Jenny Bones heads up the Events Department at 195 Piccadilly, the headquarters of the British Academy of Film and British Arts.
Renowned for its annual Film Awards, BAFTA also has a stunning private members club and venue that can accommodate up to 400 people at anyone time. Jenny and her sales team strive to fill the spaces with a variety of events including film premiers, conferences, product launches, and weddings.
Voted Best Venue by readers of Event Magazine in 2008 it was the first official accolade to put 195 Piccadilly on the map since trading as a venue in 2006.
The clientele at BAFTA covers a broad range of companies from media and film distributors to luxury brands and technology companies. Now officially housing the best 3D facilities in London with a new Guinness World Record Breaking projector BAFTA are proud to be leading the way in cutting-edge technology.
Outside of work Jenny is a keen skier and gets away in the winter as much a possible. Favorite ski resorts include Park City in USA and Zermatt in Switzerland. Recently becoming engaged Jenny now looks forward to putting her events skills to good practice for her own wedding and planning her wedding cake as she is a keen sugar craft enthusiast and baker!
Where were you born ?
In a beautiful part of Sydney, called Manly, to British parents who’d settled in Australia.
How long in London:
The family settled back for good in the UK when I was about seven years old.
Balham, South West London.
Head of Commercial Events at 195 Piccadilly, the home of BAFTA.
Great Queen Street, Holborn.
My best-kept secret of London is Kulu Kulu on Brewer Street.
Best Ethnic Food:
Hop and Spice in Balham is an incredible Sri Lankan restaurant, which serves tapas style cuisine.
I rarely eat out in Italian restaurants but Carluccios never disappoints.
Best place for late night dining:
Electric Brasserie – Notting Hill.
Brian Turners Chocolate Fondant in the Millennium Mayfair Hotel.
Best place for a romantic date:
If you are a cheese fan then my favorite romantic spot so far has to be Le Club de Fromage on Kings Road. The fondue is as good as any in the Alps and the service is impeccable.
Best Sunday brunch:
Automat in Mayfair.
Bar Vertigo in Tower 42 near Moorgate has the best views in London and is so stylish and sophisticated you can while away hours in the sky looking down on the hustle of London below.
Best place for a power business meeting:
It has to be the Members Bar at 195 Piccadilly. Its comfortable, has a great menu and houses some of the most inspiring people of our generation.
All-around favorite spot in London:
Walking along the Southbank
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Any of the Firmdale Group Hotels are amazing – but mostly The Soho Hotel as it has the true essence of chic London with Soho right on your doorstep. Its close to BAFTA too and houses a lot of media clients so its inline with expectations.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Kingley Court just off Carnaby Street has some really unusual boutiques and unique shops, along with Traffic People (one of my favourites). Columbia Road near Bethnal Green is amazing for vintage inspired items and has a great Sunday flower market.
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Pennyhill Park Spa in Sunningdale, Surrey (just 30 minutes from London) is wonderful. The underwater music in the swimming pool and the outdoor heated Jacuzzi pools are just some of the highlights of this place.
Favorite Charity Event:
Here at BAFTA last year we held an event for Cherished Memories—a children’s charity that organizes once-in-a-lifetime trips and events for children with terminal illnesses. We helped put on a production for the kids followed by an awards ceremony for them all hosted by Julian Clary and it was a very emotional day.
Favorite Cultural Event:
The monthly local Food Market outside the Royal Festival Hall
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Best Aspect of London:
The city never sleeps
Metro Pizza off Northcote Road in Clapham has the best pizzas in town.
Asia De Cuba in the St Martins Lane Hotel. The Kobe beef if to die for.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
The gym at The Berkley Hotel in Knightsbridge.
Victoria & Albert Museum
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Back streets of London Bridge and Borough