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How do you fancy losing yourself in a fascinating photography exhibition at the National Museums of Scotland, then enjoying a luxurious afternoon tea in the city’s sensational new tea salon Colonnades at The Signet Library, before sauntering down to the world famous ‘Spiegeltent’ to be enchanted by the sounds of 5-star rated show ‘Christine Bovill’s Piaf’?

On Tuesday 25 August*, you and a friend could be enjoying this experience, with a combined retail price of over £100, courtesy of UVE venues The National Museums of Scotland, The Signet Library, and The Scotch Whisky Experience.

To win, simply email, and tell us in one sentence why you would hold an event in Edinburgh. By entering the competition, you will be signing up to our occasional Unique Venues of Edinburgh newsletter.

The closing date for the competition is August 14. The winner will be informed by email once the competition has closed.

*Date is fixed for ‘Piaf’ tickets and afternoon tea at The Colonnades. Tickets to ‘Photography: A Victorian Sensation’ may be used on any date the exhibition is open.

Details of your Prize

‘Photography: A Victorian Sensation’ at The National Museum’s of Scotland

19 Jun – 22 Nov 2015
Meet the pioneers of photography and discover how the Victorian craze for the photograph transformed the way we capture images today and mirrors our own modern-day fascination for recording the world around us. Follow the cross-channel competition between photographic trailblazers Louis Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot, enter the world of the 1851 Great Exhibition and see some of the world’s first stereophotographs. Then get swept up in the collecting craze of the carte-de-visite and discover the fascinating stories of the people behind the pictures, including Hill and Adamson’s beautiful images of Victorian Edinburgh.


Within the heart of the historic Signet Library in Edinburgh lies Colonnades, an elegant tea salon newly launched by award-winning café group and hospitality providers, Heritage Portfolio.

Located in an exquisitely calm location just a few paces away from the hustle and bustle of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Colonnades is set within the beautiful surroundings of the Lower Library which has been meticulously restored to its former glory. Tall fluted Corinthian columns line the salon surrounded by the gallery’s ornate balustrades in neo-classical style. Now you can enjoy drinks, a light lunch and the finest afternoon tea in Edinburgh, amidst this most awe-inspiring of settings.

‘Christine Bovill’s Piaf’ – sponsored by The Scotch Whisky Experience

‘There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in’ (Graham Greene). Christine threads her remarkable journey in the world of French song with the life and works of Edith Piaf. No gimmicks. No pretence. Nothing but a voice, singing of life’s triumphs and tragedies. Bovill’s Piaf is both a personal narrative and a powerful musical homage to France’s most endearing icon. ‘Bovill conveys the pathetic nature of the song with few gestures, her voice carrying all before her, its honeyed subtleties wringing pathos from every line’ (