You shall go to the ball, says Simon Simon Round, Round, at the capital’s most glamorous hotels
FOR A fairytale wedding, a London hotel is an obvious choice. Chandeliers, ornate ceilings, extensive dance floors, sumptuous furnishings and attentive staff — they all set the scene for a classic dinner dance. You don’t have to have a huge guest-list, because hotels usually have a range of suite sizes. Many also have a private entrance hall and cloakrooms especially for functions — and there will probably be side rooms that are ideal for a drinks reception, chupah and so on.
The Dorchester, a classic grand hotel in Mayfair, overlooking Hyde Park, is the epitome of timeless glamour and has a supervised kosher kitchen, led by Tony Page. There are eight banqueting rooms accommodating any size of party, whether it be a bar/batmitzvah, anniversary or a wedding celebration. With its own entrance and cloakroom, the Dorchester ballroom offers à la carte dining for 500 guests. A team of banqueting managers is on hand to assist with planning every aspect of your event, from flowers to menus and entertainment.
On a quiet corner in Mayfair village, in one of London’s most revered hotels, the Connaught is a blend of tradition and modernity, with spaces both intimate and grand, designed as “a platform for gatherings, celebrations and conversations”, suiting from six people to 200. Chefs will create a menu or you can select your own kosher caterer.
At this art deco Mayfair hotel, event spaces include the 1930s ballroom, scene of many a state banquet and society ball, with dining for 250. The ballroom connects to the Mirror Room, with the elegant French Salon and Drawing Room beyond. A dedicated events team cover all kosher requirements.
The Berkeley, nestled in the heart of Knightsbridge for 300 years, has been rated one of the world’s top five star hotels and can cater for 10 to 450 guests, It will create a kosher menu, or allow you to bring your y own kosher chef.
THE WALDORF HILTON
The Waldorf Hilton has a heritage spanning
more than 100 years and following a £35 million investment, is one of the city’s finest hotels. You can recreate the glamour and grandeur of 20s jazzera grand balls with a luxurious banquet in the Palm Court, for up to 180 guests, or the adjacent Adelphi Suite (for up to 380) which features exquisitely restored architectural detailing.
The hotel’s wedding co-ordinator will spend time with the whole family ensuring that every last detail is finalised. On the day, an expert team, headed by the banqueting manager, will organise everything so that you can relax and enjoy the occasion.
THE LANDMARK LONDON
The Landmark London hotel seamlessly integrates the romance and grandeur of the Victorian era, offering the luxury and service of one of the world’s leading five-star hotels.
The 11 banqueting venues can cater for up to 750 people, with spaces suitable for a chupah, barmitzvah party etc.
Most rooms feature natural daylight, original design features and high ceilings. The hotel’s unique features include a soaring eight-storey glass roof atrium, stained-glass windows and a breathtaking stairway.
There is an expert events team and kosher catering can also be provided by Tony Page, James Zimmer and Carole Sobell.
Coq d’Argent offers a rooftop location and a calm, luxurious interior. Whether you wish to transform and theme the venue or keep a restaurant feel, the events manager will work with you through planning to ensure you have a day to remember.
Coq d’Argent’s restaurant, bar, terraces and garden can be hired for exclusive use for a celebratory dinner dance, corporate entertaining or a birthday party. The restaurant holds 150 guests for a seated dinner or up to 300 for a standing cocktails and canapé reception.
The bar terrace is available for hire and can accommodate up to 100 people for drinks and canapés. The events manager will be on site to guide you through every detail, from menu planning and seating plans to flowers and finishing touches.