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In pictures: Queen Elizabeth Prize launch event wows the crowds

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by chandco

Prince Philip House, home to the Royal Academy of Engineering, recently opened its doors to over 250 guests from Sony, BP, Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid and many more for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) Ambassadors Network Launch Party.

The theme of the evening was The Future of Engineering – an interactive journey through engineering projects and technologies. The full venue production is a first for Prince Philip House, with an interesting engineering or design installation on display at every turn. The events spaces lend themselves perfectly to this kind of experiential event, with state of the art inbuilt technology and the venue is a blank canvas waiting to be transformed.

Highlights from the night include Robothespian – a life sized, fully interactive, party-going humanoid robot, and the opportunity to see planets like never before with big-screen footage courtesy of NASA. Cutecircuit showcased a fully interactive digital fashion show complete with staged catwalk, and guest got to try their hands at Gravity Sketch – a technology start-up tool that lets you create intuitive 3D design in real time, with no programming experience needed.

Our team served a bespoke futuristic menu of canapés,and interactive food stalls greeted guests on arrival. Bocconcini with tomato gel & purple basil delighted the senses and an impressive seafood stall; showcasing sustainably sourced food with whole sides of cured salmon and king prawns didn’t fail to impress.

To have such vast and technical production across all of the event spaces was great testament to the capabilities of Prince Philip House as a cutting edge venue.

Opposites attract at Prince Philip House

Posted on: October 30th, 2014 by chandco

On Thursday 23 October, over 200 industry insiders including PWC, Barclays, Blackrock, Incisive Media, Melon Events and Grant Thornton were welcomed to Prince Philip House for the venue’s second birthday, to celebrate the perfect combination of classic and contemporary represented by the building’s elegant Grade 1 listed façade and its state-of-the-art modern interior. With this in mind, the Prince Philip House team had organised a night of interactive food, exploring the themes of ‘old and new’ and ‘sweet and savoury’. Old and modern cooking techniques rubbed shoulders as ancient dishes were updated with contemporary twists.

Guests were welcomed with alcoholic iced teas and canapés and invited to wander among the interactive food stalls. The Indian stall commemorated the first ever Indian restaurant to open in London back in the 1800s, the same era in which Carlton House Terrace was built, and served ‘London meets Delhi’ street food with delicious filled chapatis and Scotch bhajis.

Doughnut recipes first appeared in 1803, but the Prince Philip House chefs elevated this humble bun to new levels with savoury fillings and spiced savoury sugars. Crab mousse with chilli and lemon sugar, braised oxtail with paprika sugar and ricotta cheese with cinnamon sugar were all on offer as the doughnuts were assembled in front of the delighted guests.

To fit with the savoury and sweet theme, a popcorn challenge tested even the most confident of taste buds. Party-goers were invited to match the flavours to numbers on a card, with a bonus point for anyone who could guess the mystery flavour.

Creative technology agency, Luma, had installed a YrWall digital graffiti wall so that people could unleash their inner artist and then print off the results as a memento of the evening. Guests also downloaded the Prince Philip House app, created by Appsolutely Mobile, prior to the event in order to post messages and images via the event wall, which were then projected live on to plasma screens around the venue. The PPH app is available as an event organiser’s tool for any event held in the building.

The showstopper, as the evening drew to a close, was a gigantic plate of puddings which took pride of place in the Velvet Living designed Al Qasimi room as guests were handed forks and encouraged to dive in. Needless to say, the pudding was a fabulous mix of techniques and flavours, perfectly representing the evening’s ode to ancient and modern.

Rupert Outram, General Manager at Prince Philip House, said, “We couldn’t have hoped for a better evening. It was rewarding to see how much our guests enjoyed the whole experience. Prince Philip House is the perfect setting for fun evening events like this, and we’re really looking forward to welcoming more guests to the venue.”

All of the food, theming and surprises from the night are available to event bookers at Prince Philip House. To find out more, contact the team info@princephiliphouse.com

Prince Philip House hosts ‘Tour of the Senses’ showcase

Posted on: March 28th, 2014 by chandco

Last night Prince Philip House, which is part of the Harbour & Jones Events venue collection, welcomed over 170 industry professionals including Barclays, National Grid, Incisive Media, Kuoni, HSBC, Black Diamond and Melon Events to its ‘Tour of the Senses’ which invited guests to explore the weird and wonderful effects of the senses and their impact on our eating experience.

Situated on The Mall, guests arrived via the grand Carlton House Terrace entrance, they were greeted with ‘champagne and pearls’, a mix of bubbles and blackcurrant and passionfruit caviar pearls, and encouraged to use the new Prince Philip House app, which is set to be the first venue app to ever use augmented reality, before entering the Rolls Royce room.

Bathed in shades of pink and blue, the venue was transformed into an ultra cool evening space with three pop-up bars and luxurious corner sofas giving it an exclusive club-like feeling. Flaring bar staff crafted delicious cocktails of watermelon martinis and homemade lemongrass ginger beer, while waiters brought around bites from the new fine dining menu, including samples from the new eight course taster menu which was designed by Michelin-trained Head Chef, Stuart Cooper.

Opening up the whole of the first floor into one flowing space, guests set out on their sensory exploration. Kicking off with the ‘Hearing’ stall, guests were encouraged to eat soft textured dark chocolate mousse and don wireless headphones while listen to crunching noises, as well as eating chocolate while listening to high and low pitches.

Guest speaker, Peter Barham, who is an advisor to Heston Blumenthal, and also wrote the acclaimed book ‘Science of Cooking’ explained: “Our senses are a very vital part of our eating experience. Eating something soft while listening to crunching noises confuses our brain because it is expecting to feel a different texture. Not only that, but listening to a low pitch while eating chocolate engages our brain and forces our mouth to taste the bitterness of chocolate, switch to a high pitch and the very same chocolate tastes sweet.”

As smoke dramatically poured out of the ‘Smell’ room, also known as the David Sainsbury, guests were greeted with the magnificently pungent scent of basil which they inhaled while eating tomato consommé, creating the unusual sensation of eating the basil.

Continuing the tour, drinkers were given a blind wine tasting session by Jascots, challenging guests to distinguish between white and red without peaking.

Becci Thomson, Prince Philip House Sales Manager said: “It’s been so much fun organising our ‘Tour of the Senses’ and it’s fantastic to see guests gaining as much enjoyment from it as I had hoped. My aim was to not just get guests to come and try our food but to really engage with our chefs, our produce and the whole experience of eating. Every aspect that we’ve shown tonight is also available to event bookers, from the impressive basil smoke bomb to the blind wine tasting, all designed to get a reaction and create a major talking point.”

Showcasing some of the food stalls that are available as event add-ons at the venue, Brindi, the supplier arm of well known restaurant Brindisa, provided ibérico ham that was cut to order, while a cerviche stall served everything from drunk scallops to Japanese salmon and seabass. Adding even more theatre to the event, a liquid nitrogen ice cream stall took centre stage transforming liquid vanilla and chocolate cream into ice cream in front of guests’ very eyes.

Guests downloaded the new Prince Philip House app, which was created by Appsolutely Mobile (www.appsolutelymobile.com), prior to the event in order to post messages and images via the event wall, which were then projected live on to plasma screens around the venue.

Prince Philip House is now offering all event bookers the opportunity to have their own fully branded app to include general information about their event, guest list and use of the interactive event wall.

Suppliers for the evening included production from Velvet Living, EMS, Jascots Wine, Art of Flower, Appsolutely Mobile, Stewart Linton Design and Frasershot.

Leo Rodley joins the team at Harbour & Jones Events

Posted on: March 4th, 2014 by chandco

Leo Rodley, previously Executive Chef at 76 Portland Place, has joined Harbour & Jones Events as Company Chef.

Having grown considerably in the last year, Harbour & Jones Events has created a new role within the company for Leo, he will work across the venue collection to support Prince Philip House, 41 Portland Place, RSA House, St Paul’s Cathedral and Cutty Sark, as well as working on evening events.

“I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in and working on some exciting new food concepts for the summer as well as developing chefs within the business,” said Leo.

“It’s fantastic to be able to work across such prestigious venues and with such a high calibre of chefs.”

With a passion for molecular gastronomy, Leo has been brought on board to offer his expertise in fine dining as well as his creative flair and innovative approach to food. Working at 76 Portland Place for over six years, he helped grow the business to a record breaking £1.1million in food and beverage sales last year, and developed a reputation within the hospitality industry for being one of the best conferencing and events venues in London. Leo is well known within the industry having started writing a regular blog called ‘Real Food’ on Event Magazine and is an avid user of social media, delighting his followers with regular updates from his kitchen.

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Prince Philip House reports an astounding 150% increase in revenue

Posted on: December 13th, 2013 by chandco

Our venue Prince Philip House, located on Carlton House Terrace overlooking The Mall, has reported a 150% increase in revenue since it was launched by Prince Philip in October 2012. November represented the most successful month to date for the historic Grade I listed building, marking yet another example of how the events industry is spearheading the economy in London.

Previously relating 60% of business to daytime conferences, Prince Philip House has seen a huge increase in evening events and is now fast becoming one of London’s best fine dining destinations. It has already attracted the attention of high profile companies including Shell, BP, Rolls-Royce and Elsevier Publishing, who have regularly used it during 2013.

“Repeat business is already playing a big part for us in 2014, the Waitrose Christmas showcase will be going ahead again in July and we’re also very excited to be hosting the second installment of Prudential Ride London in August,” said Becci Thomson, Sales and Marketing Manager.

With the addition of new Head Chef Stuart Cooper, Prince Philip House has seen a significant increase in fine dining as well as establishing themselves with an impeccable reputation for private dinners. With a Michelin star background, including stints at Chez Bruce and under Herbert Berger at 1 Lombard Street, Stuart has also worked at other venues in the Harbour & Jones Events venue collection including the Royal Society. Since starting in August he has put his own stamp on the venue by introducing a bespoke 8-course taster menu that can be crafted for anything from 8 to 80 guests.

“We’re currently working on an invite-only fine dining evening in the Spring. We’ll be exclusively inviting a small number of event bookers and showcasing our taster menu but the format of the evening is completely different to anything I have worked on before!”

“Next summer we’ll also be completely refurbishing the kitchen which will give us an opportunity to introduce new equipment and cooking techniques, as well as the possibility of some molecular gastronomy elements,” added Becci.

Also home to the Royal Academy of Engineering, Prince Philip House underwent a£7 million refurbishment and was launched in October 2012 by Prince Philip himself, who is also an honorary fellow of the Academy.

Find out more about our taster menu and exclusive Spring event contact 020 3206 7750.



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www.harbourandjonesevents.com | 020 3206 7750

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