Gemma Banks, our Head of Creativity, designs her dream events, if money was no object.
As we creep towards the 14th February, love begins to fill the air. So for the third edition in our Dream Dinner series, we are going all out classic romance with a Valentine’s Day date for two.
To get a date started on the right foot, classic romance most definitely calls for a classic car. Our couple are collected from one of London’s most picturesque sunset spots, Waterloo Bridge, in an beautiful E-Type Jaguar, where a bottle of chilled Nyetimber Rose & two crystal glasses awaits.
As dusk falls over London, the drive takes in some of the city’s most beautiful landmarks, until the car pulls up outside the breath-taking Royal Museums of Greenwich Queen’s House.
A butler greets the guests with delicately floral La Fleurette cocktails, served in Lucca engraved champagne saucers, from a vintage silver drinks tray. From here they can hear a string quartet playing Chopin on the breeze…
Once inside they have time to take in their historic surroundings whilst enjoying the music, their cocktails and some of Create’s finest canapes;
Breaded Octopus with oyster mousse & caviar
Truffled Brie on honeyed brioche
Moules Marinières with white wine, parsley & a potato crisp
Dinner is called and their attention is drawn to the dramatic spiral staircase who’s banisters are heaving with blush pink blooms like hydrangeas, anemones & ranunculus and scented foliage like eucalyptus.
At the top of the stairs they enter the Great Hall, with its striking geometric, monochrome floor, their eyes are drawn to a mirror topped dining table & soft grey velvet chairs that sit in the middle of the room. White hemstitched napkins tied with a single ranunculus stem and antique lace ribbon sit on top of platinum band bone china & frosted rose charger plates. Cut Crystal wine glasses, and silver Kings cutlery frame the place setting. And the fine dining tasting menu is exquisitely hand written on marbled card by Quill London.
The room is up lit in a soft pink hue and each corner of the Grand Hall glows from the light of hurricane vase candles, and the room is scented with Jo Malone London Red Roses.
As they take their seats their eye is drawn to the ceiling where pages from Love Letters of Great Men hang between tumbling ivy, fairy lights & flowers from the balconies that surround the hall.
As the bespoke fine dining tasting dinner is served a harpist softly accompanies.
Roast Bellota Ham Veloute
Confit pork belly & apple vinegar
Parmesan & soy butter sauce, brown bread mayonnaise & fresh lime
Potato, garlic & smoked bone marrow croquette, shallot sauce, pickled turnip & oyster emulsion
Plum & Rose Cheesecake
Honey & rose baked plums, baked vanilla cheesecake, crispy oats & crystalized rose petals
Cherry & Tonka Mille Feuille
As dinner draws to a close the butler invites the pair to make their way back outside. With a classic after dinner French Connection cocktail in hand, they take their seats on a welcoming grey velvet Berlin sofa, and settle down under luxurious cashmere blankets to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display set against the midnight blue London sky.
Romance is most definitely in the air…
For further inspiration, you can view our full view our full Valentines Day Dinner Pinterest board below.