Blue Strawberry Group has just announced the launch of new brand, Flourish, which brings together the Business and Industry arm of the Group’s activity.

Stuart Jenkins, Managing Director, Blue Strawberry Group
“We are thrilled to be able to talk about Flourish now, after more than five years of delivering this comprehensive service under the Group umbrella. Over this time, we worked hard on perfecting our offer until we were ready to launch this year under a dedicated stand-alone brand.

Working with lots of corporate clients through our sister companies over the years, we noticed a lack of ‘joined-up thinking’ and limited choice in the marketplace in terms of the quality and environmental approach of daily hospitality providers. We encountered numerous Facilities Managers and CEOs who wanted to do away with this stressful and time-consuming job – to outsource to a trusted partner.

In such a challenging time now for many businesses, we can truly help to support a seamless return to the workplace.”

Flourish offers flexible options suitable for all levels of service, giving clients their time back, so they can concentrate fully on their own key objectives. Our integrated corporate hospitality and ancillary services remove the burden of in-house management and increase staff satisfaction, retention and productivity.

Our knowledgeable team has adapted our provision to ensure Covid-Secure compliance, removing any concerns around returning to workplaces. Our Delivery To Desk service enables diners to select their choices from a diverse and healthy menu, easily accessed online, which is then delivered directly to their desks, thereby eradicating unnecessary movement/interaction and mitigating the risk to workforces.

Food is at the core of our business. Our conscientious team delivers high quality, environmentally responsible and nutritious all-day menus. Working within clients’ budgets, we carefully design the menus to ensure we offer the best dishes at the best price-point. With excellent customer service at the forefront at all times, Flourish also provides reception and janitorial staff.

Contact
For more information, contact our friendly team on 020 7733 3151 or at feedme@flourishfood.co.uk

Camden’s iconic Roundhouse has added Blue Strawberry to its list of accredited caterers from March 2020.

Hannah Pierce – Head of Events, the Roundhouse
“We are delighted to appoint Blue Strawberry as an approved caterer of the Roundhouse. We were extremely impressed with the standard of the Blue Strawberry tender application and are confident that they will be able to offer our clients plenty of originality and creative flair.

They are clearly operationally accomplished and therefore I have no doubt they will be able to deliver large and complex events that we host here at the Roundhouse. We thoroughly look forward to working with them.”

Clementine Lowery – Sales Director, Blue Strawberry
“As one of London’s most unique and spacious venues, the Roundhouse has been in our sights for some time now. The building is full of character and offers a spectacular backdrop for events with the wow-factor – perfect for our busy client base.

We are all really excited to work closely with the venue team to create lots of astounding events in the future.”

A rich history
Over the years, the Roundhouse has played host to performances from many stellar musicians – from The Doors, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix in the 60s/70s to Radiohead, Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga in recent years, following the £30m refurbishment in 2006.

Charitable status
Event organisers will be pleased to note that all income generated through private hire goes directly towards supporting work with young people through the Roundhouse Studios. The charity has helped over 12000 youths since it was established in 2006.

Event spaces
With over 2500sqm of space, the building can accommodate all types of events from drinks receptions for 1800, seated dinners for 850 and conferences for up to 1500 guests. Additionally, the Roundhouse is fully accessible for wheelchair users and holds a Gold Standard Award from Attitude is Everything recognising their ongoing commitment to provide the best possible experience for deaf and disabled visitors.

More information
Find out more information on the Roundhouse contact our knowledgeable team on 020 7733 3151 or at hello@bluestrawberry-tabletalk.co.uk

The Engage!19 London Experience opened on 28 October with a money-can’t-buy medieval feast at Tower of London.

Sarah Haywood, Sarah Haywood Weddings & Celebrations
“I cannot think how we could have opened the social events in a more spectacular way. The dramatic entrance to the Tower and then once inside the walls the beautiful adventure unfolded. Wow! Congratulations and thank you to everyone on this fantastic team.”

Fit for a king or queen
A feast fit for medieval royalty met modern haute cuisine as Blue Strawberry showed why they are known for sensational food and exceptional events. Inspired by the venue’s fascinating story and unusual historic ingredients, the menus took guests – with their modern discerning palates – on an unforgettable journey.

Welcoming guests to the UK’s capital city with a real wow factor, Blue Strawberry and leading industry event partners enthralled the high profile international crowd, attendees of the world’s foremost luxury weddings and events summit.

The warmest of welcomes
Following a regal fanfare, a breathtaking fire show set to the popular ‘Game of Thrones’ theme tune and a tour of the Crown Jewels, welcome receptions were held in the White Tower and Medieval Palace.

Blue Strawberry’s imaginative chefs crafted a bespoke medieval menu for the evening which showcased artisan produce and an abundance of ethically sourced ingredients.

Immersing guests in the Middle Ages, beautifully styled staff greeted the crowd with medieval inspired canapés including Warm mousse of barley and onion ‘soup’ and Soused herring, fennel toast, smoked yoghurt and caviar accompanied by cocktails such as ‘Honey Mead’ (Bourbon, honey, mead, peach and lemon) and ‘Beet of the Drum’ (Rum, Sherry, Falernum, black cherry and beetroot purée).

Intriguing menu
Key focal points at each of the receptions, Blue Strawberry’s rustic market barrows featured authentically dressed chefs serving ‘meat-fruit’ rillettes and parfaits, which looked intriguingly like fresh fruit, alongside chargrilled sourdough toasts.

Opulent medieval feast
The evening continued in the New Armories with the dramatic reveal of an enchanting medieval feast, set under a magnificent canopy of Autumnal florals. The opulent table was adorned with decorative game pies with accompaniments such as Fire pit root vegetables, baked Cheddar and pickled walnuts and Salt and hay baked heritage carrots with granola, birch syrup and crispy sage.

Adding to the theatrical experience, chefs carved Roasted Gloucester Old Spot infused with Somerset cider, Rare roasted dry aged beef with horseradish, parmesan and apple salsa and Pot roast purple cauliflower cheese, mustard and onion sauce.

A regal conclusion
A dedicated cheese station included a whole wheel of Vintage Cheddar with grapes, figs, oatcakes and smoked apple jam, individual Banbury cakes and Tunworth and beetroot caramel on sourdough toasts. Guests with a sweet tooth enjoyed desserts such as ‘Quaking Pudding’ – Nutmeg and cinnamon panna cotta with sour apple, Mandarin and Douglas fir pine bavarois, pine nut sablé and Griottine cherry trifle with saffron custard and Sherry syllabub with violets.

More information
Find out more about how we can help you create a regal medieval feast, or any other creative concepts for memorable events by contacting our knowledgeable team on 020 7733 3151 or at hello@bluestrawberry-tabletalk.com

Event Partners
Venue: Tower of London, Historic Royal Palaces | Event Creative Director, Planning & Production: Sarah Haywood Weddings | Technical Production & Set Design: Wise Productions | Floral Design: WildAbout | Music Producer/Entertainment: ALR Music | Signage, Branding, Stationery: TPD Design House | Metal Worker: Julian Carter Designs | Historical Entertainment: Past Pleasures

Photography credit – John Cain

With National Tree Week upon us, we are thrilled to announce that from January 2020, as part of a wider sustainability strategy, we will plant a tree for every event confirmed.

Global planting programme
It has been reported widely that planting billions of trees across the world is the most efficient and cost-effective way of tackling the climate crisis. Leading scientists have advised that as the trees grow, they absorb and store carbon dioxide emissions which are currently driving global heating.

Two-thirds of all emissions in the atmosphere resulting from human activity could be removed by an international planting programme.

First tree
Founders of Blue Strawberry and Table Talk, Molly Watson and Jojo Browner (respectively) celebrated the launch of our new initiative to plant a tree for every event confirmed with a new sapling – a White Lilac ‘Madame Lemoine’ tree on our roof terrace in Stockwell.

Sustainability in events
The events industry has been criticised for its wasteful approach and inaction on sustainability issues. Next year, we will be sharing more details of initiatives designed to respond to the growing need for all businesses to take urgent action.

Molly Watson & Jojo Browner – Blue Strawberry and Table Talk founders
“It’s such a fantastic feeling for our clients to know that we will plant a tree as a direct result of their event.

We will be sharing regular updates on our progress with this brilliant initiative.

The whole team are hugely excited about getting involved – we are all looking forward to rolling up our sleeves and planting some trees ourselves!”

Professor Tom Crowther – ETH, Zürich
“This new quantitative evaluation shows [forest] restoration isn’t just one of our climate change solutions, it is overwhelmingly the top one.

What blows my mind is the scale. I thought restoration would be in the top 10, but it is overwhelmingly more powerful than all of the other climate change solutions proposed.”

More information
Follow us on Instagram at @bluestrawberry_events and @tabletalk_events to stay up-to-date with developments as they happen. Alternatively, you can contact our knowledgeable team on 020 7733 3151 or at hello@bluestrawberry-tabletalk.com to discuss how your can plant a tree with your next event!

We are thrilled to announce that Blue Strawberry have won a £4 million contract (over five years) to deliver exclusive polo events, weddings and private parties at Ham Polo Club.

Internationally renowned, Ham Polo Club is London’s oldest polo club and was founded in Richmond in 1926.

Ham Polo enjoys a distinguished reputation, almost a century in the making. As the last remaining polo club in Greater London, Ham Polo Club is well known for offering superb grounds, alongside impressive social spaces perfect for entertaining and hosting celebrations of all kinds.

The Club boasts excellent transport links to central London and beyond, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy the dynamic spectacle of polo as part of the event or even their wedding!

Stuart Jenkins, Managing Director – Blue Strawberry Group
“We are absolutely delighted to be embarking upon this new relationship with Ham Polo Club. The contract further demonstrates our commitment to hand-picking the most exciting opportunities in the marketplace, as part of our strategy to maintain sustainable growth and offer a greater variety of choice to our discerning client base.

From the start, we have been hugely impressed by the collaborative and forward thinking approach of the team at Ham Polo. The Club’s prestigious history and desirable location, matched with Blue Strawberry’s values and creativity, offer a truly exciting opportunity for Club members and event organisers alike. We are all incredibly excited about our future partnership.”

Sam Peddar, General Manager – Ham Polo Club
“With great excitement, the Club is pleased to announce that Blue Strawberry will be our hospitality partner, enhancing the enjoyment of the club for members, sponsors, visitors and event organisers. Blue Strawberry will work with us to maintain the relaxed family atmosphere of the Club while raising the game in terms of our ability to deliver fantastic quality, memorable culinary experiences and excellent service.”

This development follows our success in acquiring our first exclusive in-house catering and hospitality contract at No.4 Hamilton Place in Mayfair, which commenced at the start of 2019.

More information
Find out more information on Ham Polo Club, or about holding your next event with Blue Strawberry, contact our knowledgeable team on 020 7733 3151 or at hello@bluestrawberry-tabletalk.com

It may only be July, but our attention has already turned to Christmas party season 2019, which promises to be the biggest and best festive celebration ever!

We know how stressful it can be to find the ideal location – London is literally chock-a-block with event spaces – and so we’ve compiled a little summary of some of our favourite spots for celebrating in style…

No.4 Hamilton Place
Enabling guests to experience an outdoor Winter wonderland, despite the cooler temperatures, hire of No.4 includes the use of a heated marquee and full use of its elegant Dickensian Christmas party spaces in the heart of Mayfair.

Blue Strawberry Christmas venues

No.4 Hamilton Place – Winter Marquee

Banqueting House
Now available for daytime hire any day of the week, this sublime Palace will be suitably adorned with festive decor and has a handful of dates left for grand Christmas lunches at a special festive rate.

National Gallery
An ideal spot for extraordinary Christmas parties, entertaining among world-renowned paintings of ethereal angels and starlit skies, the National Gallery is a stone’s throw from the famous Norwegian Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square.

Blue Strawberry Christmas venues

National Gallery – from Trafalgar Square

The Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection grants a taste of old world glamour in the heart of London, offering a range of versatile galleries and spaces with options for private views and guided tours.

Two Temple Place
Packed with divine heritage features and a charming outdoor space, Two Temple Place offers guests the opportunity to step into a glamorous world for effortlessly stylish Christmas merry-making.

Royal Museums Greenwich
Situated side-by-side at the foot of the glorious Greenwich Park, Queen’s House and the National Maritime Museum offer planners a diverse range of traditional and contemporary spaces with an abundance of character and history.

Blue Strawberry Christmas venues

National Maritime Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum
An iconic setting for unforgettable Christmas events, The V&A boasts a magnificent range of spaces which showcase masterpieces and a dynamic programme of thought-provoking exhibitions.

St. Paul’s Cathedral
As one of the most recognisable buildings within the famous London skyline, St. Paul’s Cathedral is a delight for Christmas events with its atmospheric Crypts and access to the fascinating Cathedral floor – the venue has just a handful of dates left for the festive season.

Royal Hospital Chelsea
With its very own chapel designed by Sir Christopher Wren, Royal Hospital Chelsea is a welcoming setting for traditional Christmas festivities, whether planners are looking for large scale or intimate spaces.

Blue Strawberry Christmas venues

Museum of London

Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands
The Museums pride themselves on providing a Christmas party experience like no other – with guided tours, themed actors and actresses, goody bags and live entertainment, ensuring that each celebration is an event to remember.

Guildhall
The perfect setting for grand Christmas banquets or more intimate dinners and receptions, Guildhall offers a wealth of incredible spaces steeped in fascinating history.

Maison Assouline
Situated in world-famous Piccadilly, Maison Assouline offers a warm and personal setting for a Christmas party with an exclusive edge.

Blue Strawberry Christmas venues

Maison Assouline

Mall Galleries
Mall Galleries offers three contemporary exhibition gallery spaces available to hire for smart Christmas events, in a landmark location on the doorstep of Buckingham Palace – The Mall.

Kew Gardens
From the warmth and intimacy of the Cambridge Cottage to the aesthetic of the Nash Conservatory and the unlimited possibilities of the Orangery, Kew Gardens‘ world-famous botanical gardens offer a host of venues to chase away those winter blues!

Blenheim Palace
With an array of illusions, mirrored hallways, and a Mad Hatter’s tea party, an enchanting Alice in Wonderland experience set against the spectacular backdrop of the Palace will add a fairytale feel to festivities taking place in Blenheim.

Blue Strawberry Christmas venues

Blenheim Palace

Hampton Court Palace
Christmas party like King Henry VIII at majestic Hampton Court Palace – a setting that has played host to gala celebrations, festive banquets and historic meetings for centuries.

Whitechapel Gallery
Situated in buzzing east London, the Whitechapel Gallery is a unique setting for dynamic Christmas receptions and dinners.

Indigo at The O2
Rock your Christmas party like a star at Indigo at The O2, with its built in stage, extraordinary sound and lighting capabilities and options for guest arrival by river boat.

Blue Strawberry Christmas venues

Somerset House – SKATE

Somerset House
A unique add-on for fun-seeking Christmas party organisers – Somerset House‘s ice rink can be exclusively hired for guests to take to the ice before enjoying a dynamic reception or sumptuous dinner in one of the venue’s many stylish rooms.

Tate Modern
A beacon of modern art set on the banks of the river Thames, events at Tate Modern are full of impact with spaces such as the Tanks, Turbine Hall and Bridge.

Wilton’s
Since 1859, this characterful building has been home to stars of music hall, variety, screen, offering a glittering backdrop for a highly memorable Christmas party.

More information
To discuss your stylish Christmas party, or for more information on any of our spectacular venues, please contact our venue-finding experts on 020 7733 3151 or at hello@bluestrawberry-tabletalk.com

Photography credit – William Reavell (pictured are our delicious Pecan pie sweet canapés)