The Admirable Crichton – celebrated event design and caterer in London, the UK and internationally

The Admirable Crichton or The AC as we are otherwise known has organised and catered for many of the world's most spectacular, beautiful and fun events since we opened our doors in 1981. We create memorable, flawless and unforgettable events and our experience, knowledge and creativity makes us leaders in event design and catering in London.

Each event is planned individually and this incredible level of design, food and service is offered at a sensible price. With the attention to detail that has made us famous; from a small, intimate dinner or reception, to a large event for hundreds of guests. Nothing daunts our fabulous team.

The winning combination of talented and highly trained chefs, innovative event designers and event planners; inspirational florists and amazing entertainment possibilities, we have the skills, connections and expertise to realise every detail and make your event an outstanding success.

With the experience of being luxury event caterers in London as well as renowned event planners both in the UK and around the world, we have held a Royal Warrant for The Prince of Wales since 2002 and have become a byword for entertaining excellence.

Our full London catering, event planning and corporate event design service include both event catering and an in-house design team, making The AC a one stop shop. We make our fabulous food in our South London kitchens, and our event organisers attend to all other aspects of planning and management to make an event happen. Clients can relax, secure in the knowledge the design will be flawless, the staff will be impeccable and charming, and the event will be unforgettable.

The Admirable Crichton group comprises of The Admirable Crichton, deWintons by The AC, Maia by The AC and Ace People.

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What Our Clients Say About Us

Just a quick note to say thank you so much to you and all of your team for a superb job last night. You executed everything with the level of friendly professionalism that defines AC. It was a genuine pleasure working with you, and I hope we get to work together again soon.

Bride: "Thank you so much for everything, it all went perfectly and I couldn’t have wished for a more perfect day or for more perfect catering."

Groom: "Thank you so much for your brilliant organisation of a wonderful event. Everybody was so happy!! I think it's a real tribute to you and The AC for the excellent work that you do! It was everything that I imagined the day would be and more."

THANKS! You were stars. It was wonderful, and the food was delicious (lots of lovely comments) so elegantly served and faultless all the way. Everything looked superb. It was a great evening and a memorable occasion for us all.

The Admirable Crichton and Sustainability

The AC Group fully embraces its environmental responsibilities and underpins this undertaking with the core principles of our corporate social responsibility, and, as respected caterers in London, we undertake to reduce its environmental impact through recycling, reducing, re-using and responsible purchasing.

As part of the AC Group’s policy to always use the highest quality ingredients, we will only use produce that is responsibly farmed, from sustainable stocks and cruelty-free. All the eggs we use are free range, Lion brand meaning we can always rely on their quality, taste and ethical origin. We are proud to have signed the SUSTAIN pledge to guarantee our commitment to this practice. We use UTZ certified coffee on all event menus and continually review our practices to ensure we offer the very best ethical and sustainable options to our clients.

We would be happy to provide further information about our CSR commitments; please do ask.

Our Heritage

In the spring of 1506, James Crichton of Clunie was born in Perthshire, Scotland. An unusually gifted prodigy, he was an excellent horseman, swordsman, singer, musician and orator. He spoke 12 languages fluently and was the first man to be known as The Admirable Crichton. With all these gifts he became tutor to the son of the Duke of Mantua in Venice. A great lover of beautiful Italian women, he was involved in a dual over a ravishing Venetian Princess and on the 3rd July 1582 he was killed - he was just 22, his talents lost forever. Of course, he never imagined he would inspire the creation of our Admirable Crichton, event designers and caterers in London.

No other Admirable Crichton existed until in 1903, when Sir James Barrie another Scot and the author of Peter Pan, wrote the play The Admirable Crichton. His hero was based on the Chevalier Crichton of old, except this time the super capable man was a butler. He and his employers were shipwrecked on a desert island and it was to Crichton that the family turned to solve their problems. Inventive and talented, he took on the role of caterer by cooked delicious food, built glamorous shelters, salvaged fine wine and brandy from the wreck, and even decorated their dining table with beautiful tropical flowers plucked from the island's plants and arranged in the pale pink conch shells he found lying on the beach. His talents and skills were well rewarded, and he became an ever more valued member of the family. So, some 80 years later, when two Scots, Rolline Frewen and Johnny Roxburgh were thinking about starting what was to become one of the world’s leading catering and event planning businesses. They thought the qualities displayed by both Admirable Crichton’s truly epitomised their philosophy for Entertaining Excellence and in a few short years, the company grew to become a hugely important benchmark for creative events.

Since 1981, nothing has been impossible for The AC. No idea too outlandish, no dish too complicated to cook. Supported by an incredible team of talented and dedicated staff, The AC, as it is universally known, has reached heights all over the world that in 1981 would have seemed unimaginable. Once quoted as saying 'they don't do fine - only amazing, creative, spectacular and incredible', The AC has created a heritage of glamorous parties, generous and loyal clients and a bank of international memories over more than three decades. Our reputation for the highest quality food is incredible, being renowned as a top London caterer.

We hope you will share in our past as you look at the visual feast of our website. Our innovative, dynamic approach to the next thirty years will allow us to create ever more glamorous parties, memorable corporate events, social occasions and excellent catering, which will become the future heritage of The AC which today includes, deWintons by The AC, Maia by The AC and Ace People.

AC Careers

The AC is currently looking for:-
Freelance Indian Chefs
Freelance Chefs
Operations Personnel
For more information or to make an application please contact Rolline Frewen.

Get in Touch with your caterer London

Phone: +44(0)20 7326 3800

We would love to become your party designer and event caterer in London or elsewhere. Our aim is to help make your next event unforgettable, so do give our event planners a call or send us a message to discuss your requirements, thoughts and ideas.

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How to find us

The Admirable Crichton-
5 Camberwell Trading Estate
Denmark Road
London SE5 9LB
Phone: +44 (0)20 7326 3800

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