The Critic’s View:
Attended by movie star royalty (and actual royalty) from the British film industry, Hollywood and the wider world alike, this year’s 76th BAFTA ceremony – hosted in impeccable style at the Royal Festival Hall, London – is one of the luxury calendar’s most glittering events. The BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) is a world-leading charity which supports filmmakers and artists in their creativity, and the BAFTA awards is an opportunity for the British movie scene to stand proud, celebrate the year’s achievements, and treat its lucky guests to the very utmost in London hospitality.
The BAFTA awards take place a couple of weeks prior to the Oscars, and Hollywood movie stars and directors fly to London to join their British and European counterparts for a truly prestigious ceremony. With a red carpet arrival, opulent champagne and canapes reception and glamorous afterparty at The Grosvenor House Hotel (arguably London’s most iconic luxury events venue), it’s truly an event for the creme de la creme of celebrity society.
2022’s award ceremony was dominated by Dune and The Power of the Dog, with plenty of indie representation as a reminder of the award ceremony’s true spirit. Effortlessly glamorous, quintessentially British and filled with surprising humour and delightful nonchalance, it was an impressive return to form following 2021’s virtual ceremony.
2023’s BAFTA awards will return to the Royal Festival Hall in peerless style, promising a bigger and more all-encompassing event than ever before. With several new categories being awarded – two new Best Director categories and another category for Best Original Music – the ceremony aims to become more diverse and representative.
While none of the nominations nor information regarding hosts have been revealed, there’s little doubt it will be the star-studded celebration we know and love, complete with the full set of luxury hospitality experiences.
Other after parties are a fixture of this calendar event, and thanks to being hosted on London’s world-famous South Bank, there are plenty of astonishing parties and soirees to choose from. Aside from the key party at The Grosvenor, guests and their entourages will typically head to one of the many glamorous bars and clubs adjacent to the venue.
2022’s BAFTA awards hot-ticket after party was the bash thrown by British Vogue and Tiffany & Co, which acted as a couture red carpet event in its own right. The event is expected to return in 2023.
2023’s BAFTA awards will also see the return of another popular BAFTA after party held at the equally luxuriant Savoy Hotel in Covent Garden, sure to be attended by the brightest and best stars on the scene.
Central London has no shortage of beautiful hotels to choose from when visiting the BAFTA awards ceremony, but only a select few are partnered with the event itself. These include:
- The Grosvenor
- The Savoy
- ME London Hotel
The BAFTAs are an exclusive and invite-only event, restricted to those cordially welcomed by The British Academy. A select number of high-end concierge services may be able to procure tickets to the red carpet event.