Christmas and New Year Celebration Venues recommended by an Expert

Rebecca Cardozo Managing Director of Innerplace, the concierge company, gives you insider knowledge of where to Eat, Drink and Celebrate over the Festive Period



Hide is a restaurant and bar by Hedonism Wines and Ollie Dabbous. Set over three floors overlooking Green Park in Piccadilly Hide offers you the very best food and drink in a refined but relaxed setting.

Tom Kerridge at the Corinthia
For his first London restaurant, renowned Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge along with Head Chef Nick Beardshaw has created a menu which harks back to classic dishes and traditional techniques, and plays on Tom’s reputation for serving his take on the UK’s most celebrated dishes. Expect a culinary experience to rival Tom’s Michelin-starred establishments, housed in a stunning space reworked by The Studio.


Hovarda lounge bar
An Aegean-inspired bar & restaurant in London’s Soho with a really cool music scene upstairs

The American Bar at the Stafford
The American Bar at The Stafford is legendary and belongs to the great tradition of the American cocktail bars that became renowned in London and Paris during the 1920s and 30s. It remains one of the longest surviving American bars in London and is much-loved by its discerning clientele. Old school but fabulous


The Box
One of London’s most stylish and exclusive venues

About Rebecca

Rebecca entered the events and exhibitions industry in 2001, working for William Reed Business Media. She quickly rose up the ranks and in 2004 became Event Director of Food and Drink Expo, the biennial food and drink trade exhibition held at the NEC. Having commensurately grown the overseas participation, she was appointed Director of International Trade and built relations with over 40 embassies and commercial offices in London. By pitching WRBM as the key partner in entering the UK market and attracting international business she managed to singularly increase revenue by £400,000 in one show cycle. Whilst visiting export promotion councils in all seven continents selling the portfolio of WRBM products, she identified a demand amongst overseas food exporters for UK market information. In 2003 she became publisher of a quarterly subscription, UK Food and Beverage Report offering business critical information on the UK market.

In 2006 she left WRBM to set up her own business, an exhibition sales and marketing consultancy, 23. One of the main functions of the business was to help events and exhibitions secure international business, WRBM became a client contracting out all International sales to 23. In addition to International sales, the business offered marketing solutions such as, data cleansing, telesales campaigns and pre-registered visitor conversion. 23 was involved in the sales and marketing of The Restaurant show.

In 2007 Rebecca launched a second business, The Buddha Brunch. Rebecca leveraged her relationships with export promotion councils and her strong knowledge of UK food and drink market to source, re-brand and import high-end speciality food products. The Buddha Brunch had exclusive distribution rights on a number of popular lines and customers spanned both retail and foodservice sectors. The Buddha Brunch ran successfully until late 2009 when, due to the recession, the decision was made to focus all efforts on 23.

In 2010 Rebecca took on challenging and unique opportunity with Lend Lease, one of the world’s leading property and infrastructure groups. Lend Lease appointed Rebecca, Venue Director of their new Exhibition Centre and Events business at Bluewater, Europe’s leading retail destination. The role included overseeing the £65 million development, creating and executing a 5 year business plan, building a team, securing an event calendar, creating a brand identity, and integrating the events business into the existing retail business. Stakeholder relations were also a key part of the job, liaising with local councils, charities, businesses and press. In addition to the Exhibition Centre Rebecca was given the role of media spokesperson for Bluewater as a whole, frequently giving radio and television interviews. Working in partnership with Clarion Events Rebecca launched ‘Christmas in New York’ an experiential family event which attracted over 60,000 visitors.

In February 2013 Rebecca took on the role of Festival Director of The London Restaurant Festival, a fortnight long, citywide festival in its 5th year. Rebecca overhauled the business creating and implementing a 3 year growth strategy. She established partnerships with the Mayor’s office, Transport for London, BAFTA and Historic Royal Palaces. Re-branding the festival she managed to attract the involvement of iconic landmarks across London for over 60 events. In evaluating the size of reach and defining the target demographic, Rebecca created a campaign to grow the database and in doing so secured new sponsorship partners.
In 2014 rebecca set up Familton Hall, a consultancy helping businesses develop new revenue streams and increase existing ones, she worked with a variety of sectors including, PR, radio and online start ups.

Since 2017 Rebecca has been at Innerplace, the concierge company, in the role of Managing Director. Following their 15th anniversary, she was brought on board to implement a 3 year strategy to grow the business.

You can read about Innerplace here…