Unique Venues of London
25 Years of Success!
In early September London’s Guildhall hosted a fantastic party to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Unique Venues of London, an organisation packed with more events knowledge and experience than ever seen together before. In 2017 alone, UVL generated £91 million events revenue for London at 32,000 events throughout its 89 venues. Since 1992 UVL has made a significant and important contribution to London’s economy generating revenues to support the Museums, Galleries and Organisations which comprise its members as well as revenues for the hundreds of event suppliers which work in partnership with the venues to produce memorable events.
Moving Venue, who sponsored the first event in 1992 of the then prosaically named ‘The Independent Association of Functions Venues’, supported the 25th Anniversary with an endless flow of substantial flavoursome canapés and generous drinks. Other known and respected names in the events market place with equally long established relationships included White Light Production; Lavender Green Flowers and Sternberg Clarke Entertainment. Adam Sternberg was in attendance at the 25th Anniversary Party intently watching his artists perform passionate that they excelled to represent UVL at their best. And they did. Further details of all the generous supplier partners and Moving Venue’s creative canapé menu can be found on the UVL web site.
In the early days Museums and Galleries were just discovering how they could raise financial support for their main activity through event hire and the 20 or so initial members were more interested in sharing knowledge and ideas. They wanted to build a network of fellow professionals they could turn to for advice when trying to resolve the next conundrum of this emerging profession. Lin Kennedy from Banqueting House, Whitehall could phone Ian Fraser of the Natural History Museum when she needed assurance that production companies, florists and caterers would respect the Listed Building and ensure it was returned to function as a Historic Royal Palace at the end of an event. Shared marketing was low on the agenda.
Today UVL has grown into the ‘go to source’ of Event Space in London and generates significant referral business between its members.
Here’s to the next 25 years of success and growth for London!