Villa di Geggiano
The site of the Villa di Geggiano has had many former incarnations – but none have seemed to fit so well as its latest. Owned for over five centuries by the Bianchi Bandinelli family, the original villa in Tuscany is reflected in this large and roomy West London restaurant. With three different private and semi-private spaces as well as the possibility of exclusive takeovers (dependent on time and date of event), there’s something for every type of event and the flexibility and personal touches provided by the family heritage add a certain exclusivity without becoming overly formal.
The outside terrace leads through to the main entrance where the Villa’s Tuscan influences begin in earnest with a turquoise and shimmering yellow bird wallpaper giving a bright summery feel even on the greyest of days.
The bar leads onto the main restaurant which is a striking space, with five large mirrors on one side of the room, an open kitchen hatch for ambience, a stunning picture of the original Villa di Geggiano, hand blown multi-coloured glass lampshades and a frequently changing showcase of artwork – currently stunning tree sculptures by Nic Parnell. Often used for larger wedding receptions – especially those coming from the many nearby churches and Chiswick and Hammersmith Town Halls – as well as special celebrations for locals, birthday parties, corporate celebrations, Christmas parties, product launches and much more it has space for up to 120 guests as part of an exclusive hire.
Beyond the main restaurant is the semi-private Gallery Room. Screened from the main dining area by two glass partitions, the area also boasts two patio doors with luxurious velvet drapes, an imposing wine rack and an ever changing display of art – carrying on the Geggiano family tradition of supporting the arts. The room seats up to 30 on inviting padded blue studded leather chairs and can be arranged as one large square or two longs. It’s ideal for smaller gatherings that still want to enjoy the ambience of the main restaurant with an added element of privacy.
At the front of the venue, the Day Room has direct access through two patio doors onto the terrace and many events use a sectioned off area of this, as well as the sumptuous private room which can seat up to 20 (45 standing). Its French Grey-coloured walls, striking art in traditional frames, fireplace and multitude of original features means it’s as often used for smaller wedding or christening receptions and afternoon teas as networking and launch events – it’s décor lending itself to warmth while remaining utterly versatile.
The new Board Room is to be launched in early October – and will be the hub of the Villa’s IT and AV offer. Designed by two artists, the room is also ideally placed to hold board meetings for local businesses (followed by break-out sessions in either the bar or Day Room and followed by lunch in the Gallery) or even other events such as wine tastings or smaller gatherings.
Wine tastings of the Villa’s estate wines which include five reds, one rose, two grappa and one distillato, can be arranged on request, as can other tastings.
Four course set menus (starter, pasta, main, dessert) are available, include tea and coffee and range from £35 to £55 per person, however the Villa is also able to offer a pre-ordered a la carte for most events and canapes for standing receptions. There’s even gluten free pasta courtesy of their talented and handpicked chefs.
The Villa operates a minimum spend rather than a room hire starting from £800 for the Day Room, £1,200 for the Gallery and £6,000 for exclusive use, although rates are subject to time and date of event.