Tuesday 10 Oct

The London Festival of Architecture Patrons’ Dinner

Tuesday 10 Oct

Europe’s biggest annual architecture festival, the London Festival of Architecture, took place during the summer and explored the theme of ‘memory’ through hundreds of events. The celebrations were concluded by an exclusive, bespoke dinner held here at Printworks: The London Festival of Architecture Patrons’ Dinner.

The Patrons’ Dinner is known for being hosted at an unusual, exciting venue in London every year. Previously, Patrons have had the opportunity to dine in an 18th Century mansion in Vauxhall, a car park in Victoria, and most notably on a floorplate of the Shard while it was still under construction. This year it was Printworks’ turn to impress some of the biggest talents in the architecture industry.

Attendees included: leading politicians at national, county and local level; developers leading the development of London’s architecture, cultural leaders such as national museum directors and journalists responsible for opinion forming. No pressure.

Guests were seated at a 50-metre long table in the Press Halls – the jewel in our crown. This space has retained its original machinery and industrial features, from when it was used to print papers 24 hours a day. The unique features of the space shone with flowers from Pinstripes and Peonies and production from Vibration.

Guests enjoyed a three-course dinner provided by caterer, Moving Venue. The starter consisted of pan-fried Mediterranean sea bass, hearts of palm beignets, warm salad of French beans, feves and tomberries and orange tarragon beurre blanc. For the main course attendees were served a roast rump of lamb, with spiced lamb rillettes, roast aubergine, date puree, butternut fondant, red wine onions and Madeira sauce. Finally, for dessert guests indulged in sour cherry and dark chocolate dome, griottine cherries, sour cherry gel, chocolate spiral and cocoa nib tuile.

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