How to create an industrial style wedding

 

The industrial wedding trend has been hugely popular in recent years; ideal for stylish, modern couples who want to show their individuality and break free from the more traditional venues and themes. Industrial style weddings are great for those wanting to get creative and put their own stamp on the day, and are equally as effective as a setting for a more minimalistic theme. Here are our tips on how to create the perfect backdrop for a wedding which, whichever style suits, exudes industrial chic.

Choosing a venue for your industrial wedding

 

Industrial design bulbs

 

The beauty of an industrial wedding is the freedom it gives you when picking a venue. There’s no need to stick to the traditional venue options, as unusual spaces and unique locations are the best choice for this style of wedding. Think empty warehouses, galleries, factories and loft spaces- these locations work as the perfect blank canvas to add your own personal style, and often feature great characteristics such as exposed brick walls, industrial lights and metal pipes which make for perfect photo opportunities. Try to avoid venues which are too ornate- the more simplistic the better when it comes to this trend.

Many industrial locations are available for ‘dry hire’, which means you’ll need to organise everything apart from the space, including catering, furnishings, bar and decorations. There are, however, venues which offer an industrial space but can also take care of everything else too, for a much more stress-free wedding planning experience!

Industrial wedding décor

 

 

When it comes to decorating your wedding venue for an industrial theme, anything goes. Mix and match your decorations for a real quirky feel, or keep everything simple for a minimalistic, clean look.

Using metals throughout your décor will really bring your theme to life. Think mis-matched candlesticks and metal table numbers, which will really help to tie the whole theme together. Introduce copper to your décor for an edgy but very fashionable take on the industrial trend.

Strings of lights look breath-taking in industrial spaces, but rather than pretty, twinkling lights, opt for Edison bulbs, which will fit the theme perfectly. Drape them above the dance floor, or create a stunning backdrop by covering an exposed brick wall.

The best colour schemes for an industrial wedding

 

 

Understated colour palettes work best for industrial weddings- pale pinks, pastels and ivory create the perfect contrast to the industrial, unpolished setting. If you want to add a punch of colour, using a single shade such as yellow or magenta will add a modern and stylish ‘pop’ against the more rustic backdrop.

Using lots of greenery and foliage throughout the venue is an easy way to introduce a botanical vibe, whilst maintaining a simple and modern look which will complement your chic, industrial theme.

Industrial weddings at The Brewery

Occupying the site of the former Whitbread brewery, The Brewery is an obvious choice if you’re looking to organise an industrial themed wedding. Licensed to hold civil ceremonies in every room, choose the Porter Tun with its exposed timber roof and brick walls, or The Smeaton Vaults which was originally used for storing beer and is complete with copper pipes around the walls. Each room offers unique features which really set the venue apart from the rest. Not only is the venue truly unique, we also have a dedicated wedding planner at hand to take care of every detail of your day, no matter what the theme!

If you’d like to find out more about hiring The Brewery for your wedding, get in touch with us today.

 

4 tips for planning an exhibition or trade show

It’s no secret that planning an exhibition or trade show can be a stressful process. From securing the right venue to ensuring you attract enough exhibitors and attendees, planning a large-scale event can present a few hurdles along the planning process.

That being said, providing you are well organised and give the planning plenty of time, an exhibition can be extremely valuable, and encourage a wealth of new relationships and success stories.

Here are our top four tips for planning and organising a successful exhibition or trade show:

1. Timing is everything

Picking the date for your exhibition or trade show will dictate everything that comes after, so this should be at the top of your list of priorities. You’ll need to choose a time of year that is likely to attract the largest number of attendees, so avoid busy periods such as the summer holidays and over Christmas. You’ll also need to think about your suppliers and when they may be busy- many suppliers will have already committed to other events such as weddings, so avoid peak wedding season.

2. Get the venue right

Once you have your date, you’ll need to find the perfect venue to hold your expo. There are so many factors to consider, so bear in mind the following as a guide:

Accessibility: The location of your venue is so important when it comes to attracting attendees. Ensure that there are accessible links to public transport and that they can travel there easily by car, rail or plane. (Remember, it’s likely that some of your attendees will be travelling from overseas!)

Your attendees and exhibitors will also appreciate your venue being centrally located near restaurants and other amenities, as this will maximise the potential to network into the evenings.

Suitability: Ideally, choose a venue that can adapt to your vision, as well as align with the image you are trying to project. Consider your sponsors too- will there be any other events going on that may clash with any of the brands involved? Can the venue brand the event for you?

Accommodation: Make sure that the venue has plenty of accommodation close by, preferably within walking distance. This is important for the exhibitors in particular, who may need to attend your event over a number of consecutive days.

Facilities:  To make sure your event runs smoothly, before booking a venue, check that it has all the facilities you need. This includes audio-visual equipment, breakout areas, and a good wi-fi connection. You should also ask whether there will be any technical support during the event.

Catering: Although most venues will provide onsite catering, make sure they can accommodate special dietary requirements and allergies, as well as providing a bespoke menu. This will really set your event apart from the many others that your attendees are likely to visit.

3. Publicise well

Good promotion is key when planning a successful conference or trade show. It’s likely that your target audience are inundated with hundreds of other event invitations, so you’ll need to work hard to draw them into yours. Utilise social media using Twitter and Facebook and ensure your registration is simple. Try using hashtags to promote your event- good hashtags are short and include the year of the conference. Share news about your upcoming event in regular blog posts, and make sure you leverage your sponsors at every opportunity.

4. Get feedback

While in the planning stages of your event, you should be thinking about how you can get feedback on the day so that you can improve the next time round. For years, surveys have been common place after events have finished, but consider live polls on the day, or set up a QR code to a short survey at the event to get instant feedback.

The Brewery offers a versatile exhibition venue, located in the heart of London. With a number of both large and small rooms, each has a different capacity to facilitate an exhibition of any size. Not only do we offer a dedicated exhibitor co-ordinator to assist you with the planning, we can also provide a specially designed exhibition menu, as well as AVC audio-visual support and promotional staff to ensure everything runs smoothly.

If you’re planning an exhibition or trade show, get in touch with us today to see how we can help you bring your vision to life.

Build a stronger team this year- Host a corporate team building day

 

Team building days can be the perfect way to discover new ways of working outside of the office. The Brewery can be an ideal venue for a day like this, thanks to the number of state-of-the-art services and features we can offer to help make your team building event unique and interesting for everyone involved.

Audio-visual facilities

 

Wall with projected lights

If you really want to wow your guests and have them leave your team building event with a lasting sense of inspiration, audio-visual effects may be the way to go. These effects can be anything from visual presentations, video walls and slideshows to light effects, branding and audio equipment for speeches and talks.

At The Brewery, we offer all these services and more with the flair that makes us an AVC Live audio-visual partner. Each of our rooms comes with complementary DB audio PA system and Wi-Fi, and we also offer the hire of equipment to help you achieve your desired visual effects, such as LED screens in a number of shapes and sizes and microphones, to name a few.

A team building day needs to bring people together and get them talking. Visual effects can turn a good day into a great one by engaging an audience beyond words, through the mediums of video and sound.

Music

A subtle way to make a difference to your team building event is through the use of music. No matter what activities or workshops make up your corporate team building day, from icebreakers and quizzes to themed nights, music can make all the difference. It can set the tone of an event, up-beat, motivational, calming or any number of other moods.

What’s more, music can fill any awkward pauses that can occur in between or even during the day’s activities, helping to relax your team and tie the day together.

Themes

 

The Brewery Room Decoration

If you really want to go all out for a team building day, why not theme an event and get everyone involved with an activity like a murder mystery or a fun-filled circus? A team building day needn’t be filled with sitting around a table, if you prefer, it can be more like a social meeting where different departments and teams can mingle and get to know each other outside of an office.

With our fantastic team of event design specialists, we’re able to make whatever event you envision a reality. Our award-winning venue has already provided the venue for a number of fantastic themed events, such as a Polynesian paradise summer party, a Journey to the Moon, and many more. We’d love to add your team building event to the list. Check out all our themed event photographs on our Flickr profile.

Location

 

Audience during a meeting at the brewery

 

A team building event is only as good as the team that attends it, so the last thing you want is incomplete attendance. One way to ensure a full house is by choosing a well-known location for your team building day with excellent transport links, both by bus and train, in a central part of the country so that it’s easy to reach, no matter where you’re coming from. It’s also important that the venue isn’t dull, since your team will be spending their day there and won’t want to stare at the same white wall all day.

London is the capital city of the UK for a reason, as it is the place where people come together from all over the country. By holding your team building event at The Brewery, you will be able to offer great access links and a venue that’s steeped in history and culture, with a number of interesting design features to add to the character of your event.

Food and drink

If you’re organising an event that’ll last more than a couple of hours, your attendees will definitely get hungry at some point. Food at The Brewery is designed with your guests in mind. Since it is often one of the most important parts of an event, it’s crucial to make sure that the food stands out.

At a team building event, food also gives attendees something to talk about and make conversation. Our award-winning chefs will create a menu that is tailored to your event and requirements.

If you’re looking to hold your team building event at The Brewery, take a look at our website to find out exactly how we can help you create the perfect event for your attendees and build a stronger team this year.

5 tips for giving wedding favours that your guests actually want

 

Not only do wedding favours give you the chance to thank your guests for joining you for your big day, they’re also great for getting creative and dressing your tables.  These days, couples are getting more inventive with their wedding favours, but how do you ensure your efforts aren’t wasted and the gifts aren’t left on the tables, or thrown in the bin the next day? Here are our tips on how to choose wedding favours your guests actually want.

1.      Resist the urge to personalise

 

A weeding tag with the name Paul written on it

 

Although it may be tempting, personalising your favours with your initials or the date of your wedding is likely to put your guests off keeping and using them after your big day. Although the sentiment is important to you, it may be less relevant to your guests, and a fridge magnet emblazoned with your names may not be at the top of their wish list! If you want to make your favours a little more personal, add your initials or wedding date to the packaging, such as on the ribbons, boxes and bags.

2.      Think practically

 

Wedding table

 

These days, with platforms such as the likes of Pinterest, there is no end of imaginative ideas out there when it comes to wedding favours. However wild and wonderful, there is simply no point in spending your money on favours that may look great, but won’t be used by your guests, or even be taken home. Before you press the ‘buy now’ button, sit back and consider whether this is something that you would like to receive yourself. Some of our favourite (and useful) wedding favours have included bottle openers, wine glasses and candles.

If you want to make sure your guests take the favours away with them, edible gifts are always popular. From pots of honey or jam, chocolate truffles, gourmet marshmallows, macarons or individually boxed donuts, edible treats rarely last until the end of the day!

3.      Stick to your theme

 

Wedding table

 

Coordinating everything at your wedding so that it looks beautiful can be time-consuming, so make sure that you don’t slip up when it comes to the favours. Stick to a similar colour palette and although they don’t have to match exactly, make sure they at least complement the scheme. Tailor your favours to your venue and give your guests something they may need and use on the day. Ornate fans would be a beautiful addition to a beach wedding, while blankets and hot chocolate kits will be appreciated in the colder months.

4.      Express yourself

 

Wedding flowers

 

Your wedding guests are attending your wedding because you mean something to them, so expressing your personalities through your favours is sure to go down well. Personal gifts show your guests that you’ve put some thought into the favours, and means they are more likely to take them hope and really appreciate them. There are so many options here- share local produce from your home town, give something associated with your favourite hobbies, or donate to a charity close to your heart on their behalf.

5.      It’s all in the timing

 

Woman holding a flask with a tag

 

Once you have chosen your favours, arrange for them to be given out at the best time. Traditionally, they’re given out end the end of the reception, but if you think that some guests are likely to have left by this point, give the favours out when you think most of them will be around.

Whatever wedding favours you choose, make sure they reflect you as a couple. Here at The Brewery, we think that all weddings are different, and should be completely unique. If you’re looking for a wedding venue that can be tailored just for you, our wedding planner is here to help organise the day from the very initial enquiry, right to the last dance.

Want to find out more about hiring The Brewery for your special day? Contact us today, and we’ll be delighted to help.

Get organised – Plan your Summer party

 

With Christmas decorations only just coming down, and daily routines starting to get back to normal after the manic festive period, it’s no wonder that the thought of planning a summer party in January seems a little premature. Although there’s still a frosty chill in the air, it’s not too early to start planning your summer party to make sure you’re organised for the new year, and that you and your company have a great party to look forward to when the warmer weather rolls around.

Summer parties are great for team morale- not only do they offer a welcome addition or alternative to the usual Christmas parties, they also encourage staff to get outside and make the most of the (hopefully) warmer weather!

Here’s what we suggest you consider when organising your summer party.

Choose a date that works for most of your colleagues

 

People around a table during summer party at the Brewery

 

It goes without saying that unfortunately, it’s unlikely that every member of your team will be able to attend your party, regardless of the date you set. However, it’s best to take some time to work on a date that works for most- ideally before the schools break up, or the peak of summer when many members of the team will be planning their summer holidays.  Take a look at your corporate calendar for any events or meetings that could tie in nicely- more employees will be able to attend if they’ve already made space in their busy diary for a work meeting or event.

Once you’ve set your date, send your invitations no later than the spring months- this will give you plenty of time to assess the number of attendees and organise the catering and activities for the right amount of people.

Get the venue right

 

Summer party decoration at the Brewery

 

A great summer party is all in the venue. Unlike a Christmas party, careful consideration has to be paid to the venue to make sure there are options for all weather conditions. It’s nice to take advantage of the weather with some outside space, but it’s equally as important to choose a venue that can offer an alternative if the weather takes a turn!

Location is also key. Ask yourself some questions before booking- is the venue easily accessible, with good connections to public transport? It’s unlikely that people will plan to drive to the party, so easy access to train stations is a must.

An opportunity to reward your staff, the summer party should be memorable and enjoyable. A themed party can bring out the best in your colleagues, so consider a venue which can either adapt to your theme with decorations and catering, or even better, throw their own themed parties, which will undoubtedly create an immersive and memorable experience.

Give your team the whole package

 

Waiters at the brewery during a Summer Party

 

Not only will providing an all-inclusive ‘party package’ for your guests mean they can relax in the knowledge that they are in for an evening of great food and drink, but it will make things a lot simpler for the party organiser, too!

Get your party guests in the holiday mood with typically ‘summery’ food- BBQs are always popular- and make sure that your caterer is able to provide vegetarian and vegan options if necessary. Your staff should feel that their party has been planned with them in mind, so tailor it to their needs to make sure they feel valued.

This summer, the courtyard of The Brewery will be transported into a traditional garden, right in the heart of London. Perfect for bright summer days and gloomier days alike, the raised clear roof lets the sunshine in, as well as keeping the rain out! With a delicious BBQ and unlimited drinks included until 9pm, The Brewery is the perfect summer party venue for gatherings of all sizes. If you’d like to get ahead of the game and secure your space for our summer party, get in touch with us today.

 

The 2018 wedding trends you’ll love

To give you some exciting new ideas to consider for your wedding, here are some of the top trends that we’re expecting to see throughout 2018.

Colours

 

You may have heard that Pantone have recently announced their 2018 colour of the year: Ultra Violet! Staying on trend couldn’t be easier when you have such a fun colour to work with; whether you choose to incorporate it in your flowers or if you’d like to be a bit bolder and add splashes of colour to your dress, we’re sure you’ll be the talk of the town.

You’ll definitely be the centre of attention however, if you decide to embrace these two more speculative colour trends for 2018. According to a number of wedding planners and professionals, black and navy are making a comeback, allowing brides to include a darker hue and embrace a dynamic, modern, monochromatic twist for their wedding day.

For décor, metallics are still definitely on trend, although rose gold appears to be taking a back seat in 2018. Taking its place is a combination of silver and chrome, or copper, depending on whether you’re looking for warmer or cooler colours to complement your venue and flowers.

Flowers

 

The biggest trend in florals for the 2018 wedding season is elegantly decadent hanging displays. These displays can range from petite mason jars of flowers, all the way up to fantastically elaborate constructions of blooms and greenery to create a stunning impression.

Another big change in floral decoration is the introduction of the wedding wreath. No longer just for Christmas, these wreaths are often used by brides who are looking for something a bit more two dimensional for table centres, or a way to simply and beautifully decorate venue spaces.

Floral holders are also getting a revamp in 2018 with brides leaning towards an eclectic mix of modern and vintage containers for their flowers, from urns to buckets, or delicate vases to candelabras.

Venue

 

There are a number of venue trends coming up in the 2018 wedding season. Pippa Middleton, when she married James Matthews back in May 2017, brought a very unusual wedding venue into play in the wedding industry: a glass marquee. The trend seems to have continue into 2018 with a rise in popularity of transparent settings and locations.

At The Brewery, for our summer party in 2017, we were able to transform our 18th Century courtyard into a tropical greenhouse with a glass roof. While that’s not complete transparency, it’ll offer you perfect views of the wonderful outdoors, or protection from the rain should British weather make an appearance.

There is also the desire for more entertainment for guests. Whether that’s interactivity or audio visual spectacles, couples are looking to provide more for their guests. With our fantastic event design services, at The Brewery, we’ll be able to give you a memorable occasion with much to keep your guests excited and involved.

Food

 

Quirky dessert tables are still consistently appearing in wedding trends, allowing the couple to choose a few more of their favourite desserts and flavours, instead of being limited to only a few. Go wild with doughnuts or add an elegant touch with macarons or petit fours.

More couples nowadays are also opting out of the traditional 3-course meal and instead choosing food that they love. This can range from big sharing plates, to portable pizza ovens, to street food vans. As this rise in popularity continues, a big trend for 2018 will be the introduction of more exotic cuisines to grace the menu, which can be provided by our talented, award-winning chefs at The Brewery.

 

If you’re getting married during the 2018 wedding season, we hope this blog has given you ideas and insights into what you could use for your wedding to make it a truly memorable affair.

Hosting in a historic venue

When searching for a venue for your event, it can be tempting to choose something new and modern to reflect the modernity of your business. However, sometimes it can be better to consider a more historic venue when looking for the perfect setting to host your event.

Inspire and impact

Using a historic venue as the location for your event can create a lot of more of an impact with your guests than a new building, and the history and gravitas attached to the building is sure to add the ‘wow factor’. It has been said that the setting of an event can affect the impressions of the attendees, both with the combination of the material they hear on the day, and the event setting by itself. A historic venue encourages inspiration as it provides a non-sterile environment where people can listen and engage with both the speaker’s subjects, and the history of the location.

Create a sense of occasion

There’s nothing that inspires more of a reverence and a sense of profoundness than walking into a historic building, such as a castle, town hall or church. Conjure up the same attention by hosting in a historic venue. Add the right touches to tie in the event space to your business and you can use the formality of the venue to add credence to your business and the subject matters of your event.

Make the most of the venue

Unlike modern venues, where you must add to a space to make it look personalised, the best aspect of historical venues is they already come with architectural features which create a visual statement. Hosting an event at a historical location means that the event doesn’t just have a venue, the venue itself creates an experience for attendees.

Instead of simply arriving at a venue to attend a meeting, attending an event held at a historic venue creates a journey for guests, since the act of getting to the event takes the guest through the beautiful spaces of the building. This kind of event is more likely to get people talking both before and during the day, and then afterwards when they recount their experience to others.

Historic doesn’t have to mean outdated

One important point to remember when considering a historic venue as the location for your event is that, although it may be embedded with history and the past, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t modern and technologically functional. Experience the best of both worlds at The Brewery with all the fantastic features that can enhance and celebrate the historic nature of the venue, including stunning event design services and breath-taking audio visual effects.

 

If you’re looking to host an event in a stunning historical venue, why not check out The Brewery? With a fantastic selection of rooms dating back to the 18th-Century, and a technological and events system to modernise the space, this could be the perfect place for you to host your event.

6 of The best Christmas canapés

 

There’s no time that tests your culinary skills quite like the Christmas season. With a myriad of get-togethers, gatherings and parties throughout December, you’ll want to impress your guests with only the tastiest of treats.

At The Brewery, we’re passionate about food and truly believe in creating a gastronomic experience with every mouthful. Led by Food Director Tom Gore and Executive Chef Steve Connell, the team of chefs at The Brewery deliver outstanding dishes on a daily basis through eclectic menus and a huge amount of sheer passion and enthusiasm for what they do.  We pulled some of our award-winning chefs out of the kitchen, and asked their opinions on the best canapes to serve at Christmas to create a real ‘wow’ factor at your next Christmas gathering or party.

1. Tomato tarte tatin

A simple dish, tomato tarte tatin is the perfect savoury light bite, and will delight your vegetarian guests. A delicate tart that won’t spoil the appetite, the crisp pastry works perfectly with the light, sweet filling. We suggest roasting the tomatoes the night before so that the tarts can be prepared in the morning ahead of your party, and then kept in the fridge until your guests arrive.

2. Quail egg with cured salmon

Although a simple dish, these can be made quickly and easily, and are sure to go down well with your party guests. A tasty one-bite snack, the flavours work fantastically alongside a glass of Champagne for the perfect appetizer.

3. Beetroot arancini

There’s something beautifully festive about the fuchsia hue of these beetroot arancini bites- not only do they look fantastic, but they taste great too. Arancini is named after the little oranges that the rice balls resemble after they are fried, and are a great way to use up any leftover risotto!

 

4. Crispy chicken skin

Without a doubt the best part of a roast chicken, your guests will devour these golden, crispy chicken skin canapes. Utterly addictive and incredibly tasty, add ricotta or rosemary scented mascarpone for the perfect pre-dinner appetizer.

5. Soy tuna and wonton crisps

The key to this delicious treat is using the freshest ingredients possible, so get your hands on the freshest tuna you can find. Serve some crispy wonton chips either with the tuna, or alongside it to encourage your guests to help themselves for a fun and sociable appetizer.

6. Tomato and olive tapenade

The perfect accompaniment to festive drinks with friends, tapenade will add a taste of the Mediterranean to the cold evenings. The saltiness of the ingredients makes a cold gin and tonic the perfect pairing to this Provencal favourite.

The menus at The Brewery are influenced by culinary experiences that our chefs have gained from working all over the world, and there is no limit to what they can create. All the canapes mentioned above have been inspired by our Autumn/ Winter canape menu.

If you need to impress your guests at your next event, get in touch today to find out how we can help you.

5 Things to do in London this Christmas

 

There’s something truly magical about London at Christmas. From the twinkling lights and window displays to the bustle of the Christmas markets and ice rinks across the city, London comes to life when the cold nights draw in. Whether it’s shopping, seeing a show, or taking a stroll past many of London’s famous landmarks that get you in the Christmas spirit, London is certain to have something to offer to get you in the mood. Here is our rundown of the best things to do in London this Christmas.

1. Visit the V&A

The V&A’s music themed festive programme, ‘Sounds like Christmas’ includes a variety of events and activities to excite and entertain all ages over the Christmas period. Es Devlin’s installation, ‘The Singing Tree’ is brought to life with machine learning, as festive words collected by the public over the Christmas season are then transformed into an audio-visual carol. The V&A is also holding lunchtime lectures on Medieval Carols, drop-in festive design workshop weekends and Choirs by Candlelight, amongst a wealth of other seasonal activities and events throughout the Christmas period.

2. Take to the ice

Ice skating in London has been a welcome festive tradition since the world’s first artificial ice rink was introduced in Chelsea in 1876. Since then, an abundance of ice rinks have appeared over the capital. The ever popular 18th century courtyard of Somerset House creates a breath-taking setting for one of the most popular ice rinks in London, complete with a 40-foot Christmas tree. Once your ice skates are off, browse the Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade to tick any last Christmas gifts off the list. The Natural History Museum houses an impressive 1,000 square metre ice rink, lit by 80,000 twinkling lights outside the beautiful building. Skate around one of the most historical landmarks in London, the Tower of London, which creates the perfect backdrop to its ice rink, surrounded by pop-up stalls and a host of festive events.

3. Enjoy Wintertime at Southbank

Nothing embodies Christmas in London quite like Wintertime at Southbank. Throughout the festive season, you can find one of the most popular Christmas markets in the city, interactive exhibitions, a Finnish rooftop sauna and even the opportunity to eat fondue in a snow globe. Southbank Centre’s Thame-side Winter Festival offers everything you need to fully immerse yourself in Christmas spirit, whether you want to catch up with friends, stock up on festive food or see one of the many shows on offer.

4. Watch a film in a Snow Kingdom

This year, the Backyard Cinema is pulling out all the stops as it creates the Snow Kingdom. The Mercato Metropolitano is transformed into an enchanted castle, nestled in the snowy mountains of a faraway land. Enter the cinema through a secret entrance at the foot of the mountain, and take a magical journey through a frozen lake and ice cave to the grand ballroom, where you can nestle under a blanket and sip on drinks from a potion-themed cocktails menu while watching a film. Bliss!

5. Sing Carols at St Paul’s

Visible from The Brewery, and undoubtedly the spiritual home of London, few places offer a more magical setting for a traditional Christmas service that St Paul’s. Through December, St Pauls is playing host to a series of concerts, peaking with the spectacular Christmas Carol Service on the 23rd and 24th December. A truly awe-inspiring building, St Pauls boasts unrivalled views across London, and is sure to ignite your Christmas spirit as you take in the sights and sounds of Christmas in a beautiful setting.

The dark side of London

The bustling city of London is a destination for travellers and ghost hunters worldwide, steeped in history and home to countless buildings full of grisly tales and legends from days gone by. London is known for being the most haunted city in the world, and with a history so rich- and at times rather gruesome- it’s easy to see why.

In the name of Halloween, we’re taking a look into some of the eerier areas in our historical city. Read on, if you dare…

Tower of London

A list of the spookiest locations in London would not be complete without mentioning the infamous Bloody Tower. Used as a prison from 1100 to 1952, The Tower of London housed prisoners who had found themselves on the wrong side of the Royal Family, and consequently met a gruesome end by beheading. Many historical figures are said to haunt the site, and apparitions of Henry VI, Guy Fawkes and perhaps most famously Anne Boleyn, have all been witnessed by both visitors and employees.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Visible from The Brewery, St. Paul’s Cathedral is a spectacular sight, and a constant reminder of the resurrection of London after it was destroyed by the Great Fire in 1966. Despite its beauty, St. Paul’s has been the site of many ghost sightings over the centuries. The most famous ghost in St. Paul’s is that of an elderly clergyman, who is said to haunt St Paul’s with a high-pitched whistle.

Theatre Royal

Just about every town has a haunted theatre, but The Theatre Royal in Drury Lane has a reputation as the most haunted theatre in the world. Numerous actors performing at The Theatre Royal have spoken of voices, apparitions and unnerving sounds throughout the theatre, amongst these being some distinct reoccurring characters. The most legendary ghost is that of an 18th century actor who appears in the dress circle, suited in a wig, tricorn hat and sword. Chillingly, this particular ghost has been associated with a skeleton with a dagger in its ribs that was uncovered by workmen in 1848.

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is one of only two surviving palaces owned by King Henry VIII, and is now open to the public as a major tourist attraction. For hundreds of years, both staff and visitors have reported unexplained sightings and sounds in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. The Haunted Gallery is home to the site’s most notorious ghost, Henry VIII’s fifth wife Catherine Howard, who is said to haunt the corridor with a blood-curdling scream.

And The Brewery….

Unlike these chilling venues around London, The Brewery isn’t a ghost hotspot- but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its own dark secrets. The Brewery has set the scene for some rather strange deaths in its time. In 1815, the founder’s son, Samuel Whitbread II cut his own throat ‘from ear to ear’ fuelled by anxieties about the decline of the business.

Another chilling tale rooted in The Brewery’s history is that of John Martineau, who had effectively saved Whitbread by combining the brewery with his own in 1812. Martineau was found dead in a yeast trough at Chiswell Street in 1834. The verdict? He apparently ‘Died by the visitation of God.’

The rich and interesting history of The Brewery is what makes the venue so fascinating and unique. Entertaining Londoners since 1750, the rooms in the historic, Grade II listed building are full of character, ranging from elaborate great halls to vaulted rooms. To discover more about The Brewery, take a virtual tour or contact us today.