Celebrate in Style at Wellington Arch this Christmas

Iconic Christmas Venue

Iconic Christmas Venue

Cooks and Partners have teamed up with Wellington Arch to bring you exclusive packages for Christmas 2013, offering all-inclusive packages from £110.00 per person + VAT

This venue offers a superbly intimate space for exclusive Christmas Celebrations with capacity up to 80 guests for receptions and 36 guests for dinner

Standing tall right in the heart of the West End, Wellington Arch has one of the capital’s most fashionable addresses, best locations and the historic looks, addiing elegant styling to surprise and delight your guests. Those invited to soar to its summit cannot fail to be impressed!

Quadriga Gallery

Quadriga Gallery

Package includes;
Venue hire
Sparkling wine reception, Chosen menu option
Unlimited bottled beer, house wine and soft drinks
Event management and professional staff reception
Staffed cloakroom facilities
All serving equipment and glassware
Furniture applicable to your chosen package

Delicious canapes to start off the evening


Reception packages £110 + VAT per person (minimum 50 guests)
Dinner packages from £230 + VAT per person (Minimum 24 guests)

A Celebrity DJ Wedding – Inspiration for your wedding at Chelsea Old Town Hall


Full room shotAfter months of preparation involving tastings, site visits, meetings, phone calls and lots of emails, the day had finally arrived. Chelsea Old Town Hall is the perfect location for a wedding and it was lovely that the couple decided to hold the ceremony and reception within the hall.

Guests started arriving from 1.30 pm to the Small Hall, which had been beautifully styled, raffia carpet and thousands of rose petals lined the aisle, chairs were covered in lovely ivory covers, and delicate vases adorned with tree branches created an impressive backdrop. As guests waited for the bride to enter, a string quartet played, followed by a Ukulele duo during the signing of the register.

Flounder & beatroot fishcakeAs the ceremony ended, guests moved to the adjacent hall where they were greeted with drinks of Hendricks, cucumber & tonic and Prosecco. Canapés of flounder and beetroot bhaji with saffron yoghurt and wasabi seared beef & watermelon with pink ginger and coriander were circulated as guests mingled.

Table centre & decoration

Personalised touches

A toast master announced dinner and guests took their seats. Round tables had been styled traditionally with monarch white linen and silver ivory Camelot chairs. Beautiful table centres on mirrored plates incorporating purples, greens & pinks flowers complimented the grandeur of the room and dozens of delicate glass vases were filled with tea lights. Personal and quirky touches were added to each table with sparklers, sweets adorned with the couple’s names and name badges were used in replacement of place cards.

Rack of lambA delicious three course wedding breakfast was served starting with warm smoked haddock fishcake with watercress & a lemon mayonnaise, followed by roast rack of lamb with garlic and mint jus, crushed new potatoes and chickpea cake. Guests were then treated to plate of mini puddings consisting of spiced apple muffin with clotted cream, chocolate mocha pots and shortbread with pear and hazelnut cream.

The real surprise for guests came after pudding when actors posing as waiting staff erupted into song. The hall became alive and soon the entire room were singing and dancing away. As the speeches ended evening guests arrived and the band began to play.

Evening guests were entertained with music and dancing. A photo booth proved extremely popular and a fun way to add to the memories of the day. Later on a magnificent cheese display and finger buffet were laid out for guests to enjoy. The wedding ended on a high at midnight with lots of very happy guests!

Summer is Coming….Really It Is!

Is that a hint of sunshine I see? ….not quite, but with the daffodils are trying to push their way through and the crocuses are in flower, I feel that spring is just about here and hopefully summer won’t be far behind. I’m sure this is what we are all hoping and judging by the summer events coming in, it seems we are all feeling positive summer vibes! Bring on the sunshine, I say…

If you are looking for the perfect summer venue for 2013 then look no further as we have some fantastic ideas to suit a range of styles and requirements, both private and corporate events in London. And not only that we have some fabulous creative menus for you to choose from which will tantalise your taste buds and keep your guests satiated while supping our fresh summer cocktails.
Creative summer food bowls Sumptuous desserts Summer Cocktails

Museum of London
A gem in the heart of the city accommodating from 30 to 600 guests throughout the various gallery spaces, of which the Terrace Galleries offer unique outside space. The Terrace Galleries are perfect for accommodating reception, hog roasts and barbeques for up to 150 guests.

PTerraceandGardenackage start from £52.50 including a sparkling wine and Pimms reception, your chosen menu a nd unlimited house wine, beer and soft drinks amongst other things….contact the C&P events team for further details and to reserve your preferred date before it’s too late!

Wellington Arch
This is one of the most iconic venues in the heart of London, and wellington-arch-lit-in-purpleone to truly impress your guests for your summer event. Whether it’s a wine tasting dinner or a sophisticated canapé reception and presentation, this is a perfect setting with doors opening directly onto two viewing balconies, set beneath the largest bronze sculpture in Western Europe – with exclusive views across Buckingham Palace gardens and Westminster to Big Ben, the London Eye and the Shard. The Quadriga Gallery offers additional fascination for guests.

The Orangery Garden Reception3The Orangery, Holland Park
Set in the beautiful famous Holland Park, the Orangery Gallery was formerly the summer ballroom of the fourth Lord Holland. It offers superb summer event space looking out over the rose gardens and park, and with direct access to the pristine lawn. Accommodating up to 150 in the Orangery, and more with the option for gazebos or marquee on the lawn, this offers a flexible setting for day and evening events including seated dinners, canapé and food bowls receptions or how about a traditional afternoon tea party with dainty sandwiches and tasty morsels, freshly baked cakes and an ice-cream cart with all the toppings you can imagine.

Leighton House MuseumLeighton House Museums famous Arab Hall
Leighton House Museum offers an outstanding collection of High Victorian and Oriental art with the atmosphere and intimacy of a private home. And with it’s wonderful garden it is perfect for summer entertaining. The Arab Hall and decorative tiles lend this venue to a Middle Eastern themed menu of canapés and food bowls for up to 150, while upstairs the venue brings you back to a traditional English feel and the opportunity to feature the great British summer menu with a dinner for up to 80 guests.

Eltham Palace & GardensEltham Palace
With a series of linked Art Deco rooms, a stunning medieval Great Hall and 19 acres of moated gardens all exclusively yours, Eltham Palace will lift your corporate event into a truly unique and unforgettable occasion. With capacity up to 200 for dinner dance or 300 for a reception and access straight into the extensive grounds the event opportunities are endless. How about a corporate family fun day with lots of fun activities for the big kids and little kids, team games, themed food stalls and a barbeque feast? Or if that’s not for you, a White-Tie summer party with elegance, sophistication and panache to suit this stunning historic venue…the choice is yours!

So, what will it be for this year’s summer party? Get in touch with our fabulous events team to cement those ideas and get your summer party booked before it’s too late!

Tel: 020 7731 5282 www.cooksandpartners.co.uk

Get Creative with this Yummy Valentine’s Day Treat

It’s Valentine’s Day looming and you’re thinking hard to find something special for your someone special…How about these sensuously rich Red Velvet Cupcakes?  A little passion in a cupcake…made by your own fair hands!

Cooks & Partners Red Velvet Cupcake for your Valentine

Cooks & Partners Red Velvet Cupcake for your Valentine

Makes 12 frosted cupcakes

60g / 2½ oz soft butter
1 large free range egg
150g / 4½ oz caster sugar
10g / ½ oz cocoa
3 tsp red food colouring
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
120ml / 4 ½ fl oz buttermilk
30ml / 1 fl oz vegetable oil
150g / 5½ oz plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar

300g icing sugar, sifted
50g butter at room temperature
125g cream cheese, chilled

Extra toppings – fresh raspberries or strawberries


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake papers.

  1. In a large bowl sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder
  2. Add the oil, buttermilk, egg, food colouring, vinegar, and vanilla gently beat together with a handheld electric mixer until smooth and thoroughly combined.
  3. Divide the mix into the cupcake tins. Bake in oven for about 20-22 minutes
  4. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In a large bowl gently beat together with a handheld electric mixer the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.
  2. spoon the frosting onto of the cup cake and spread to the edges and make a swirl patron into the middle

Garnish with fresh raspberry or strawberry.

ENJOY...With Love From Cooks & Partners!

Cooks & Partners Red Velvet Cupcake for your Valentine

Wedding Showcase at Eltham Palace & Gardens 26 Jan 2013

Come and visit Cooks & Partners, your bespoke wedding caterers in London, this weekend at the beautiful Eltham Palace & Gardens Wedding Showcase on Saturday 26th January 2013 (11am-4pm). Experience all that this stunning English Heritage venue has to offer for your wedding day.

Eltham Palace & Gardens

Stunning English Heritage wedding venue, London

Come along this weekend for a chance to experience your dream wedding at one of London’s most exceptional and unusual venues. Meet the Eltham Palace events team, view the venue, and be inspired by a range of top accredited and recommended suppliers, sample culinary delights, and enjoy a range of entertainment.

Also don’t miss out on their amazing wedding offer! Weddings for just £1,000! Offering superb value for money, the ‘Grand Wedding for a Grand’ package is available Thursday-Saturday until end of October 2013. It provides two hours at Eltham Palace & Gardens from 10am until 12noon and includes room hire for the wedding ceremony and drinks reception, plus exclusive use of the venue as a backdrop for unforgettable wedding photography.

Stunning table design & Catering by Cooks & Partners

Cooks & Partners offer exceptional catering and planning for your wedding reception and would be delighted to discuss your requiremeents and provide you with a quotation. Come and see us this Saturday at this stunning showcase.

For more details visit the Eltham Palace website