Fam­ily am­bi­ence

For fam­ily par­ties, Elisa Cowen thinks out­side the cen­tral-Lon­don box

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FOR A real fam­ily at­mos­phere, north west Lon­don and its sur­round­ings have some at­mo­spheric venues that lend them­selves to a va­ri­ety of simchahs — and guests will ap­pre­ci­ate not hav­ing to shlep into cen­tral Lon­don. Here are some of our favourites.


At the four-star Crown Mo­ran Ho­tel, in north west Lon­don, there are event spa­ces to suit any­thing from an evening party to a re­cep­tion to a sim­ple bless­ing cer­e­mony. The Bent­ley Room is a sleek and spa­cious Art Deco-in­spired ball­room which can host 300 guests. It has a dance floor, stag­ing, pri­vate re­cep­tion area and bar. The Sala Room, in op­u­lent Vic­to­rian style, holds 120, while the mez­za­nine is per­fect for pre- or post-chu­pah drinks. The ho­tel can cater for many menu pref­er­ences, in­clud­ing kosher. High­lights are a ded­i­cated wed­ding co-or­di­na­tor; dé­cor that is full of char­ac­ter; large ca­pac­ity; 152 lux­ury bed­rooms with re­duced ac­com­mo­da­tion rates for your guests; a com­pli­men­tary night’s stay for the bride and groom; ver­sa­tile pack­ages.


The ban­quet­ing and con­fer­ence rooms at this north west Lon­don syn­a­gogue have been com­pletely re­fur­bished. The main hall is the largest func­tion room, with dark wood pan­elling,

par­quet floor, air con­di­tion­ing, spe­cial light­ing and a con­cealed stage. The hall seats around 230 for din­ner with a dance floor and 300 with­out. It can also hold 500 for a buf­fet re­cep­tion. Also avail­able is the dou­ble-height re­cep­tion room, ap­proached through a glass en­trance hall from the main en­trance of the syn­a­gogue. The kitchen can be used by any kosher cater­ers ap­proved by the Lon­don Beth Din.

You can hold your en­tire sim­chah on-site. The bride’s room has been beau­ti­fully re­dec­o­rated and there is easy ac­cess to all parts of the premises for the dis­abled and lo­cal park­ing.


This bou­tique ho­tel and event venue in the Hen­don/Gold­ers Green area is an English Her­itage Grade II-listed build­ing, dat­ing back to 1893 and wrapped around a grassy quad­ran­gle, mod­elled on the cel­e­brated 15th cen­tury alms-house of Ewelme, Ox­ford­shire.

The premises have been up­graded and the re­sult is a mix of Vic­to­rian charm and con­tem­po­rary style. The lux­ury ho­tel has 31 guest rooms and ex­ec­u­tive suites, each with pe­riod fea­tures. There are two main func­tion rooms — the Wind­sor suite holds 120 for din­ner and The Ci­tadel holds 80. The Oak Room, which holds 30, is per­fect for a tish or be­deck­ing. Ex­clu­sive kosher caterer is Arieh Wag­ner.


The In­spi­ra­tion Suite at the Vil­lage Ur­ban Re­sort Lon­don El­stree has a ca­pac­ity of 180 for a sit-down din­ner, to­gether with a stage and large dance floor or 250 for a stand­ing re­cep­tion. There is park­ing for more than 300 cars and sim­chah hosts are as­signed a ded­i­cated event man­ager.

The ho­tel of­fers in­clu­sive func­tion pack­ages, or will hire the venue on a room-only ba­sis, which cov­ers the use of a sep­a­rate kitchen for kosher cater­ers. Spe­cial room-hire rates are avail­able for some re­main­ing 2013 dates.

Grand lobby of the Crown Mo­ran

The Pil­lar Ho­tel dressed in del­i­cate sug­aral­mond pinks

The Pil­lar Ho­tel: coun­try-manor style, but in north west Lon­don Rich, red scheme for a Pil­lar Ho­tel bar­mitz­vah

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