Wine Events Townhouse
Tucked away behind St James’s Street is Pickering Place, formerly a site of bearbaiting, cock fighting and duelling, and home to our Georgian Townhouse.
Inside The Townhouse, the newly refurbished Long Room and Green Room provide an elegant venue for more intimate occasions. Beautifully decorated by celebrated interior designer Nina Campbell, the Long Room has a sophisticated atmosphere ideal for dinner parties, family get-togethers and business lunches and dinners. Enjoy drinks beforehand in the Green Room, before sitting down to a meal prepared to your specifications.
The History of the Townhouse
The site of our Townhouse was at one time part of the medieval maidens' leper colony of St Stephen's. Later, the edifice of Henry VIII's tennis court occupied much of 3 St James's Street and part of this structure, built in 1531, can be viewed whilst walking down the passage from St James's Street to Pickering Place.
The present square was completed by the family back in 1734 and comprised the four houses which still stand today. At that time Pickering Place was given over to sports such as dog-fighting, bear-baiting, cock-fighting and even bare knuckle boxing, all providing an active if vivid passing trade for Berry Bros. & Rudd.
Before the close of the 18th century the final duel with swords was fought to the death inside the discrete perimeter of the square, and a further duel was fought with pistols as late as the middle of the 19th century. Today, Pickering Place is a rather more tranquil spot but one which retains much memory of its former days. Read more about the history of our Townhouse on the Berry Bros. & Rudd blog.
- Canapé menus from £29 per person, luncheon and dinner menus from £60 per person
- Wines are charged at retail prices, with just £10 corkage
- Seats 14 for lunch or dinner
- Tutored tasting for up to 14