Bespoke Events

As an event partner Boisdale can offer not only quality food,excellent service and passionate staff but extra touches that make meals in our restaurants so unforgettable – live jazz, blues and soul, handmade Cuban cigars, signature cocktails, an immense selection of whiskies, an original décor, to name but a few. Contact us on events@boisdale.co.uk for more information.

  • KELSEY GRAMMER CROWNED SNOW QUEEN CIGAR VODKA SMOKER OF THE YEAR 2016 — BOISDALE OF CANARY WHARF

    Monday 12th December saw Boisdale of Canary Wharf honour both cigar aficionados and celebrity cigar smokers from around the world at the highly esteemed Snow Queen Cigar Smoker of the Year Awards Dinner 2016. The event saw the two highest paid TV stars in US history take home much coveted trophies. Kelsey Grammer, star of screen and stage, was awarded the ultimate recognition of the night and was presented with The Snow Queen Cigar Smoker Of The Year 2016 trophy whilst legendary Hollywood star Charlie Sheen took home the prize for runner up. Celebrated broadcaster and journalist, Andrew Neil scooped the Cigar Smoker of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award, against Oscar and BAFTA winning director Stephen Evans, Sir Terence Conran and movie mogul Alan Greenspan. To commemorate his award, Andrew Neil was presented with a Limited Series Zenith El Primero Chrono-Master Cohiba Edition watch engraved with his name by Nicolas Meda, International Commercial Director of Zenith Watches. The illustrious evening, hosted by Tom Parker Bowles, saw the great and the good of the cigar scene, from movie stars and socialites through to politicians and entrepreneurs, gather together to celebrate the great hand-rolled cigar. Boisdale of Canary Wharf, previously dubbed ‘The Cuba of London’ by the Cuban Ambassador, Her Excellency Teresita de Jesús Vicente Sotolongo (who was also in attendance), hosted the star-studded evening, in collaboration with organic Snow Queen Vodka from Kazakhstan and luxury time piece producer Zenith Watches, who provided the winners with the much sought after prize, a limited edition of its legendary Zenith El Primero Chrono-Master Cohiba Edition watch engraved with his name.

  • THE BOISDALE MUSIC AWARDS 2016, SEPT 29 — In association with SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD & TAITTINGER CHAMPAGNE

    Last night saw pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, television presenter and music aficionado Jools Holland take to the stage at Boisdale of Canary Wharf to present The Boisdale Music Awards, a celebration of some of the greatest entertainers in the world of jazz, blues and soul. 

    The night was launched with a brilliant performance by Ferne McCann whilst winners treated guests to a unique impromptu recital accompanied by fantastic food and drink – including Taittinger champagne on arrival, followed by an opulent three-course meal featuring, amongst others, Boisdale signature dishes of Mini roast Blackface haggis, Carpaccio of Scottish wild venison, roast fillet of dry aged Aberdeenshire and fillet of Highland salmon.

    The winners:

    Best Jazz Singer: Clare Teal  ●  Best Jazz Instrumentalist:  Enrico Tomasso  ●  Best Blues Singer: Errol Linton  ● Best Blues Instrumentalist: Eric Ranzoni  ● Best Boogie Woogie Pianist: Ben Waters  ● Legendary British Songwriter:  Mike D’Abo  ● Best Soul Singer:  Reuben James Richards  ● Lifetime Achievement Award: Chas & Dave  ● Great Scot Music Award: Eddi Reader   ● Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Lisa Stansfield

  • THE JOOLS HOLLAND BOOGIE WOOGIE DINNER — IN ASSOCIATION WITH SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD, WED 11 MAY, 2016

    On Wednesday 11th May, Boisdale of Canary Wharf in association with Small Luxury Hotels of The World presented a spectacular performance celebrating the classic jazz music of the boogie-woogie era. The illustrious Mr. Jools Holland, Boisdale Patron of Music, Britain’s legendary composer, television presenter and all-round musician  personally hosted the evening, performing and introducing his handpicked line up of internationally revered musicians. Taking place at Boisdale of Canary Wharf’s restaurant and music venue, the evening was a feast for the eyes, ears and the palate with guests treated to a show from, amongst others, the finest boogie-woogie master in the world Axel Zwingenberger, Swiss pianist extraordinaire Ladyva and the esteemed Neville Dickie, who is known as the pianist of choice for The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and Chuck Berry. Dickie is Britain’s greatest Stride pianist, a genre recognised as the trickiest of the entire jazz piano styling to perform.  Whilst the artists accompanied Jools on stage, guests  enjoyed a menu of popular Boisdale classics, such as the multiple award winning Dunkeld Scottish Oak Smoked salmon from the Scottish highlands, wild venison from Scotland’s Tweed valley, mini roast Blackface haggis for starters before proceeding to main course options of Aberdeenshire beef, Cornish cod, or a vegetarian potato & parmesan gnocchi with Wye valley asparagus. Desserts included Valrhona chocolate & peanut marquise, rhubarb, hazelnut & apple crumble, crème caramel, or cave aged Kentish Winterdale shaw warm Eccles cake. The event hosted in association with Small Luxury Hotels of the World has been described by Jools Holland as “more special than Mozart and more fun than ice cream”.

  • JONATHAN ROSS CROWNED SNOW QUEEN CIGAR SMOKER OF THE YEAR 2015 — Dec 2, 2015

    Tuesday 1st December saw Boisdale of Canary Wharf honour both cigar aficionados and celebrity cigar smokers from around the world at the highly esteemed Snow Queen Cigar Smoker of the Year Awards Dinner 2015.

    Jonathan Ross was awarded the ultimate recognition of the night and was announced as The Snow Queen Cigar Smoker Of The Year 2015, whilst legendary Hollywood actor and director, Burt Reynolds scooped the Snow Queen Lifetime Cigar Achievement Award.

    The glamorous evening, hosted by Tom Parker Bowles, saw the great and the good from television presenters through to politicians attend the celebrations, with guests including: Jonathan Ross and son Harvey Kirby, Burt Reynolds, Nancy Dell'Ollio, Marc Sinden, Andrew Neil, Julian Dicks and Cuban Ambassador, Her Excellency, Mrs Teresita de Jesús Vicente Sotolongo.

    Before announcing the ultimate winners, Tom Parker Bowles publicly contested last year's runner up, Kelsey Grammer's claim that his mother, the Duchess of Cornwall had pinched his behind. Tom proclaimed that the Duchess had said it to be "a load of rubbish" when he confronted her, a conversation he left open for Kelsey to dispute next year...

    Jonathan was seen enjoying cigars with Boisdale owner and awards founder, Ranald Macdonald and host Tom Parker Bowles, all eagerly awaiting the arrival of their self-professed hero Burt Reynolds, who arrived just in time for dinner to partake in a live auction in aid of the UK Youth Charity.

    Ross and Reynolds went head to head in a stand off bid, igniting the fire for guests to reach into their pockets and donate to the celebrated cause in time for Christmas. Mark Thomson, UK Ambassador for Glenfiddich, hosted the auction, where lots included rare whiskies, experiences and cigars.

    As Burt Reynolds accepted his award, he recognised previous winner Arnold Schwarzenegger's achievements, but quipped that he felt more recognised as a Hollywood peer as The Govenator has never been nominated for an Academy Award, unlike himself.

    As well as being crowned the The Snow Queen Cigar Smoker Of The Year 2015, Jonathan Ross also received a humidor of rare cigars, and a number of stunning gifts from MONTEGRAPPA, including wristwatch, cufflinks and fountain pen.

    Guest’s enjoyed a sumptuous dinner of expertly sourced Hebridean shellfish and Aberdeen Angus Beef Fillet, of which Boisdale is famed for. Following dinner, guests returned to Boisdale’s famous smoking terrace to enjoy cigars perfectly paired with the award winning Glenfiddich 15 and 21 Year Old Malt Whiskies, accompanied by the Cuban All Stars, who performed music from the Buena Vista Social Club songbook.

  • BOISDALE & WRIGHT BROTHERS THE CLOUDY BAY BRITISH OYSTER CHAMPIONSHIP & LUNCH 2015 — in partnership with Velocity

    On Wednesday November 18th, Boisdale of Canary Wharf and Wright Brothers, played host to the Cloudy Bay British Oyster Championship & Lunch 2015, in partnership with Velocity, the world’s leading international digital hospitality service. The event gathered the very best in the restaurant industry for the world’s greatest ever, blind tasting of British Oysters to date.

    Hosted by renowned bon viveur, writer and chef Bill Knott, the event accommodated the industry’s most talented chefs (with over 10 Michelin stars between them), top sommeliers, influential food writers, and amusing oyster enthusiasts all under one roof. Guests included, Richard Corrigan, Pierre Koffman, Peter Prescott, Rachel Khoo, and Daniel Kent of Wiltons, one of London’s oldest and most established oyster serving destinations.

    Cloudy Bay British Oyster Championship Winners

    Rock Category

    Gold – Carlingford Oysters, Ireland

    Silver – Galway Oysters, Ireland

    Bronze – Porthilly Oysters, Cornwall, UK

     

    Native Category

    Gold – Loch Ryan Native Oysters, Ireland

    Two further awards were given to those who have made a particular mark in the oyster community through their highly visible and unbridled passion for the bivalve mollusc. Velocity Director of Sales in the UK and Europe Harmeet Rehal presented the Cloudy Bay Oyster Champion 2015 to worldrenowned chef, Richard Corrigan for raising the profile of oysters through his work on television and through his restaurant Bentley’s.

    Seventh generation oysterman Richard Haward of West Mersea Oysters was presented the highly coveted Lifetime Oyster Achievement Award 2015, for the dedication his family has shown since 1798. Both winners received Magnum of 2014 Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2012.

  • Boisdale & Balvenie Game Restaurant Shooting Cup — 4 August 2015

    August 4th saw the greats of the UK restaurant world gather to compete in the Balvenie Game Restaurant Shooting Cup, hosted by Boisdale Restaurant and Boisdale Media at the West London Shooting School. The first of its kind in the UK and with over eight Michelin Stars between, the competition set the finest game chefs and restaurateurs against each other to shoot clays and targets. Mark Edwards of Nobu was crowned champion in the inaugural competition who was presented with his trophy – a unique handmade Quaich presented by Kirsten Grant-Meikle of William Grant.

    To celebrate the consumption of British Game across the country and its growth over the last decade, Boisdale Restaurant, who have been serving Game since 1989, brought together the best in the business to go head to head for the ultimate title. Old school titans Wiltons and Rules fought it out with game specialist Richard Corrigan and Chris Galvin, and some of the country’s recent talents including James Lowe at Lyle’s and Oliver Gladwin at Rabbit. They all had their ‘game’ faces on to battle it out for the top spot against each other and food critic Bill Knott. The five teams, who were led by Boisdale owner Ranald Macdonald, competed in a “3 Feathers” simulated drive with a range of clays of Grouse, Pigeon, High Pheasant and culminating in a magnificent 15 gun flurry  all shot by a range of some of the finest Purdey guns.  Chefs Mike Robinson of Harwood Arms and Anthony Demtere of Wild Honey came head to head for the top spot of the competition, only to be beaten by Mark Edwards. There were no sore losers though as Mike was presented with a beautiful tweed coat by James Purdey for the Silver prize. As well as the winners of the day there was also time to have a bit of fun with Andre Garrett of Clivenden House being awarded the ‘Most Appalling Shot’ award for the day’s events, being gifted a bottle of Belvenie 25 year old single barrel. There was also the 'Buffalo Challenge' hosted by Leica Sport Optics who offered everyone a chance to shoot a variety of sporting rifles at game based targets. The winner, Richard Corrigan, took home a pair of Leica Trinovid 8x42 Binoculars at lunch.

  • Freedom Dinner — 7 July 2015

    This special event was hosted by Boisdale MD Ranald Macdonald and Simon Clark, director of the smokers' group Forest (Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco) at Boisdale of Canary Wharf.  There were 156 guests across 15 tables from The Institute of Economic Affairs, the Adam Smith Institute, Conservatives for Liberty and Women In Tobacco. The TaxPayers Alliance was represented along with the Institute of Ideas, Manifesto Club and Liberal Vision. Journalists from The Times, Telegraph, Wall Street Journal and Daily Mail attended the event as well as six MPs and several parliamentary researchers. The evening began on the   the Cuban Garden Terrace with the Havana Club Rum mojitos. Dinner was served in the main restaurant followed by speeches from Rob Lyons (Action on Consumer Choice), uliette Tworsey and Jules Shapiro, guests from New Orleans where smoking was banned in bars and casinos earlier this year. The principal speaker was Bafta award-winning film producer Stephen Evans, who veered off in various directions referencing Shakespeare, Churchill and George Best before finishing with the rallying cry, "Enough is enough!"

  • THE BOISDALE CUBAN GARDEN TERRACE LAUNCH — 10 JUNE 2015

    Helping guests to make the most of the warm weather The Boisdale Cuban Garden Terrace sponsored by Havana Club was transformed into a tropical oasis with palm trees and lush vegetation more akin to a bustling Cuban calle than the world’s top business district.  

    Cuban and Caribbean-inspired food was on offer including: from the barbeque - Midnight street buns with pulled pork, cured ham and Swiss cheese; Tostones – smashed green bananas with salsa verde and Cuban fish cakes with romesco sauce.

    Boisdale founder, Ranald Macdonald has taken inspiration for the Cuban Garden Terrace from his annual jaunts to Havana for the Habano Cigar Festival. He has spent many a trip searching for and sourcing the finest Cuban cigars and brought them back to be enjoyed at Boisdale. Regularly shortlisted as best cigar terraces in London, Boisdale boasts one of the largest selections of cigars in the UK, all stored in the walk in humidors and cigar shops.

  • ROLEX BASEL COLLECTION LAUNCH — 27 May 2015

    Boisdale hosted an evening of champagne, canapes and cocktails for the members at No 1 Hyde Park, in association with The Watch Gallery, for an exclusive look at the new Rolex Basel collection.

  • DINNER IN AID OF THE JOE STRUMMER FOUNDATION — 19 MARCH 2015

    This evening Boisdale of Canary Wharf saw an outstanding line up of musical talent gather for the Boisdale Boogie Woogie Dinner and Rock n’ Roll Memorabilia Auction in aid of the Foundation of The Clash front-man Joe Strummer sponsored by The Hippodrome Casino.

    A never-seen-before line up of rock‘n’roll and London music legends took to Boisdale’s stage to pay tribute to the late, great Joe Strummer. An impromptu band of rock legends was auctioned for the foundation, consisting of Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones, Jools Holland, Suggs and Glen Matlock with other stellar musicians.The evening was a roaring success with the auction raising over £100,000 in aid of the Joe Strummer Foundation, helping to realize musical talent across the globe. 

  • BURNS DINNER & HAGGIS CAMPAIGN — 20 JANUARY 2015

    As a warm-up to Burns Night, Boisdale of Bishopsgate hosted a dinner with a guest of honour: Stanley Phillips, the US Embassy’s councillor for Agricultural Affairs. The US has banned the import of haggis since the Seventies. “I’m glad to say I’m no longer a haggis virgin,” said Phillips as he tucked in. The ongoing campaign also had the support of the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA); haggis manufacturers Macsween; and House of Lords member Lord Ian McColl of Dulwich, who raised the issue in the House on 15 January.  Haggis has been banned in the US since 1971 amid apparent concerns over its safety.

  • Cigar Smoker Of the Year — 16 November 2014

    On Sunday November 16th 2014  Boisdale of Canary Wharf saw cigar aficionados and celebrity cigar smokers from around the world gather for The Spectator Cigar Awards Dinner 2014, sponsored by Mehmet Kurt of Kingwood Stud, founded by Boisdale. Arnold Schwarzenegger was crowned The Spectator Cigar Smoker of the Year and Kelsey Grammer, Hollywood star, was a runner-up for the Spectator Cigar Smoker of the Year 2014.

    Guests gathered on the Boisdale’s covered terrace and enjoyed Champagne Barons de Rothschild Brut NV, Chivas Regal Negronis and canapés followed by a sumptuous dinner of expertly sourced Hebridean shellfish and Aberdeenshire beef fillet that Boisdale is famed for cooked by Executive Head Chef, Andy Rose. The evening was hosted by Tom Parker Bowles and recognised various aspects of the cigar world, with award categories including Cigar Producer, Retailer, Writer, and culminating in The Spectator Cigar Smoker of the Year. 

  • Queen Elizabeth II September 11 Garden Fundraising Lunch — 14 November 2014

    Boisdale hosted a fundraising lunch to support the Queen Elizabeth II September 11 Garden in New York and its twin in London.  The Garden lunch was hosted to celebrate friendship between the United States, the UK and the Commonwealth and at the same its  twinning with the Garden terrace at Boisdale Canary Wharf.   A formal unveiling ceremony of a plaque was held at 12.15pm, followed by the lunch.

    The Garden’s Honorary Patron, Danny Lopez, made a short address over lunch.  Danny Lopez is British Consul General, New York and Director General for UK Trade & Investment USA.   

    HRH Prince Charles is the Royal Patron of the Garden which was visited by HM the Queen in 2010, when she met many of the British victims’ families.  Many Commonwealth people as well as Americans died on 9/11 in New York. The Garden in New York remembers them and the strong bonds between the United States and Great Britain, HM The Queen and the Commonwealth. We enjoy freedoms commonly fought for and shared.  The Garden's motto is "sowing the seeds of friendship and peace".  The lunch aimed to raise awareness of the Garden and raise funds to pay for its conservancy.  

  • Cloudy Bay beach party in association with Orlebar Brown — August 2013

    For one night only the terrace at Boisdale Canary Wharf was transformed into a beach with sand and palm trees. Sexy models from luxury swimwear brand Orlebar Brown were on hand to pour drinks including chilled Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc and served the best beach food imaginable inlcuding lobster club sandwiches, truffle burgers and mini fish & chips. Straw hats and sunglasses were provided with prizes given away for the best beach dress. 

  • “Seve” Exclusive Film Premiere Afterparty — 24 June 2014

    The hotly-anticipated premiere of 'Seve', the Seve Ballesteros biopic at the Empire, Leicester Square was followed by an afterparty at Boisdale of Belgravia. Guests were treated to culinary delights crafted by Boisdale owner Ranald Macdonald and the Executive Head Chef Colin Wint, who developed a menu that reflected the taste of Ballesteros’ home country, including stone crab, empanadas, octopus and squid ceviche, and Serrano ham croquettes for the stars of the film and their guests. No party is complete without a good drink, which was in abundant supply  - a glass of Tio Pepe sherry on arrival, while the cigar terrace was turned in to a homage to Rioja with guests enjoying Beronia Rioja Reserva 2008 provided by Gonzalez Byass on this warm summer's evening. The film's star José Luis Gutiérrez, who played the young Seve, and Maria Molins, enjoying music from the Gypsy Kings with the Carmen Ballesteros, Seve’s daughter were present at the party. José was particularly excited about starring in the film as he said he had always played extras in his school plays and now he was the star of Seve. Meanwhile Stephen Evans, producer of Seve, was enjoying a delicious glass of Vilarnau Cava with Ranald Macdonald.

  • Russian Standard London’s Best Bloody Mary Competition — 12 November 2013

    Russian Standard vodka held its search for London’s best Bloody Mary in the striking surroundings of Boisdale of Canary Wharf.  The annual competition was judged by a panel of elite industry experts including legendary bartender Brian Silva. Adam McGurk from Hawksmoor was announced champion and won a cash prize and luxury dinner for two at Boisdale.  Adam beat seven other finalists from bars including the Bassoon Bar at Corinthia, Shoreditch House, Mr Fogg’s and NOLA represented by BC Hoffman which came second. In addition to Brian, judges included bar consultant and Global Ambassador for Jensen's Gin Hannah Lanfear, Tatiana Petrakova from Russian Standard, renowned drinks writers Gary Sharpen and Sandrae Lawrence from The Cocktail Lovers and Gin Monkey blogger Emma Stokes.  Ranald Macdonald from Boisdale commented; “We serve so many Bloody Marys at Boisdale, particularly with our new Sunday Roast Menu at Canary Wharf, so we were delighted to partner with Russian Standard for this competition.  There are so many exciting interpretations of the drink so it is great to celebrate the incredible talent of London’s bartending scene.”

  • Boisdale oyster championships — 22 October 2013

    The British Oyster Championships 2013 were held by Boisdale and Wright Brothers with fine wine sponsor Justerini & Brooks in the lavish surroundings of Boisdale Canary Wharf. Now in its third year, the Championships seek to find the best British rock and native oysters through a blind tasting by a panel of elite industry experts.

    Over 1,500 British oysters were sourced by Wright Brothers, selecting the very best commercially available oysters from across the UK, and tasted alongside a 2012 Domaine de la Taille aux Loups Montlouis Sec "Les Dix Arpents" selected by Justerini & Brooks as the perfect accompaniment.

  • Boisdale Jukebox Bar at Ice Rink Canary Wharf — 21 October 2013

    Following the runaway success of 2012 event, which saw over 120,000 revellers descend on Canada Square Park, Boisdale once again teamed up with Ice Rink Canary Wharf to offer the capital’s most magical festive experience. Featuring one of the largest outdoor rinks in London, alongside Boisdale’s classic retro-themed rink-side diner, a trip to Ice Rink Canary Wharf was a must-do in winter 2013. Returning for a 16-week run from 26th Oct 2013 – 16th Feb 2014, Ice Rink Canary Wharf incorporated London’s only skate path, which lead skaters off around Canada Square Park’s iconic Big Blue sculpture before re-joining the main rink, and the venue also boasted a large outdoor viewing terrace where non-skaters could soak up the atmosphere and enjoy one of the most impressive skating backdrops in town. The hugely popular rink-side bar was once again hosted by Boisdale, who created The Jukebox Bar, a classic American-style diner featuring authentic 1950s fare. Visitors could enjoy a range of incredible food and drink, including fresh, gourmet hotdogs, shakes and hard-shakes, all served up with a side order of good-time rock ‘n’ roll from the bar’s vintage ‘50s jukebox.
    The Jukebox Bar was open seven days a week (with the exception of Christmas Day) and had a dedicated VIP lounge by Heineken® for special occasions ideal for corporate or private parties.

  • UK Youth Gala Dinner in the presence of HRH Princess Anne — 12 June 2013

    UK Youth Gala Dinner was hosted by Susanna Reid and Nigel Mansell CBE in the presence of HRH Princess Anne and sponsored by Justerini & Brooks.  The Dinner was hosted at Boisdale of Canary Wharf as a part of the launch of Motorexpo, Europe’s most spectacular motor show held in Canary Wharf from in June. 

    All money raised supported UK Youth’s innovative youth development work which reaches 790,000 young people each year. UK Youth help young people to gain life skills and accredited awards that build confidence, resilience and make them more employable.

    After a Justerini & Brooks Champagne reception the four-course ‘Best of British’ dinner, created by Andy Rose, the Michelin trained Executive Head Chef at Boisdale was  accompanied by delicious wines kindly donated by Justerini & Brooks.  

  • The Boisdale Enclosure at the Epsom Derby Festival — June 2012 & 2013

    The Boisdale Enclosure was located on the Prince's Stand Lawn, next to the Queen's Stand and offered the very best views of the finishing line and beyond.  It was originally launched for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee as a joint venture with the Jockey Club in 2012 and was repeated in 2013. It won rave reviews from all who attended and was the most prestigious and exciting place to be at the Investec Epsom Derby. The Boisdale Badge entitled guests to: Entry to Queen’s Stand and Owners & Trainers Enclosure (dress code applies)  • Car park 1 parking - 1 per 4 guests • Boisdale Marquee with private terrace overlooking finish line • Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Champagne 2002 & WG White Oscietra Caviar welcome reception with live jazz band • The Epsom Boisdale Whisky & Cigar Bar including an all-day complimentary Oyster & Champagne Bar  serving unlimited drinks of Boisdale selection of wines, beers, premium spirits and soft drinks (until ½ hour after the last race) • As the Her Majesty the Queen arrives a toast with Chivas Royal Salute 25 year old whisky • Boisdale sumptuous 3-course lunch including Scottish lobster and the very finest dry aged Aberdeen Angus fillet of beef accompanied by: Sancerre Les Caillottes 2009, Jean Max Roger Château Rahoul 2005, Graves • Selection of great British cheeses from The Cheese Cellar, available throughout the afternoon • Traditional afternoon tea served with Boisdale Vintage 2005 Rosé Champagne

  • Gilson Lavis Exhibition Launch — 4 April 2013

    Music greats including Jools Holland, Imelda May and Rumer showed up at the launch of an exhibition of ink sketches and portraits by Gilson Lavis, on of Britain’s most experienced and versatile drummers. With a career spanning over four decades, Gilson has played with a myriad of household names from the music industry. In the early days as resident drummer in Talk Of The South cabaret club, Gilson found himself playing for a wide variety of acts including Tommy Cooper, David Frost, Lulu, Freddie Starr, Bob Monkhouse, Bruce Forsyth and worked with some of the world’s best performers. They are too numerous to list entirely, but include Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Barry White, Neil Sedaka, Cher, George Harrison, Paul Young, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, Taj Mahal and Tom Jones.

  • Great Scot Awards sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management — NOVEMBER 2012

    On Tuesday 27th November Tim Baillie, Pam Hogg, Lorraine Kelly, Trevor Sorbie and Jack Vettriano attended The Great Scot Awards 2012 sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management.  Scottish talent from across a number of different disciplines, including Fashion, Art, Television and of course the successful sportsmen and women of the British Olympic team all mingled together for the prestigious awards.  As the awards got underway, there was a great sense of unity in the air, as everyone came together under the Scottish banner to enjoy the occasion. Television Presenter and Journalist Andrew Neil and comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli provided fantastic entertainment as the compares for the night. The Olympian's still beaming with pride from their sporting achievements this year were happy to mingle with guests and have pictures taken holding their medals. Luke Patience commented "I'm already beginning training for Rio 2016". Gold medal winner Tim Baillie was presented with the Aberdeen Asset Management Great Scot Award for sport - "this was not something I imagined at the beginning of the year and it's been truly an amazing year for Scottish sport" Lorraine Kelly was honoured to attend to present the media award and was dressed suitably in a tartan ensemble, however sadly had to leave early commenting "My busy career leaves me with a social life of a toddler as I have to be up at 4am." Music sensation Mylo was joined by his adoring wife and as he collected his award he explained "I'm very surprised and overwhelmed to be invited let alone win. This is my first night out with my wife since the birth of our baby who was born in June."  The list of winners and categories: 1.    Music: Mylo; 2.    Fashion: Pam Hogg; 3.    Literature: Alexander McCall-Smith; 4.    Sport: Tim Baillie; 5.    Performing Arts: Jamie Sives; 6.    Media: Andrew Marr presented by Loraine Kelly (Great Scot Award contribution to Media Winner 2011); 7.    Art: Richard De Marco presented by Jack Vettriano Martin (Great Scot 2009); 8.    Great Scot: Sir Alex Ferguson presented by Sir Tom Hunter (Great Scot  2011); 9.    Life Time Achievement:  Lord Steel presented by Bill Martin (Great Scot Award Life Time Achievement winner 2011)

  • Weddings & Civil Partnerships at Boisdale of Canary Wharf

    Boisdale of Canary Wharf is available to hire for weddings and civil partnerships during the week and at weekends. For larger wedding parties it is possible to hire both the first floor and/or the second floor. Alternatively, the whole venue can be booked for up to 200 for a sit down meal or 500 for canapé and drinks parties. Click this link to see our wedding brochure.

  • Johnnie Walker Blue LAbel Great Scot Awards — May 2011

    The Scottish businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sir Tom Hunter, won the 2011 Johnnie Walker® Blue Label™ Great Scot Award in a glitzy ceremony held at Boisdale of Canary Wharf. Sir Hunter followed previous year’s winner, the illustrious painter Jack Vettriano, accepting his award at the climax of a star-studded evening in Canary Wharf’s grandest venue. Scotland’s first ever home-grown billionaire is famous for pledging to give £1 billion to good causes and establishing The Hunter Foundation in 1998.  Earlier in the evening, singer-songwriter Annie Lennox OBE accepted the Great Scot Award for Charity. The former Eurythmics frontwoman, whose music has sold over 80 million records worldwide, is notable for her tireless work in raising money and awareness for a number of charities including Oxfam, Greenpeace and Amnesty International. Breakfast TV favourite Lorraine Kelly won the Great Scot Award for Entertainment. The Award was presented by Andrew Neil and recognised Mrs Kelly’s services to broadcasting over four decades. During this period, she has helped to launch GMTV and provided entertainment for millions of British viewers. Racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart, the original winner of the Great Scot Award, presented golfer Sam Torrance OBE with the Great Scot Award for Sport. Sam Torrance has represented Europe in the Ryder Cup and was the inspirational non-playing captain when the team regained the trophy at The Belfry in 2002. The Great Scot Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to legendary songwriter Bill Martin. In a remarkable career that has spanned over five decades, Bill Martin has written timeless hits for such distinguished names as Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley.