National Plum Day

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It’s time to celebrate! Birthday? Christmas? No it’s National Plum Day! An iconic day synonymous with our infamous booze engineering history from our very own CBE (Chief Booze Engineer) Patrick Hobbs. Here’s the man himself detailing how Plum Gin #1 came to exist!

‘When I first started out in bars the term mixology was just about to be coined. Twenty years later and although there has been some great innovation with cocktails and drinking trends, the style of service has not really changed. In fact it hasn’t changed radically for 100 years. People still look to the ways and techniques of the pioneers, and hold them in reverence as guru’s relevant to today’s hospitality industry.

I love mixed drinks and cocktail bars but have felt for a long time that instead of making life easier and the guest experience better, there is far too much fuss in making cocktails. Many drinks I sample are too strong, not balanced or don’t quite live up to the menu description. They can take an age to make while the bartender twiddles and faffs and you die of thirst. Somewhere down the line I believe the person behind the bar has focused so much on being a mixologist they have forgotten to be a host. I never enjoyed being in the weeds working a busy bar and thought it must be even worse for my guests. But there they were, patiently queueing five deep while I mixed their drinks. Guests have become conditioned to waiting as this has been accepted as the industry standard. This is where Booze Engineering comes in.

Working events it became very clear that taking 2 to 3 minutes to create a drink was not feasible for a crowd of a few hundred. There had to be another way. I wanted to create beautiful, interesting and tasty cocktails but speed up the process of service. The question that Booze Engineering asked was ‘why can’t I have my delicious drink now please?’ All the hard work and experimentation is done behind the scenes in the Booze Lab so the service part is relatively easy.

This planted the seed of an idea and through a lot of evolution, experimentation and market research the infusion programme was born. However, our first infusion Plum Gin No.1. was very much a happy accident. 10 kilos of Victoria Plums was accidentally ordered instead of 1 kilo which sparked a lightbulb moment and the first of my experiments. I added the excess plums to an 8 litre kilner jar, covered in gin and a little sugar and left them for a month to do their thing. Overtime the gin began to leach the colour and flavour from the plums, the kilner looked amazing and extremely photogenic. We served Plum Gin and tonic straight from the kilner much to the delight of our event guests. We had created a really simple bespoke drink that was right on brand with the increasingly popular gin sector. And most importantly it tastes delicious!

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National Prosecco Day

If there ever was a day to celebrate, surely National Prosecco Day (Tuesday 13th August) is up there with the best of them! In the UK we are known for our love of bubbly and are in fact the world’s number 1 importer of sparkling wine - cheers to that!

Champagne has always been the number one choice of bubbly but Prosecco has seen a huge increase in popularity. No longer seen as the poor relation to Champagne,  this Italian sparkling wine has captured the hearts (and mouths!) of the UK.

Shane Boyce from Liberty Wines explains “It’s unfair to look at Prosecco as just a cheap alternative to Champagne as it’s a totally different wine, from a different country, made in a different method from a different grape variety.

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Around the time of the great financial crisis, people suddenly had much less disposable income to spend on luxury goods (i.e. booze) but the UK's palate didn't suddenly change overnight. People turned to Prosecco, initially because it was cheaper, but many then discovered that it offered a much different proposition to Champagne. The key difference is the method of making the wine - Champagne involves a long-winded process that creates complex, savoury flavours and a wine that has very high acidity. Prosecco, on the other hand, is made in an easier (and cheaper) way which creates a wine with more simple, fruity and floral characteristics- it is less intense and less acidic so overall a much more approachable and versatile style of wine.

Its lightness has made it a popular choice for a boozy brunch and its versatility has led to it becoming the number one choice for use in cocktails.”

Here at Camm & Hooper we’ll be toasting National Prosecco Day with our preferred Proseccos. Ca’di Alte, Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry NV - a light straw yellow in colour with fine bubbles and a pleasant bouquet with notes of pear and floral hints followed by a very bright, clean and lifted, palate. Or Ca’di Alte, Prosecco Frizzante NV - a light, soft Frizzante, pale straw yellow in colour with delicate notes of Williams pear and stone fruits, it is clean and balanced on the palate with a fresh finish.

Cheers to many more years of our favourite Italian import!



Glamourous, Decadent, Entertaining and Empowering - Introducing the House of Burlesque

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Tomorrow night the House of Burlesque launches its first ever Summer Speakeasy at Grace Hall, Leadenhall. We caught up with Queen of Provocateurs, Tempest Rose, to find out more about the decadent world of Burlesque.  

How did you get into Burlesque?

My first burlesque job was in Kitten Club Burlesque Cabaret at underground burlesque club Volupte. I trained in musical theatre and had to put together a routine I thought was ‘burlesque’, with singing, dance and comedy for the audition which came through a friend of a friend. This was before burlesque hit the mainstream. I had an idea that it would be like the Kit Kat Club in Cabaret and, in fact, I was not far off. I did the audition and was invited to watch the show. It was exciting, multi-skilled, sexy and satirical. I knew I wanted to be involved immediately and luckily I was offered a place in the troupe.


Why do you think Burlesque can be empowering to women? 

Burlesque allows the performer to design their sexuality by their own rules. It's not about conforming to a narrow mainstream idea of what is attractive or sexy, but throwing the rule book away and writing our own rules. It's about celebrating women as they are, and not just our bodies, but our minds and creativity - as whole beings. 

What would you say to people who think Burlesque is demeaning to women?

Go and see a show! At House of Burlesque we celebrate women as whole, confident, sexy, powerful, funny, provocative and amazing! Too often women are denied the chance to own their own sensual representation, burlesque done properly is the exact opposite - how can that be demeaning? Step into our world for a night - and let us entertain you. 

Why do you think people should see a Burlesque show?

Get out that outfit you are worried might be "too much" but have always wanted to wear and come and see a House of Burlesque show- because we are the best at what we do. Glamorous, decadent, innovative, entertaining, tongue in cheek and uplifting. We love what we do and can't wait to share that magic with you!

House of Burlesque will be performing at Grace Hall every Friday night from 26th July - mid November. Pre and Post dinner options are available to be pre-booked. Book your tickets here.

Camm & Hooper listed in ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ 2019 report

Camm & Hooper has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2019’. The sixth edition of the report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), with companies representing over 40 sectors and spanning every country and region across the UK.

To be selected for the report, businesses had to demonstrate not only positive revenue growth over the last three years but also outperform their sector peers. The result is a unique and varied list of the UK’s most dynamic companies. More details on the Companies to Inspire reports and methodology can be found online at www.1000companies.com.    

Camm & Hooper is a London-based iconic events company which specialises in delivering exceptional events in banks, warehouses, townhouses and libraries, transforming some of London’s most iconic venues into great event spaces. From weddings, formal dinners and receptions to product launches, parties, exhibitions, meetings and conferences, Camm & Hooper has the perfect venue and an extraordinary team to curate the perfect experience.   

The company’s venues include: Banking Hall in the heart of the City of London together with its Leadenhall sister Grace Hall; Six Storeys townhouse which lives and breathes the spirit of Soho; the opulent Victorian Bath House in the City; and Tanner Warehouse and Tanner and Co Restaurant in Bermondsey. Camm & Hooper has recently added a seventh venue to its portfolio, South Place Society. This historic venue in Moorgate, featuring its own booze lab will open its doors in September 2019.

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Camm & Hooper’s Managing Director, Debra Ward: “I am beyond thrilled that we’ve been included as part of this prestigious list. The team works incredibly hard curating events with a difference day after day, week after week. The events and hospitality industry is certainly an exciting and challenging sector and it’s really important that we all pull together in the same direction if we’re to achieve great things. We are delighted that Camm & Hooper has been recognised as a company to inspire.” 

David Schwimmer, CEO, London Stock Exchange Group: “Congratulations to all the companies selected for inclusion in the sixth edition of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report, which identifies the UK’s most dynamic SMEs. SMEs drive growth, innovation and job creation and are the lifeblood of the British economy. We believe that supporting the growth of these businesses is critical to the UK economy and the creation of a society that works for everyone.”

A full searchable database of all of the companies along with a downloadable pdf of the publication can be found online at www.1000companies.com

For Good Causes - Donate By Thumb.

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Recently selected by the London Stock Exchange Group as one of the 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain, we are not just passionate about event management. As a people-led organisation we are keen advocates and fundraisers for two amazing charities - GiveOut, a UK-based charity raising funds for LGBTQI human rights activism worldwide and Macmillan Cancer Support.

"We're delighted to be working with Camm & Hooper to enable cashless giving across their London venues" said For Good Causes. "We're using QR codes and express digital checkout to make it easy for people to donate instantly from their phones simply by scanning the QR, from a water bottle at their table or even their cloakroom ticket - virtually anything can become a touchpoint to trigger a donation. As an increasingly cashless society, UK charities are losing circa £80m a year. We want to make it quick and easy for people to donate spontaneously, if they're motivated to do so. And what better way than to make use of the technology we never leave home without - our mobile phones!"

Camm & Hooper announced a new partnership with GiveOut in August 2018 and the For Good Causes digital donation service, Donate by Thumb, will go live in our Soho venue Six Storeys on 6th July to coincide with our Bottomless Pride event, with diners having the opportunity to support GiveOut from their tables. "We are thrilled to be working with For Good Causes. Camm & Hooper support a number of incredible charities and it's extremely exciting to be able to offer our customers a quick and simple way to donate. “.

Dotmasters.

Leon Seesix, better known by his moniker Dotmasters was born and raised in London. In the early 1990s he started painting on the streets of Brighton. Fast forward over two decades later and he’s a world-renowned artist and we’re lucky enough to have him create bespoke pieces for our Six Storeys, Tanner & Co. and Victoria Bath House Camm & Hooper venues.

 

1.     What have you been working on for Camm & Hooper?

I’ve recreated a few bits and pieces that I usually stick up on the street in the venues.  I stencil wallpaper on walls as a background for my Rude Kids series and Debra [managing director] thought this would work in the corridor for Tanner & Co downstairs.

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Rude Kids originally started on Bermondsey Street, which is where Tanner & Co is, and we wanted to bring a bit of the street inside. I love bringing the inside outside and outside inside. I like to do wallpaper-esque indoor type pieces outside and street art inside. It keeps people guessing.

I was then invited to an open house at the Victorian Bath House and saw that the walls were pretty bare, so after speaking with Debra we also agreed that some wallpaper stencilling would work there too. I’m planning to go into Six Storeys and shake things up a little there as well.

 

2.     How did you get into this?

I knew Debra, the MD of Camm and Hooper already, through mutual friends.

 

3.     Have you seen all the Camm & Hooper venues / do you have a favourite?

I haven’t yet seen Six Storeys believe it or not. My favourite is Victorian Bath House.

 

4.     Do you have a favourite piece of work? 

I’m doing a new series called ‘Stick ‘em up’ – which is effectively different objects stuck to walls with gaffer tape. Whatever is new is usually my favourite at the time of asking… So at the moment - that’s it!

 

5.     Are you often asked to create exclusive works for clients? If so, do you tailor your work to the space? Or do you just go with the flow?

Yes, all the time. I’ve done a broad range of commissions in an interesting range of spaces, from very high-end houses to trailer parks. I’ve done some very exclusive and bespoke things for some rather wealthy folk out in St John’s Wood and also some unique pieces in Mallorca villas. But I’ve also done caravans at Glastonbury.

It’s an interesting process collaborating with whoever has commissioned some - it takes a lot of time and consideration. It’s not graffiti at the end of the day, it’s something someone has to love, and it has to work in their home, or whatever space they commission it for. It’s very personal.

I like doing this sort of work. It really brings out a different creativity inside me, as it’s not just my own feelings and ego I’m creating and working with. I am working with someone else and for someone else.

 

6.     What’s your view on art in hospitality spaces? Does it usually just fill blank walls or really add to the experience (if done well)?

It depends. Steve Lazarides (Banksy’s old manager) did a series of installations near The Old Vic. He created an art gallery in old railway arches and brought in a Michelin starred chef too. What an incredible space that was. So, it can work. It can just be any old b*ll*cks though.

I worked with the Beckhams and Elton John on their weddings as an event producer. So that sort of taught me my way around how art project can marry (ha) up with an event space.

 

7.     Do you have a favourite place to work? 

On the streets. And anywhere the paint dries quickly. LA, Bali… New Zealand was OK, bit cold though.

-        What about your favourite place (not for art / work)?

The world is a very beautiful place. The Himalayas are beautiful, Wales is beautiful… I think it comes down to the mixture of people and the space you’re in.  

There’s a field on Worthy Farm (Glastonbury festival) that is probably my favourite spot ever.

 

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8.     What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

I’ve done everything. My first job was mapping – I’m a trained cartographer, I was trained by Ordinance Survey. I’ve also done displays for Louis Vuitton stores and graphic design. 

As an artist, you have to do a bit of everything.

 

9.     What makes you really angry? 

Running out of cigarettes on a Sunday night. I won’t mention the Br#### word…

I’m not an angry person really. I lead the live I want to lead and that makes me happy.

 

10.  Do you class food as art?

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Yes. 100%. 

11.  How about drinks? 

Most definitely!

 

12.  Greatest living inspiration?

Lots of things inspire me. My wife is definitely one.

 

13.  What’s your dream project?

Every time I dream of a project, I end up doing it. I co-run a field at Glastonbury. I do the Unfairground. This was always a dream of mine and I did it. Now I’ve got it and it’s great.  

 

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Lady Lovejoy: the octogenarian behind Camm & Hooper’s decanter collection

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If you’ve ever been to one of our venues, you’ll probably have noticed we have a decanter or two… well, more than 1,000 actually. Your heard us right - we’ve amassed more than 1,000 antique glass decanters for our six venues across London, and they were all individually purchased by Lady Lovejoy, our founder / owner Claire Lawson’s octogenarian mother, from charity and antique shops across Scotland.

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The project started when we took a lease on Banking Hall in the City in 2014. The team salvaged a beautiful art deco bar from the preexisting restaurant housed in 14 Cornhill and relocated it to the counting room. Claire wanted to decorate the bar with a couple of decanters filled with different-coloured spirits. Lady Lovejoy (named after Lovejoy, the 1980s British soap opera about an antiques dealer) offered to source some in her local town in Aberdeenshire.

“She emailed saying she’d found two, one was £14, and one was £12,” recalled Claire. “We then told her the budget is £10 per decanter. She went back and haggled with them and secured the deal.” The decanters were filled with spirits and decorated the Banking Hall bar.

Once we leased the opulent Victorian Bath House in the City, our head of operations Jason Capper suggested adding a decanter wall, housing rows of bespoke infused spirits in antique decanters. “But we couldn’t afford designer decanters every time, so we talked to my mother and she agreed to turn her passion for shopping into something more than a hobby!”

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Over the past four years, Lady Lovejoy, a retired school secretary, has scoured Aberdeenshire for decanters. She started in charity shops in her local town of Huntley and then moved to nearby Elgin and Aberdeen. She’s also been given decanters by friends who no longer used them. And she’s even enlisted other family members – her cousin started looking around her local area in Banchory. In that time Lady Lovejoy has amassed more than 1,000 decanters which are carefully packaged up and sent down to London in batches. She continues to stick within the budget of £10 a decanter, bartering and haggling as she goes.

As the company grows – we have multiple venue launches on the horizon – the need for more decanters grows. From starting as a prop to decorate one bar, the extraordinary decanters – all of which are individual and unique – have become one of Camm & Hooper’s hallmarks.  

We’re a company with nostalgia at our core. When Claire opened the Tanner Warehouse events space in Bermondsey in 2013, she worked to restore the space to its former glory as both a chocolate factory and a tannery. “That element of nostalgia and tradition is already intertwined with the business,” she says. “So rescuing hundreds of decanters and bringing them back to their former glory fits well with us.”

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Claire Lawson and Lady Lovejoy

“10 questions with… Ronnie, group executive head chef”

1.     What’s your role here at C&H and what does it really entail?

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 I have no idea… Ask me again in six months.

The biggest thing for me when I joined was that we were inheriting an awful lot of talent from our previous caterers, which, just through circumstance really, was underused. Now we’ve given them back their empowerment and let them run their own kitchens at each one of our sites across London.

 

2.     What’s the best thing about working for C&H?

Variety. I do so many crazy and different things. There’s the restaurant side and then events and there’s so many different types of events that we cater for. I mean, no client is the same, so no brief is the same. It’s all very free and personal - food is very important to people, so it’s amazing when you can get that right. Especially with weddings, that’s just so special to be a part of.  Our aim is to get as close to restaurant standard for every single event we host as we possibly can. And so far, we’re achieving that. Which helps me sleep at night.

 

3.     Give us some Ronnie wisdom…

Well, if I was chatting to staff, I’d just say follow your heart and do what you want to do and what makes you truly happy.

 

4.     What luxury item would you take on a desert island

Chocolate. Willie’s Cacao chocolate.

 

5.     What book could you not be without?

My new vegan cookbook that I bought in Waterstones. It’s so important to look after everyone with the food you have on offer and diets vary so much. I always try and give my veggie and vegan dishes the same feel as my other dishes, so they look similar and I was worried a little while back that I hadn’t got there yet with the vegan offering. I have now!

 

6.     Chef inspiration?

Tim Hughes, chef director at Caprice Holdings.

 

7.     Worst job?

This is a bit harsh… Hmmm. When I was travelling in Australia, I had a job unloading shipping containers from Italy. It was just tins of olives, olive oil and tomatoes. I found it depressing so went to the pub for lunch and never went back.

 

8.     Favourite ingredient to cook with?

Wild garlic. You can overdo it though. The sad thing is, as soon as something is discovered or rediscovered it often gets done to death until the cycle starts again.

 

9.     Best meal you’ve ever had?

There’s two. I was fortunate enough to go to the opening of The Fat Duck in Melbourne. Don’t ask the story, but it was great. I just had all the memorabilia from that day framed for my wife for Christmas. It was a tasting menu so lots of classics. The whole experience of it was amazing.

The second was when I was travelling with my mate about 18 years ago. Went to Himalayas and trekked Kala Patthar. When we got back to Katmandu, we ate steak and chips. It was yak steak, but it was such an incredible meal.

 

10.   Favourite cocktail?

Negroni. It makes me a bit wonky though. Pat’s Saint Clements is amazing too.

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Former HIX group head chef Ronnie Murray joins Camm & Hooper

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Ronnie Murray has joined London-based iconic events company Camm & Hooper as group executive head chef. Ronnie, who previously spent seven years as group head chef of HIX Restaurants, will create new menus for all six of Camm & Hooper’s London venues whilst heading up of a team of 20 chefs.

Camm & Hooper delivers exceptional events in banks, warehouses, townhouses and libraries, transforming some of London’s most iconic venues.

Ronnie trained in patisserie and for 17 years worked for many critically-acclaimed restaurants including J. Sheekey and Scott’s restaurant. After his time at Mark Hix’s highly-successful restaurants he set up his own company Peckham Manor, which includes pop-ups and supper clubs. Ronnie has also appeared on the Great British Menu, Million Pound Menu, Sunday Brunch and has aired demonstrations on the Vice channel Munchies.  He joined Camm & Hooper late last year.

He will launch Camm & Hooper’s exciting new menus later this month.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to move around our six sites, which all have their own personalities, and create bespoke menus for them all,” said Ronnie. “For me, it’s all about keeping food simple. Seasonality and provenance will form the cornerstone of our new menus.”

Debra Ward, Managing Director for Camm & Hooper, said 'We are thrilled to have Ronnie at the heart of our in-house team. Ronnie's ability to curate simple seasonal items, expertly create innovative dishes combined with his passion for team development is already transforming our clients’ gastro-experience."

10 questions with… Patrick J Hobbs, Chief Booze Engineer

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1.      What is a Chief Booze Engineer (apart from the best job title in the world)?

This is really the culmination of 20 years of tending bar and creating drinks. I am not really a fan of the term 'mixologist'. Seems a bit pretentious, non? Making drinks is not all that's at stake here. Being a good salesman, a thoughtful craftsman, a bit of an artist all helps. Most of all though being a great host.

 

2.      What’s the best thing about working for C&H?

The Booze Lab! I get to do some really whacky stuff with drinks, and I love the expression on people's faces when they walk through the door. Pure wonder, as it should be.

 

3.      How do you work with clients? (tailor to the needs of a particular event / experience of having a CBE)

If people want something really special or bespoke we can sit down and run through their criteria. I have produced infusions based on the flavour pyramid of perfumes. Really interesting because of the close relationship with distilling for fragrance and distilling for drinking. Best not to get the bottles mixed up though. Last year I produced a cocktail for a company's Bi-centennial anniversary. It ended up being reproduced around the globe so very proud of that one.

 

4.      Give us some Patrick wisdom …

·       Delicious first

·       The queue is our enemy not the people in it

·       A beer in the hand is worth two in the book

·       Never drink more than you can carry

 

5.      What luxury item would you take on a desert island?

Hmmm good question. It would either have to be Spotify and something really loud to play it on or an endless supply of Wray & Nephew. What's the point of being on a desert island if you can’t have rum?

 

6.      What’s the most bizarre ingredient you’ve put into a cocktail (so far)?

Venison…

 

7.      What’s your hangover cure?

Staying drunk.

 

8.      What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

I worked in a high street bank mail room sorting statements into envelopes. Mind numbing!

 

9.      Your all-time favourite cocktail?

The one that someone is buying me.

 

10.    If you were a cocktail, what would you be?

Rum old fashioned. Sweet, strong and not to everyone’s’ taste.

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Macmillan Cancer Conference 2019

On the 8th February we hosted the catering for the Macmillan Cancer Conference at Whittington Hospital. We were thrilled to offer our services to such an incredible cause, which is incredibly close to our hearts here at Camm & Hooper. See below for some images of the day and some of the food & drink we were serving up.

Here is a quote of feedback we received from the organiser of the event:

It was absolutely wonderful and please can't thank the team enough! The food was amazing. I't's such a treat for our patients to get such lovely food and great enthusiastic young people serving it!! Double whammy!

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January Kick Off Incentive

After all of the food, drink and merriment of the festive period it can be hard to get going again when the new year comes around. We have put together an incentive package to help combat all of those sluggish feelings and get you biting at the bit for your 2019 event schedule.

Enjoy all of the benefits from our standard DDR Packages but at a fraction of the price. Explore the venues packages below.

SIX STOREYS ON SOHO

To include:
Exclusive Floor Hire (09:00-17:00)
Complimentary Tea, Coffee, Still & Sparkling Water Complimentary WiFi
Complimentary In-House AV
Event Management

Room Hire from £400* + VAT (Reduced from £800 + VAT)

TANNER WAREHOUSE

To include:
Exclusive Floor Hire (08:00-16:30)
Arrival pastries
Hearty Buffet lunch and two refreshment breaks
Complimentary WiFi
Complimentary In-House AV
Event Management

£40* + VAT per person
(Reduced from £80 + VAT per person)

BANKING HALL AND GRACE HALL

To include:
Exclusive Hire of the Venue (07:00AM - 17:00PM)
Arrival tea and coffee with yoghurt and breakfast pots Elevenses with a top up of tea and coffee
Hearty Buffet Lunch tea, coffee and fruit spritzers Afternoon Treat with tea, coffee and fruit spritzers
Wifi
Filtered still and sparkling mineral water
Onsite event management
Venue Furniture
In house lighting

DDR AV Package (please speak to the sales manager for an itemised list based on the venue chosen)

Staffing including cloakroom during guest arrival and departure

£50* + VAT per person
(Reduced from £100 + VAT per person) Security: £360 + VAT

If you would like to bring in your own AV company this is no problem at all. A £500 + VAT technical support management fee will apply and will enable our onsite technician to work alongside your chosen company. They will provide support prior to the event and on the day.

VICTORIAN BATH HOUSE

To include:
Exclusive Venue Hire (08:00-17:00)
Arrival breakfast with tea, coffee and fruit spritzers
Elevenses with tea, coffee and fruit spritzers
Hearty Buffet lunch with a top up of tea, coffee and fruit spritzers
Afternoon treat with tea, coffee and fruit spritzers
Still & Sparkling Water
Complimentary WiFi
Venue Furniture
Complimentary In-House AV (wall mounted 60inch plasma* & handheld microphone)
Onsite Event Management
Staffing including Cloakroom during guest arrival and departure *client to bring their own USB/laptop with HDMI cable

£40* + VAT per person
(Reduced from £80 + VAT per person) Security: £200 + VAT

*Min numbers apply|Event must take place in January 2019| Service charge is applicable at 12.5% to all packages

Hire Space Awards Press Release

INDEPENDENT EVENT & HOSPITALITY GROUP CAMM & HOOPER WIN TWO AWARDS AT THE HIRE SPACE AWARDS

Event and hospitality group Camm & Hooper is thrilled to have won Best Venue Portfolio Marketing and Best Private Dining Venue at the Hire Space Awards.

The Hire Space Awards celebrate the best of the events industry, by recognising and rewarding hard-working, innovative and forward-thinking venues and event bookers around the UK.
The annual awards took place on October 24th  at the Museum of London in the museum’s galleries and the Sackler Hall space.

Camm & Hooper has evolved the events industry model, taking inspiration from the relaxed, contemporary setting provided by bars and restaurants and transitioning it into an events environment. Its approach is innovative, creative and unrivalled. You will find Camm & Hooper in some of the most unique and historic buildings across London. Its first two locations, Tanner and Co and Tanner Warehouse opened in 2012, followed by Banking Hall, Cornhill in May 2014. The Victorian Bath House, Bishopsgate opened in December 2015 and Six Storeys on Soho launched in Autumn 2016 followed by Grace Hall, Leadenhall in Autumn 2018.

The evening consisted of 15 awards across 4 categories - Modern Venue Marketing, Most Popular, Forward Thinking Venues and Superstar Event Organisers.

Camm and Hooper’s fifth venue, Six Storeys on Soho scooped the award for Best Private Dining Venue. The venues innovative food and beverage offering, stunning interior and impeccable service are what make this venue stand out from the rest. Comprised of five beautiful event floors and a ground floor public bar, Six Storeys on Soho can accommodate up to 50 seated guests. From engagement parties to birthday celebrations Six Storeys has played host to many private dinners. Each floor offers an intimate setting with a beautiful view over Soho Square. Clients can relax in the comfort of their own private room without feeling overwhelmed by the space - whether you’re a group of 10 or a larger party for 50 people, Six Storeys on Soho has a space to match.

In addition, Camm and Hooper also won the Best Venue Portfolio Marketing Award. Camm and Hooper pride themselves on creativity and innovation. Search engine marketing – combining organic ranking optimisation (SEO) and Google AdWords (PPC) - is used to increase brand awareness and website conversion. Through the use of Google BETAs, Visual Sitelinks (enabling imagery to be added to paid campaigns), Google Display Network campaigns, trialling Ad variations and using long-tail keywords and location targeting Camm and Hooper are constantly improving website visibility, while pinpointing underserved customer segments, customer needs that haven’t been met and diversifying the target market to build a more sustainable environment.

Managing Director, Debra Ward is "...over the moon to have won in not just one, but two categories, both of which consisted of some well established competitors. Both awards are testament to our ability to curate iconic experiences for our clients both in person and online. It’s a great time to be in the events business. I am proud to be working with such Extraordinary People, Curating Iconic Experiences.”

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NOTES TO EDITOR

https://cammhooper.com

http://tannerandco.co.uk 

http://tannerwarehouse.co.uk

http://bankinghall.com 

http://www.victorianbathhouse.co.uk

http://www.sixstoreys.com 
https://www.gracehalllondon.com

For further information please contact:

REBECCA HADLEY

Head of Marketing

Camm & Hooper

Suite 150-153

3-7 Temple Avenue,

EC4Y 0DA

M:  07875599631

E: rebecca@camm-hooper.co.uk


Story Celebrates It's 5th Birthday at Victorian Bath House

London based events agency, Story has just celebrated its fifth birthday with a party for staff and partners at Camm & Hooper’s boutique City venue, Victorian Bath House.  The 50 staff and partners were treated to delicious cocktails on arrival, followed by a three-course dinner on a single long table running the length of the main space.

This award-winning agency has grown from turning over £3.1m in its first full year of trading, to a forecasted £7.7m in their current year.  This growth has been delivered across all three business areas and the team now boasts 24 full-time staff, supported by three event management interns as part of their ongoing commitment to developing industry talent.

Camm & Hooper have had a long and close relationship with Story Events, which started with hosting their first London Christmas Party Show at Banking Hall shortly after the venue’s opening in 2014, whilst its Venue Search London brand have introduced great client to our expanding venue portfolio over the past five years.

Managing Director, Steph Eayrs commented, “It was the perfect setting for our anniversary party and very fitting to hold it in a Camm & Hooper venue, given the long and successful partnership we have had with this great venue brand over since we both launched.”

Story Events have just opened the registration for their London Summer Event Show at Banking Hall in January, the 10th in the series of their award-winning seasonal event shows, which witnessed record revenues and attendances in 2018.

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CAMM & HOOPER SPONSOR LGBTQI CHARITY GIVEOUT.

PRESS RELEASE

Monday 20th August 2018
 

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(LONDON)— Events management company Camm & Hooper and LGBTQI charity GiveOut today announced a new corporate-charity partnership.  

Camm & Hooper will be providing GiveOut with free use of its Six Storeys venue in the centre of vibrant Soho. The venue – spread across six floors, each with a unique atmosphere – offers the perfect setting for GiveOut to host events for its community of supporters.

As part of the new partnership, the events specialists will also be fundraising for GiveOut and donating to support the charity in its work to raise funds for LGBTQI human rights activism worldwide.

We are thrilled to be able to support GiveOut, an extraordinary charity. The work they do in championing LGBTQI human rights causes across the world is close to all our team’s hearts as an international and people-led organisation.” said Debra Ward, Managing Director at Camm & Hooper.

On behalf of GiveOut and the activists and organisations with which we partner, I would like to thank Camm & Hooper for their generous support.” said GiveOut's Executive Director, Rupert Abbott.

We are so looking forward to working with the Camm & Hooper team to host events for our community of supporters here in London, as we seek to grow philanthropy to advance LGBTQI human rights globally."

 

For more information, please contact:

Camm & Hooper:
Rebecca Hadley, Head of Marketing: rebecca@camm-hooper.co.uk / +44 (0)7875599631

GiveOut:
Callum Jackson, Grant-making and Communications Officer: callum@giveout.org / +44 (0)7885 705170

 

Notes

Camm & Hooper (@Cammandhooper, cammhooper.com) is an events management company based in London. It manages six venues across London, each with its own unique style and atmosphere, for private and corporate events. Camm & Hooper continue to grow with a number of new venues in the pipeline throughout London, with ‘best in class design’. Spaces include Tanner Warehouse, Banking Hall and the iconic Victorian Bath House in the heart of London’s Bishopsgate.

GiveOut (@GiveOut_Org, giveout.org) is a UK-based charity raising funds for LGBTQI human rights activism worldwide, ensuring that activists and their organisations have more of the resources they need to defend their communities and campaign for change. The organisation enables individual donors to give tax efficiently in one place to support a broad portfolio of activist-led country, regional and international organisations. Alongside its core portfolio, GiveOut has launched two sponsored funds, The Antonia & Andrea Belcher Trans Fund and The Suki Sandhu LGBTQI Asia Fund. Registered in the UK with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (Registered Charity Number 1176434), GiveOut is a finalist in the 2018 Third Sector Award for ‘Breakthrough of the Year’.

For news of upcoming GiveOut events at the Six Storeys venue, sign up to the charity’s newsletter and follow them on social media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

 

Midnight Madness Press Release

Coming to London on 19 May: unique, immersive brain-busting event will challenge UK's smartest minds

Contact: Tom Le Fanu, Head of Comms.
Mobile: 07765257031
Email: tom@raiseyourhands.org.uk

On Saturday 19th May at 8pm more than 20 top secret venues in central London will become one huge, overnight playground for 15 teams of the UK's smartest business and academic minds as each strives to win the UK's first Midnight Madness event.

Described as a cross between the Crystal Maze and the Da Vinci Code, this unique event originates from New York, and involves teams from Goldman Sachs, GAM investments and others competing to solve a series of devilishly difficult puzzles. Each will be located in secret venues incorporating some iconic London landmarks.

From sunset to sunrise, competitors will experience immersive theatre and encounter role-playing actors as part of the puzzle-solving. Each puzzle solved unlocks the next locations, and the winning team will be the first back to base.

Teams might find themselves manipulating lasers to unlock a clue in a warehouse, cracking a safe hidden in an empty bank, or using light to signal a passing boat on the River Thames.

Midnight Madness is in aid of Raise Your Hands, which supports small, effective charities that improve the lives of children across the UK. Further information:

Note to editors:  Free team spaces open for journalists. Video footage and photographs will be available from 1pm Sun 20th. Interview opportunities with Elisha Wiesel, CIO Goldman Sachs & Ewan Kirk, Founder Cantab Capital Partners.

Background: In 2015, 21 corporate teams pitter their wits against one another for Midnight Madness New York, raising $3.1m for charity.

"MM New York was uniquely exciting and challenging, where teamwork, exploration and puzzle solving come together to make an unforgettable experience." Ewan Kirk, founder and CIO Cantab Capital.

About Raise Your Hands

Raise Your Hands has been making waves in the charity sector. They're challenging traditional models of charity whilst supporting the underdogs and unsung heroes of the charity sector.

Small charities do exceptional work but without the marketing budgets of bigger names, they still struggle for funding. RYH exists to redress that imbalance. In the first three years, Raise Your Hands raised £500k for their selected small charities.

They do this by putting on innovative events for their community. Midnight Madness is primarily a corporate fundraising event but RYH also put on cutting-edge events throughout the year for their community of Millennial givers.

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Top 5 Tips for Planning a Conference!

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We all know planning a conference is a long and difficult task. It requires intricate and detailed planning and many months of preparation. You want to make sure your conference runs smoothly; your guests are impressed and you achieve what you set out to do. The HeadBox team help plan hundreds of conferences a year for a wide range of clients and have picked up a few tips and tricks along the way. Many of them have been at the fantastic Camm & Hooper venues, so we've joined forces to compile our top 5 things to consider when planning a conference, to help the process run smoothly and make your conference a roaring success.

The Agenda

Having a clear agenda from the offset is an important planning stage. This is important for you as the event planner and for the rest of your team, so all the organisers know what time keynote speakers should be, when the attendees can have a break and the general structure of the day. It's also important for the attendees, giving them a schedule beforehand allows them to plan for the day, know what to expect and get excited for all the activities. It's critical for venue manager to have a copy of your agenda well in advance, so they know what to expect from the day and prepare the venue accordingly. 
 

Refreshments

If you're organising an all-day conference, guests will expect refreshments. A good conference is intellectually stimulating so your attendees will work up an appetite! You should always expect a range of dietary requirements and knowing this information in advance is essential so that you can create a varied menu with the team at the venue or with your caterer. Vegetarian and vegan options, gluten free, dairy free and nut free are all things you must consider when organising a conference. Camm and Hooper have a helpful team on hand to make sure you have everything covered. This extra touch and extra interest in detail is a surefire way to make sure your conference caters to all, and to impress your guests.
 

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The Space

Finding the perfect space is the glue that keeps your conference together. When you find the venue that matches your vision, everything else can fall into place. Camm and Hooper have a variety of spaces that can be used for corporate conference hire. Grace Hall and the Banking Hall are simply stunning. Grand and traditional, the halls are ideal for large-scale conferences. Grace Hall at the enchanting Leadenhall venue has details of the dovetail period with modern styling. The Banking Hall is also steeped in heritage and is a wonderful Grade II listed building for hire in central London. If you wanted something a little more unconventional, the hidden gem that is the Victorian Bathhouse is opulent and glamorous and an unusual conference venue in the City. If you're after a small conference venue outside the City, Six Storeys is a beautiful townhouse which can host events up to 300 guests. A decadently decorated building which epitomises the spirit of Soho. The important thing to remember is that whatever space you choose, you must ensure that it is right for your audience, that it correlates with your own company and that the venue provides everything you need for your conference.
 


Budget

As an event planner, the budget is paramount. Setting and sticking to a budget is perhaps one of the hardest parts of event planning. Darren the venue manager from Camm & Hooper recognises the importance of being realistic about budget. He said, "tell us your budget; being as honest as possible with the venue team allows us to work within the realistic parameters. If we cannot help, we will let you know."

Event Marketing

If you don't have an event marketing team there are simple yet effective ways you can market your event. Prior to the event make sure you are getting interactive on social media. Tweets, Instagram Stories or even Facebook Live videos will get your attendees excited for the event. You could even create a forum where attendees, keynote speakers or sponsors could communicate before the day and ask any questions. After the event, it's important for your communication strategy to allow for attendee feedback. You could very quickly and easily create a Google Form which you send out to your attendees after the event. Event marketing doesn't have to be complicated, there are plenty of free and simple tools that are accessible for all.

Event marketing is also a great tactic for companies looking to build their brand, generate revenue and create or strengthen partnerships. As an event planner, make sure you leverage some of the easy and accessible marketing tools at your disposal. Social media provides a completely free way to get the word out there and the tactics and strategies can be scaled up from there, depending on budget.
 

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These five easy tips will help you plan the perfect conference. If you follow these steps you're sure to make your conference accessible and under budget, and you will ultimately receive great feedback. Remember that the venues are important and planning in advance means you can get a simply stunning space, just like the Camm & Hooper venues.

Liv is the Digital Content Executive at Headbox. Reinventing the global events industry through technology. HeadBox produly represents Camm & Hooper.

Must Read Hints and Tips For Planning a Private Dining Event!

There is a lot of tiny details to plan for when hosting a private dining experience for your guests that are often forgotten about, don't worry, we are here to help, with our hints and tips from our planning experts that will make your dinner unforgettable.

What time to dine and how long should reception drinks last?
How long should your guests be kept schmoozing and enjoying reception drinks before they get to eat? We would recommend having a short reception with a glass of fizz or cocktail and then go straight into the dinner or a longer reception with some delicate canapés to keep guests from getting hungry before they are seated.

 

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What are the dietary requirements? Are children attending?
Dietary requirements are very common. Check if any of your guests are coeliac, vegan, vegetarian, allergic to seafood or nuts. Choose your menu, then a few other dishes for those with special requirements. Our menu has a thought of everyone section that has dishes suitable for all requirements to make sure every guest is catered for and doesn't miss out. Don't forget if children are attending you will need a suitable main and dessert for them.

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What drinks for the reception?
From Prosecco to champagne to sparkling wine to cocktails it can be difficult to decide on a reception drink that is a crowd pleaser. The best way to decide is to do a tasting and choose something that is easily drinkable. If your event has a special theme it is a nice idea to do a cocktail that represents that theme. For example, if you were having a 1970's party it might be nice to serve a retro Rob Roy on arrival.

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Which wines to serve with your meal? red or white?
In your tasting of food and drinks choose a white and red wine, you will always need both. Choose something that is popular with a majority of people, not a really sweet flavoured wine or overly dry something that will please the crowd. It is also good to choose your wines based on what goes well with the main course dish of your menu. We can give great recommendations of wines from our wine list that pair perfectly with our catering.

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What seating plan do you want?
There is the layout of the tables, rounds, squares, one long table to think about and who will sit next to who. It is usually better to have people sit with familiar people at social events, it allows them to relax and enjoy easy conversation. At corporate dinners, it is nice to get like-minded people to sit next to each other so they can network in a new or the same industry.

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The Top Summer Event Planning Tips You Need To Read

The summer is a wonderful time of year to throw a bash, with longer evenings and the warmer temperature your guests will be in high spirits to let their hair down, enjoy cocktails and celebrate.

Create atmosphere with lighting
Clever lighting makes a party more enjoyable, think about your home and how you use lighting and candles to create different moods, playing with lighting is key to a successful event. Whether you choose to inject drama into your event using bold colours or create a magical ambience with fairy lights and candles, lighting effect's the mood and environment of your party. Our Bermondsey venue Tanner Warehouse has a terrace lit with coloured bulbs, making it a perfect addition to summer parties, especially when the sun falls, it is a lovely place for guests to take a break from the warehouse and get lost in the warm summer evenings.
 

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Food suggestions and cooling cocktails
Casual style menus are popular for summer events, try a BBQ, a spit-fire roast or fish and chips to feed your guests, informal canapés such as mini burgers, sausages on sticks and summer fruit cups are also perfect light bites for when it's warm. For the booze, Infused gin and jugs of Sip Smith Summer's Cup on a hot summers day or simply filling a container with ice and cold beers and ciders are ultimate crowd pleasers. Our brand new Spring Summer Menu has an additional BBQ package perfect for summer events, with grilled sausages, burgers, chicken or prawns, delicious potato and pasta salad sides, all the baps and wraps, sauces and smashed avocado, it is the ultimate summer event feast.
 

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Spice up your event with a theme
Themed summer parties are engaging and memorable. They can be bright, colourful and extravagant or simply a colour theme that reflects a brands logo, themes create an exciting atmosphere for your guests to get lost in the event. Our City venue Banking Hall hosted the London Summer Events Show in February, the place was decked out in a summer theme using the best of London's suppliers. The environment was colourful and memorable, reflected in everything from the entertainment, colours, catering and drinks. 
 

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Wet weather and heating
It may be Summertime but in the UK we can never be sure that rain won't hit. Especially if your event is outside, getting a heated marquee or arranging some sort of shelter is important to keep your guests warm and dry when Summer rain hits. Make sure you book a venue or arrange shelter and heaters incase of the typical British weather hitting unexpectedly.