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Prestigious Star Awards 2017 / 2018 Grand Ball

The Only Global Luxury Venue Awards

An Extraordinary Celebration

18:30, FRIDAY, 16th March 2018 - One Whitehall Place, London

The invitation-only awards evening on the 16th March brought together 140 distinguished individuals from the Prestigious Venues network for a black tie grand ball hosted at One Whitehall Place in London. The event featured captivating burlesque performances, sleight of hand magic, and extravagant guest prizes. This unique celebration ball revived the old-world tradition of ballroom dancing to Shostakovich’s Waltz No. 2. Set in motion by City Academy, this element of the awards evening was thoroughly enjoyed and will be a key element of future celebrations at Prestigious Star Awards. Guests included senior representatives from leading international venues, corporate partners, prestigious event suppliers, and VIP clients from a wide range of sectors.

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Host to Prestigious Star Awards Grand Ball 2018 - The Royal Horseguards & One Whitehall Place

"One Whitehall Place, London"

Host venue for the evening was the opulent One Whitehall Place. Originally established as the National Liberal Club in 1884, it counts Sir Winston Churchill among its former members. The foundation stone in its cellars was laid by William Gladstone himself, one of five Club members who went on to serve as Prime Minister. The venue is now a grand event space annexed to 5-star hotel The Royal Horseguards.

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Guests ascend the marble staircase at One Whitehall Place.
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"a sparkling reception underneath glittering chandeliers"

On arrival, guests ascended a grand marble staircase to the spectacular Reading and Writing Room. A sparkling drinks reception underneath glittering chandeliers overlooking London Embankment and the River Thames followed. Guests enjoyed illuminated chess by Purling London and up-close magic by Michael King as well as music from a live jazz band by Yellow Entertainment.

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Drinks reception in the Reading & Writing Room.
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Cheers!
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Illuminated Chess by Purling London.
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Headline Sponsor - Air Partner.
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Magician Michael King entertains the crowd.
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Fabulous showgirls light up the mediawall - Yellow Entertainment.
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"an elegant Victorian masterpiece"

The awards ceremony began with a procession to the adjoining Gladstone Library, an elegant Victorian masterpiece with ornate sculptured ceilings, and magnificent tiled pillars. During the ceremony guests were entertained with live performances from magician Michael King, Burlesque troupe The Folly Mixtures and a light show by dancer Coeur de Plume.

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The Anticipation builds.

The Guests

Our distinguished guests came from a wide range of sectors and included:

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The Trophies.
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It's showtime!
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The Finalists

2,000 venues reviewed >> 200 nominated >> 60 finalists >> 20 highly commended & 20 crowned winners.

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Scintillating showgirls delight the audience - Yellow Entertainment.
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Vila Monte, Winner - Best Wedding Venue.
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The Royal Horseguards Hotel and One Whitehall Place, Winner - Best Christmas Venue.
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Magic by Michael King.
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Nobu Eden Roc, Winner - Best Product Launch Venue.
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Light show by Coeur de Plume - Yellow Entertainment.
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The Natural History Museum, Winner - Best Venue in The UK.

"the world's best events showcase"

‘The World’s Best Events’ section was a showcase of 12 of the best events hosted in the past year in a category that has become known as “the Cannes Lions of luxury events.” The three finalists were revealed on the night and the winner was selected, for the first time, through a live audience vote. Blenheim Palace enjoyed a decisive victory to win the 'World’s Best Event' trophy.

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"Best Events" Presentation - The Crown Season 1 Launch at St.Ermin's Hotel.
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Finalists - Best Event in The World
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Blenheim Palace, Winner - Best Event.
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Royal Mansour, Winner - Best Venue in The World
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The Highly Commended Venues and Suppliers.
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The fabulous Folly Mixtures take to the stage.
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The Winners!
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The Highly Commended Venues and Suppliers!
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Jazz Maestro Desmond O'Connor.
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Air Partner, Winner - Best Event Supplier.

"superb hospitality by One Whitehall Place"

During the post awards reception guests enjoyed canapés, bowl food and a variety of beverages served by the One Whitehall Place hospitality team.

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Canapes - Tandoori chicken with yoghurt and cucumber.
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Canapes - Smoked salmon Blinis.
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Delicious Bowl Food - Smoked Duck and Bean Shoot Salad
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Goats cheese and sweet pepper ravioli.

"revived the old-world tradition of ballroom dancing to Shostakovich’s Waltz No. 2"

It was here that the evening revived the old-world tradition of ballroom dancing to Shostakovich’s Waltz No. 2. Set in motion by City Academy, this element of the awards evening was thoroughly enjoyed and will be a key element of future celebrations at the Prestigious Star Awards.

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City Academy leads the charge.
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Ballroom dancing to a Shostakovich Waltz.
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Ballroom dancing in full swing.

"guest prizes included a series of luxury weekends"

The evening concluded with guests prizes awarded to the best dressed lady and gentleman, best social media post and most popular social media post. The glamorous prizes included a luxury 2-night stay at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai, a sparkling afternoon tea for two at The Royal Horseguards Hotel, tickets to Blenheim Palace as well as luxury weekends at Buddha-Bar Hotel in Paris and Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

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Guest Prizes.
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Most Popular Social Media Post Winner.
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Blenheim Palace Tickets, Lucky Dip.
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A lucky winner receiving her prize.
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Thank you to all, and to all a good night.

"leading innovation in wireless charging"

Guests were gifted with goodie bags containing an innovative wireless charging solution by Aircharge. Aircharge is leading innovation in wireless charging. It is the largest free wireless charging ecosystem with 4500 wireless charging locations in public spaces around the globe. The goodie bags also included other Easter treats.

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Goodie Bags - feat Aircharge wireless charging and sweet treats.

"what happens at the after-party, remains at Mahiki"

The awards after-party returned to Mahiki - a glamorous club located in Mayfair and the ultimate party destination in London. The venue first opened it's doors in 2005 as the brainchild of Piers Adam, David Phelps and Nick House, and has grown to become one of the world's most famous night spots as well as an institution with an array of fabulous awards behind it.

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What happens at the after-party stays at the after party...

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"a series of international venue rankings"

Now in their ninth year, the Prestigious Star Awards celebrate the quality, performance and reputation of the world’s best venues qualified to host the most memorable events. The awards program is run annually by Prestigious Venues. Venue performance in the awards is used to make recommendations and develop a series of international rankings, including ‘Top 100 Venues’ worldwide.

The Official Results

PRIMARY CATEGORIES


20 Categories based on event themes.

1. Most Prestigious Gala Dinner Venue
Winner: The Wallace Collection (UK)  &   Highly Commended: Royal Mansour Marrakech (Morocco)

2. Most Prestigious Conference Venue
Winner: Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai (China)  &  Highly Commended: Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney (Australia)

3. Most Prestigious Meeting Venue
Winner: One Great George Street (UK)  &  Highly Commended: Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

4. Most Prestigious Christmas Venue
Winner: The Royal Horseguards Hotel and One Whitehall Place (UK)  &  Highly Commended: Cafe de Paris (UK)

5. Most Prestigious Private Dining Venue
Winner: L'Albereta (Italy)  &  Highly Commended: Auberge du Lac (UK)

6. Most Prestigious Reception Venue
Winner: Cafe de Paris (UK)  &  Highly Commended: Petroff Palace (Russia)

7. Most Prestigious Engagement Party Venue
Winner: The Forbury Hotel (UK)  &  Highly Commended: Conservatorium Hotel (The Netherlands)

8. Most Prestigious Wedding Venue
Winner: Vila Monte (Portugal)  &  Highly Commended: L'Andana (Italy)

9. Most Prestigious Romantic Venue
Winner: Farncombe Estate (UK)  &  Highly Commended: Banyan Tree Bali (Indonesia)

10. Most Prestigious Birthday Party Venue
Winner: Kenwood House (UK)  &  Highly Commended: Casa Fuzetta (Portugal)

11. Most Prestigious Fashion Event Venue
Winner: Ritz Carlton Bali (Indonesia)  &  Highly Commended: Ivy (UK)

12. Most Prestigious Networking Event Venue
Winner: The Dorchester (UK)  &  Highly Commended: 170 Queen's Gate (UK)

13. Most Prestigious Product Launch Venue
Winner: Nobu Eden Roc (USA)  &  Highly Commended: Armani Hotel Dubai (UAE)

14. Most Prestigious Film Location Venue
Winner: The St. Regis Rome (Italy)  &  Highly Commended: The Royal Horseguards Hotel and One Whitehall Place (UK)

15. Most Prestigious Press Conference Venue
Winner: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai (UAE)  &  Highly Commended: One Great George Street (UK)

16. Most Prestigious Corporate Incentive Venue
Winner: UNICO 20 87 Riviera Maya (Mexico)  &  Highly Commended: Schlosshotel Velden (Austria)

17. Most Prestigious Training Venue
Winner: The Langham, Melbourne (Australia)  &  Highly Commended: Rushton Hall Hotel and Spa (UK)

18. Most Prestigious Exhibition Venue
Winner: Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya (Mexico)  &  Highly Commended: Emirates Palace (UAE)

19. Most Prestigious Sporting Venue
Winner: Hotel Maiensee (Austria)  &  Highly Commended: Burhill Golf Club (UK)

20. The World's Most Prestigious Venue
Winner: Royal Mansour Marrakech (Morocco)  &  Highly Commended: Tower Bridge (UK)


National Categories


10 National and Event Supplier categories.

21. The Best Venue in The Netherlands
Winner: Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam  &  Highly Commended: Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg

22. The Best Venue in the UK
Winner: Natural History Museum  &  Highly Commended: Blenheim Palace

23. The Best Venue in Italy
Winner: L'Andana  &  Highly Commended: Belmond Hotel Splendido

24. The Best Venue in Austria
Winner: Hotel Salzburgerhof  &  Highly Commended: Palais Coburg Residenz

25. The Best Venue in the UAE
Winner: The Palace Downtown Dubai  &  Highly Commended: Qasr Al Sarab

26. The Best Venue in Russia
Winner: Petroff Palace  &  Highly Commended: Turandot


Event Suppliers


27. The Best Event Supplier
Winner: Air Partner  &  Highly Commended: Rupa Photography

28. The Best Event Florist
Winner: Wildabout Flowers  &  Highly Commended: Pinstripes & Peonies

29. The Best Event Entertainment
Winner: Yellow Entertainment  &  Highly Commended: Urban Soul Orchestra


The World's Best Events


Over 200 events entered by the world's most prestigious venues

30. World’s Best Event
Winner: Blenheim Palace  &  Highly Commended: InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam

"world leaders in delivering high-calibre events"

All partners of the Prestigious Star Awards are carefully selected among world leaders in delivering high-calibre events. The headline event partner was one of the world’s most prominent private jet brands, Air Partner. The Royal Horseguards Hotel & One Whitehall Place was the most suitable destination for celebrating the world’s best venues for events. Other esteemed partners included Yellow Entertainment, EMS Events, Purling London, Rupa Photography, Temptribe, Wildabout Flowers, Michael King, City Academy, Mahiki and Aircharge.

Hosted by

Prestigious Star Awards are brought to you by Prestigious Venues
One Whitehall Place, Prestigious Venues
Air Partner, Private Jets for Events
Top 100 Venues, Prestigious Venues
Prestigious Star Awards, Prestigious Venues

In association with prestigious partners

Mahiki, Prestigious Venues
Yellow Entertainment Yellow Entertainment Prestigious Venues
Michael King, Prestigious Venues
TempTribe, Prestigious Venues
Purling London, Prestigious Venues
Rupa Photography, Prestigious Star Awards
EMS, Prestigious Star Awards
City Academy, Prestigious Star Awards
Wildabout Flowers, Prestigious Star Awards
Air Charge, Prestigious Star Awards

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Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Hard Rock Hotel Davos

L’Andana

Hotel Imperial, Vienna

The Hurlingham Club

The Royal Horseguards Hotel

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

Sopwell House

One Great George Street

The Wallace Collection

Wellington Arch

Villa Pliniana

The Milestone Hotel

Tower Bridge

The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne

Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom

Sheraton Salzburg Hotel

Hotel Sans Souci Vienna

One Whitehall Place

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

Hampton Court Palace

Hotel Villa Diodoro

Cafe de Paris

Burhill Golf Club

Brocket Hall

Baglioni Hotel

Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel

Conservatorium Hotel

Palazzo Versace Dubai

Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai

Vila Monte

L’Albereta

UNICO 20 87 Riviera Maya

Farncombe Estate

Kenwood House

The Ritz-Carlton Bali

The Dorchester

Hotel Maiensee

The St. Regis Rome

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

The Forbury Hotel

Nobu Eden Roc

Royal Mansour Marrakech

Blenheim Palace

De L’Europe Amsterdam

Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina

Maxx Royal Belek Golf Resort

Hever Castle

Qasr Al Sarab

Palais Coburg Residenz

Goodwood

The Langham Sydney

Gibson Hall

170 Queen’s Gate

The Royal Exchange

Ivy

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Casa Fuzetta

Mahiki

Banyan Tree Bali

Auberge du Lac

Emirates Palace

Petroff Palace

Turandot

Hotel National

Schlosshotel Velden

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Aqua London

Hotel Sacher Vienna

Conrad Bali

Armani Hotel Dubai

Buddha Bar Hotel Paris

Vasse Felix

Bells at Killcare

The Hyde Bar

The Grove

Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Gleneagles

Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa

Regina Hotel Baglioni

The Carlyle, New York

Summer Lodge, Dorset

Grand Hyatt Dubai

Penha Longa Resort

Silver Sturgeon

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

Necker Island

Dar Sabra Hotel Marrakech

Rushton Hall Hotel and Spa

COMO Shambhala Estate

Merchant Taylors’ Hall

Ranger’s House

Dusit Thani Maldives

ANA InterContinental Tokyo

The Peninsula New York

Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa

Gloria Golf Resort

The Langham Melbourne

La Sultana Marrakech

Kensington Palace

Plaisterers’ Hall

Ashdown Park Hotel

OXO2

Royal Albert Hall

The Artillery Garden at the HAC

Lakesong Kumarakom

Kumarakom Lake Resort

qualia

Shangri-La Maldives

Vidago Palace Hotel

The Savoy

Tower of London

Hotel Plaza Athenee

The Westin Sydney

Thornbury Castle

Inverlochy Castle

Bingham Restaurant

Beji Villa, Bali

Banqueting House

58 Prince’s Gate

20 Cavendish Square

Corinthia Hotel London

Casa de Arte e Cultura Julieta de Serpa

Eynsham Hall

Hotel Bristol Salzburg

Hotel Bristol

Hamilton Island Yacht Club

Grand Hotel Lienz

Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam

InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam

Hotel Vila Gale Rio de Janeiro

Hotel Splendide Royal, Rome

Hotel Sacher Salzburg

Lajedo Casa de Festas

JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro

InterContinental Bali Resort

Lotte New York Palace

Raffles Dubai

Park Hyatt Melbourne

Palais Rhoul & Spa

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Round Hill

Sydney Opera House

The Langham London

The Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Resort & Spa

The Waldorf Astoria New York

Victoria & Albert Museum

Viceroy Bali

Belmond Copacabana Palace