If you are looking for more culinary inspiration, why not book a Christmas party in 2020 at The Brewery? Delight in the very best bespoke cuisine created by our talented chefs and enjoy spectacular themed events with your closest friends, right in the heart of London.
Click here to find out more or use our enquiry form to discuss next year’s Christmas party booking with our expert team.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and what better place to enjoy the festivities than in the bustling hub of the nation’s capital?
Here at The Brewery, our love of London lasts all year through, but when it comes to festive fun, you are spoilt for choice.
We’ve compiled a list of our favourite seasonal activities to help you make the absolute most of what the capital has to offer this Christmas.
Get wrapped up and head to Hyde Park for a true festive spectacular. Opening on 21st November, this year’s event is brimming with new attractions for the whole family including:
The world’s tallest Observation Wheel
‘A Christmas Carol’ theme at the Magical Ice Kingdom
Seasonal ride pass
Paddington on ice
New comics at the Winter Wonderland Comedy Club
Showcase your skating skills on the UK’s largest open-air ice rink and enjoy a leisurely visit by day. Watch Hyde Park transform by night into a glittering spectacle, the perfect setting for sipping on festive drinks and enjoying the atmosphere with friends.
Christmas in London wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the many department stores the city has to offer.
The festively decorated shop windows of Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason look Christmas card perfect, while many have delightful Santa’s grottos inside them, making them well worth a festive visit.
You never know, you may even spot that perfect piece of clothing to show off on Christmas Day or to make an entrance with on New Year’s Eve.
Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland 2019
What could make for a more romantic festive experience than a visit to this year’s winter Enchanted Woodland event at Syon Park?
Now in its 14th year, enjoy a truly magical spectacle as the woodland surrounding the West London manor house is transformed by light.
Witness lasers, strobe and flood lights in a rainbow of colours illuminating the historic arboretum, enjoy the mile-long romantic trail and visit the picturesque ornamental lake.
Christmas in London surrounded by splashes of mesmerising colourful light – perfect.
If you’re a sucker for a mince pie and swig of mulled wine, a visit to London’s Christmas markets are an absolute must.
The capital boasts an array of pop up festive markets that guarantee an enjoyable wintry experience. Grab those gloves, your favourite Christmas jumper and enjoy Christmas in London – market style and visit:
Kingston Christmas Market
Hampstead Village Christmas Fair
Belgravia Christmas Sunday (December 1st only)
Southbank Centre’s Winter Market
Get your skates on
Re-enact your favourite festive movie scene and take to London’s jaw dropping ice rinks this season. Christmas in London wouldn’t be complete without getting your skates on and attempting your best figure skating moves.
There are a host of pretty pop up ice rinks at locations across the city, including:
The Natural History Museum
Hampton Court Palace
Many venues are open from October through to February, so you’ll have plenty of time to practice your pirouettes!
Enchanted Eltham 2019
Be truly bewildered by the winter lights trail at this year’s Enchanted Eltham Palace. The exquisite grounds will be transformed into a true spectacle, with the beautiful grounds lit with thousands of stunning fairy lights.
Enjoy a delicious festive hot chocolate or mulled wine and watch in awe at the light spectacular this Christmas.
Our team of experts create a unique themed event each year, from Golden Palm Las Vegas to this year’s Goodnight Cabaret theme, each Christmas is nothing short of spectacular. With six event spaces, a delicious selection of food and delicious drinks, we’ll help you mark Christmas 2020 in true style. Click here to make a booking.
London – the nation’s capital, an eclectic hive of activity, brimming with culture and excitement. And, of course, a true spectacle on the global stage when it comes to ringing in the New Year.
Boasting heritage, charm and an all-year-round buzz, there’s always something to see and do in this bustling city, and when it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations, you are spoilt for choice.
See in 2020 with a bang, chant Auld Lang Syne in spectacular style and discover the best spots to welcome the New Year in iconic London.
Get your New Year off to a flying start by ringing in 2020 from the very top of London’s tallest structure, The Shard. Towering over the city, The View at The Shard boasts spectacular panoramic views over London’s skyline and offers the chance to witness the capital’s firework spectacular surrounded by sheer sophistication.
Party the night away and indulge in ultimate glamour by sipping on a flute of champagne as Big Ben strikes midnight. Don’t miss the chance to see in 2021 on top of the world for a once in a lifetime celebration.
Wave goodbye to 2019 and enjoy spectacular views, luxury cuisine and delicious cocktails in one of London’s iconic hotspots on the South Bank.
Enjoy an indulgent five-course meal, followed by a glass of champagne on the Royal Festival Hall’s terrace – the ultimate spot to witness the stunning midnight fireworks display.
Dance into 2020 with live entertainment, a five-piece band and DJ. What better spot to welcome the New Year?
Witness London’s illuminated skyline from the comfort of the Ace Hotel’s chic rooftop restaurant. The Breakfast Can Wait New Year’s Eve event includes a welcome drink, a three-course dinner and an after party taking place across two rooms until 3am.
Toast to 2020 and enjoy London’s famous fireworks sipping on bubbly in this bustling cosmopolitan setting.
Chic and sophisticated, the ME London Hotel’s swanky open-air bar, Radio Rooftop, is hosting a New Year bash to remember.
Promising to deliver stunning views of the midnight fireworks from across the river, this is a great spot to nibble on luxury canapes, enjoy DJ tunes and party into 2020 in sheer decadence.
Looking for something laid back and away from the city’s hustle and bustle? Parliament Hill offers a perfect location to witness the official New Year’s Eve fireworks by the London Eye, as well as other displays illuminating the city. Enjoy breathtaking views without the crowds associated with some of the official London parties.
Sip on some fizz and be in awe of London’s illuminated sky and enjoy the stunning view this New Year’s Eve.
If you’re up for the challenge of climbing Alexandra Palace’s hill, the spectacular view of the city skyline is a visual feast of a reward. Be enchanted by witnessing the firework displays the city has to offer from the top of the hill and enjoy a magical New Year’s Eve amongst stunning scenery.
Stunning events in London at The Brewery
So that’s New Year’s Eve 2019 in London taken care of, but if you are looking to host your own event, wedding, conference, fashion show or product launch in London and are in pursuit of the perfect venue, contact The Brewery today.
Our team of experts will create a perfect event completely tailored to your requirements. With six event spaces, a delicious selection of food and delicious drinks, we’ll help you plan the perfect occasion, whatever you’re imagining. Click here to get in touch.
More couples than ever before are getting married during the day and extending their celebrations way into the evening. After all, as one of the biggest days of your life, it’s certainly worthy of a big celebration.
However, many couples struggle to know what to serve at daytime wedding receptions. This is because they don’t want their guests full, tired and unable to enjoy the evening entertainment, nor do they want them too worse for wear too soon!
From menu choices through to drink choices, we have you covered. So, if you’re struggling with your daytime wedding reception plans, you have certainly landed in the right place.
Cocktail hour stations
When it comes to planning a wedding today, there are no rules. An increasing number of couples are becoming more adventurous and stepping away from the norm when wedding planning.
A great way to introduce light drinking into the day’s celebrations is to set cocktail hour stations where your guests can enjoy their favourite tipple. Prosecco trucks are also becoming increasingly popular.
All about the canapés
If you are having an evening meal later in the evening, it’s important that you keep any rumbling tummies at bay during the day. Wedding celebrations can go on all day and night.
Say, I brew!
Everyone loves to celebrate with their favourite pint and it’s becoming more and more popular for couples planning their wedding to serve a whole host of craft beers on their special day. You could even have a special craft beer bar at your reception.
Pop up food outlets
If you’re looking to add a fun dimension to your wedding celebrations, incorporating pop-up food outlets is a great way to offer your guests unique choices with novelty appeal as well as great quality food.
We provide a range of street food options including traditional burgers, maple glazed hot dogs, homemade nachos and delicious tacos. There really are lots of ways to mix up your wedding menu when it comes to pop-up food outlets.
The traditional three course meal
Just because you are getting married during the day, doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to enjoy a traditional three course meal.
The majority of wedding venues offer extensive menu choices and are able to accommodate a range of dietary requirements.
Food and drink is a huge part of any wedding celebration, so always make sure you do your research and get more than one quote when choosing your wedding menu and drinks menu.
If you would like to find out more about making your dream wedding a reality at The Brewery – including a day of food and drink to savour – our team of passionate experts are on hand with the help and support required to help shape your special day. Contact us today or discover more.
Will they or won’t they? The saga that is Brexit finally reached The Brewery last night, for a hotly tipped debate between four leading broadcasters, journalists and economists who discussed the trials and tribulations of the UK’s current political landscape in front of a live audience.
Yesterday’s installment (28 October) of The Knowledge Guild – our discussion series with Speaker’s Corner – even coined a new term, ‘Brexstay’, and welcomed the introduction of ‘Flextension’.
But as the country prepares for unprecedented change, the 80 guests in attendance saw poised introductions from speakers Declan Curry, freelance journalist, news presenter and businessman; Sonia Sodha, chief leader writer at the Observer, and deputy opinion editor at the Guardian; and Tim Marshalljournalist, author and broadcaster, who between them looked at what Brexit means for the economy and society; from whether we’re facing a new financial crisis, civil unrest across the globe, the rise of AI and demands to change the way we work, to the impending general election and Britain’s global reputation. Who says you can’t achieve a lot in a short space of time…?
The evenings master of ceremonies, BBC journalist, Christian Fraser later brought the speakers together for an engaging Q&A, with live audience participation and questions delivered through the Glisser app system, which brought the evening’s debate to a rounded close (or as close to a conclusion as you can when discussing Brexit).
With the clocks
having gone back at the weekend, the evening was an opportunity for guests to
also sample some winter dishes from our new Christmas standing menu, which
Vegan to-fish, chips, wally, pea
puree and tartar
Sticky beef crumpets, chive and
Pie, mash, liquor and malt vinegar
Jaffa cake stacks
While we couldn’t solve the Brexit puzzle in one
sitting, Knowledge Guild once again turned into a night of intrigue,
conversation and feasting, which is pretty good for a cold Monday evening.
Halloween season has well and truly
arrived, with the emergence of pumpkin-carved creations, spooky costumes and eager
enthusiasts flocking to buy trick or treaters sugary surprises.
With Halloween celebrated across the nation,
it is easy to see why it has become the third most popular festival in the UK.
And it’s not just the youngsters who like
to get involved in the frightening fun. The trend for Halloween-inspired corporate
events is growing, with many wanting to host their own ghoulish get togethers.
If you’re thinking of getting involved in
the Halloween fun, we’ve compiled our top spooky selection of Halloween-inspired
ideas for your next event.
Nothing screams Halloween season more than
a monsters’ ball, and this is the perfect event to get your workforce into the
A winning concoction of fun fancy dress, deliciously
tempting food and drink and spooky decorations, and you have the recipe for a
perfectly spellbinding Halloween celebration.
A themed monsters’ ball is the perfect
opportunity for your colleagues to socialise, descend on the dancefloor and
enjoy the atmospheric ambience.
Treat your team to delectable drinks and fun
during your Halloween bash, judge the best fancy dress and dance the night away
to the soundtrack of your favourite spooky seasonal sounds.
Murder mystery dinner
Perfect for the scary season is a classic
‘whodunnit’. What better way to mark Halloween than by organising your very own
murder mystery dinner?
Delight in witnessing colleagues transform
into character and enjoy watching them play the roles and act out a dramatic
Feeling creative? You can even write the
script yourselves, a fantastic team building exercise, or purchase kits which
come with character ideas and storylines included.
Enjoy delicious cuisine,
be sure to have your very best Poirot crime-solving hat on, and mark Halloween
in style by trying to catch the killer.
Horror film screening
If your workforce are movie buffs, why not organise
a horror movie screening as part of your next team building event?
Select a sinister horror film, such as The
Shining, Poltergeist or A Nightmare on Elm Street, and enjoy movie
snacking in between screams!
Our generously-sized Porter Tun
space boasts original features including an antique wooden floor, exposed King
Post timber roof and true historical charm, making it a perfect movie screening
venue. As one of the largest and unobstructed event spaces in London, it makes
the perfect home to your Halloween horror screening.
Whichever Halloween-inspired event you
choose to organise, The Brewery is the perfect venue to host your spooky soiree.
With a selection of bespoke mouth-watering
food and drinks options, an array of event spaces and a centrally located venue
in the heart of London, The Brewery is the perfect choice for next year’s Halloween
Here at The Brewery, our handpicked team of expert chefs
live and breathe culinary excellence. We adore nothing more than the creation
of delectable cuisine using the very finest ingredients. Our exceptional food
and drinks menu will tempt any palette.
To give you a flavour of some of our mouth-watering culinary
creations, we’ve served up a gallery of some of our chefs’ favourite dishes, a
showcase of just a few of the many delicious creations close to our chefs’
Summer fish pie
A fine dining twist on a firm family favourite, our summer fish pie is served with mussels, calamari, spring vegetables, caper and herb cream sauce and finished with a Yukon gold crisp.
Sesame prawn toast
Sesame prawn toast served with sweet and sour jelly, salt baked celeriac and pineapple with a sweet miso sauce.
Rib of beef
Our succulent rib of beef is served with watercress, Grelot onions, truffle buttermilk and asparagus.
Our tender Korean lamb is served on a bed of Asian leaves, BBQ cucumber and asparagus.
Smoked baby leeks
Our smoked baby leeks are served on a vegetarian parmesan custard with ash and hot house herbs.
Smoked chocolate roll
This tempting chocolate mousse is wrapped in chocolate jelly, chocolate soil and finished with freeze-dried raspberries.
Strawberry bubble gum mousse
Calling those with a sweet tooth! Our strawberry bubble gum mousse is served with a strawberry bon-bon, candyfloss, berries, meringues, cherry cola jelly and strawberry lace.
Baked Alaska, green tea panna cotta, salt baked pineapple, kaffir lime foam and vanilla ice cream.
Now we’ve got your stomach rumbling, let’s talk food! Whether you are interested in a fine dining experience, looking for a bespoke and tailored menu for your next event or want to find out more about our exquisite menus, we are sure to fulfil your every need and more than satisfy your appetite.
Contact the team today to find out more about how our dedicated expert chefs will craft a food and drinks menu sure to impress at your next event.
Be captivated at The Brewery this Christmas with a
glittering homage to a long-forgotten theatre, brought mysteriously back to
life as the Goodnight Cabaret performs for one last time.
Autumn is just around the corner and Christmas celebrations
are in our sights. This year, enjoy a spellbinding resurrection of historical
legend and be transported back in time as The Brewery is transformed into the mysterious
Goodnight Cabaret’s forgotten theatre.
Experience a captivating cocktail of mystery, magic, theatre and nostalgia, and make your 2019 Christmas event one your party will never forget.
In the early years of the 20th century there were whispers on the streets of London of a magical clandestine cabaret.
People spoke of
outrageous performances, intoxicating music and spellbinding nights, the likes
of which the city had never seen. As London fell on hard times, the cabaret
Some dismissed it
as urban legend told as a whimsical reminder of better times, but others knew
they were not of this earth.
This December, The Brewery will become the broken down, forgotten theatre brought mysteriously back to life by the spirit of entertainment and the soul of music as the cabaret performs for one last time.
Discover more about our spellbinding Christmas parties here.
Our two party packages have been created to cater for your
party’s every need. From exclusive room hire and striking themed venue design
to a sparkling cocktail reception, a delicious three-course menu and an after-dinner
DJ, your 2019 Christmas event has it all.
Find out more about what’s included in our party packages here.
Each year, we delight in serving our guests the very best
drinks and sumptuous cuisine in The Brewery’s classically stylish setting, and
this year’s Christmas party theme is no exception.
Specially crafted by our expert chefs, this year’s menu is carefully
designed to appeal to a broad range of tastes, all using the very finest
Christmas party organisers are also invited to attend our
annual tasting event, the perfect opportunity to try the menu, sample the wine
and upgrade options, as well as to be wowed by our table layout.
Unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks are included in both
packages as well as a themed cocktail and sparkling wine drinks reception for
your guests to enjoy.
We also have a host of upgrade options including canapes and
unlimited spirits which can be added to your package at an additional cost.
Book your 2019 Christmas party at The Brewery
Step into the mysterious world of the Goodnight Cabaret and book
your Christmas party 2019 at The Brewery. Make an enquiry by calling us on 020
7638 8811 or complete the contact
form and discover how we can accommodate your party this Christmas.
One of the main behaviours that is responsible for weight
gain in recent times is a lack of portion control. In the last twenty years
alone, daily calorie intake has increased by over 400kcal, on average, and part
of that is down to the lack of control we have towards our portion sizes.
Not only does a bigger portion help us pack on the pounds,
but it can also contribute towards increasing waste; when you cook a larger portion
of food and don’t eat all of it, that food normally ends up in the bin.
While we can all be guilty of overloading, it doesn’t have
to be this way. Contrary to popular belief, it’s pretty easy to regulate your
portion sizes and trick your brain into thinking that your plate is bigger than
it is with some simple tips.
Judge portion sizes using your hands
Your hands can work as a very simple measure for several
different foods, allowing you to calculate exactly how much you need without
having to buy all the measuring cups and scales. Not to mention that using
hands is a perfect way to scale portions for bigger and smaller people –
children have smaller hands so will portion less, while men often have larger
hands and will therefore receive a larger portion.
If we take pasta as an example, you can measure how much you
need by simply scooping up an amount that fits comfortably in both hands. If
it’s spaghetti, measure it through the hole your fingers make when creating an
“OK” gesture with your thumb and forefinger.
For many portions, the consensus seems to be that women
should have one of these measurements, while men have two, such as:
High-protein foods should be measured using the
palm – women have one palm-sized serving, while men have two
Vegetables and salads are measured as a fist –
one fist for women and two for men
High-fat foods are measured using the thumb –
one thumb-sized portion for women and two for men
Choose the right snacks
Choosing the right foods to eat is also a crucial way to
manage your portion control. More and more often, people are overloading on
calories, sugar and fat from snacks which, due to their smaller size, seem to
fall under their radar. It’s much better to snack on healthy, filling options,
like fruit or nuts, than unhealthy snacks like chocolate or sweets that are
more likely to cause a sugar crash, making you snack even more.
Also, when you are choosing snacks, make sure to measure
yourself out a portion instead of eating straight from the packet. It’s a lot
harder to regulate your portion size when you don’t section it out, and people are
more likely to eat more out of the packet when compared to an allotted bowl or
Eat off smaller plates
Have you heard the saying “you eat with your eyes”? That’s
truer than you might think and it’s one of the other ways that your portion sizes
can get a little out of control. As humans, we love the idea of a full plate –
we know that when a plate is full, whatever is on there will fill us up. However,
portion issues come from the fact that, if a large plate is used, excess food
is added to make sure the plate looks full, even if it is over the portion
To combat this, try serving your meals on smaller plates, or
plates with a wide rim to reduce the surface that should be covered. Before you
know it, you’ll be eating less, and you won’t even realise it.
Finally, if you do overcook a meal, don’t try and eat all of
it – save some leftovers for the next day. This is a great way to ensure you’re
getting a heartier lunch and, as such, you’ll be feeling fuller and be less
likely to snack.
However, don’t serve all the food onto your plate and then
save whatever you leave – you’ll be much more likely to eat more if it’s
sitting right in front of you. Instead, make sure to portion out the food
before you sit down to eat and pop the leftovers into storage containers to save.
Food at The Brewery
At The Brewery, we take our food seriously. Under the
masterful eye of our Food Director, Tom Gore, everything we create is perfectly
balanced in both flavour and portion size. If you’re planning an event and
would like to hold it somewhere were the food is a focal point, take a look at
what we can do at The Brewery.
With a team of talented
chefs and the ability to create a bespoke menu
just for your event, you’ll be able to sit back and know that everything from
the flavours to the portion sizes are well taken care of.
wedding is supposed to be the best day of your life and our Wedding Planner,
Milena Gorska, is the perfect person to make sure everything is just as you
have imagined. In the second part of our interview with her, we hear all about
the most unusual detail she was asked to organise, what she carries with her on
the big day, and her predictions for the top wedding trends in 2020.
Here’s the second part of our look behind the scenes with Milena Gorska, Wedding Planner at The Brewery. Discover the top wedding trends for 2020, what Milena brings to every wedding, and the most unusual request she’s ever had from a couple.
Q. What order of priority would you give the different
aspects of the wedding day?
A. “This is totally dependent on the couple
and what is most important to them. From the initial stages of planning all the
way through to the final meeting before the big day, I get an understanding
from our conversations of what are the most important aspects for them. It is
different every time.
“Most couples want the day to be effortless
and to flow well, making sure their guests have a great time – this is managed
by our efficient staff making sure that we keep to their schedule of the day,
the service smooth and the glasses topped up!”
Q. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve been asked to
A. “I had a couple who were into science, or
more specifically planets. They wanted to create a solar system theme in one of
the venue spaces, with planets hanging from the ceiling. That was a cool idea!
For the ceremony, they wanted a drone as the ring bearer.”
Q. What’s the biggest lesson or piece of advice you’ve
A. “This year I met with Kelly Mortimer,
who is a wedding venue expert. With a background in luxury London hotels and
destination weddings, Kelly has two decades of experience in the industry and she
shared with me all her tips on wedding days and how to make them a success.
“One of the training sessions was on time management
– and trust me with Kelly’s tips on how to structure my day, I have discovered
how to have so much more time!”
Q. How do you find out what a couple wants for their
A. “From the first viewing, some couples
already have a clear picture in mind of what they want and what is most
important to them. I will have many planning meetings along the way – a good
opportunity is at the menu tasting when the couple bring their parents or the Maid
of Honour or Best Man and a lot of executive decisions can be made.
“During the planning stages, I also share a
wedding checklist with the couple, which is a lengthy document covering all
aspects of the wedding day, and all the information we need to make sure we make
their day perfect.”
Q. What do you make sure to have with you on the big day?
A. “A coffee, a clipboard with the wedding
function sheet and lots of positivity. I always start the mornings listening to
an upbeat track and having a dance to gear me up for the day ahead. Wedding
days are long days, but when you love what you’re doing it doesn’t seem like
work. And it’s great to see how it all comes together after a year of planning.
“As the day goes on, I like to stand to the
side and watch all the special moments – speeches, cutting of the cake, the
first dance and then seeing all the guests having a boogie on the dancefloor.”
Q. What are the big trends that are coming up for the 2020
A. “I am sure there will be more popping up
towards the end of the year, but now the big one is sustainable weddings. With
environmental impact and climate change being one of our everyday topics, it’s
no surprise the modern Bride and Groom want to incorporate this in their
special day. Many couples use recyclable wedding stationery and ensure their
venue plays a role in sustainability by limiting food waste and moving
away from single use plastic – something The Brewery has done!
“Another trend I see coming into play in
2020 is the use of more greenery, living plants and foliage for centrepieces,
ceremony arches and bouquets. We seem to be drifting away from colourful, bold
tall centrepieces. Green is a classic shade that goes with everything!”