Rugby World Cup Lunch

From gourmet cuisine to rugby legends up close and personal, Gala’s VIP rugby lunch is your dream start to England’s 2023 World Cup campaign. Here’s what to expect from the king of rugby dinners next September 7th

It’s hard to imagine a better setting for Rugby World Cup hospitality than Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane. The final word in sophistication and luxury, this legendary five-star hotel awakens a tingle of anticipation from the moment you arrive.

As the location for major TV awards ceremonies including The Royal Television Society and The Broadcast Awards – not to mention the centuries-old Royal Caledonian Ball – you’ll feel a million dollars as you take your seats amongst the crisp white tablecloths and twinkling lights of the opulent Grosvenor House Ballroom. The evening hasn’t even started, and you’ve already wowed your closest colleagues and most valued clients.

Rugby World Cup Lunch

VIP rugby guests in conversation

VIP rugby guests in conversation

Tomorrow, the 2023 Rugby World Cup will roar to life in Paris and one team will write themselves into the history books. But today, you’re riding the wave of excitement, as Gala’s VIP rugby lunch welcomes three giants of the game to give their expert verdicts on the fixtures ahead.

There’s no mistaking Martin Johnson: this towering second row filled the Leicester Tigers trophy cabinet with silverware, while captaining England to the unforgettable World Cup victory of 2003 that lives on in the heart of every fan. As Ireland’s top all-time try scorer, Brian O’Driscoll was sheer dynamite in both the green jersey and Leinster shirt, and today remains one of the sport’s best-loved pundits on BT Sport and ITV Sport. A giant amongst coaches, every team Warren Gatland touches turns to gold, with career highlights including his Ireland side’s knife-edge 27-25 victory over France and his thrilling stewardship of the Welsh side from 2007.

It’s a buzz just to breathe the same air as these three talismanic sportsmen. So imagine the shivers at Gala’s Rugby World Cup lunch, as Sky Sports host Pete Graves leads the trio through a frank, funny, far-reaching conversation that leaves no stone unturned. From their World Cup predictions to never-before-shared memories from their own playing and management careers, this is your chance to see your rugby heroes turn raconteur.

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Gourmet foods, fine wines and quality beers

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Nothing but the very best will do in the Grosvenor House Ballroom, so sit back and trust Gala to ensure your evening is as memorable for the catering as the setting and star guests.

Whether you’re treating colleagues or clients, nobody can fail to be impressed as the hotel’s award-winning team serves a gourmet three-course lunch to your table, alongside a complimentary bar of beers, fine wines and soft drinks to enjoy as our celebrity speakers hold court.

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Rugby World Cup hospitality packages to suit every budget

Rugby World Cup hospitality packages to suit every budget

At Gala, we’re renowned for corporate hospitality tailored to the individual – and our rugby dinners are built around you too. Whatever your budget, our Rugby World Cup lunch at Grosvenor House has a package to suit. Perhaps you’ll choose the Silver Package that includes reserved seats, three-course lunch, complimentary bar and hostess service, plus entertainment including the celebrity Q&A and auction.

Go for gold and you’ll enjoy all of the above, plus a premium-position table, access to the VIP reception, a group photo opportunity with our speakers and your company logo on the event menu cards. Or for the ultimate brush with fame, why not choose the Speaker Sponsor Package, which not only lets you display your company branding in the ballroom – but means you’ll be joined at your table by one of our sporting greats.

To learn more about Gala’s Rugby World Cup hospitality – including the upcoming rugby league World Cup – call 0800 195 4250, drop an email to or fill in our enquiry form. We look forward to hearing from you.

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