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Post COVID-19 events – how is it working?

Lyndsey Taylor, Park Lane Events on behalf of The Caledonian Club

Following extensive preparation, undoubted enthusiasm and a little trepidation, The Club has finally seen a small return in (just as small) events returning, we like the word ‘Intimate!’  But let’s not speak too loudly just yet as we are in the early days of ‘Post Covid-19’ events.

So what is it like?

Without further ado, we shall hand over to our first testimonial following an event in August and let the organiser speak for us, what better way to get a true picture than personal feedback from an actual event.

I wanted to write and thank you and the entire team of the Caledonian Club for putting on a most fabulous Retirement Lunch for my guests on Tuesday last. I know some of them were a little COVID weary about coming out, albeit in a small group, to celebrate our day but from the moment they were greeted by Matthew at the entrance they felt most comfortable and welcome. Everyone was encouraged to use hand sanitizer before entering the Club and the fantastic Morrison Room where again people could very easily, socially distance themselves. Called by table upstairs to the Johnnie Walker room, another fabulous room where we were very well spaced, indeed at each table and between tables. We were served a beautiful 3 course lunch with many great comments about the Haggis to start and the Beef for main, it was delightful. The food and drinks service was superb and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Mary and I are so happy we picked the Caledonian Club to meet up with some great friends for what was a fabulous lunch in perfect surroundings. Could you please pass on our thanks to The management and staff of the Club for making our day memorable. 

Aiden and Mary Ganly

It is not surprising that Matthew receives a well-deserved mention, clients often ask if he will be in The Club for their event of which, (as he is part of the furniture) he does tend to be with his cheery smile and dependable wit.

But above all, the day was memorable for all the right reason, the food, the service and especially the staff of whom have needed to learn a ‘new normal’ themselves. Feedback such as the above is truly appreciated, communicated to all and used for further training, development and reward, thus ensuring consistency in the delivery of future events and maintaining the well-being with the staff.

As government guidelines remain during September, which is that events are able to take place for up to 30 attendees in one room, following social distancing, new enquiries are starting to reappear.  We are also starting to get closer to the magic date of Thursday 1st October when larger numbers will be permitted.  We await further announcements with much excitement.

Looking at September, the following dates are still available for the largest room, the Johnnie Walker but be quick to book as they will soon go!  Friday 4th, Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th, Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th, Friday 18th, Tuesday 22nd, Thursday 24th September. October dates for larger events are available on request.

The Morrison Room also mentioned above is additionally rather popular for filming enquiries with many a location scout requesting availability so again, contact the events team asap to check availability.

If you missed last month’s blog on the new capacities of all the meeting space you can read that here

To discuss booking an event, please contact the events team on banqueting@nullcaledonianclub.com or 0207 235 5162 or fill in the contact form

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August 26, 20200 commentsRead More

Opening in September and onwards for events

Lyndsey Taylor, Park Lane Events, on behalf of The Caledonian Club

With much excitement, the Club was finally able to open this month for Members to be able to stay overnight, enjoy chefs delights on the Terrace as well as having plenty of space around the club itself.  This is enabling staff and Members alike to be able to prepare for September when events of up to 30 people are able to take place (and higher numbers from October all being well) Hurrah!

Once again government guidelines have enabled further decisions to be finalised with regards to the safety of events taking place which is absolute priority.

With new capacities in place for all function rooms, clients are eager to hear what the ‘new normal’ is and how their events can now take place at their favourite club. What is the maximum number of guests allowed in the space now? Do take a look and click on the brief Video tour showing all the function rooms.

Fortunately, the Johnnie Walker in particular lends itself for exclusive use very well for 30 people with a separate entrance and its own staircase and lift on the opposite side of the club to the members entrance. With the advantage of copious amount of natural daylight on a very quiet street in Belgravia, it’s a perfect choice, especially during these times.  Take a look and click here for a short video of the Johnnie Walker.

Johnnie Walker Room

All other 7 event spaces are still available including the Library and Morrison room which has proved to be even more popular for filming as lock down has allowed the room to be more available, social distance is no problem here for 2 or 3 people and a camera!  Take a look and click here for a short video of the library and here for the Morrison Room.

If, however you are looking for a wonderfully intimate space, the Oval room is now suitable for 8 guests socially distancing but has the added bonus of the beautiful terrace leading out through its own private patio doors. Take a look and click here for a  short video of the Oval Room.

Oval Room

We certainly can’t wait to see the rooms in use once again and being able to give the warm welcome the Club is known for, but with repeat bookings already confirmed in the diary, you need to be quick to book!

If you missed last month’s blog on the opening of the extension and Royal visits, you could read it here

To discuss booking an event from September onwards, please contact the events team on banqueting@nullcaledonianclub.com or 0207 235 5162 or fill in the contact form

To keep updated with the reopening find us on your favourite platform:

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July 29, 20200 commentsRead More

Opening of the Extension 2006 and further Royal Visits

Lyndsey Taylor, Park Lane Events, on behalf of The Caledonian Club

Hotels, venues and members clubs throughout the UK are preparing to re-open post-COVID-19 for openings in July, August or September of this year.  The Caledonian Club, which is available for dry hire all year round, (which means exclusive use of the house, just without any staff) is preparing to open for meetings and events from September to coincide with market trends and requirements.

The terrace and bar shall open before then for members and small groups, adhering to government guidelines.

Re-opening brings back memories of the opening of the extension, as mentioned in last month’s blog. 2006 saw the Johnnie Walker, Library and Drawing room added to the club to provide more function rooms, as well as more bedrooms and the intimate outside terrace. It was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip. Oh to have been a fly on the wall that day!

It was not the only time Her Majesty The Queen and HRH Prince Philip have visited, especially as Prince Philip is an honorary Member.  The club is well versed in entertaining dignitary throughout the years, with long-service staff offering the relevant experience and discretion that often comes with a private members club.

In 2012 for example, while preparations for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations were under-way around the country, the Caledonian Club was honoured to welcome Her Majesty The Queen in her capacity as Colonel-in-Chief of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland at their annual Luncheon. HM, The Queen was appointed as Colonel-in-Chief of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise’s) by her father, HM King George VI, on her 21st birthday in 1947.

Her Majesty is greeted by past Chairman Ranald Munro on her arrival at the Club on Wednesday 30th May 2012. To watch a short video of HM The Queen meeting with officer’s past and present from the Battalion before the Luncheon at the club click here.  If you missed last month’s blog on the history of the club, you could read it here.

To discuss booking an event from September onwards or to ‘dry hire’ prior then, please contact the events team on banqueting@nullcaledonianclub.com or 0207 235 5162 or fill in the contact form.

To keep updated with the reopening find us on your favourite platform:

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June 29, 20200 commentsRead More

History and Tour of the Club

Lyndsey Taylor on behalf of Park Lane Events 

Last month’s blog finished with taking a look at the one-minute video  of the Caledonian Club Tour overview showing all eight functions rooms. It proved to be rather popular, so we thought we’d dig into the history of the club a little more while temporarily closed. If you missed last month’s blog, you could read it here.

Those who follow the ‘CalClubEvents’ social media platforms will see the origin of the club recently mentioned. Great if you are new to the club and love a bit of London history plus the regulars are taking comfort in being reminded of one of their favourite London venues (If not THE favourite in some cases and we look forward welcoming you back when we can).

The Caledonian Club has been in Halkin Street since 1946, before that the Members resided in St James Square and moved to Halkin Street due to the unfortunate bombing of the original clubhouse during the war. The Club was founded in 1891 by Neville Campbell who lived and ran the Club from his own home in St James’s Square. In 1917 the club become a Private Club under the leadership of the Marquis of Tullibardine who was known to be a rather energetic leader. He was keen to ensure the club was the National Club and headquarter for Scots in London taking on the active membership that had started back in 1891. 

The Caledonian Club has always been considered to be one of the friendliest Clubs in the Capital. The membership is strong with opportunities for non-members to use the eight function rooms suitable for conferences, events and weddings as well as the 39 cosy bedrooms. Since 2006 however non-members have been able to utilise the club or what some call their ‘London Downton’ with the sweeping staircase and grandeur ceilings (mandatory in any traditional manor house obviously). Dry Hire of the entire club is permitted and an option that may be more favourable in the current climate. 

In 2006 a new extension was added to the club to provide more function rooms, more bedrooms and the intimate outside terrace, it was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip. More on that in next month’s blog.

For more information please contact the events team on banqueting@nullcaledonianclub.com or 0207 235 5162 to make an enquiry. 

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May 26, 20200 commentsRead More

The Caledonian Club during COVID-19

Lyndsey Taylor Park Lane Events on behalf of The Caledonian Club

Enquiries for the last quarter of this year, 2021 and 2022 are being welcomed at the Club.  People are still planning.   Interest is for a mix of events such as conferences, filming and celebratory occasions.  The Caledonian Club has always been of interest for corporate and personal anniversaries for members and non-members alike.

The Club is operating with a skeleton team currently working from home and are optimistic of seeing the variety of events back at the Club in due course.  Nothing quite beats the experience of catching up in person for a social, business or celebratory event and the Club are eager to welcome back new and regular guests alike.  The family feel, and delicious food is often the most commented aspects of the Club that bring repeat business over the years’ time and time again.

Situated near Hyde Park Corner and a short walk from Victoria station, Halkin Street is currently quieter than usual without the taxi’s dropping guests off for celebratory dinners or the piper bellowing out the signature tones of ‘A Man’s A Man For A’ That’ outside the Club to welcome approaching guests.  No need for signage at the Club as you soon know you are in the right place once you hear the pipes.

I’m sure the haggis are having great fun at the moment though, roaming free on the highlands and perhaps the braver ones exploring the local villages.  That is until the time comes for the Club to once again fly them down daily from Dingwall (otherwise known as Dingwall Champion Haggis) due to the demand of the members as well as the ‘addressing the haggis’ required at many events. It is here the Club demonstrates its Scottish routes at is best thus celebrating the life, love and poetry of Robert Burns (1759-1796), the national poet of Scotland and making the Club truly special. It is quite an emotional and exciting moment experiencing your first ‘addressing of the haggis’ as you watch in wonderment and slight surprise at the events unfolding in front of you.  Be prepared to be a little confused too if you do not understand Scots dialect, although this is not necessarily a bad thing when the first line ‘Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face’ which means ‘good luck to you and your honest, plump face’.  Try not to take it personally.

If you are missing life at the Club or if you haven’t ever visited, take a look at the one-minute video  of the Caledonian Club Tour overview showing all eight functions rooms or contact the events team on banqueting@nullcaledonianclub.com or 0207 235 5162 to make an enquiry. 

April 30, 20200 commentsRead More

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