where it all began

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    Gunter's 1786

    Payne & Gunter has an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise. That legacy was founded back in Mayfair in 1786 with the establishment of Gunter's, a society caterer, who enjoyed no less than three royal warrants from George IV, V and Napoleon III.

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    Gunter's was considered the wedding cake makers 'du jour' with high profile commissions including Queen Victoria's granddaughter. You could also pay a visit to Gunter's Tea Shops based in Berkeley Square, purveyors of the finest in ices and sorbets.

    Meanwhile Payne's caterers started life as a coffee bar in Shepherd's Bush, which was unfortunately bombed during World War II. Not to be defeated, the owner Guss Payne relocated to a larger restaurant before setting up as an outdoor catering company.

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    Unique Events

    It was then that corporate entertainment as we now know it was established. With his background in sports, Guss offered exceptional hospitality at events such as Henley Royal Regatta and rugby matches at Twickenham stadium.

    By 1970 Guss Payne's son, Alan, had taken over the reins and Payne's began to consider diversifying. John Coomb, with a lifetime of experience in city banqueting, joined the team and so Payne's soon became renowned as the City caterer of choice too.

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    London's Originals

    In 1983 Alan Payne acquired the renowned Gunter's, which had continued to be a well respected name in the world of English hospitality. At that time our operations director, Bethan also joined our team as a graduate.

    And so Payne & Gunter as we know it today was born, and its rich legacy continues, with an unrivalled reputation as one of the country's most respected special event caterers.

    To this day we continue to pride ourselves on a long-standing team who live and breathe attention to detail. From hospitality at historic palaces and galleries to entertaining at some of the most exciting outdoor events in the UK, Payne & Gunter remains London's originals.