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Inspiring #eventprofs through venue showcases – Weston Park stately home brought to life

When organising events, the main requirements for me and many others are a central location, good transport links, flexibility and a good service. Hotels dominate the event venue market, as they are often able to offer all of these in one convenient location. However, as event professionals we are always looking for something extra to offer our attendees, something a little more out of the ordinary to enhance the event experience.

When invited to Weston Park with Lime Venue Portfolio, I was only aware of it as the home to a tent covered field during V Festival. However, the stately home nestled within the park is a far cry from festival camping. If you are looking for an exclusive hire venue to create a sense of luxury then Weston Park definitely has something to offer.

Ideas for Maritime and City themed corporate team-building activities

Team-building activities are designed for group members to strengthen their relationships, improve communication and explore new ways of working together. A well-designed team-building programme can also reward employees and achieve company aims and objectives.

Are you looking for an innovative and exciting team-building activity to offer your staff members and clients in 2017?

The Maritime and City themed team-building packages developed by Trinity House in Tower Hill, are new and exciting products designed for groups looking to incorporate a strong messages and a team-building element into their corporate event, such as setting priorities, problem solving, decision making and teamwork.

Combining event management career with part-time Master’s Degree: Interview with Zoe Turner, Deputy Events Manager at Trinity House

Back in October I shared with you an article about Trinity House, a unique venue in central London, overlooking Tower of London and the River Thames. Zoe Turner is Deputy Events Manager at Trinity House, Tower Hill, and has been there for a decade. In September 2015, she decided to embark on an Events Management Course at The University of Greenwich and is half way through a two-year Master Degree. It is normally a one-year course but Zoe is holding down a full-time job with their support and encouragement at the same time.

Venue spotlight: Westminster Suite at The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall

It can be challenging to excite the delegates when you host your event at a hotel. Everyone will expect a standard conference room.

But what if you use The Presidential Suite instead of a conference room? That’s what we did for the latest #EventPlannersTalk LIVE event. The event took place at The Westminster Suite at The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall.

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Located in the heat of London, just walking distance from Westminster tube station, The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall, is a hidden gem in the busy and very touristic city center. I didn’t even know that the hotel was there until I went for a site-visit. All London’s top attractions – The London Eye, Westminster Abbey, House of Parliament, Westminster Bridge and London Aquarium – are also just walking distance from the venue.

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The room is on the 5th floor and signage can be provided. The venue can accommodate about 25 people for an event like #EventPlannersTalk LIVE, where people can seat comfortably on sofas and bar stools. For private dinners or boardroom style events the capacity will be maximum 1o at the table. Unfortuantley the table cannot be moved.

The only downside of the venue is that the TV screen, the 42in/107cm, is fixed so you can’t reposition it when holding a presentation. For us it didn’t matter and was very helpful using it for a holding slide.

Menu

The The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall has great food selection and we went for the buffet option.

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Pulled Pork Wrap, Cabbage-Apple Slaw

Roasted Duck, Thai Vegetable Salad, Glass Noodles, Sesame-Soy Dressing

Homemade Dill Cured Salmon, Pea Shoot, Lemon Crème Fraiche

Compressed Watermelon, Herb Goat’s Cheese, Pistachio, Aged Balsamic

Ham Hock & Pea Salad, Pickled Onion, Sweet Mustard Dressing, Crackling

Semi-Dried Tomato Salad, Mozzarella Cheese, Pine Nuts, Black Olive Vinaigrette

As you can see on the pictures the food was beautifully presented and tasted even better!

Unique expereince

Everyone loved the venue! It was something different, exclusive, luxurious and provided a uniue experience, definitely not the usual hotel conference room and I can highly reccomend!

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Photos by Sandeep Rai

Latest venue discoveries in London

I really like the big venue selection in London. I rarely visited a venue twice, except few exceptions, and had the opportunity to attend events in venues which are top tourist attraction during the day, before the space is transformed to welcome event guests. There are countless openings and renovations, and unique venues are opening their spaces for corporate events and offering something new and exclusive.

This year I had five venue discoveries in London and are worth sharing.

The Royal Exchange

Located just outside Bank DLR Station and in the heart of the financial centre, The Royal Exchange contains offices, shops and restaurants, and is where I attended the EWL Club breakfast event about “Closing the gap between event education and experience”. Our session took place in the Sauterelle room, overlooking the Grand Café and light breakfast was provided by D & D London.

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EEF Venues Broadway House

Broadway House is part of EEF Group and is a conference venue just walking distance from the Westminster and Victoria tube stations and is where I held #EventPlannesTalk LIVE event about “the perfect pitch – what clients are looking for”. They have in-house catering and for the evening offered us an antipasti buffet with wide selection of healthy options. Walking from and to Westminster station attendees will have spectacular views over Big Ben and House of Parliament which is also not to be underestimated and adds to the whole experience.

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Victory Services Club

Another very central venue but a hidden gem is the Victory Services Club, a private members club exclusive for retired and serving members of the armed forces. It’s very high end and bespoke establishment and just recently they did £1.5 million refurbishment of two rooms, El Alamein and Trafalgar Suite and held the “VSC Vineyard Event” to showcase the renovation. They have their own in-house catering and during the event we were treated for a wide selection of canapés, finger food, cone food, fork buffet, bowl food and desserts to pair with selected wines.

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Victoria and Albert Museum

V & A Museum is one of London’s top tourist attractions in South Kensington and a must visit, and I’ve been there several times before as a tourist during the day. But this year I attended the International Corporate Event Awards (ICE Awards), recognising in-house event planners, and the museum was privately hired for us. The evening started at 7pm with drinks reception at John Madejski Garden, continued with dinner and awards ceremony at the Raphael Gallery and desserts buffet and bar were offered at the Dome. I was really impressed by this venue and if I have to pick one from this list of venues this will be my favourite. It was absolutely unique and exclusive to have this venue privately hired just for us.

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The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall

The Westminster Suite – the presidential suite at the The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall was the venue of #EventPlannersTalk LIVE event about “The role of airlines, added value and the decision making process in MICE travel”. The hotel is located just walking distance from Westminster tube station and is overlooking the Big Ben and House of Parliament. If you want to host a formal event but still give it an informal, relaxed and exclusive ambiance and encourage networking opportunities between attendees this can be the right choice for you. For catering we had a selection of starters from their buffet menu.

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What are your favourite venues or latest discoveries in London and around the world this year?