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Cathedral View Events

Here at Cathedral View we know the power of a good event. We host a number of events and activities throughout the year using our two conference rooms and our magical roof top garden.

We pride ourselves on the fact that all profit we make from our events goes straight back to The Passage and that we pull out all the stops to deliver a memorable event and bring our clients? visions to life.?

Here are a few of our tips and insight in order to deliver a truly memorable event.

Have an easy-to-reach location

Luckily for us, we are a stones-throw away from Victoria station which allows us to host delegates from all over London and the south coast. Location can be everything with events as needing to ensure people can get there and leave easily is hugely appealing. As well as this, ensuring that your clients have easy access (eg, loading bay, separate entrance, lift etc) is vital as it ensures their experience is as easy as possible.?

Our wonderful Roof Top garden, a stones throw away from Victoria.

Prepare and prepare again

It might be stating the obvious, but preparation really is key as well as building and maintaining strong relationships with suppliers. As with anything, no matter how much you prepare, something can ? and usually will! ? go wrong. This happens but it?s how you deal with it that matters. We ensure that our team is trained for most eventualities and that they react is a calm and collected way to find alternative solutions.?

The gorgeous food available at one of our events.

Keep your eye on budget

Everybody can get a tad giddy when it comes to throwing everything at an event, but the best events are the ones that are planned, strategized and budgeted fully and these guidelines are adhered to. We work with our delegates to ensure budgets are kept to and always manage expectations. 

Offer an element of magic

When we all think of a memorable event that we attended ? there is usually something specific we remember. Whether that be the food, drink, entertainment, the dressing of the space or the music that was played. Creating a bit of memorable magic is key and leave people something to smile about the next day. Here at Cathedral View a lot of our magic comes from the breath-taking view on our roof top as well as the layout of the space. We never tire of the reaction we get up there!?

Celebrate and learn from the success

Even though we host a large number of events, we are always growing and making our events better and better. We always follow up with our clients and ascertain if the event objectives were met, if the people that attended enjoyed the event and took value from it and whether their messages were given, and outcome met (eg, money raised). For larger events, we send out delegate surveys in order to get a fully rounded level of feedback that we input to our teams to offer insight and learnings for future events.?

Could we help you run an event? Please do get in touch to chat more and book your free tour!

St Vincent?s In The 21st Century

This remarkable building has gone from strength to strength since the millennium, and has introduced an annual fundraising concert, a high-level refurbishment and, most importantly, helped more than 100,000 people.?

Here?s our story from 2000.??


A new and improved hostel, Passage House, opened.


The Mentoring Scheme was introduced. The aim of the scheme was to help clients maintain a development in their life, such as a job or flat, by providing them with someone to talk to when things were going well and, more importantly, when they were not. Barclays and John Lewiscontinue to support the mentorship scheme. 


Montfort House was acquired and remains in use today. Montfort House consists of 16 self-contained flats supported by three staff, providing accommodation and support for entrenched rough sleepers.


The first ?Night Under the Stars? event, the annual fundraising concert, took place (and is still an annual event to this day!).

The poster for 2018’s Night Under The Stars fundraising concert.


The Jubilee Anniversary of The Passage was commemorated with a series of events, including a concert by Westminster Cathedral Choir, a garden party at Westminster Abbey, and a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Cathedral.

February 2005:?

St Vincent?s Centre is purchased from the Sisters using a statutory grant of ?5 million.

The Values of The Passage.

January 2009:?

The Client Volunteer Scheme was initiated, enabling clients to use the skills acquired from The Passage to help other clients. This has since become a model of good practice across the sector.


The 30-year anniversary of The Passage.?

Since 1980, 100,000 people had been helped, 3,000,000 meals had been served, and 36,000 people had received the help of the health team

The canteen in full flow serving clients at The Passage in the 80s.


Streetlink (Outreach) Team begin working 365 days a year. The No Second Night Out initiativebegan, aiming to get new rough sleepers off the streets so that they wouldn?t have to sleep outside for a second night. Passage House was converted into a 35-bed hostel with an innovative five-bed adult foyer. 


The Personalisation Pilotand Housing Firstschemes are launched.


All services now operated seven days a week. The planning application for the refurbishment of St Vincent?s Centre was approved. The staff-to-volunteer ratio reached 1:4 (100:400). Before You Go– a homelessness prevention project – begins.


The Home for Goodproject begins, aiming to keep resettled clients from returning to the streets. Passage House receives straight ?A?s in its review by Supporting People. The innovative Social Impact Bondis the first ever payment-by-results homelessness initiative. 


Nearly two years? building work at St Vincent?s Centre was finished. The refurbishments created a building that was of as high a quality as the services themselves, allowing an abundance of new opportunities and services. 

The centre was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Cambridge. Immigration Advice was introduced, and Client Ambassadors began assisting other agencies in a voluntary capacity 


The complete refurbishment of St Vincent?s Centre enabled The Passage to create?Cathedral View, a beautiful and unique venue space that will provide further sustainable income for The Passage?s vital services.?

The beautiful Roof Top Garden designed and landscaped by?Chelsea Flower Show?seven-times gold medal winner and?BBC?presenter,?Adam Frost.?


The Duke of Cambridge became The Passage’s Royal Patron. The Duke has visited The Passage and Cathedral View many times.

The Duke volunteers in The Passage kitchen and meets clients taking part in our Homelessness Prevention Project

The Story Of St Vincent?s ?

The wonderful building that houses both Cathedral View and The Passage, the St Vincent?s Centre, has been helping the people of London and beyond since its incarnation in May 1863. But did you know that it has been hit by fire a number of times, it was bombed during the war, it has been a school and orphanage and it?s had its fair share of royal visits? 

The story of the space is utterly fascinating, and we wanted to share it to showcase the life-changing work it has done and continues to do. Part one of this blog series tells the story from 1863 ? 1996.?


The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul move in to Carlisle Place, using it as a school and orphanage before setting up workshops and laundry facilities. 


The school and orphanage are extended to increase their capacity, but resources to improve conditions are scarce and the local authorities are critical of the Sisters? work.

April 1881:?

210 inhabitants were recorded at the Centre, ranging from a five-week-old orphan to a 65-year-old nurse. At this time, the house was one-third of its current size.


Fire sweeps through the lower half of the building, which the Sisters fought on their own until the fire brigade arrived.


A new wing is created.


An extra floor and roof are added to the 1863 structure, bringing the building sufficiently up to standard that it is soon after approved to become a public elementary school.


The Sisters take on the role of providing auxiliary hospital services. 

28 November 1916:?

A high-flying German navy seaplane dropped six 22-pound bombs intended for Victoria Station, but one landed on Carlisle Place.


Amelie de Orleans, the last Queen of Portugal, having fled hardship and persecution at home, spent a few years assisting the Sisters, disguised simply as ?Maria.?


Day Continuation School opens. There were 247 girls attending by March 1925.


Floods break part of the Chelsea Embankment. 14 people died and 4,000 were made homeless, creating extra demand for the Sisters? services. 


The Sisters formed a club for deaf women (which would continue until 1995).

The staff from the 1930s.


Carlisle Place is requisitioned under the emergency powers outlined by the Compensation Defence Act 1939. The building serves primarily as a kitchen and is fitted with upgraded services to this end, at government expense.

1 September 1939:?

307 adults and children are evacuated from the school. A further 150 children follow suit in June 1940. Some local children resumed their education at Carlisle Place in February 1941, but revived Blitzkrieg fears meant that only 19 schoolchildren remained by June 1941.

December 1939:?

The building suffers direct hits from high explosives and an incendiary device. It is also caught in ?friendly fire? when munitions intended for enemy bombers miss and fall down to the ground.

16 April 1941:?

A bomb hits the Sisters? chapel and destroys the entirety of its contents, save for the stained-glass window that can still be seen. 


Although the London County Council wanted to close down the school, the 1944 Education (Butler) Act enabled it to remain open as a Secondary Technical School. The orphanage was not so fortunate and did not reopen after the war.

The school in 1949.

September 1974:?

The primary school transferred to St Vincent de Paul Primary School at its current location beside the Cathedral. The building remained in limbo for a few years.


A series of half-hearted development projects meant that the building would be mostly residential, but also mostly unwanted, by 1980. By this time the Sisters were providing sandwiches to the local homeless.

8 October 1980:?

The Passage Day Centre opens to provide a more dignified and organised framework for assisting the homeless. 50 visitors came on day one, a number that had tripled by the end of the year.

Clients attending The Passage’s Day Centre in the 80s.


A clothing store, Alcoholics Anonymous support group, and a medical room staffed by two state nurses were set up.


First attempt at a specialist housing service provided by the Central London Housing and Advice Service.


Work on improvements to the Day Centre takes place, providing adequate client washing and toilet facilities, and upgrading the medical room. In 1984 a fledgling weekend service was opened.


After experiencing the tensions caused by the mixture of different ages at The Passage, the Sisters decided to specialise in working with clients over the age of 25. A separate project was initiated for younger clients.?

The Girls’ Hostel – 1985.


Originally intended to be part of The Passage Trust and called Junior Passage, for economic and structural reasons the project to support younger clients established itself as a separate charity under the name DePaul Trust.

1993 and 1994:?

Princess Diana visits The Passage with Harry and William. She had previously visited in 1990 on her own, and Prince Charles would visit in April 1999 in his capacity as President of Business in the Community.?


The Passage open learning project begins, helping clients to improve their skills and therefore their chances of finding better paid employment. Previously, specialised housing and health teams had been established.

“It has been a delight to use the Marillac room for the last four days. Thanks especially to your team for looking after us. I hope and expect to use Cathedral View for more training courses in the future.”

Mark Wilcock, Zomalex

“Everyone loved the space - it was perfect for the workshop”

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“Thank you most sincerely for supporting the Catholic Medical Association?s Mass and Brunch event. It was thought to be a great success by all who attended. All those present were extremely impressed by the work of The Passage”

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