Wednesday 28th May 2014
IFCPC 2014 is pleased to invite you to attend the Gala Dinner, which will be held on Wednesday 28th May 2014 at the Church House Conference Centre.
The original Church House was founded in 1887 and built to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
The current building was designed by the renowned architect, Sir Herbert Baker, and the foundation stone was laid by Her Majesty, Queen Mary on 26 June 1937. It took until 1940 to complete and was officially opened by His Majesty, King George Vl, on 10 June 1940.
The building suffered a direct hit in the early part of WWII but due to its exceptional construction only minimal damage was done. The Prime Minister of the day, Winston Churchill, was so impressed by this that the building was refurbished for use by the two Houses of Parliament for the remainder of the war. Many historic speeches and events took place within the building during this time, in particular the announcement, by Churchill from the stage of the Hoare Memorial Hall, of the sinking of the battleship Bismarck.
The building was granted Grade II listed status in 1988 with the present Conference Centre opening officially on 19 November 1990. In 2006 the Conference Centre underwent a major refurbishment with the reconfiguration of the large Assembly Hall to a more flexible event space seating up to 664 for a conference or 372 for a seated dinner.
The Church House Conference Centre is situated in the heart of Westminster, located off Parliament Square. The main entrance from 19.30 – 20.00hrs is located in Deans Yard. After 20.00hrs the entrance and exit is located on Great Smith Street.
You will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival over looking Deans Yard and views of Parliament. Followed by a three course meal and entertainment throughout the evening.
Places are strictly limited and will be sold on a first come first served basis. Register now
Please make sure that you have your Gala Dinner ticket with you, as these will be checked on the door.
A cash bar is open all night.
Church House Conference Centre,
Westminster, SW1P 3NZ