When top British and Irish Rugby champions are catapulted 500ft into the air, you know the scene is set for some extraordinary viewing. Luckily British and Lions hero Maro Itoje and Irish rugby icon Paul O’Connell were not in match mode when elevated high into the sky. Instead these legendary stars were just some of the celebrated guests gracing a special charity fund-raising Smart Sport dinner hosted right here at London’s highest dedicated events space, Landing Forty Two.
Invitees took in our floor-to-ceiling panoramic views whilst mingling with their Rugby heroes and indulging in a sumptuous champagne and canape reception. Landing Forty Two set a spectacular scene for the fascinating Q and A session with further VIPs including Sam Warburton, Martin Johnson, Phil Bennett, Graham Rowntree and Maggie Alphonso. After guests gained a closer insight into their favoured heroes, the team adapted the space into an exhilarating live auction. With the opportunity to win an array of once-in-a-lifetime prizes, attendees bid for goodies including a private dinner with Australian rugby union footballer legend Michael Lynagh.
Next it was time for the real games to commence! Partnering with leading event gastronomers Moving Venue, a tantalising three course dinner set a tone of elegant indulgence. With bespoke table styling and beautifully laid centre pieces, guests took to their seats to enjoy a choice of starters including crispy smoked haddock arancini balls with honey-cured bacon, sweetcorn cream and parsley. Everyone tucked into the food of champions with a main course of Surrey Farm beef with fondant potato, mini steak and kidney pudding, Chantenay carrots and a red wine and truffle sauce. Setting the score at the ultimate high, The Captains’ Boozy Trifle successfully saw a winning finale to the night.