Lunch in Bloom at RSA House

February 14, 2018

Funky Editorial's Thea Preece Smith looks back on an unforgettable experience at the Georgian venue...

RSA House, nestled behind the Strand, is an immaculate Georgian venue equipped for every event imaginable. The RSA Lunch in Bloom showcased a combination of the venue’s spectacular facilities and event management alongside the beautiful arrangements of florist Hayford and Rhodes.

The event mirrored a wedding lunch. The drinks reception was held in the Benjamin Franklin Room, a light and airy space located on the ground floor, where a selection of cocktails and theatrical canapés were served. In the centre of the room under the striking Troika chandelier stood a luxurious display of spring-inspired blooms, the first of Hayford and Rhodes’s arrangements crafted for the afternoon.

RSA House unveiled a spectacular setting for lunch in the building’s largest space, The Great Room. The walls are adorned with The Progress of Human Culture (c.1777–84), a six-part series of paintings by Irish neoclassical artist James Barry, above which hovers a glass dome ceiling. On the table purple pansies were delicately scattered on plates, while sumptuous flowers provided by Hayford and Rhodes were trailed down the centre of the table.

The formal dinner setting featured gold cutlery and beaded charger plates from Yahire, arranged alongside beautifully designed stationery by Emily & Jo. In addition, Academy Furniture Hire supplied transparent chairs inspired by the iconic designer Philippe Starck’s Ghost Chair. The finishing touches at the RSA Lunch in Bloom brought a contemporary feel to the historical venue.

From starter to main course, the food prepared by caterers Harbour & Jones was both elegant and delicious. But the pudding stole the show with an interactive tasting table of blood orange and Yorkshire champagne rhubarb.

RSA House’s history, as well as its commitment to improving society through collaborative action, enriches the ambience of the spaces. Proceeds from events go towards supporting the RSA charity and the redevelopment of the building. The Vaults, a chic 18th-century brick-lined space on the lower ground floor, is the latest area to get a refresh and will be reopening later this year.

The RSA Lunch in Bloom was a testimony to the capabilities of this stunning venue as well as its dedicated team. To find out more about RSA House, check out their Funky Weddings profile here.



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