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No.11 Cavendish SquareThe venue: No.11 Cavendish Square houses over 30 event spaces spread across four fl oors with several large theatres, break-out rooms and board rooms. A £100,000 refurbishment of the conservatory saw it transformed into an 18th Century inspired Orangery, which leads onto a courtyard garden with a feature 'living wall.'The brief: Dani Harrod, Senior Marketing Executive at Kingsley Napley, selected West End venue No.11 Cavendish Square after searching for 'London venues' using a venue fi nding service. He wanted to create a quirky theme that would capture the imagination of the company's 200 staff at the annual Christmas party, while being conscious of the need for good value for money and excellent transportation links. No.11 Cavendish sits very near to Oxford Circus tube station.The execution: No.11 Cavendish conjured up a fantasy realm reminiscent of C. S. Lewis's Narnia, complete with atmospheric lighting, snow and ice features, small pine trees and a vintage lamp post. Even a fi gure of Aslan the lion featured in the courtyard garden.Guests entered Narnia through 'the wardrobe' and enjoyed a Prosecco and cocktail reception in the Orangery, which was lit in electric blue, hot pink, purple and orange hues for dramatic impact. The adjacent Burdett Theatre featured cool blue lighting for a crisp, wintery backdrop, complemented by silver candelabra centre pieces, white table clothes and chair covers. Screens in the Burdett Theatre played 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' while guests enjoyed a three-course dinner created by in-house caterers Ampersand. goes to tinsel-town for law fi rm Kingsley Napleywww.conference-news.co.uk . September 2011 . 15BRAND WESTMINSTER

Love at fi rst viewingThe venue: Designed by the celebrated Scottish architects the Adam Brothers, 28 Portland Place is one of the fi nest surviving town houses of its type, nestled in the heart of London's West End. Majestic formal rooms have been sympathetically restored to maintain the character and tradition of the house, offering modern luxury and elegant surroundings for any occasion, be it a meeting or conference, a wedding or a Christmas party.The wedding: Somayah and Tim kick-started weddings at 28 Portland Place at the beginning of this year, hosting their ceremony and reception at 2 Portland Place on Saturday 29 January 2011. For Somayah it was love at fi rst viewing and in the run-up to the wedding Somayah took various family members to see the venue. The couple took a relaxed approach to wedding planning and enjoyed their menu tasting just a few weeks before their big day. The availability of a cash bar at the wedding reception, serving wine and other refreshments, was the agreed solution to overcoming the diffi culty of having a 50/50 split of guests who drank alcohol and those who did not. Speaking of the success of their wedding day, the newlyweds said: "Thanks to Wedding & Events Executive Nicola Stoddart, of It's The Agency, together with the team at 28 Portland Place, our wedding day ran smoothly and we couldn't have dreamed up a better day. The exquisite canapés and dishes were beautifully presented and absolutely scrumptious. They were a complete hit with all of our guests." for 28 Portland PlaceBRAND WESTMINSTER