Illuminate's First Birthday | Moving Venue
5th March 2020

Illuminate's First Birthday

Moving Venue are unbelievably proud to be the dedicated catering partner for the ‘multi award winning’ Illuminate at the Science Museum.

On the 1st March we celebrated the venue's first birthday, so we've taken a look back at what a phenomenal year it has been.

Over the past 12 months we have catered for over 90 events in the space, and were delighted to win ‘Best In-house Catering Partner’ at the London Catering Awards 2019. Illuminate has also picked up awards for ‘Best Venue with a View’ (London Venue Awards 2019) and ‘Venue of the Year’ (Event Production Awards 2020).

Event Highlights

The Annual Director’s Dinner

May 2019

The Director’s Dinner is one of the most important events in the Museum’s calendar. Illuminate offers a brilliant monochromatic blank canvas space with stunning views of the city of London, so with this is mind the event was styled with grey and white tones accentuated with brightly coloured glassware. The three-course dinner was seasonal and sustainable, with a vegan starter and an ethically-caught fish main course. The dessert was the main talking point for guests: ‘Eclipse: Guinness sponge, caramel pollen, white chocolate and cherry’ perfectly depicts its namesake and further enhances the monochromic style of the venue.

UNICEF Soccer Aid Gala Dinner

June 2019

The event hosted 280 guests for dinner and drinks across Illuminate’s two event spaces, Level 4 and Level 5, with some of the most well-known sports men and women, celebrities and TV personalities in attendance. The event was a phenomenal success, raising over £500K for the charity. Our Executive Head Chef, David Ridgway worked alongside the 2018 MasterChef finalist, Nisha Parmar, and created a bespoke Indian inspired gourmet sensation to amaze the guests. The event concluded with a performance by Robbie Williams.

Christmas Party with Evolve Events

December 2019

One highlight of Illuminate’s Christmas season was without a doubt the party we planned together with Evolve Events. A futuristic theme saw servers dressed in silver metallic shirts with ornate headdresses and glittery makeup, and the venue was equally furnished with a circular silver mirrored bar, LED and silver poseurs, soft seating, a photobooth, twinkling dancefloor and DJ. LED ballerinas and hoopists, mirrorball dancers and the world record-holding bubble man provided dazzling entertainment in addition to an array of arcade games – suddenly DDR did not mean “day delegate rate” anymore but (obviously) Dance Dance Revolution! An all-white Father Christmas made an exciting entrance on a lit-up walkway as the children eagerly waited to open their presents.

Moving Venue certainly put on a feast to match! Canapés, street eats and bowl food were circulated before opening a magnificent seafood station, decked with ice sculptures and filled with prawns, lobster tails and oysters. Champagne and elderflower jelly shots were served from a 2.5 metre tall Christmas tree ice sculpture (of course), and other dessert canapés were served before we opened a beautiful antipasto station with meats, cheeses and all the accoutrements. Oh and did we mention the nitro ice-cream? If you ever wanted to see an alternative Christmas, this was the party!


It’s safe to say our first year as exclusive caterer at Illuminate has been a huge success. We have loved working alongside the lovely venue team and White Light, Illuminate’s in-house production partner, to create incredible events for our clients. Below is a selection of photos of our journey so far.


Not only are we event catering experts, but we're a friendly bunch who love to chat. So please don't hesitate to fill out an enquiry form or pick up the phone. Our event planning team are here to help with as much or as little as you would like - whether you need assistance sourcing a venue, recommendations for flowers and entertainment, or simply want us to provide some show stopping catering, it's all within our remit.
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