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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

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