!

Fitness enthusiasts

Although many couples are likely to own traditional kitchen appliances, smoothie makers and juicers have been rapidly gaining popularity in recent years. Especially popular with those who enjoy a healthy lifestyle, juicers make for the perfect wedding gift to kick married life off to a healthy start.

Also becoming increasingly popular with active couples is the idea of a ‘home gym’, as gym and fitness equipment such as dumbbells and yoga mats are also being identified as new trends appearing on gift lists.

Tailor make your wedding

All weddings should be different, and at The Brewery we’re dedicated to making your wedding day as unique as you are. Based on your preferences and budget, we will create a bespoke wedding package just for you – personalising everything to your exact taste, from flowers to lighting, décor to DJ. When planning your wedding at The Brewery, our wedding planner and vastly experienced staff will guide you every step of the way and help to make your vision a reality – leaving you to spend more time to write that all important gift list!

If you are interested in a wedding at The Brewery, or would like some more information, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Treat your team to a Tahitian celebration this summer

This summer, the spirit of the popular Polynesian island of Tahiti will infuse the City of London as we host Aloha – our annual summer party event.

This year’s party nights which run from June to August, will see party-goers enter a wonderfully kitsch Polynesian paradise complete with tropical décor and traditional dancers. During the night a Polynesian BBQ will be served and music will play throughout.

To set the scene, we’ve been looking back at what makes a Tahitian celebration so special:

History

The Tahitians have a wonderful history of entertainment which began hundreds of years ago when travelling performers called ari’oi sailed on double-hulled canoes from island to island performing dance, pantomime shows and chants.

These performances were traditionally performed in honour of Oro, who is the Tahitian deity for peace, agriculture and fertility.

Shake those hips

During a Tahitian celebration the main dance performed is the ote’a, danced to an instrumental piece of music which beats with the rhythm of drums or a guitar or ukulele.

Tahitian dancing is characterised by the movement of the hips, which are accentuated by the wearing of a grass skirt. Your shoulders should be kept still throughout. Tahitian dancing can be confused for the popular Hula dance from Hawaii but while the ote’a focuses on the movement of the hips, the hula is all about telling a story with your arm and hand movements.

Traditionally the ote’a was a dance performed by male dancers, but now it’s performed by both men and women.

Other dances…

Other famous Tahitian dances which you can have a go at during our summer Aloha party include:

– the aparima – a dance during which you tell a story using hand gestures

– the hivinau – this is the easiest of the Tahitian dances and sees two groups of dancers, traditionally separated into men and women, stand in two concentric circles. The dance sees them turning round in two opposite directions and is designed to illustrate life and sea life scenes.

– The pa’o’a – ideal for the end of the evening when your feet are starting to hurt as it’s danced sat on the floor. To perform it you simply slap your thighs with energy.

Want to join in?

We guarantee that a Tahitian party is a one you don’t want to miss. You can bring parties of 80 to 800 guests for a night to remember at our fantastic venue.

You and your guests will receive a cocktail upon arrival, and can enjoy unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks for three hours until 9pm.

Prices per person starts at £85 (+VAT), or you can pay an extra £25 (+VAT) per guest to extend the free drinks package until half past midnight. For more information or to make a booking please use our enquiry form, or you can call direct on 020 7638 8811.

A wedding fit for a Princess

As we write this, Pippa Middleton will be pulling together the final touches for her wedding to hedge fund manager fiancé James Matthews, which is reportedly set to take place this weekend.

While not strictly a princess herself, Pippa has an undeniable regal connection as sister of Catherine, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge and as such, there is an air of excitement and expectation around the nuptials that makes it a stand-out affair.

Royal affiliations can give any wedding a feeling of prestige, and at The Brewery, we think your big day should be no different. A wedding held in our stunning City of London venue isn’t just steeped in history; you could be following in the footsteps of some of the most esteemed guests ever to grace our halls.

 

Tie the knot in the presence of kings and queens

In its former life our venue was the Whitbread Brewery, which was at one point the largest and most celebrated brewery in the world. Such was its renown, Samuel Whitbread’s brewery was visited in 1787 by the monarchs of the time, King George III and Queen Charlotte, as well as an entourage of lords and ladies in waiting.

To honour this illustrious history, we’ve named two of our function rooms, both of which are available for weddings, after these royal visitors. As one of our largest wedding spaces, The King George III Room is grand and spacious, boasting a barrel vaulted ceiling, beautiful exposed brickwork and historical lanterns. Large enough to host a wedding for up to 300 guests from start to finish, this majestic space is rich in bygone charm yet full of innovative and tastefully-fitted modern features, including an integrated PA system and sound-sensitive LED lighting.

Just next door, The Queen Charlotte Room is decked out in similar stately style. The two rooms can be used together for larger weddings, or The Queen Charlotte is perfect for smaller ceremonies of up to 200 guests. With matching brickwork and a vaulted ceiling that can be light washed in any colour of your choice, this elegant room also comprises a hidden bar nestled behind a mirrored window.
Whatever kind of wedding you’re dreaming of, choosing either of these impressive spaces is sure to give your day a dash of royal sparkle.

 

Add a royal flourish with these wedding ideas

With such an eminent history behind your venue, it seems only right to bring a little majesty into your wedding day in other ways too.

Why not echo royal tradition in your choice of bridal bouquet? Since Queen Victoria’s daughter married her beau in 1858 bearing a floral arrangement containing sprigs of myrtle from her mother’s garden, royal brides have upheld the custom of an all-white bouquet including the pretty evergreen flower. The bouquet of our last royal bride, The Duchess of Cambridge, included myrtle cut from the very same plant that belonged to Queen Victoria, alongside lilies of the valley, hyacinths, ivy and sweet William (rather apt, we think).

And how about making an entrance to your wedding like a royal bride? Unlike many modern weddings which see the page boys, flower girls and bridesmaids enter the ceremony before the bride, royal brides lead a traditional bridal party down the aisle, with bridesmaids in tow.

If this has got you thinking about your own wedding day, take a look at our dedicated wedding website The Proposal to arrange a viewing and to find out more about how we can make you and your spouse to be feel like royalty.

Entertaining at The Brewery over the years

It’s not every venue that can claim to have a history as colourful as The Brewery’s. Our City of London home once housed the prestigious Whitbread brewery, an immense enterprise that produced a dark style of beer known as porter for over 200 years.

Established in 1750 by Samuel Whitbread in what was the derelict King’s Head brewery, our Chiswell Street building was the largest brewery in the world by the 1780s and the setting for the production of over 202,000 barrels of porter in 1796.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Such achievements attracted royal acclaim and in 1787 Whitbread’s brewery was visited by King George III, Queen Charlotte, their three daughters as well as several dukes and duchesses, lords and ladies. Whitbread understandably pulled out all the stops to impress his eminent guests and in doing so, created a legacy of entertaining that we continue to aspire to today. In fact, we’ve named two of our stunning event spaces after these regal guests – the King George III room and the Queen Charlotte room.
Here we look back at this and other notable soirees The Brewery has hosted over the years, as well as what our historic venue can offer for your next event.

The royal seal of approval

According to a newspaper report of King George III’s visit to Whitbread’s brewery from the time, the royal couple were given a guided tour of the building and its machinery from Samuel Whitbread himself.
As the report states, the King, Queen and their entourage were then treated to a sumptuous banquet at The Brewery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Their Majesties were led to a cold collation, as magnificent as affluence and arrangement could make it. The whole service was plate. There was every wine in the world. […] As there was no want of anything else, there was no want of appetite.” (Whitbread’s Brewery, University of Glasgow).
Whitbread’s brewery continued to wine and dine the great and the good throughout its history. As the MP Thomas Creevey said in 1823, “I really had a most agreeable dinner at Sam Whitbread’s brewery on Saturday. We sat down 22, I think.” (Whitbread’s Brewery, University of Glasgow).

Star-studded parties

Since those days of royal visits, The Brewery is still welcoming high profile guests to an array of exciting events. Famous faces spotted in our cobbled courtyard in recent years include Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Tom Hardy and Adele.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2013, we hosted the annual AIM awards (Association of Independent Music) with live music from Twin Atlantic and Daughter. More recently our versatile venue hosted the ICE gaming after party for Playtech Software Ltd in collaboration with events company Made Up. In contrast to the royal banquets of our 18th century history, this glittering event boasted custom lighting and laser production, set and video design and amazing aerial performances.

Cutting edge events in a historic setting

So what can The Brewery provide in the way of entertainment at your next event? Whether you want to recreate the opulence of a royal banquet, dazzle your party guests with special effects, create your dream wedding or deliver your best business conference yet, we can help make it happen.
With such a rich variety of event spaces available, each steeped in history and with their own unique charm, The Brewery is ideal for anything from a small meeting or gathering to the celebration of the year.

Our award-winning event design team excel at turning your vision into reality, complete with bespoke menus created by our talented chefs, sparkling audio-visual options, lightning-fast connectivity, imaginative set design and the best live entertainment contacts in the business.

Take a look at our services to discover more about how The Brewery can make your next event unforgettable or contact us today.