Blackfriars’ conference and events centre, The Mermaid, held the grand opening of its river rooms for the meetings and event industry, 3 October, to showcase the newly-refurbished spaces.
A number of senior industry professionals from companies including BBC, HSBC and Unilever were among the 400 guests who enjoyed canapés and drinks produced by onsite caterer Create Food and Party Design. The theme, ‘A night of illusions’, saw guests being treated to hot pass-around mini plates and bowl food; freshly made crab salad with crabs being cracked in front of guests, and a pick ‘n’ mix station with savoury treats.
Guests arrived to the venue’s Mezzanine where a sensory tunnel, stimulating the five senses, lead on to the lower river room for a sparkling drinks reception and canapés. Attendees where then accompanied by flautist Samantha Pearce to the upper river room, where a cappella group The Magnets gave a flash mob performance. As a finale, guests were welcomed into the venue’s kitchen for a soufflé dessert.
The river rooms recently completed a £600k refurbishment, being re-styled with an open-plan layout, featuring contemporary furniture and LED lighting, finished with dark wooden floors.