Fit for a King (or Queen...)

HRP takeover

Love it or hate it, Royal fever has been in the air (it’s a boy, if you didn’t know…) so what better time to celebrate Velvet Living‘s Crowned Supplier status with HRP venues by chatting to our partners at some of London’s most prestigious and historical sites.

We sat down with Allie Love, Events Executive to chat about all things events at the Tower of London. So Allie, what’s your number 1 piece of advice to clients?

Plan ahead and trust your suppliers. Use their knowledge and expertise, as they have worked in the venue spaces and know what will work in the space or the areas where you can push boundaries.

And which HRP venue would you live in and why?

It would obviously have to be the Tower of London – my venue. There aren’t many palaces steeped in nearly one thousand years of history, with Yeoman Warders (Beefeaters) who all live on site and not forgetting the Yeoman Warders’s pub onsite too!

At Banqueting House, we got the low-down from Rose Julian, Senior Events Executive. So Rose, what styling trends have you seen for this year?

Mirrored top furniture to showcase the stunning Rubens ceiling, plus gold furniture such as barsposeur tables and stools.

And what piece of VL furniture would you like to take home?

The Soho table – a great choice! 

What do you love about events the most?

Although Banqueting House is an ornate 400 year old Palace, the neutral walls make the venue a true blank canvas and allow clients to create truly unique events dependent on their colour scheme and theme. No event is ever the same and it’s always exciting to see what our talented suppliers will create.

Velvet Living are now Crowned Suppliers, supplying furniture and styling services for Banqueting HouseTower of LondonHampton Court Palace and most recently, Kensington Palace.


Jen Williamson from Hampton Court Palace gave us some insider knowledge on what her top advice to clients is:  

Don’t be afraid to add creative flare to your event, if you want hot pink lights and a neon sofa, go for it and be bold! Tradition with a twist works wonders in our historical venue.
If you could take home one piece of Velvet furniture, what would it be? 

Can we only pick one?! If you’re going to make us, it would have to be the beautiful Manhattan sofa, with a Soho table on the side.

And tell us, what HRP venue would you like to call home?

It has to be Hampton Court Palace! You can escape the hustle and bustle of London with over 750 acres of parkland and formal gardens in your very own country retreat! Imagine watching Netflix in The Great Hall, on your Manhattan sofa.

Out of London, CannesMallorca or Barcelona, where would you choose for an event and why? 

As tempting as the sunshine is… London town is the best city in the world. We are so lucky to have so many unique venues right at our doorstep, from palaces to museums, cathedrals to monuments, each with their own impressive stories to tell, what more could you ask for?

Let’s get started! Lucy Burrows, part of the Events team at Kensington Palace, our newest partner venue, confessed what she loves most about the job…

We absolutely love seeing a client’s vision come to life. With the Pavilion being a completely blank canvas, we are constantly surprised by how different each event can look.

Which HRP venue would you like to live in?

Kensington Palace because we love enjoying the gardens in the lovely weather and being so close to central London.

If you could have one piece of VL furniture in your house, what would it be?

Cocktail wireless lamps – these are so effective in the Palace State Apartments in creating a sophisticated and modern vibe to contrast the historic spaces.

And what styling trends have you seen this year?

We have seen a real increase in al fresco seating and lounge furniture with clients taking advantage of our lovely outside event spaces!

Be bold and combine modern furniture with historical venues to bring that sumptuous edge to your event. New in stock, we have more to add to our velvet ranges with our Dusty pink bench, Manhattan and Greenwich stools, as well as some metallic tables – the Monty and Copper round tables.