Kenwood House Wedding Showcase For All Your Big Day Inspiration

Saturday 7 February 2015 

10.00 am-1.00 pm

charlieJames_265 gallerylkenwood04 Weddings at Kenwood Couples looking for a magnificent and unique location for their wedding day – and inspirational ideas to help make it perfect – can tour one of London’s most prestigious and imposing locations during a free wedding showcase at Kenwood, Robert Adam’s 18th century masterpiece in Hampstead, on Saturday 7 February 2015.

The stunning house will be showcasing a DJ and dance floor in the Old Kitchen and couples will have the chance to view its unique interiors and sample some of the services they could hire for their special day.

From 10am-1pm, top suppliers including caterers, florists, lighting, entertainment, wedding car suppliers and photographers will be on hand to provide inspiration.

Earl grey tea smoked heritage squash, salted west comb ricotta, herb baby leaves and elderberry vinaigrette, toasted seeds Beautifully presented by Cooks & PartnersThe professional English Heritage Hospitality team will be available to offer advice about weddings during 2015 and beyond.  They will also be hosting tours through the rooms, including the licensed Dining Room and Orangery as well as the Green Room and Music Room which are available for drinks receptions and dining for up to 80.  A marquee space outside can also be seen for those interested in a larger occasion, for up to 480 guests.

Kenwood re-opened to the public following a major facelift to its fine exteriors and interiors late in 2013. Its stunning rooms and priceless artworks have been beautifully redisplayed, making it one of London’s most elegant and sought-after wedding locations.

To apply for a complimentary invitation to attend the Wedding Showcase or for further information on the hire of this prestigious location, call 020 7973 3416 or visit

Cooks & Partners will be there to talk through all your catering needs but if you would like to speak to us beforehand to receive an initial quote then please call on
020 7731 5282 or email

We look forward to seeing you at Kenwood on 7th February.




Saturday 31 January 2015


Eltham Palace & GardensCouples looking for a uniquely chic and stunning location for their wedding day – and inspirational ideas to help make it perfect – can tour one of London’s most prestigious and magnificent locations during a free wedding showcase at Eltham Palace & Gardens in Eltham on Saturday 31 January.

During the showcase, the palace will be part-stage set showing a glamorous wedding ceremony with dinner and top suppliers, including caterers, florists, photographers, lighting, entertainment and wedding car suppliers, will be on hand to provide inspiration.

Stunning wedding catering by Cooks & Partners

Stunning wedding catering by Cooks & Partners

The professional English Heritage Hospitality team will be available to offer advice about weddings during 2015 and beyond and give couples full details of great value wedding packages available until March 2015.  They include a £12,500 deal for 100 guests – with exclusive use of Eltham Palace from 3pm to midnight, flower arrangements, a sparkling wine and canapé reception, three course dinner with wine and fizz for the toast and an evening disco.

Couples can tour through the Art Deco rooms including the spectacular coffee and cream circular Entrance Hall – a uniquely special place to exchange vows – and view the medieval Great Hall, where King Henry VIII once feasted, which hosts larger civil ceremonies and celebratory receptions for up to 300 guests.

The childhood home of Henry VIII, Eltham Palace was transformed in the 1930s into a superb millionaire’s mansion surrounded by lovely moated gardens.  It still bears the unmistakably stylish Art Deco stamp, making it one of London’s most elegant and sought-after wedding locations.

To apply for a complimentary invitation to attend the wedding showcase or for further information on the hire of this stunning location call Cooks & Partners on 020 77315282 or visit

Raising the Bar

Our neighbours, creative event production company Light Motif, have recently acquired specialist bar and DJ booth company, Simply BarsSimply Bars by Light Motif will feature bars and DJ booths suitable for a number of occasions – be it a corporate event, wedding or private party.

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Simply Bars was born out of a passion for beautiful, simple design at an affordable price. The bars represent carefully crafted, mobile units for hire, suitable for a broad range of clients and events.  Started in 2011 by Rachel Baseby, the bar designs have evolved to offer a number of different finishes, both sleek and contemporary, appealing to a varied range of clients both corporate & private.  The units are also suitable for many other uses such as welcome desks, display units, food stations & DJ booths, offering a consistent design vision across the board.

Cooks & Partners are happy to now be able to offer our clients a range of Simply Bars for your events.

For more information please contact:
T:  020 77315282

Cooks & Partners Top Ten Favourite Winter Canapes

Winter is all about comforting food, warmth and indulgence, and when it comes to entertaining the food you choose makes all the difference.  Guests are coming from all over and no doubt braving the elements to get there, so tantalise their taste buds and help to make it well worth the effort.

The Cooks & Partners team of chefs and event managers have toiled, tasted, scrutinised and tasted again to bring you the most mouth-watering winter menu delights.  We want to share some of these with you.

Here’s our personal Top 10 favourite winter canapés and why:

1.  Acorn fed ham with a fresh fig and rocket salad and lemon mascarpone cream
Packed full of flavour and colour. A wheat free canapé using ham as a base, so perfect when catering for diverse guests. It’s a bit different, it’s fun and we always think there is something festive about figs!

  2.  Walnut sour dough with chicken liver parfait and quince and port jelly
Anything with port makes me think of winter indulgence, good suppers and warm houses…

3.  Bacon and camembert croquettes with date and fig chutney
Warm, filling, winter comfort. Something to get you through those Christmas party hangovers!

4.  Classic lobster bisque with a roasted onion shard served in porcelain shots
A true classic. Warming, smells divine and has a lovely rich consistency. Shots make for just the correct quantity for a perfect hit of luxury ingredients. Acts as a lovely hand warmer as well!

5.  Mini smoked haddock scotch egg with a chunky heritage tomato dip
Something fun for everyone. When halved, the yellow of the egg looks fun and vibrant. Served warm makes for great tasty winter comfort. Interactive food with the chunky dip.

6.  Quail eggs with an assortment of infused dipping salts
Should be in ‘The cheat’s guide to canapés’ extremely straight forward but looks absolutely wonderful and satisfies all taste buds as you are able to offer assortments of salts. A very chic and elegant looking canapé. Fun and interactive. Perfect canapé to serve at home. Healthier option for the winter season and veggie friendly. Experiment away!

7.  Ashed goats cheese bon bon with a chive and walnut crust and sour damson relish
The smell of cooked walnuts always makes me think of winter and Christmas time. Combined with one of my favourite things of all time – goat’s cheese, and finished with a pretty damson relish, makes for completely perfect canapé! Served on a crystal stick which also adds to the visual effect.

8.  Wild mushroom arancini with roasted garlic, thyme and lemon butter sauce
Excellent vegetarian option. Arancini, are stuffed rice balls which are coated with breadcrumbs and fried.  Warming, packed with flavour and interactive with the dip. Garlic and thyme is a great winter combination and smells wonderful.

9.  Peanut butter whoopee pies with salted caramel
Wouldn’t be winter without a few extra pounds! This is a mouthful of total naughtiness but complete happiness. Melt in the mouth flavours, dusting of icing sugar adds to a winter vibe. Very easy to serve but disappear quickly! Great for younger generation and even better for older as brings back childhood days of tasty, naughty sweet things!

10.  Sour cherry Bakewell tartlets
Fun twist on a classic dish. Served with bright pink chopped cherries so looks very pretty and dainty. Completely delicious and oozing with incredible flavour

“And what about drinks?” I hear you cry….

In the winter rather the serve a cold soft drink on arrival, why not have something hot to warm up your guests? My favourite option here is a hot spiced fresh orange juice. Packed full of vitamin c to help fight off those winter colds, it’s tasty, seasonal and something completely different. I usually add honey, ginger and nutmeg which gives it an amazing aroma. Suitable for all ages and alcohol free. A nice alternative to a hot chocolate or mulled wine and certainly healthier!  

For more great ideas please get in touch with us at Cooks & Partners on 020 77315282 or

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)