Summer at the Serpentine

It’s always a bit nerve-wracking in the lead up to working in the annual pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery what with the British weather being so unpredictable. We also never know how watertight the pavilion might be should an unexpected shower send guests running for cover. On this occasion we needn’t have worried because 2018 saw one the consistently hottest summers on record.

Architect Frida Escobedo, of Mexican heritage, was commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2018. Inspired by the domestic architecture of Mexico and the Prime Meridian line at London’s Royal Observatory in Greenwich, she cleverly used light, water and geometry to create a striking and beautiful courtyard space.

The bartenders prepared garnishes in the hope they wouldn’t wilt ahead of the guest arrival. Lavender Green created the most incredible florals throughout the pavilion and on our bars. The clever use of mirrored plinths reflected in the shallow pool of water in which they stood, also took on the pattern of the walls of the pavilion. It was truly stunning.

Canapés and bowl food circulated all evening and concluded with pudding canapés before guests headed home after another balmy London evening.

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