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Burns Night Celebrations at The Caledonian Club

Sarah Spreckley on behalf of Park Lane Events

‘Some hae meat and canna eat, and some wad eat that want it; but we hae meat, and we can eat, sae let the Lord be thankit’ Robert Burns (1759 – 1796)

Burns Night is an important date in any Scottish social calendar; annually celebrated on or around January 25th, it commemorates the life of Scotland’s most famous poet Robert Burns, who was born in Alloway, near Ayr in 1759. The first Burns supper was held in July 1801 when nine of Burns’ close friends got together to mark the fifth anniversary of their dear friend’s death. Taking place at Burns Cottage in Alloway, the night included a delicious meal of haggis, performances of Burns’ work and a speech in honour of the great Bard himself. The night was such a resounding success they decided to hold it again, marking the start of the tradition we still enjoy to this day.

Last month has seen a number of Burns Night celebrations take place at The Caledonian Club, where guests, members and non-members have all been warmly welcomed to the Club to experience a little bit of Scotland, in the heart of London. With our menu offering traditional dishes such as Cockburn of Dingwall Haggis with a Neeps nip of whisky followed by desserts such as cranachan with honey and our Club malt ice cream; guests have been treated to the very best in Scottish hospitality with a night of fine dining, music and revelry.

As one of the finest Scottish venues in our capital and with a varied choice of private dining and meeting spaces available, our doors are also open throughout the whole calendar year for event hire. From the recently refurbished Glengoyne Room that can accommodate smaller meetings or dinners for up to 8 guests, to the impressive Johnnie Walker Room with a seated capacity of 120 or standing capacity of 250, The Caledonian Club offers both members and non-members a fabulous location to meet, dine or network in style. Our experienced events team is on hand to advise what has worked historically at the Club and would love to welcome you and your guests through our doors and extend the warm welcome that the Scots are so well known for!

For more information or to organise a visit to the Club to view the event space for yourself, please contact the events team on banqueting@nullcaledonianclub.com or call 0207 235 5162.

February 4, 20200 commentsRead More

Non-Member Events at The Caledonian Club

Sarah Spreckley on behalf of Park Lane Events

Tucked away in leafy Belgravia, yet only a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Victoria sits The Caledonian Club – originally founded in 1891 as a proprietary club, the Club as it is today was formed in 1917 under the leadership of the Marquis Tullibardine. He appealed to members to make it the representative national club and headquarters for Scots in London and the long-standing team at The Caledonian Club pride themselves on offering their guests and members the very best in Scottish hospitality and ‘a little bit of Scotland in the heart of London’

The Club operates day to day as a private members’ club but you do not need to be a member to hold an event there – with a variety of rooms within the stunning listed building that can accommodate from 10 -250 guests, flexibility is key and the in-house events team and chef will advise and assist at every step of the way. With 39 bedrooms available in the original Clubhouse, the Club can also offer accommodation to guests or delegates post event and weekend exclusivity of all their private banqueting rooms.

From intimate weddings and private dining to conferences and networking events, the versatility and unique style of their rooms, the private entrance at 9A Halkin Street, together with the highly experienced team, will ensure that your event at The Caledonian Club is remembered for all the right reasons.

For more information or to organise a visit to the Club to view the event space for yourself, please contact the events team on banqueting@nullcaledonianclub.com or call 0207 235 5162.

We would love to welcome you to The Caledonian Club in 2020!

December 16, 20190 commentsRead More

Christmas Dining at The Caledonian Club

Sarah Spreckley on behalf of Park Lane Events

Food has always played an important role in celebrations all over the world regardless of culture or religion – it represents our national identity, honours our heritage and most importantly, brings people together.
With the festive season nearly upon us, Christmas provides the perfect opportunity to gather friends, family or colleagues together around the dinner table and reflect on the year gone by; why not bring your celebration to The Caledonian Club and let us take care of you and your guests? Offering the very best in Scottish hospitality, we have various private dining options for our members and non-members and would love to welcome you.

Founded in 1891, our stunning listed building boasts a variety of elegant rooms in which to enjoy a private festive lunch or dinner; from the intimate Oval Room (above) that can accommodate 16 for a private dinner to the impressive Johnnie Walker Room with a seated capacity of 170 – our Club will guarantee the warmest of welcomes this Christmas. For groups of 10-50 guests, we have 5 stylish spaces that can be transformed to provide the perfect setting for private lunches or dinners, including our cosy Library (below)

Our in-house event team and chef are on hand to suggest and guide you through from enquiry to event to ensure you are looked after at every step of the process – with seasonal dishes such as Fillet of Scotch Salmon, Chestnut and Garlic soup and traditional Norfolk Roast Turkey on the menu – there will be sure to be something to tickle all taste buds and we will ensure all dietary requirements are catered for. We can even include a whisky tasting in the proceedings – there’s no better place in London to sample a wee dram than at The Caledonian Club!

The Club still has the selected dates below available in 2019 including exclusive use (dry hire) on New Years’ Eve – why not toast 2020 and the start of a brand new decade with your nearest and dearest and sing Auld Lang Syne in a truly Scottish setting?

December 12th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 19th or 20th

Alternatively, we can provide the perfect venue to celebrate Burns Night in January – for more information, head to www.caledonianclub.com or email the team on banqueting@nullcaledonianclub.com

November 26, 20190 commentsRead More

A Warm Welcome at The Caledonian Club

Sarah Spreckley on behalf of Park Lane Events

Scotland was voted the world’s most welcoming country back in 2017 by Rough Guides in their reader awards and here at The Caledonian Club in London, we are proud to extend that warm welcome to all that come through our doors. Founded in 1891 by Neville Campbell, The Caledonian Club was originally built as a private residence and has evolved over the years to offer superb conference and banqueting facilities for its members, guests and non-members. Located in beautiful Belgravia, adjacent to Hyde Park Corner and just a short walk from Victoria, our stunning listed building is now home to an impressive choice of elegant spaces that can be booked privately for a variety of events from 10 to 250 guests.

The Club has seen various changes through the decades in order to meet with the demands of the public and the need to move with the times. The membership is now made up of both men and women but you do not have to be a member to hold an event with us! Similarly, the building has seen changes that have taken place over the years in order to bring the Club into the 21st century with the major development and modernisation of 9A, adjacent to the main entrance. The extension to the original Club, formally opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on St Andrews Day in 2006 now provides additional accommodation and enhanced banqueting facilities for both social and corporate events. Boasting a private entrance, guests are guaranteed the warmest of welcomes to their event through the doors at 9A and we can even organise a Scottish piper to add to the experience!

From the intimate Oval Room that can accommodate smaller meetings to the impressive Johnnie Walker Room with a seated capacity of 120 or standing capacity of 250, The Caledonian Club offers both members and non-members a fabulous location to meet, dine or network in style. Our experienced events team is on hand to advise what has worked historically at the Club and would love to welcome you and your guests through our doors and extend the warm welcome that the Scots are so well known for!

For more information, please head to Private Events at the Caledonian Club or contact the events team on banqueting@nullcaledonianclub.com or 0207 235 5162 to make an enquiry. 

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October 28, 20190 commentsRead More

Christmas cheer at The Caledonian Club

Sarah Spreckley on behalf of Park Lane Events

Autumn has officially started and with less than 100 days to go until the most wonderful time of the year, now is the perfect time to tick one job off your Christmas list and book your festive celebration with friends, family or colleagues. If you’re looking for a central London location that offers superb hospitality, flexibility and a little something different to other run-of-the-mill venues, then we would love to welcome you to share some Christmas cheer here with us at The Caledonian Club.

Located centrally between Knightsbridge and Mayfair and only a short walk from Victoria; our Scottish private member’s club offers an elegant venue for both formal and informal Christmas events for non-members. Our stunning listed building boasts a variety of rooms in which to come together and be merry; from the intimate Oval Room that can accommodate 16 for a private dinner to the impressive Johnnie Walker Room with a seated capacity of 120 or standing capacity of 250, our expert in-house team are on hand to suggest and guide you through from enquiry to event to ensure you are looked after at every step.

With roaring fires to set the scene, an impressive selection of whiskies available to sample and the very best in Scottish hospitality guaranteed, we are proud to offer our guests a stylish setting in which to celebrate.

With festive finger buffet menus starting from £29 and seated menus from £41.50 per person, we still have selected dates available in December including exclusive use (dry hire) on New Years’ Eve – why not raise a glass to a new decade in with your nearest and dearest and sing Auld Lang Syne in a truly Scottish setting? Alternatively, we can provide the perfect venue to celebrate Burns Night in January – for more information, head to www.caledonianclub.com or email the team on banqueting@nullcaledonianclub.com

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September 26, 20190 commentsRead More

Another successful year at the BNC!

Sarah Spreckley on behalf of Park Lane Events

Last week saw the team from Park Lane Events proudly support The Caledonian Club at the Business Networking Club Event Show at Central Hall, Westminster.

Over the course of a very busy day, a steady stream of pre-qualified corporate event bookers and venue-finding agents were welcomed to our stand where we were able to present what The Caledonian Club has to offer for non-member events. Contacts new and old were able to chat to the Club Secretary and learn a little bit of history behind why the Club is such a hidden gem in our City – there’s no substitute for face-to-face contact in our ever-increasing online world and the BNC highlights how valuable this still is. New event enquiries were received directly and we were also able to share our Autumn Conference offer via the BNC Event Magazine where we are offering reduced rates on a Monday and a Friday.

As an exhibitor, the team behind the BNC have thought of everything to make the day run as smoothly as possible; AV is on hand for any technical hitches that may occur and a ‘call card’ allows texts to be sent to a specific number for stand support, to report ‘selling’ to exhibitors and even a request for sweets when that mid-afternoon sugar craving kicks in! Complimentary breakfast, lunch and afternoon treats are also brought to stands for exhibitors to help fuel the day – a much-welcomed perk that we’ve not experienced at any other event shows.

For attendees – hourly competitions, an impressive line-up of seminars and delicious food served throughout the day all work together to enhance the visitor experience; add to this a relaxed atmosphere in a stunning location and you have the perfect ingredients for a successful business show.

This is the only exhibition that The Caledonian Club partake in during the calendar year and we have already secured our spot for 2020. A big thanks to the fabulous team behind the scenes at the BNC that work tirelessly to make the event such a success – we look forward to joining you next year!

July 30, 20190 commentsRead More

Scottish Events at The Caledonian Club

Sarah Spreckley on behalf of Park Lane Events

When we think of traditional Scottish celebrations, Hogmanay and Burns Night spring to mind, usually taking place during the darker, colder, wintery months of the year. Traditionally celebrated on or around 25th January, Burns Night marks the birth of the great Scottish poet, Roberts Burns and often sees friends and family gather together to share a night of music, revelry, fine food and drink and readings from the bard.

Here at The Caledonian Club, we are proud of our reputation for offering the very best in Scottish hospitality and are well practiced in hosting Burns Suppers’ and other themed events. 2018/19 saw approximately 30 dinners take place at the Club throughout the Burns season and we are proud to have the opportunity to welcome our Members and guests back year on year to share the celebrations with our team.

As one of the finest Scottish venues in our capital and with a varied choice of private dining spaces available, our doors are also open throughout the whole calendar year for event hire; why not bring family, friends or colleagues together to celebrate Tartan Day on April 6th which marks the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, or you could wait until July 1st and celebrate International Tartan Day instead?

Guests can be greeted at our door by a piper and you could even add a whisky tasting into the proceedings! Accompanied by our well-travelled barman who certainly knows his malts – guests can enjoy a tasting session pre or post dinner in one of seven private event spaces, accommodating up to 120 for a seated dinner. We can also offer a more intimate event for up to 40 guests by using our Selkirk room for pre-dinner drinks, moving to the Stuart Room for dinner and then back to the Selkirk for post-dinner dancing!

With the option to add live music to your event or even raise spirits and heart rates with a ceilidh, our team is on hand to advise what has worked historically at the Club and would love to welcome you and your guests. For more information, please head to Burns Night at The Caledonian Club or contact the events team on banqueting@nullcaledonianclub.com or 020 7201 1508 to make an enquiry.

Thanks to Earthy Photography for piper image.

July 3, 20190 commentsRead More

5 Reasons why you should attend the BNC Event Show

Sarah Spreckley on behalf of Park Lane Events

It’s that time of year when invitations start landing in your inbox for the exhibition season. We all know that these dates are an essential addition to the calendar when working in the events industry, but how do you prioritise which ones to visit? As a smaller venue, we are very selective when it comes to deciding where we should exhibit, yet there is one date that we always ensure is in our events diary – the Buyers’ Networking Club Event Show which takes place on July 10th at Central Hall Westminster. This show proudly markets itself as ‘the show eventprofs recommend’ and after exhibiting there for the past 2 years – we tend to agree. 

Here are 5 reasons why we think you should visit and if you do – we look forward to seeing you there!

  • With an impressive selection of companies all available under one roof, visitors to the BNC can meet face-to-face with properties, suppliers and event related businesses. It’s a cliché but it’s true – people buy people and the show offers the opportunity to chat with event buyers, venues and business owners in a relaxed and informal setting which isn’t often the case at traditional networking events.
  • If you come and visit us on stand 128, you will have the opportunity to meet directly with David Balden, the Club Secretary and Lyndsey Taylor from Park Lane Events. David is the font of all knowledge when it comes to The Caledonian Club and can answer any questions you may have (and can also share lots of great anecdotes and stories about the Club if you have the time!)
  • As a Scottish member’s club, the only way to see The Caledonian Club is by becoming a member or by holding or attending an event there, but you don’t need to be a member to hold an event at The Club!  If you pop by and introduce yourself to us at the show, we will be able to add you to our mailing list where you will receive updates, special offers and an invitation to our Summer drinks on the terrace which is a lovely event!  There may even be whisky on the stand!
  • Another reason to attend the show are the Seminars!  The BNC organises a varied and informative programme of educational seminars, providing the perfect opportunity to learn from industry experts on a whole range of topics, trends and tech that have an impact on the events industry. It’s often difficult to keep up to date with changes and innovations and this gives an opportunity to bring yourself up to speed as to who and what the movers and shakers are.
  • And if you need any more reasons to attend – complimentary catering is available all day for visitors and exhibitors – need we say more?! With delicious breakfast, elevenses, lunch and afternoon tea options offered along with drinks – the show will keep you fully fuelled and energised throughout the day. The show also runs hourly competitions with some fabulous prizes available as well as a pre-chosen free gift when registering. The show understands your time is precious and they are grateful that you have taken the time out of a busy schedule to visit.

We would love to meet you! The Caledonian Club will be located on stand 128 and our team would be delighted to have a chat and tell you a little more about our gem of a venue.

June 6, 20192 commentsRead More

Venue Hire London: The Caledonian Club

Elegant, sophisticated, and welcoming, the Caledonian Club has built up a reputation for being one of London’s finest and most sought-after venues for hire. This beautiful Scottish members club offers its clients and guests an atmosphere of true grandiosity, coupled with a sense of homeliness and old world charm. Together, this makes venue hire at The Caledonian Club a truly exclusive and memorable experience, making it a venue which simply cannot be overlooked. With its gorgeously decorated function rooms and social spaces, this stunning venue for hire in London is bound to make a powerful and lasting impression!

Situated in the heart of Belgravia – one of London’s most stylish and luxurious neighbourhoods – the Caledonian Club is a venue for hire which never fails to go above and beyond expectations, delivering perfection and breathtaking surprises at every turn. Indeed, with its Scottish and period decor, fabulous location, and superb team of event professionals, it’s a splendid setting for all manner of events, ranging from receptions to birthdays, business meetings, weddings, workshops, and much more besides.

Let’s take a closer look at the unique features offered by The Caledonian Club as a venue for hire in London, and consider just what it is that makes this beautiful Belgravia mansion house such a fantastic choice for those seeking something truly special.

Make a Bold Impression by Hiring a Venue in Fashionable Belgravia

It would be impossible to write about the appeal of the Caledonian Club without making some reference to Belgravia, the chic and beautiful London neighbourhood in which this elegant 19th century mansion is located. For over two centuries, Belgravia has been considered the last word in urbane sophistication, and its iconic townhouses and public gardens are emblematic of London’s status as a stylish modern city in touch with its historic roots.

The Caledonian Club takes great pride in its location within the heart of Belgravia, and venue hire of the Caledonian Club allows guests the opportunity to enjoy the unique ambience of this part of London. For example, many receptions and parties held at the clubhouse will make use of one of Belgravia’s signature garden spaces – the perfect place in which to soak up the atmosphere, have a few photos taken, and generally make the most of this world-renowned part of the capital.

London Venue Hire Bursting with History

When one thinks of London venues for hire, it’s all too easy to immediately conjure up images of soulless, grey, industrial spaces, or corporate meeting rooms packed with identical office furniture. The Caledonian Club is the perfect antidote for such things; it’s a venue which exudes so much charm, so much history, and so many unique features – it’s safe to say there really isn’t another venue like it to be found anywhere else in the city.

The Caledonian Club is housed within the last mansion of its kind to be built in Belgravia, and offers its guests and clients the chance to soak up the atmosphere of a genuine 19th century townhouse. All throughout the venue, a huge number of the original furnishings have been beautifully maintained and preserved, and the decor and interior design of the entire building have been carefully selected to exude a sense of period grandeur and sophistication. Everywhere you look, there are clues to the building’s history and prestige, and the important role the club has played for the Scottish community here in London. To utilise the Caledonian Club as a venue hire opportunity is not merely to make use of beautiful function rooms – it’s a chance to partake in a slice of history, and to immerse oneself in beauty, elegance, and true Scots hospitality.

Highland Sophistication and Flawless Scottish Charm

Hiring The Caledonian Club is all about providing those moments of exclusivity, and an array of sensory treats which make this stunning Belgravia mansion a venue that stands head and shoulders above the rest. That’s why this venue offers a range of wonderful options for those seeking to hold their parties, receptions, meetings, and other events, and never stops seeking new ways to delight. The Caledonian Club is well renowned for its incredible catering; whether traditional Scottish food, whisky tasting experiences, finger buffets featuring fresh and seasonal produce, or something tailor-made for an event is required, this venue is guaranteed to hit all the right notes from the first moment to the last.

What’s more, The Caledonian Club features a team of event professionals and venue hire specialists, each of whom are absolutely committed to ensuring the whole experience goes ahead exactly as envisioned. No request is too great or too small, and the Caledonian Club team will be only too happy to talk through the multitude of options and opportunities open to you.

A Range of Flawless Function Rooms

As with any top-quality venue for hire in London, the Caledonian Club offers its patrons and guests a wide array of stunning function rooms and halls to choose from, with a fantastic range of sizes and styles available.

The largest (and many would argue, the most impressive) of the function rooms for hire at the Caledonian Club is the beautiful Johnnie Walker Room. This function space for hire is incredibly elegant and atmospheric, and it highlights the unique features of the club in a most glorious fashion. With a wealth of period features and breathtaking design points, the Johnnie Walker Room has a capacity for 200 guests or 150 seated attendees, making it ideal for sizeable receptions in which more space is required.

However, the options do not end there. Other popular function rooms for hire in this beautiful Belgravia venue include the Library (a magnificently ambient and sophisticated space), the Morrison Room, and the Ballroom, each of which have their own capacities, their own unique atmosphere, and a long list of factors which make them perfect for different types of events. With intimate spaces for up to thirty attendees, and larger rooms suitable for over a hundred guests, there’s no doubt about the fact that The Caledonian Club offers no shortage of venue hire opportunities that will inspire, delight, and provide many memorable moments.

Venue hire at The Caledonian Club is an opportunity to make a real impact with an event, elevating it from the ordinary to the truly extraordinary. Why not get in touch today, and see what this stunning Belgravia mansion can do for you?

May 24, 20190 commentsRead More

Spring Dining at The Caledonian Club

Sarah Spreckley on behalf of Park Lane Events

Virginia Woolf knew exactly what she was talking about when she famously said ‘one cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well’. Bringing people together to share good food and conversation is undoubtedly one of life’s simple pleasures and where better to enjoy a private dining event than with us here at The Caledonian Club?

Founded in 1891 and tucked away in Belgravia, our stunning listed building is home to a varied choice of private dining spaces that can accommodate from 10 to 250 guests. Whether you’re looking to host a corporate dinner, special celebration, or just the opportunity to bring friends, family or colleagues together in an exclusive and traditional setting – The Caledonian Club offers Scottish hospitality at its very best.

Our highly experienced and knowledgeable team will guide you through from enquiry to event and can make recommendations to ensure your dining experience at The Caledonian Club is remembered for the right reasons. With a delicious new spring menu available offering dishes such as Portland Bay Crab, Honey Roast Duck and Glazed Lemon Tart, the Head Chef can help create a bespoke menu to satisfy every palate and accommodate all dietary requirements. A selection of wines and whiskies can be suggested by our Sommelier to accompany your dining experience and pre-dinner drinks taken on our secluded terrace (when our reliable British weather allows!)

The Caledonian Club are delighted to offer a complimentary glass of sparkling wine for all private dining bookings for 20 guests or more, please quote ‘PDSpring’ when enquiring.

For more information on availability please contact our team on banqueting@nullcaledonianclub.com

The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street, Belgravia, London, SW1X 7DR
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April 9, 20191 commentRead More