Elderflower season in full swing across the London parks

English elderflower

It’s important to be armed with brilliant and interesting ideas of how to use the blooms to their maximum potential. Of course we will include the tried and tested favourite too.

Here are our top five ideas of how to use these popular English florals.

  • Cucumber & elderflower spritzer

A twist on the classic. This soft mocktail is super refreshing very summery and is a very on trend pantone of green. This is a lovely alternative to an alcoholic Pimms and is sure to make event guests feel spoilt!


  • Gooseberry fool with elderflower

It’s usually rhubarb that makes our fool hit list but the muddle of elderflower and gooseberry here is a real hit! It’s the perfect country garden pudding.


  • Elderflower jellies

Inspired by the master jelly crafters Bompas and Parr we can’t help but love the chance to show off with a jelly. Beyond the exuberant towers or retro bunnies this jelly is also perfect in a shot glass served as an afternoon tea inspired canape.


Elderflower tempura

This is perfect for tiny numbers when you want to add a final flourish to a show off summer supper. Tempura flowers are a great way to bring the floral touch to a savoury dish. Here, in this example, used with dripped sauce as a tapas bite!


  • Strawberry and elderflower fruit leather

A real crowd pleaser for day meetings: we are being asked more and more for healthy alternatives. These fruit leathers are a combination of summer berries and elderflower that will make a happy biscuit alternative!


  • The ever so popular elderflower cordial …

This still remains a very popular spritz throughout the year. We love it with mint leaves and soda. It’s also fab with a kick of gin too!


Cooks & Partners caterers for the ATP press launch at The View from the Shard


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Last week we were proud to cater for the ATP press launch at the View from the Shard, another breakfast in a string of successful collaborations with the venue team for their early rising networkers.

Where better than the iconic viewing galleries turned event space to announce that the tournament will stay for a further two years. The announcement comes as the prestigious sporting event takes a new sponsorship title: Nitto ATP Finals. The tournament will now be supported by Japan’s leading innovation companies, the Nitto Denko Corporation.

ATP Executive Chairman & President was joined by special guests and tennis legends such a as Boris Becker for breakfast whilst taking in the spectacular views from some 800ft height above the Thames.

Cooks & Partners, the nominated caterers of choice for the View from the Shards’ breakfast packages served their renowned morning pastries alongside fresh fruit juices and much needed caffeine for the 9.30am start. 


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.