London’s historic Royal Horticultural Halls has played host to its highest profile guest yet; the President of the United States, as part of his final UK visit as incumbent leader.
President Obama, whose objective at the event was to inspire students and young people about the future, arrived at the venue’s Lindley Hall on Saturday 26 April, and after a warm welcome from the staff and events team, went on to present a 10-minute speech followed by an hour-long question and answer session with a selection of young people.
The event, arranged by the Royal Horticultural Halls, with support from supplier Oxygen Events and Wernick Events, was organised in just under a week.
The BBC also used the occasion to conduct a private interview with the President against the backdrop of the Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Library.
Venue sales manager Rebecca Nicholls, said: “Hosting the President at such a prestigious event was a major coup for us and we are extremely proud to have been involved in a part of his UK tour. The buzz around his arrival and the inspirational nature of his talk were awe-inspiring and it’s safe to say it’s a special day that none of us will forget in a hurry.”
In addition to an audience of young professionals and students, high profile guests in attendance to support the President included Annie Lennox, Karren Brady and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The Royal Horticultural Halls, which originally opened its doors in 1904, plays host to hundreds of events each year including London Fashion Week shows, exhibitions and conferences.