The Tower of London, one of the six venues cared for by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, welcomed 120 guests to an exclusive showcase event last night (19 April).

The theme for the evening was ‘Spring Fling’, with the Tower of London team showcasing the versatility of the venue’s event spaces with engaging contemporary theming and unique staging, all of which helped to communicate the many different event concepts possible at the Tower.

On arrival guests enjoyed a Jewel House tour with a private viewing of the Crown Jewels, before moving to the White Tower for the drinks reception and canapes.

Dinner followed in the New Armouries, with guests seated on rustic furniture provided by Great Hire as they enjoyed a delicious menu by Food Show, featuring dishes such as sous-vide hand dived scallops marinated in kaffir lime leaf and spring cannon of lamb with courgette and basil puree and pommes anna. The room was adorned with fresh floral arrangements by Lavender Green and festoon lighting provided by Wise, reflecting the ‘Spring Fling’ theme and providing a feel of the outdoors.

After dinner, the events team showcased the evening’s big reveal. To demonstrate the versatility of the New Armouries, the space had been divided into two ‘rooms’ with the reveal of a previously hidden after-dinner ‘terrace’ area.

The floor had been transformed into a lawn by WOW grass and decorated with Twilight Trees and outdoor furniture by Great Hire, giving the illusion of the outside being brought in to further enhance the event’s theme. Desserts were served including spring rhubarb trifle, mini eclairs with crystallised rose petal and raspberry, and sticky toffee pudding with banana caramel sauce, while guests enjoyed after dinner drinks amongst the contemporary sounds of guitarist and singer J M Solo.

Laura Drake, commercial events manager at the Tower of London, said: “We were thrilled to welcome so many guests to the showcase event at the Tower of London. The evening was a fantastic way for myself and the team to highlight how we can transform this wonderfully historic setting into a more contemporary space with décor and production elements. The combination of our historical backdrop and innovative theming works so well together to create an unforgettable experience for guests.”

“The event was also a great way for us to communicate Historic Royal Palaces’ charitable cause, as all events held at the Palaces contribute towards conserving these iconic venues and ensuring they remain well maintained and open for all to enjoy.”

Suppliers included Food Show (catering), Wise (production), Lavender Green (flowers), Prelude (entertainment), Great Hire (furniture), James Robinson (Photographer), Twilight Trees and WOW grass.