Cooks & Partners announces exciting new sole catering partnership with Proud Central.

October 28, 2018


Image credit: The Kinks, Hampstead Heath, London, 1968 © Barrie Wentzell


Cooks & Partners are excited to announce their new partnership with Proud Central, as sole caterer for the venue. As the gallery reaches its 20th anniversary, the new flagship venue Proud Central continues to expand its collection, bringing Proud’s diverse exhibition program to the Strand in central London.


The venue and catering partnership kicked off with a fantastic star studded evening for the official launch of the “The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society” an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary multi-format release of The Kinks sixth studio album, ‘The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society’. On display is a selection of rare collectors’ items including specially commissioned artworks by the members of the band and vintage memorabilia together with a collection of photographs documenting this remarkable period in the bands history. Each piece is hand-signed by the surviving band members Ray Davies, Dave Davies and Mick Avory.


Cooks & Partners created a truly British canape menu to enhance the theme of the exhibition which explores the album’s defiantly British sensibilities. From the ever-devoured Yorkshire puddings with rare roast beef and horseradish to the Classic prawn cocktail on skewers with bloody Mary sauce and slightly more unusual Quails eggs coated with an assortment of infused salts. All beautifully presented using natural foliage, moss, bark, wood and edible flowers bringing together the village green feel.




Proud Central is nestled in a prime central London location between Charing Cross and Embankment, and provides an exciting backdrop of iconic images when entertaining your guests.


Recently refurbished, the venue offers 1200 square feet and a 180 capacity spread across two spacious floors; ideal for intimate affairs as well as bustling parties, launches and receptions. With the buzz of Soho, Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square just around the corner, your event is sure to attract a crowd whilst still benefiting from the privacy of a side street location.


Verity Morris, Head of Sales at Proud Gallery commented; ”Cooks & Partners are a fantastic team to work with, their set up is seamless and they always arrive with smile. We are very much looking forward to what our partnership can bring to the table!”


“We are truly excited to be working with Proud at this superb venue in the heart of London. The ever changing and iconic photographic exhibitions create a real attraction and point of interest for all guests, whatever the event.” Jenny Scruton, Sales Manager at Cooks & Partners


For more information on this superb venue please do get in touch with the team at Cooks & Partners on 020 77315282 or


The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society - Proud Central, London. 4th October—18th November 2018

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