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The Landmark Hotel - My Favourite Lobby?

I have always thought the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone Road has the finest and most exotic lobby in London. It is in the form of an atrium garden with a mezzanine gazebo which is perfect for cocktail receptions before inviting guests to one of two magnificent Ballrooms.

London Toastmaster For Hire

If you are interested in talking to Richard about an upcoming event or function, whether a wedding, social, corporate, state or civic event, and you are thinking of hiring a Toastmaster or Master of Ceremonies, you can call him on 020 7730 3725 or email him to check his availabilty.

The London Toastmaster

Richard Birtchnell
45 Chelsea Gate
93 Ebury Bridge Road
London
SW1W 8RB
UK

Tel: 020 7730 3725

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Livery Dinner for the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights at Middle Temple Hall

A wonderful combination of historical institutions: The Shipwrights? company is 700 years old and was holding one of its prestigious annual dinners in the 450-year old Middle Temple Hall. Incidentally the Hall is one of three buildings constructed with a double hammer-beam roof. The other two are at Eltham Palace and Palace of Westminster?s Great Hall, in all of which I have had the privilege of working.

As you can see below, I am a Toastmaster to the City Livery Companies.

Richard Birtchnell the City of London Toastmaster at Middle Temple Hall London

 

Does Your Up and Coming Event Need a Toastmaster, Compere or MC?

If you are interested in talking with Richard about an upcoming event that you are arranging, call him on 020 7730 3725 or email him to check his availabilty.

The London Toastmaster

Richard Birtchnell
45 Chelsea Gate
93 Ebury Bridge Road
London
SW1W 8RB
UK

Tel: 020 7730 3725

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Richard-Birtchnell-The-London-Toastmaster/440663422633047

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The Society of London Toastmasters

London : The Capital of Etiquette and Protocol

London isn?t just the capital of the UK, but it is also the capital of etiquette and protocol, and formal dining. Toastmasters are the event managers, the coordinators and the announcers at such functions.

The Society of London Toastmasters

Richard Birtchnell is a member of The Society of London Toastmasters. They are the original group of Toastmasters formed over 60 years ago. There are many other Toastmaster organisations but Richard would like to think of them as copies.

The Society of London Toastmasters operate to the highest possible standards, their knowledge and skills are unrivalled, they are retained for the most prestigious events, in the finest of venues and they attend and manage the most important functions, such as, State banquets, Mansion House speeches, the Lord Mayor?s inaugural banquet, as well as visiting Heads of State will be received by royalty and Toastmasters from The Society of London would be in attendance.

Richard would like to draw your attention to the crest, the badge that he wears, of The Society of London, and explains some of the symbols that are represented, which sum up how a Toastmaster does his job.

At the top of the crest, is a ?Loving Cup? which is part of a traditional ceremony at formal banquets in the City of London.

There is a gavel, which is the tool of trade of a Toastmaster or Master of Ceremonies, which they use to knock on wood and call people to dinner or call their attention to speeches and toasts.

The white cross on the red background shield which is symbolic of the City of London. That is the Square Mile where the most formal dining takes place.

The two dolphins either side of the crest represent the City of Westminster, and that to the Toastmasters is the West End. The hotels, Park Lane, Mayfair and Belgravia.

Then you have ?The Society of London Toastmasters? which is the organisation that Richard Birtchnell represents.

Finally, in Latin, we have The Society of London?s moto, ?Omnia Cum Dignitate? which translates to ?Everything With Dignity.?

Hopefully, this gives an over view of the credibility, credentials and capabilities of the most professional Toastmaster you would wish to engage for your function.

Do You Need To Hire a Toastmaster for a Wedding or Event in the UK

If you are interested in talking with Richard about an upcoming event that you are arranging, call him on 020 7730 3725 or visit his website at http://www/londontoastmaster.com

The London Toastmaster

Richard Birtchnell
45 Chelsea Gate
93 Ebury Bridge Road
London
SW1W 8RB
UK

Tel: 020 7730 3725

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City of London Toastmasters

City of London Toastmasters and their History and Customs

City of London Toastmaster, Richard Birtchnell leading HRH the Duke of Gloucester into a reception at Mercers' Hall. Photo by Michael O'Sullivan

When we talk of the 'City' of London, we are referring to the 'Square Mile' representing mainly the international financial district, which since Norman times was the capital's hub of craft and commercial activity. The City is a democratic self-governing entity with its own Lord Mayor and rich in tradition, history and what may be thought of as quaint ceremonial customs.

One such is that the City of London Toastmaster does not wear his red tailcoat, instead he wears a black one. It is said the reason for this is that by tradition, a foxhunt may not pass through the City's streets and as the Toastmaster's red coat is reminiscent of mounted foxhunters, it is preferred that he maintains a less ostentatious profile. However, this policy creates a problem of identity. A Toastmaster's work in the City is inevitably at Mansion House (home of the Lord Mayor) or the Guildhall or one of the 40 Livery Halls where formal banquets are held, often with members of the Royal Family, Government and Heads of State present. Frequently guests at such functions will wear white tie and black tails, just like the Toastmaster, who no longer will be identifiable by his red jacket. An elegant solution was devised whereby the Toastmaster would wear a red and white sash over his right shoulder, representing the colours of the City's crest. This way, he stands out, even if on occasion he gets mistaken for the Polish Ambassador!

City of London Toastmaster, Richard Birtchnell. Photo by Michael O'Sullivan

Acting as a City Toastmaster requires a higher degree of knowledge and protocol than for example, in the 'West End' and there are many subtle differences in procedure. For example, outside the City when introducing a guest speaker with a post-nominal (eg OBE) the Toastmaster would say "Pray silence for John Smith, an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire" but within the City the Toastmaster simply says "Pray silence for John Smith". Another example would be how the Loyal Toast ("The Queen!") is introduced. Outside the City the Toastmaster would gavel for attention and say: "Would you all please stand.. and.. pray silence for the Chairman who will now propose the Loyal Toast". In the City, when we get to this point in the meal (before the coffee is served) the Toastmaster simply taps his gavel three times, does not speak at all and the host will rise and pronounce: "The Queen!" then all guests rise and repeat the exclamation.

About the Author: Richard Birtchnell is not only a Master of Ceremonies,?but he is also a City of London Toastmaster. If you want to make your?event one to run smoothly and on time, then why not contact Richard to check his availability.

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