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The Mercure London North Watford Hunton Park Hotel hosted a secret garden party on 13 September, to celebrate the launch of its new garden marquee.

Guests were invited to view the marquee, which can accommodate up to 500 guests for a seated banquet and 700 guests theatre-style. The marquee was decorated by Dress It Yourself.

Premier Banqueting provided canapes, while in the Christmas area guests enjoyed brussel leaf and cranberries, avocado & gazpacho, and scallops with black pudding.

The entertainment embraced the secret garden party theme. There was a unicorn on arrival, woodland creatures (including two flower fairies), a tree stilt walker and a faun, as well as the Hedgemen who were a huge hit with guests.

Guests were also kept entertained by magicians Lee Smith and Luke Clough, by Zing Events who provided garden games and by young, modern musical duet Acoustik.

Stewart Graham, general manager, said: “The launch of our brand-new garden marquee was a huge success, and I want to thank everyone who took their time to attend our secret garden themed party.

“I was incredibly proud of my team and I was really pleased to hear so many positive comments about Hunton Park Hotel after its journey over the past year.”