Venue Spotlight: Quaglino’s

The main area at Quaglino's restaurant and bar

Last week, I was booked to perform magic at a corporate event at Quaglino’s in Mayfair

I’ve worked at this iconic venue before – I was booked as a magician for a party in one of the private dining rooms. This time though, the entire 500-capacity venue for a standing drinks reception.

It’s the first time I’ve seen Quaglino’s with most of the tables removed. It’s a fantastic space for a drinks event. Once you descend the famous staircase into the main room, there’s ample space to roam and network around the central bar while you enjoy drinks and canapés served by the attentive staff.

Staircase leading to the main restaurant at Quaglino's

Aside from the main space, there’s a mezzanine bar and two private dining rooms, perfect for more intimate events and dinners.

At the far end, the stage provides space for music or cabaret performances.

The stage at Quaglino's

Quaglino’s history and interesting facts

Founded in 1929 by Italian restaurateur Giovanni Quaglino, Quaglino’s become the place to be seen in the 1930s. It’s played host to many royals, and was apparently the first restaurant Queen Elizabeth II visited

George Soros, the American Billionaire Hedge Fund manager, worked as a waiter there in the 1940s and Judy Garland held her fifth wedding reception at the venue.

It’s reputation faded a little in the late 1960s, and the original Quaglino’s closed its doors in 1977. Later, in 1993, Terence Conrad purchased the venue and reopened it. Since then, they’ve done a brilliant job of reinvigorating the original restaurant’s glamorous reputation.

Private Events at Quaglino’s

Quaglino’s is a great choice if you want host a private event in a venue filled with glamour and prestige.

For larger events, it holds 250 seated or 500 standing. They also have 2 private dining rooms – the larger space seating 40 guests and a smaller room for 14.

You can find full details on what they have to offer over not their private events page.

The central bar at Quaglino's

Quaglino’s location

Quaglinos is in St James’s in Central London – just south of Mayfair and to the West of Piccadilly.

It’s a short walk from Green Park or Piccadilly Circus tube stations.

If you are planning an event here, why not hire me as your corporate event magician to make the night even more memorable?

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