We trawled through various venues, but we did have an ace card up our sleeves. Whether we could get the venue to agree was another thing. Eventually through some commendable negotiating on our part, we had it.
Westminster Abbey! The place where crowning of Kings and Queens has taken place, of Royal marriages and resting places of legends. A majestic venue and a highlight of our events in 2016. The event finally took place in November, so just as well we didn't decide on an outside venue!
As an event for opening networking and discussions, Cheyneygates was picked as the venue within the Abbey. This room was once leased to Elizabeth Woodville and was the birthplace of her son Edward V. Tea, coffee, and lunch was served in Cheyneygates.
There was also an exclusive drinks reception at the Cellarium to end the day, where following a talk by the Canon, there was an opportunity to go on a once in a lifetime tour of the Abbey.
As a bonus, there was also a private, personalised tour of the Crypt. The crypt houses 22 Royals such as Edward I, Henry V, William III and Charles II. This is also the final resting place of dignitaries Neville Chamberlain, Charles Darwin and Rudyard Kipling to name but a few. That was certainly one for the memory banks of those that attended this event.