Gherkin Cake, Open House Anniversary

September 2017, London

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Gherkin Cake, Open House Anniversary - September 2017, London

For the 25th Anniversary of Open House London, Bompas & Parr created canapés and cocktails themed on a selection of London’s most iconic architectural landmarks for the launch of the event and reflected features from a selection of the Open House London programme.

Guests ate a variety of canapés from Barbican “concrete” nachos to Piccadilly Circus biscuits inspired by the station tiles, accompanied by cocktails sponsored by Sipsmith Gin such as the Phoenix Cinema Buck with complimentary popcorn and St. Paul’s Cathedral Last Word which included an incense smoked gin.

Bompas & Parr also designed and installed a revolving 30 St. Mary Axe ‘Gherkin’ cake that was cut by Mayor Sadiq Khan. In response to the concepts of Open House London the layers and stratification of the cake are aimed to represent the dynamic and ever-growing city of London: the Swiss Ray: the changing skyline, the bottom layer: a representation of the sprawling underground navigational network tying the city together, and finally the cake in the middle, which through some subtle/abstract dressing could possibly represent the iconic London terrace houses.

“Open House always inspires us about the creative possibilities of London - opening closed and forgotten spaces and allowing many to rediscover and remember the wonders of the city. No single event has had such a profound impact on our business, a regular goad to use the city to its full experiential potential. This year was particularly special. We made a vast cake version of 30 St Mary Axe which was cut by the Mayor of London as the sun set across the city, served to mark the 25th Anniversary of Open House.” Sam Bompas