The Royal Horticultural Halls hosted The White Company’s two-day Leadership Conference event in April, which included a cabaret style conference, a fashion show and a seated banquet dinner by Create.
White Company founder Chrissie Rucker MBE attended the event and presented awards to her team during dinner. The Lindley Hall was chosen for the event due to its central London location, its reputation for luxury brand events and its blank-canvas white walls.
On day one of the event, 184 delegates were treated to a tableside show of next season’s clothing collections. The show featured 18 models, showcasing the White Company’s products beneath The Lindley Hall’s Edwardian glass vaulted ceiling, which provided an abundance of natural light.
Guests enjoyed a selection of canapes including dry-aged beef truffle horseradish tarragon crème fraiche, classic smoked salmon cream cheese, dill and lemon on charred bagel, rosemary focaccia mushroom stroganoff, crispy chorizo whipped potato croustade served on a flowerpot filled with peppercorns, fried halloumi pave chilli pesto and lemon gel, and baked artichoke soufflé with sun-dried tomato cream and basil. Dessert canapés included rhubarb and custard panna cotta, hibiscus and toasted gingerbread and toasted pecan brownies with salted caramel.
The venue’s North Annexe was used to house a number of items from next year’s range, including bedroom and dining furniture, which were lifted into the venue using its 3-tonne goods lift.
The Mezzanine and organiser’s office were used as back-of-house areas for the models, while production company Oxygen Event Services Ltd hung a catenary wire from the supporting beams of the ceiling to drape and section the room, built staging for the conference and awards ceremony and assisted with AV throughout both days.
A three-course banquet concluded the two-day event, with starters of gin and elderflower salmon, with elderflower cream, peach blossom, pickled lemon, spelt crumb and dill, or Greek salad with feta panna cotta, grilled snake beans with Inca tomatoes, compressed cucumber, oliver granola and basil. Main courses included duo of chicken, a Spatchcock terrine, butter poached breast with creamed spinach, salted grape, sweet corn succotash and brown butter sauce, or Asian eggplant, with baked Aubergine, miso glaze, beer and honey, roasted peanuts and wild rice. For dessert guests enjoyed Salted caramel tart, roasted pecans with creamed chocolate sauce.
With recently renovated décor, AV systems and lighting, The Lindley Hall is always popular with luxury brands because of its expansive, prestigious surroundings, which provide both a blank canvas but also a sense of history and refinement, right in the centre of London.
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