Week in Pictures: Banqueting House; ExCeL chairman receives OBE; Meet in Reykjavik

This week saw Banqueting House host a supper club, ExCeL chairman Kevin Murphy receive an OBE and Meet in Reykjavik host a fam trip for event planners.

  • Banqueting House supper club

    Banqueting House supper club

  • Banqueting House supper club

    Banqueting House supper club

  • Banqueting House supper club

    Banqueting House supper club

  • Banqueting House supper club

    Banqueting House supper club

  • Kevin Murphy, ExCeL chairman receives OBE

    Kevin Murphy, ExCeL chairman receives OBE

  • Kevin Murphy, ExCeL chairman receives OBE

    Kevin Murphy, ExCeL chairman receives OBE

  • Kevin Murphy, ExCeL chairman receives OBE

    Kevin Murphy, ExCeL chairman receives OBE

  • Iceland fam trip

    Iceland fam trip

  • Iceland fam trip

    Iceland fam trip

  • Iceland fam trip

    Iceland fam trip

  • Iceland fam trip

    Iceland fam trip

  • Iceland fam trip

    Iceland fam trip

  • Iceland fam trip

    Iceland fam trip

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Banqueting House, one of the six venues cared for by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, hosted 90 guests for its supper club on Wednesday night (11 May).

Guests were treated to a four-course menu created by Urban Caprice, as they dined under the Rubens ceiling. The creative menu incorporated a range of seasonal ingredients including a mussel marinated in coconut, chili and lime presented in an edible squid ink shell as an amuse bouche. This was followed by English asparagus, a sea bass and seared cauliflower main, and a traditional pairing of English rhubarb and custard for dessert.

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Kevin Murphy, chairman of ExCeL London and former CEO, collected his OBE last Friday (6 May) from HRH Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. He received an OBE in the New Year Honours list in recognition of his services to the business tourism industry.

Murphy said is was "a huge honour" to be awarded the OBE. "This industry is very dear to me and I’m delighted to have played my part in cementing London’s reputation as the home of world-leading events." He added that personal highlights have included supporting London’s bid to host the most successful Olympics in history and opening the capital’s International Convention Centre. "I’d like to personally thank everyone who has made this accolade possible, particularly the fantastic teams at ExCeL and London & Partners."

Meet in Reykjavik hosted a team of global event planners for a four-day fam trip this week (6-9 May), to experience the capital city and the island's stunning southern peninsula.

The itinerary included a trip to the Blue Lagoon, a stay at the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica and trips to visit Meet In Reykjavik's partners, including leading local DMCs Iceland Travel and Mountaineers of Iceland. Visits were made to the stunning Harpa conference centre and the Hallgrímskirkja church, one of the city's most impressive landmarks.

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