Today more religious sites are used for corporate events. The latest addition to that is London’s St Paul’s Cathedral that joins Searcys Collection. Searcys, the iconic collection of restaurants, bars and venues throughout the UK showcased one of its newest acquisitions, the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral, to corporate buyers at an exclusive event on Wednesday night.
The evening demonstrated the grandeur, services and creative catering skills that are available at the historical and exclusive venue as well as its links to the rest of the Searcys Collection.
St Paul’s is an important institution at the very heart of our nation’s culture. The cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London. Its dome, framed by the spires of Wren’s City churches, has dominated the skyline for over 300 years. With Searcys long and illustrious catering heritage, there are two fundamentals that have remained constant for Searcys – innovation and quality. As the in-house caterer at St Paul’s Cathedral, they can offer an exceptional level of service in order to deliver food and experiences of the highest quality.
As part of Searcys growth and business development strategy both the individual venue teams and Searcys’ Exclusive Events team are constantly seeking new ways to engage with potential clients and influencers. Searcys, who operate St Paul’s with catering and event management, served up a range of delectable canapés and champagne and the evening was made even more special with a unique, private organ recital. The evening was also supported by Lavender Green, who dressed the venue with stunning flowers, and Wise Productions, who provided the lighting and AV for the evening.
Colin Gray, Operations Director for Searcys at St Paul’s, said: Our partnership with St Paul’s allows us to provide uniquely creative catering, and we were delighted to showcase this to all our potential clients. Our event hosted over 200 corporate buyers and journalists, who are some of the industry’s most influential people. The organ recital was an incredible and very special touch – our aim is to always inspire potential clients and offer them a memorable experience.”
Elise Aspeling, Events Producer at the Guardian news and media, commented; “This is my first time at St Paul’s Cathedral and it’s been amazing – what an opportunity to listen to a private organ recital in a world-famous landmark such as St Paul’s. The venue is spectacular and the Searcys hospitality showcase was second-to-none. I won’t hesitate to recommend St Paul’s Cathedral and its offering to my organisation.”
St Paul’s hosts a selection of wonderful, flexible spaces suitable for a wide variety of event styles and sizes, from dinners to receptions and daytime meetings. Rooms available for hire include the Wren Suite, Temple Bar, Nelson Chamber, North Churchyard, Chapter House and The Crypt, which can accommodate various sizes from intimate dinners of 20 to 250 guests for a seated dinner or a standing reception.
Debby Hickling, Supplier Liaison Manager at the TFI Group, said; “St Paul’s Cathedral is a perfect venue for us, particularly for a gala dinner or reception. The magnificent, historic spaces here offer us something truly unique that would make an event extra special and memorable, and provide an impressive backdrop for the exclusive catering services offered by Searcys.”
Event enquiries can be taken via the Searcys Exclusive Events team, who use their extensive venue knowledge to provide buyers with a one-stop service for the sourcing and booking of venues across the Searcys portfolio.