We Event Managers are a busy lot so last night’s event was a dream. We had presentations from six different properties in a property none of us had been to before so it was a double win!
Last nights event was held in conjunction with Leading Hotels of The World and held at Mortmier House. Leading Hotels have their London office in the stunning Mortimer House and what a fab members club it is.
Mortimer House is located right in the middle of London in Fitzrovia and just a short stroll from Tottenham Court Road Station. It is a hub for those who wish to create, work and unwind and find a balance between the three. Its classic design over a variety of meeting and event spaces is well worth a look whether it be to take on a membership or, hire one of their unique spaces for one of your events. As well as the various meeting and event spaces, the ground floor of the building is home to Mortimer House Kitchen servicing Mediterranean cuisine to the public as well as their members… You can find more details on Mortimer House here.
On arrival our guests were checked in an taken up to the sixth floor where champagne was waiting. After a quick catch-up with new members and old, it was time to meet our hotels and listen to a brief presentation on each. Leading Hotels have 375 uncommon properties in 75 countries (worldwide) each one more stunning and unique than the next and we were fortunate the hear from the following properties each of which were all gorgeous and would all make wonderful properties for your offsite retreats, conferences and events.
You can click on below property links to find out about each property.
Hotel Plaza Athénée - New York
La Réserve - Genève
Majestic Hotel & SPA - Barcelona
Okura - Amsterdam
The Lowry - Manchester
Waldhaus Flims Alpine Grand Hotel & Spa – Switzerland
We learnt that The Lowry is the place to stay in Manchester (which we will be seeing on Friday), that the Hotel Plaza Athénée is refurbed every six months, that the Majestic Hotel & Sap in Barcelona is in the best location in Barcelona and that the Waldhaus Flims property is basically like a fairy-tale, it was out of this world gorgeous.
After our presentations, we had some pretty perfect bowl food and canapes. A truffle ravioli, my all-time favourite arancini balls and the ever popular mini burgers finished off our evening wonderfully and we all had a great night.
A huge thanks to Leading Hotels of the World (Mickael) for allowing us the opportunity to see so many wonderful properties in one evening and to Mortimer House for their fabulous hospitality. It really was a great Tuesday.
If you would like further information on any of the properties please reach out to us and we can put you in touch!
We all agreed after our FAM that Sopwell House is one of those hotels that you have heard great things about but for some reason you have never actually seen it and when we did, we were a little cross with ourselves…
Located in the stunning Hertfordshire countryside on 12 hectares of picturesque grounds, Sopwell house has 128 rooms and suites and over 300 years of history and… it is only 20 minutes from St Pancras international or, less than one hour from Heathrow by car.
We had a lovely group for our FAM with one new member joining us who was (quite rightly) a little nervous about her very first event with us but I am proud to say, loved it! Ha ha
We started our event by checking into our gorgeous rooms and then meeting Dina (Sopwell House’s wonderful Key Account Manager) in the relaxed lobby for a quick chat before commencing our site visit.
Sopwell House has 18 meeting and event spaces, all with that important natural daylight and each one furnished to a high spec. We loved the private access to the main meeting rooms with a purpose build registration desk that would be very impressive on welcoming your groups to your event. You can see full capacity charts here.
One of the stops on our site visit was The Mews which is are something dreams are made of (for both leisure or corporate). The Mews are separate from the main hotel, located within secure gates and offer greater privacy. All of the suites have access to a hydro pool and communal gardens (designed by RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Gold award winner Ann-Marie Powell) as standard some feature fireplaces, four poster beds and their own double ended romantic baths! There are 16 in total and would be perfect to take all of them for your board level meetings. Totally private and very high-end. We were fortunate to have our own private waiter within the stunning gardens where we sipped on champagne and some lovely canapes whilst on our site visit, we felt like proper celebrities.
After our site visit, it was off for an interactive BBQ on the terrace which was a great and would also be a great idea for your delegates, something different rather than the normal private dinner, in a meeting room (not that the meeting rooms weren’t lovely).
After dinner, we had a few wines in the main hotel bar, with more gossiping and then off to bed ready for a early start at the spa. Partnering with my favourite (Clairns) and ESPA (also one of my favourite spa brands), the spa offers a fitness centre, indoor pool and an abundance of treatments that you could add-on to your guest experience.
We loved Sopwell House, it is very well priced for events and the located to London makes it perfect for away days and conferences. For more information you can reach out to Dina here and for more information on Eventprofslive, you can email us here.
Iconic and fabulous is how I would describe The Goring and it’s hard to believe when you exit the tube station at Victoria in just a five minute stroll you stumble upon it… Not that I have anything against Victoria but you really do feel like you are a million miles away.
The Goring was the location of last week’s networking event and not to be outdone by England’s wonderful result in the World Cup that same night, it was a great night.
Our event started with champagne on arrival in The Drawing Room where we met a new member (welcome Victoria) and had a fab catch-up. Splitting into two small groups we then had a site visit of all the fab meeting and event spaces and, the bedrooms.
In regards meeting and event spaces, The Goring can accommodate 4 to 100 in any of their private rooms. The Garden Room is the largest of their private event spaces and features its own conservatory, leading out onto The Goring’s gardens. The Drawing Room has the most stunning woven wallpaper designed by Fromental and can host up to 12 for an event. The Goring has a further two event spaces The Silver Room and The Boardroom both equally as stunning. You can read more on the meeting and event spaces here.
In regards bedrooms, there are 69 with 5 different categories, each one individually designed and radiating the best in English design. The most luxurious being The Most Splendid Garden Rooms, overlooking The Goring’s private garden and with Gainsborough silk-lined walls, crisp Italian linen and lovingly crafted bespoke furniture, the Most Splendid Garden Rooms offer a touch of glamour.
After our site visit it was back to our private dining room for some pretty stunning canapes, more catching up and then our own private dinner. The Goring has a Michelin Star and it’s Dining Room is one of the most admired London restaurants for fine dining. The food was AMAZING and our group loved it.
Thank you so much to Sarah of Pineapple and Chiara from The Goring for hosting out group and showing us all of the wonderful meeting and event spaces The Goring has to offer. It is truly stunning and we know a lot of our members can’t wait to use the private dining rooms for some pretty special corporate dinners. Please reach out to Sarah for any further information.
We have been lucky enough to host two groups at Pennyhill Park for FAM trips in the past 12 months and every single member, every trip has fallen in love with it just as we have.
Pennyhill Park is situated in Bagshot, just a short 35 minute train journey from London. Synonymous for its amazing Spa and the England Training group being on its doorstep we corporate events managers in the know, know just how amazing a venue it is for corporate events as well.
Our FAM trip started with a 3.00 pm check-in and a short walk over to the spa for our very own spa workshop with a senior beautician. Headbands on and makeup stripped bear, we learnt the correct way to cleanse, tone and moisturise and had a great laugh whilst we did it. Up next was what everyone had been waiting for, an afternoon of total bliss in the award winning spa. Those that know me, know that I have pestered my husband repeatedly for membership to the spa at Pennyhill Park and I haven’t given up hope (hint hint hubs). It is just amazing, there are so many different treatment rooms and pools you don’t know where to start. I am fairly certain we tried all of them, and the prosecco and a light snack (just to make sure all bases where covered) before we headed off to our amazing rooms to get ready for our show round and dinner.
Pennyhill park has 124 individually designed rooms and suites and no two are the same. I must have stayed in Pennyhill Park now at least seven times over the years and I have never been in the same room twice. They are seriously stunning with so much character and I know from experience that your meeting attendees will love them. They are gorgeous and all hi-tech with high speed Wi-Fi (comp) throughout and in-room IPads so anything you need to do/or order is just a click away.
In regards the meeting and event spaces you are also spoilt for choice. The main meeting rooms are the Balmoral and Sandringham and used in combination can take up to 200 theatre using the Sandringham for up to 50 or, as your breakout for teas and coffees.
There are a further 18 other rooms for meetings up to 80 guests all with natural daylight and all just perfect. You can see the capacity charts here. Alongside the fab meeting rooms are the latest av equipment and very tasty healthy snack boxes to give your meeting attendees tea breaks with a different. All included in their DDR.
After our site visit we headed off for dinner to the Brasserie which whilst is a casual dining experience holds 2 AA Rosettes and is also the main restaurant for breakfast each morning. Alongside the Brasserie, is Matt Workswick at The Latymer, Pennyhill Park’s Michelin Starred restaurant. You are really are spoilt for choice. Imagine hosting your board dinner in The Latymer?!
After dinner it was off to the bar for a few civilised drinks (ha ha) before heading off to bed, ready for a full day of the spa the following day. The bar at Pennyhill is fabulous, a mix of residents and dinner guests and such a lovely atmosphere with the live music. You could sit there for hours.
We would love to thank Pennyhill for their continued support of Eventprofslive and allowing us to bring our lovely members to see the venue that Kate and I have fallen in love with. It really does make for a stunning venue with exemplary service and wonderful staff. Thanks to Dom for hosting us as well, we can’t wait to come back.
For more information on Pennyhill Park for your meeting and events, please reach out to Ratnesh here.
As London based Event Managers, we pride ourselves on knowing all about the various event spaces available on our doorsteps, on Wednesday night our pride was a little deflated as our first stop on our venue safari was completely unknown?!
Yep you read that right, the first stop of the evening! We appreciate how busy our members are so for June’s event in London we held our event at two venues so they could maximise their time and see two great event spaces.
Our first stop was the Sheraton Grand Park Lane hotel which has an Art Deco feel and has just had refurbishment which has been done to a very high stand and certainly ads to that feeling - it looks very glam! We started off with a glass of bubbles and lots of chat in the Smith & Whistle Bar, the bar has lots of natural day light and is a great place to hold an exclusive drinks reception. After catching up, we headed off on a tour of the event spaces, there are five event spaces at the hotel with the most impressive being the Ballroom which can accommodate up to 1,200 people! We were seriously impressed and we know a few enquiries have already been made for this space from our group just a day after our event. As well as the Ballroom, there are various other spaces perfect for board room meetings, breakout rooms or private dining spaces. As well as the Art Deco feel of the hotel, it is steeped in history from the Queen having her dancing lessons in one of the event spaces as a child to the Ballroom being plan B for Parliament during WWII in the event of Parliament being bombed. After a history lesson and a tour of the spaces, we headed back to the bar for some canapés and drinks. Read more about the event spaces
After eating one too many canapes, we walked off some of the calories by walking to the Le Meridien Piccadilly which is a 10 minute walk from the Sheraton Grand. First stop was to the Terrace within the hotel which is a British grill restaurant and lounge area for pre-dinner drinks. The hidden secret with the Terrace is that there is actually outside space! The Terrace is an ideal space for either a drinks reception or private dining space - the food we had was delicious! There are seven event spaces at the Le Meridien Piccadilly for up to 250 delegates, our favourite space is the Oak Room which is gorgeous - you can imagine the glam parties that took place here when the hotel first opened, apparently an elephant was a guest of honour in the Oak Room at one New Year’s Eve party! Excluding elephants, the Oak Room can accommodate up to 200 people for a standing reception. Read more about the event spaces at the Le Meridien Piccadilly.
Further information or to book a site visit at these hotels, reach out to Victoria Sullivan, Sales Manager for the hotel group.
We are pretty A List here at Eventprofslive... Last week our members were invited to the soft launch of Hans' Bar & Grill, located just a minutes stroll from Sloane Square...
The restaurant is part of the stunning 11 Cadogan Gardens Hotel and takes its name from Hans Sloane, whom I dare say almost all of us owe our thanks to (he was credited with bringing coca to the UK) and thus cocoa is reflected heavily on the menu and cocktail list.
On the evening of our event, our members arrived at 6.30 pm for a few glasses of prosecco and some very decadent canapés before going on a tour of 11 Cadogan Gardens and a tour of the restaurant overall before taking our own private table!
The restaurant offers a seasonal menu and is open from 7.00 am for those early risers for breakfast pre-shopping and all day, with items such as Loomswood Farm Duck Breast and Ricotta and Truffle Gnocchi on the menu it really is worth checking out which is what our group had along with some amazing wine and cocktails oh and some cheese to finish! ha ha
In terms of private dining, the restaurant offers a stunning event space Currio that offers its own private entrance and that all important natural daylight. Linked with the Currio, is the Currio Lounge, a flexible space for pre-dinner drinks or, to use as a breakout room for a corporate meeting. The space is so versatile and well worth a look!
We really enjoyed seeing all the spaces at 11 Cadogan Gardens and having dinner at the Fabulous Hans' Bar & Grill. If you would like to arrange a site visit, please contact James directly here.
Once in a while you stumble upon an events space that makes you doubt your self professed "first to know ALL the best London venues" self proclaimed title. I had heard of IET venues in London, Birmingham and Glasgow but I must profess, I had never arranged a site visit. I don't know why but thank goodness the lovely Emily reached out to Eventprofslive to see if we would like to hold one of our monthly networking events there to see the spaces! We loved it!!
The IET London, has recently undergone a 30 million pound refurbishment and if its unrivalled intelligent digital technology doesn't excite you then how about a roof terrace with views over London and based just a minute away from The Savoy on The Embankment.
The IET London has 18 very versatile event spaces for up to 200 people, most with natural daylight and a few with stunning views from private terraces over The River Thames and London. Further spaces include high tech boardrooms and screening rooms. You find an interactive guide to all of the 18 spaces here.
Our event started with drinks on arrival where we got to know Emily (our host from the IET) and a catch up with each other. One of our group had just been offered a new role, one was only a month in their new role and a few people hadn't seen each other for a while so it was great to catch up. After all the gossiping it was off on a tour of all the fabulous event spaces (glass in hand) before finishing on the roof terrace for an obligatory photo.
After our tour it was back to the first floor for more drinks and some lovely bowl food provided by their in-house caterer. The food was outstanding and very substantial and we loved it. The in-house caterer at The IET London is Harbour and Jones and in terms of pricing for your event, all of the pricing is all-inclusive and transparent which means no nasty surprised on your invoice post-event.
We really enjoyed our site visit and networking event with The IET London and hand on heart, the next day I put in an inquiry for an event I am working on. The spaces are really fabulous, the food wonderful and the location and views from the meeting and events spaces will wow any of your delegates!
Contact Emily here for further information.
The IET London - Savoy Place
2 Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL, United Kingdom
Ever since it was announced that Nobu was opening a hotel in Shoreditch we knew we would love it - so when we held an Eventprofslive event there last week they had a lot to live up to! And boy did they live up to our expectations!!
We started off the evening in the lobby bar with bubbles and a selection of bar snacks - OMG the yellowtail sashimi still dreaming of that now! The lobby bar has a super relaxing feel and makes a great first impression for your delegates as well as a great place for a late-night drink!
After chatting and consuming as much of that yellowtail sashimi as possible, we headed off to check out the bedrooms. The bedrooms and suites are all designed with a contemporary feel and would make your delegates feel right at home! Overall there are 150 bedrooms of which 7 are suites. The Miyabi Suite that we viewed has a fantastic private balcony, an amazing free standing bath in the bedroom and it was super handy that you can close off the bedroom from the living room so if needed meetings could take place in the living room of the suite.
The event spaces are located on the ground floor, it is a super flexible and versatile space. It can either be used as one room for up to 200 delegates or divided into 6 separate rooms. The space has fantastic natural day light with floor to ceiling windows and the space has a private entrance from the main hotel. Within the main restaurant, there are 2 private dining spaces - although separated by curtains from the main restaurant which is not an issue if your guests like to soak up the atmosphere but if they are having business conversations we would recommend using the spaces within the main event space for private dining. The highlight for the group was the main restaurant and bar which can be hired exclusively that even has its own terrace. It would be a fantastic space for a drinks and canapés reception. You can also have a semi-private area in the bar for a smaller drinks and canapés reception. Read more here for the event spaces.
We can guarantee that if you hold an event here that your delegates would be fed so well! The food was incredible, after seeing the spaces we headed off to the bar in the restaurant where we had our own area reserved. The food was incredible, highlights included the black cod and the prawn tempura...who am I kidding it was all a highlight! Can't wait to return!!
For further information reach out to Layla Jensen.
Our April FAM trip was held at the stunning Manor House in the picturesque village of Castle Combe in the Cotswolds, we knew we were going to love this place as soon as we started the approach to the Manor House via the village. If you are looking for a 5-star property in a stunning setting for either an intimate board level retreat or for a conference for up to 100 delegates, then look no further we've found the perfect place for you!!
Upon arrival, we were directed to our beautiful rooms – let me re-phrase that – we were directed to our beautiful rooms in the super cute cottages that are located within the grounds of the main hotel – less than a 2-minute walk door to door. We were all so excited at staying in the cottages, after checking out each other’s rooms we are happy to say that they are all equally as lovely!! Majority of the cottages have access to outside space so after one or two Instagram stories / Tweets about our rooms we all met on the terrace outside one of the rooms and had a glass of bubbles before the trip officially started – it really was the perfect way to start!
Bubbles consumed, we headed off to meet Ratnesh who was our brilliant host for the trip. We started off with afternoon tea in the Bybrook restaurant which is a great space and has a private dining room just off the main the restaurant. The afternoon tea went down a treat especially the cheese scones – they are a must to try when you there! After catching up with everyone, we had bellies full sandwiches, cakes and tea so we decided it was time to check out the grounds and walk off some of the calories!
The grounds provide ample opportunities for team building activities, outside dining, BBQs etc – it wasn't BBQ weather, but it was putting weather! We all put our golf skills to the test with some putting on the putting green, it was great fun and we all got extremely competitive – a great option for a light-hearted activity to break up your event. There is actually an 18-hole golf course on the property which would work really well to add as an option for your delegates after a meeting at the Manor House.
Once we realised we were not going to be giving Patrick Reed a run for his money at the next Masters we went back to what we know best (and love) – events!
The hotel has 4 meeting spaces with capacity ranging from 12 – 100 people, the two boardroom spaces are gorgeous with natural day light, exposed brick work and they interconnect so perfect if you wish to use one as a space for the board meeting itself and one for the networking space. The largest space has capacity for a maximum of 100 people in cabaret or theatre style, this space provides you with an exclusive use feel due to the location of the space within the hotel, it even has a lovely terrace overlooking the beautiful countryside. Full information on the spaces can be found here.
The Manor House really does feel like a resort especially with the cottages and the latest addition – their very own pub! The Castle Inn is a pub located in the village – less than a 5-minute walk (or stagger at the end of the night) from the Manor House – that is owned by Exclusive. The pub also has some bedrooms which can be used as overflow bedrooms if you've occupied all the bedrooms within the house and cottages – the rooms in the pub would be suitable for the organising team with your delegates staying in the main house and cottages. If you have exclusive use of the hotel and are there for a couple of days, the pub provides a great alternative for an informal dinner option night with the formal dinner night taking place in the Michelin star restaurant, the Bybrook.
After freshening up i.e. making the most of the amazing bathrooms (ladies – all rooms have the fantastic Dyson hairdryers, we were super impressed with them so much so were all on John Lewis looking them up to place an order…) we were all ready for the night's activities – a night of gin tasting and a tasting menu in the Michelin star restaurant! Personally, I was bit apprehensive about the gin tasting as I've not had good experiences on gin and it turned out a few other attendees felt the same so we were a hard audience to please but by the end of the gin masterclass we had all learnt about we liked / didn't like, how the tonic really does affect the taste of the gin and even a few of us were converted gin drinkers! Josh, the Bar Manager, really knows his stuff, along with the other bar tenders, the bar has a list of over 250 gins including their own gin!
Up next was the tasting menu with paired wines in the restaurant, the restaurant has a Michelin star and I have to say the food was seriously good and well deserved of the star. After a night of fantastic food, drink and great company with lots of laughs, we ended the evening in the bar with a nightcap – we were going to head to the games room for a game of pool and board games but at this point our beds were calling.
At our FAM trips, we always say that the breakfast is vital as it is the lasting impression of the hotel. I'm happy to report that the breakfast didn't let the Manor House down! It was delicious with lots of healthy and non-healthy options, the breakfast is served in the Bybrook restaurant and they also offer room service if you wish to make the most of your rooms.
A few of us really didn't want to leave the Manor House or Castle Combe so much so we stayed on for the day, we explored the grounds, the local area and after a 5k walk we had worked up an appetite (not sure how after all the food we had consumed in the past 24 hours) so we headed to the pub to check out the lunch menu. It really was the perfect FAM trip, we can't wait to return to the Manor House it really is the perfect venue for events that require 5 star treatment in a beautiful setting – all within 70 minutes from London.
For further information on the Manor House or any of the hotels in the Exclusive group reach out to Ratnesh Bakhai.
Who doesn’t love flowers? I mean we work in a very creative industry and when styling our events, the florals can either make or break your event. I would say it’s one of my favourite parts of our roles, being able to work with an amazing florist to bring your vision to life!
On Monday morning we had the pleasure of having one of this months networking events at Pinstripes and Peonies whom are based in the New Covent Garden Flower Market. I’ve always wanted to go to the market and have worked with Rouri before at Pinstripes & Peonies so I knew our members would love them and the morning Rouri had prepared for them.
Despite the rain we all arrived to their warehouse (which is in the flower market) to meet the team and over coffee with some pretty amazing pastries (please send me the name of that bakery Rouri) before being taken on a tour of the market. I like to think we all know our craft well but I fear not nearly as well as Rouri knows flowers. Creative Director Ruari leads the team which has over 40 years combined experience. Having studied law at university and then training as a chef at Michelin-starred restaurant Le Gavroche, we are delighted that Ruari found his natural talent in floristry and his passion and talent for his craft is evident. We learnt all about the best flowers for the seasons, what to look for when buying flowers for ourselves and the most important thing we learnt is that a long lead time means better flowers! Seriously and I am so guilty of this, giving them a weeks’ notice is not doing my event any favours in sourcing and sometimes growing the best flowers for my event so if I take only one thing away from our event, it's this.
One of the reasons I love Pinstripes & Peonies is their approach to philanthropy and sustainability. They have been supporting Floral Angels since 2003. If you have yet to hear about Floral Angles they are amazing. They work to donate all the flowers us event managers do not have use for after our events to worthy beneficiaries like homeless shelters and care homes. It really does make you happy to know all those beautiful flowers aren’t being wasted and they are also in the same warehouse as Pinstripes & Peonies which makes it even easier to suppor them.
After the tour it was back to the workshop for a flower making masterclass which was up there with one of the best things I’ve done. Given expert instruction by the in-house florist, we then had the opportunity to build our arrangements step by step! I loved it, you really switch off and am seriously so proud of what we created. They have pride of place on my dining table at home and I had some lovely compliments carrying them on the tube on the way home.
We said our thankyous (wish I’d nicked more pastries) and made our way to the office by 10.30, arrangements in tow ready to proudly show off our creative flair.
Pinstripes & Peonies are accredited at some pretty fabulous venues and can also work outside of London, you can contact the team here!
Michelle Rees is a Events Advisor for a London Law Firm
Kate is a Events Manager for a London Law Firm