November 21, 2012
Originally envisioned as a ‘one off’ to celebrate the reopening of Exhibition Road, Strictly SW7 proved to be so popular that it returned this week to showcase three of London’s most prestigious event venues; The Science Museum, The V&A and The Natural History Museum. Featuring a full spectrum of London’s best corporate event suppliers split across the three venues, Strictly SW7 offers events planners an unparalleled opportunity to see what each venue has to offer in a single night.
Once again, we teamed up with the ever-stunning Natural History Museum along with Florists Veevers Carter, production company Event Concept, furniture experts Great Hire and Caterers The Admirable Crichton to provide an evening (or a third of an evening)’s food and entertainment that shows the venue at its exhilarating best.
In a unique twist on last year’s ‘rotating guests’ concept, groups of 50 were welcomed into each venue to sample starters, mains and desserts as well as a selection of canapés and drinks. On top of that, each venue showcased a different take on event entertainment to complement the surroundings.
Following last year’s show stopping performances from Wandering Hands and Le Gateau Chocolat, there was more than a little pressure to create a sight as memorable as a man in drag singing ‘Diamonds are Forever’ in an operatic baritone as he descended an escalator out of a globe. Thankfully, we’re never short of breathtaking entertainment ideas at Sternberg Clarke and our Roue Cyr performance was a suitably jaw-dropping follow up to the previous year. The Cyr wheel takes its name from Daniel Cyr who came up with this thrilling twist on the German Wheel - it's a relatively recent invention and as such, is still a novelty at corporate events.
Using a single steel wheel, our amazing acrobat Ali put on a stunning display on a stage set beneath the staircase. Ali took to the stage backed by supremely talented singer pianist Kyan who performed on a white baby grand piano at the top of stairs. Kyan’s RnB tinged takes on modern classics from the Beatles to Elton John created an intriguing contrast with the historic venue and made for a fitting musical backdrop to a thoroughly modern circus act.
With such a lot to get through, someone needed to be on hand to keep things running to schedule – thankfully our Victorian Museum Director was on hand to hurry guests along between venues and make sure everyone got to see everything that Strictly SW7 had to offer. Dressed immaculately in authentic period costume, actor Tim Heath played the role of avuncular museum curator with all the dusty charm of a character ripped from the pages of a Dickens novel (it should be noted that he makes a very good Ebenezer Scrooge too, ‘tis the season n’ all).
Guests were treated to a dizzying array of edibles ranging from a stunning macaroon tree to a ‘Modernist Food Stall’ featuring Nitro Frozen Fruit and Chocolate Pops, Liquid Centre Ice-Creams and Molten Chocolate Ravioli. Elsewhere the ‘Earth’ food stall offered a menu with the theme ‘Ice and Fire’; Grain Fed Sirloin of Beef on the 'fire' side and Iced Sushi for the chillier end of the equation.
Take a look at some more pictures from the event below.
For more information on booking any of the acts featured at Strictly SW7, head over to our contact page and get in touch.
By Garreth Owen