In pictures: Bafta 195 Piccadilly hosts Destination Westminster


More than 150 event buyers attended The Westminster Collection's annual networking event at London's Bafta 195 Piccadilly last Friday (10 October).

The venue collective's Destination Westminster showcase welcomed representatives from integrated marketing and event agencies, charities, embassies, government organisations, law firms, accountancy firms, retailers and tour operators.

The aim of the event was to allow attendees to have face-to-face conversations with venue representatives representing historic institutes and societies, conference venues, river boat venues, luxury hotels, museums, tourist attractions, private members clubs and concert halls.

Bafta 195 Piccadilly hosted the event in its David Lean Room and Foyer Bar, as guests posed for Twitter and Instagram photos alongside iconic Bafta masks and enjoyed sweet and savoury breakfast treats created by the venue's in-house team and head chef Anton Manganaro. This included cinnamon toast with roast banana on a chocolate milk shot, and spinach, potato and goats cheese tortilla with smashed avocado.

Attendees were then able to fill up pick ‘n’ mix-style bags with breakfast-themed treats from a sweetie bar before being seated in the venue’s Princess Anne Theatre where they watched short screenings of candid interviews with Hollywood film stars including the late Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, Idris Elba and Ricky Gervais.

Allyson Hargreaves, board director for The Westminster Collection, said: "We always look forward to this event. It provides great sales leads for our venues and we hope it serves to raise awareness of the excellent, free venue finding and event enquiry tools The Westminster Collection offers to event planners via our website.

"There are few events that offer such an intimate opportunity to network and have meaningful business conversations in a relaxed environment."

A selection of furniture was supplied by The Event Hire Company, which has recently joined The Westminster Collection’s Partnership Scheme for suppliers. On-the-day event support and registration was provided by Custard Communications.

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