News

Nicola Purdy on our plans to reopen Friends House to the public
19 May

Nicola Purdy, Head of Service Delivery at Friends House, tells us how the team is planning to reopen the venue. From social distancing to cleaning, catering, and safety, find out how Friends House is being proactive and thinking about solutions needed to welcome customers back.

Welcome to Friends House
17 Apr

Friends,

We hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe at this time.

Over the past few weeks, the board of directors and I have been focused on looking after our people and considering best how we can protect our teams jobs during this unprecedented situation. 

After much reflection, we have taken the decision to access the Government's Coronavirus job retention scheme and will be furloughing almost all of our team both at Friends House and Swarthmoor hall, where the majority of staff are unable to undertake their customer facing roles at this time.

Our rooms and AV
27 Mar

Dear Customers,

We are all facing many challenges as we respond to the Government’s advice and directions to tackle coronavirus. We recognise that for many of you, one growing concern is about your future events that are currently booked with us.

We value your support as customers, so we want to ensure that we are doing what we can to help you in these unprecedented times. We want help relieve some of the concerns you may have about cancelling events you have booked with us, so we will treat all confirmed bookings up to and including 31 July as cancelled. 

Veganuary: 5 tips to make your event vegan-friendly
14 Jan

With January comes Veganuary. The campaign encourages the public to go vegan for a month. And it seems that more and more people switch to a plant-based diet for good. Many companies have had to rethink their products and offers to be more inclusive of this growing market. And the events industry is no exception. So, how can event professionals deliver vegan-friendly events? In this blog, we give you 5 tips to make your event vegan-friendly.

Seed Kitchen
5 Nov

You know our motto: with us, events don’t cost the earth. With this in mind, our Events team is always working on new creative and sustainable ideas for your events. And we think that you will like what they have just come up with: an eco-friendly reception in our brand new restaurant Seed Kitchen.

Bake the Difference
16 Oct

As the Bake the Difference programme returns for its second year at Friends House, we reflect on the highs and lows of Year 1 of the programme. The trainees and the staff involved tell us how this baking project changed their lives and what to expect for Year 2.

5 ways to reduce, reuse, recycle at events
23 Sep

Recycle Week 2019 is on and the theme this year is: “Recycling. It’s in our own hands.” We couldn’t agree more! Recycling is part and parcel of our sustainability strategy. However, we think that prevention is better than cure. We try to reduce the number of items we purchase or reuse items before turning to recycle.

Seed Kitchen
11 Sep

It's veggie time at Friends House! We are opening Seed Kitchen, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant with a focus on local sourcing.

Blog Green Tourism Gold accreditation and LVA awards
25 Jul

Our green venue has just received a Green Tourism Gold accreditation and is shortlisted in the sustainability category at the London Venue Awards 2019.

We are a Living Wage Employer
15 Jul

Friends House is a Living Wage Employer, paying staff above the London Living Wage. We are committed to equality and fairness among our employees.