Venue focus: Lee Valley VeloPark

Lee Valley VeloPark.   Velodrome track. February 8, 2017.   Photo: Eleanor Bentall Tel: 07768 377413

Lee Valley VeloPark. Velodrome track. February 8, 2017. Photo: Eleanor Bentall Tel: 07768 377413

Legacy, it’s a living and breathing journey. It’s also a word synonymous with East London and 2012.

It’s amazing to think that five years have passed since the Olympics took London by storm. There has never been such a uniting experience across the capita: surrounded by sun and GB fever we cheered and partied with the best of them.

Relive the ‘competitive spirit’ this summer at the Lee Valley VeloPark. The flat floored centre of the track is surrounded by the famous laps and is a fantastic backdrop for events. We have catered for some amazing large scale events using track centre as their venue space. The velodrome has a seating capacity of 6,000 in total so this really is an East London juggernaut.

Of course playing an active part of the story is part of the experience. Did you know that laps around the track can be included in your day schedule? So cyclists ready!

Beyond taking part in the venues heritage you can get further involved with a sponsorship package with various perks across your association.

Premier package

• 2 x branded perimeter track board

• 4 x track centre barrier jackets

• Big screen advertising

• Meeting room hire, one day’s complimentary use

• Track Taster session with flying lap (one session for up to 16 people)

• VeloStudio pass for two people for the duration of the contract

Platinum package

• 1 x branded perimeter track board

• 2 x track centre barrier jacket

• Big screen advertising

• Track Taster session* (one session for up to 16 people)


If you are looking for a venue to enhance your corporate social responsibility policy then this could well be it. This is no humble cycle track. It’s where Team GB dominated the medals, where Sir Chris Hoy became Britain’s most successful Olympian and the likes of Laura Trott and Victoria Pendleton pedalled to glory.


Raw-some treats for meetings & conferences

Rawsome treats

Plant based diets are still capturing the imagination of our clients. It’s no surprise that with summer around the corner we are seeing a growing demand for healthier treats to punctuate a day meeting, conference or seminar. Our clients have often allowed us to play with bespoke menus to energise their delegates but it’s becoming more and more of the norm for our kitchen’s pastry section.

Here are our favourite, and most popular highlights to inspire your guests!

  1. Energy balls – with inspirations a plenty there is a choice for everyday of the week! Our favourite are cashew and coconut.
  2. Chai puddings or layered smoothie pots – one of the prettiest breakfasts out there! Toasted granola adds a great final texture with fresh berries.
  3. The green juice or smoothie – Green says everything! You’ll just feel more energetic by looking at it! (No guarantees but it’s what we are told). Packed with nutrients, these are by far the most popular request.
  4. Fruit leathers or bar – When you really want to be offering jelly beans but feel the pang of guilt these are perfect. Willy Wonka would have a field day in flavour combinations.
  5. Raw bites – the prettier and healthier friend to the millionaire shortbread. Our favourite is Carob topped with dried cranberries.

Now with such attention to detail in energy boosting snacks we hope your venue choice is just as inspiring. If you’re still searching for the perfect meeting location please get it touch.  We would love pop you in the direction of our favourite locations.

Summer receptions its London’s most iconic venue: The View from the Shard


This is summer party booking season! There is a check list of requirements in our mind:

  1. Can you enjoy the sun?
  2. Us British love to make the most of the summer sun. Be careful here! You need to remember a wet weather option that is just as practical for your needs.
  3. Does the venue capture the season?
  4. You don’t want to be in a venue that you might use at Christmas too
  5. Will the venue work for your style of event?
  6. Relaxed or formal, venues are usually flexible but it’s worth considering how to lean on one of its personalities
  7. What are the additional costs you might incur?
  8. Do you need production, AV, florals? It’s always a good idea to consider tailoring what’s already there.

Armed with this handy check list, here’s why in five reasons, The View from the Shard is a great venue choice. If you’re still in doubt after this we would love to show you more.

  1. The venue boasts three levels of event space. At the peak is the outdoor viewing platform, complete with ‘grass’ and national floral favourites including poppies, fox gloves, lavender, marigolds and birch trees. Of course, the lower levels are just as awe inspiring should the forecast not be as favourable.
  2. Undoubtedly there is nothing more suited to a summer party than access to the outdoor deck. Although The View from the Shard hosts events all year around, the views are constantly changing. The longer summer evenings mean that even if you’re on the lower floors, your event will still be making the most of the bright day!
  3. We have seen The View from the Shard transformed in so many ways from relaxed deck chairs to minimalist cocktail tables. This venue is brilliant to tailor into lots of styles.
  4. The venue has a dream team of suppliers, us included. We all work together as a team to pull all of the elements together. Each event is different in terms of what you might need but it’s always reassuring to know you are in safe hands.

Cooks & Partners supports Macmillan Cancer Support for its London Marathon post-race reception at Durbar Court, Foreign and Commonwealth Office



Last weekend, nearly 40,000 people ran the Virgin Money London Marathon, and between them they’re set to raise a whopping £60 million for charity.

Cooks & Partners once again supported Macmillan Cancer Support by supplying carb loading pasta pots and boxed sandwiches to re-energise weary runners in the grand surroundings of Durbar Court, home to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in the heart of Westminster.

As part of Cooks & Partners ongoing commitment to leaving a legacy, the company supported the charity by supplying their chosen menu at cost, donating all of the profit they might have made from the event to the charities work.  This year Macmillan had over 900 runners in the race and have already raised over £1million for people affected by cancer.

Sally, a Programme Manager from Macmillan says, ‘We are so grateful for all our partners coming together to put on a great event for our runners. We know what dedication it takes to run a marathon and raise vital funds for people affected by cancer so this is our opportunity to show our thanks to our supporters. Thank you to Cooks and Partners for great food and their continued support to Macmillan’.

Debbie Poulton, Head of Events and Business Development said “We are so proud to pledge our support once again to Macmillan Cancer Support. Not only because of the amazing dedication of the runners but also the breathtaking dedication of the charity all year around”.

Styling inspiration from the kitchen garden

Herb themed wedding

With green being the colour of the season it’s no wonder we have seen a surge in herbs. It’s a trend we love in event design. Not only do they provide a brilliant rustic background but they provide a wonderful scent in the venue. It’s such a shame when you see beautiful table centres created for ‘one night only’ impact, but the lovely thing about using ‘living herbs’ in your event is that they can be adopted afterwards by your guests.

Here is our top hit list of how to style with herbs.

  • Create cocktails with herbal inspiration. Whether it be sprigs of rosemary in your gin and tonics or lemon thyme topping to your soft spritzes.
  • Creating herb bars – we love a simple reclaimed palette front finished with living herb pots
  • Table centres with a difference, from terracotta pots to living turf runners there are so many options here.
  • Bunting – we saw a bride use herbs instead of floral bunting to add a natural look to a long stretch of wall. This one really sticks in our mind.
  • Herb breads! We love it when clients requests sharing menus. Herb breads to share are a great way to start off these relaxed suppers. It’s also a great wedding ice breaker!

As always our minds are full of ideas so we would love to put our creative minds to work alongside your event plans! Chat to our team today.