I wrote this last year and had such a fab response. With all the current chat on keeping healthy as an Event Professional, I thought I would share it again. I am travelling so much in 2018 and I know I will stick to below religiously to keep up my health!
I used to be a Flight Attendant. For six years I travelled the world be it working on a 14-hour flight to New York or 5-hour flight to Istanbul so when I travel for work now, I know what you need to do to feel great at the other side!
Here are my top tips for ensuring you feel great when you’re travelling and working away.
When we used to think of Chelsea we thought of the show Made in Chelsea…one of our guilty pleasures! That all changed this week when we quickly learned the rules of football for our last Eventprofslive event of 2017 at Chelsea FC for the Chelsea vs AFC Bournemouth EFL Cup Quarter Final match.
Making sure we saw our year in style, we hosted a small group of our members for an exclusive hospitality evening to see and learn about the conference facilities (yes it's not all about the football there) and the hospitality options for entertaining clients that Chelsea has to offer. The evening kicked off (see what we did there using the football lingo!) the only way it should in December with a glass of bubbles in the Drake Suite which on match days hosts the all of the corporate hospitality.
After catching up with each other we all enjoyed a delicious three-course dinner before wrapping ourselves up to head out to the stand for the match which although was outdoors, it was quite toasty. As we headed out to the stand, we had a big surprise for our guests – we were sitting in the Directors box!!! The Directors box provides fantastic views of the match on the halfway line in the West Stand.
The hospitality packages in the Drake Suite provide clients with great seats on the West Stand as well as ample networking time pre-match, during halftime and post-match. After watching the first half we warmed ourselves up by tucking into delicious mini pies – very apt for a football match. Post-match we were off for amazing drinks and food in the Directors Lounge which is a stunning area and available for private hire. There are a variety of hospitality packages available to host clients at Stamford Bridge from bronze level to platinum level.
As mentioned earlier, Stamford Bridge is not just about the football it also has event facilities for up to 1,000 delegates that can be hired on non-match days. The venue has 25 function rooms and 60 syndicate rooms providing plenty of options for meetings, exhibitions, award dinners, conferences etc in a unique setting. A full breakdown of the conference facilities can be found here. The venue is also perfect for team building events including the option for your own mini-tournament on the pitch – a fantastic option for those briefs of "a money can't buy experience". We really liked the atmosphere and setting of the Directors Lounge, this space is perfect for an intimate drinks reception or dinner for VIP clients in a luxury and unique setting with Chelsea FC’s most treasured trophies on display.
For more information on the event options, reach out to the lovely Jennifer O'Higgins or Hayley Smith from the Stamford Bridge Events team.
A big thank you to Jen and Hayley for hosting us so amazingly we all had a fantastic evening and left being mini football fans (ssshhh don't tell anyone!).
And that is a wrap on our events programme for 2017, we held 21 events this year and each one was very special and memorable. A big thank you to all the venues and suppliers who hosted us this year along with a thank you to our members for their support. We have lots planned for 2018 and our membership window is now open (boom another football reference... aren't we clever?!... ). To sign up please see the link to join on our Upcoming Events page to complete the application form.
As you can tell we've been typical Event Managers and gone straight into the options for conferences and hospitality rather than going into detail on the football action – final score was 2 - 1 taking Chelsea into the semi-finals against Arsenal. We are no sports commentators so a full breakdown for those football fans can be found on the BBC Sports page that will do more justice to the match than us
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Our members got in the Christmas spirit last week at Tobacco Dock for our December Eventprofslive event - by the end of the evening they were full of Christmas cheer! With many of us now having just delivered (and survived) our work Christmas parties we are now turning our attention to securing the all-important 2018 Christmas party date and that is where Tobacco Dock helped our members by showcasing the 2018 Christmas party theme!
Upon arrival with a glass of fizz in hand (a must in the Christmas party season), the group were directed to the main draw of the evening - a giant Christmas present - standing outside this larger than life present everyone was excited and intrigued to see what was inside the box.....drum roll.....the present opened and we all got to walk through and experience the 2018 Christmas theme "Under the Christmas tree" - everything being larger than life with giant presents and Christmas trees. Think a play on Alice in Wonderland when Alice drinks the potion and becomes teeny! Walking around the present we certainly were transported to a fun and magical Christmas land. There were canapés hidden in draws, violinists popping out of presents, beautifully decorated Christmas trees! After tasting the delicious canapés and bowl food, our group washed it all down with strawberry daiquiris - a great idea to add a strawberry daiquiri bar to your event.
The group also got a tour of Tobacco Dock which is a historic grade II building based a 10-minute walk from Shadwell DLR station which takes 4 minutes to reach on the DLR from the heart of the City at Bank station. The venue is extremely flexible with 60 event spaces and has capacity for up to 2000 delegates. The venue has in-house catering, security and production teams which is great as they know the venue inside out. The venue offers plenty of options for standing receptions, conferences and dinners. For those events where you require a pre-reception space, post-drinks space and a dinner space we recommend the Little Gallery and Great Gallery are used together.
Each large event space has its own private entrance, cloakroom and toilet facilities and smoking area. The venue can hold up to 3 events at a time and as mentioned you have exclusive entrances and facilities so you will not feel like you are sharing a venue, the only time this will become apparent is upon exit as all event spaces need to use the same exit for security purposes. The venue are very well rehearsed at handling this situation and work with local taxi firms and London black taxis to ensure everyone gets home as quickly as possible - all helped as they have a handy taxi and coach rank outside the exit.
For more information on the hiring the venue and for details on the 2018 Christmas party packages, please reach out to Amy Peat whom will certainly look after you.
Finally, a big big thank you to Karis Berthier and Lyndsey Taylor for stepping in at the last minute and hosting our members on behalf - we had every event manager's nightmare - we were both too sick to manage our own event! This was a first for us but we knew we were in safe hands and our members would be looked after to usual high standard so thank you Karis and Lyndsey!
One more Eventprofslive event for us for 2017 and then it is a wrap!!!
Our November London event was held at the amazing The Ned. We fell in love with this venue and saw the full potential when we carried out our hard hat site visit in August 2016 - falling in love with a building site, a first for everything right!?!
For anyone that has not heard of The Ned, the hotel officially opened in April this year and is one of the newest 5 star properties in the heart of the City. As well as being a hotel and members' club, there are 9 restaurants, indoor & rooftop pools, a gym, spa and the all important 6 event spaces! The hotel is part of the Soho House family so you know you are in a safe pair of hands!
On a chilly November evening, we hosted 15 corporate event managers in the Princes Dome which is located in the members' club space. The Princes Dome is a perfect spot for an intimate drinks reception or dinner with amazing views of the City just outside the space. After all catching up over champagne it was off for a tour of the event spaces.
The hotel has 252 bedrooms which are all decorated to an amazing standard, you feel like you are stepping back in time to the glamorous 1920s era. We viewed a 2 bedroom suite which would work really well for press interviews, small boardroom meetings as well as a drinks reception. As well as the glamorous decor, the amenities are fantastic within the bedrooms - you would leave feeling just as glam as the venue after testing out all the Cowshed products that are in the bedrooms!
The event spaces are all located on the 6th floor providing lots of varied and unique options for events for up to 210. The Tapestry Room is the largest space and is truly breathtaking with a tapestry dating back to 1920 wrapped around the upper walls of the space. It is ever so versatile - we've been lucky enough to witness it set up in the past for so many events but we have to say the set up we saw on this evening was amazing - a winter wonderland Christmas theme!! Other spaces on this floor include the Saloon which can accommodate up to 110 people with natural daylight. We all know that in London it is really hard to find outdoor space - so look no further the Ned has two terraces within the event suite with fantastic views of the City including St Paul's. We could go on and on about the spaces… further information on the capacities/options etc can be found here.
On the ground floor, street level of the property lays the former Banking Hall which is also the hotel’s check-in and concierge desk which also houses 9 restaurants and bars - you could eat here every day and not have to eat in the same restaurant twice! There is always a great atmosphere within this space with live music in the evenings. We both really love Cecconi's a great spot for breakfast meetings or to unwind at the end of a long day with a yummy bowl of pasta and a glass of red (or two).
Other things on offer include beauty and grooming areas - they are currently making some exciting changes to these areas, we can't wait for them to be finalised. Ned Friends (those lucky people who have a membership) also get access to Ned's Club which includes an amazing terrace - you feel like you are in Spain! - with a heated rooftop pool, an exclusive restaurant on the terrace, access to the amazing original Vaults that now houses a fabulous bar along with access to the gym, spa and exclusive invites to events.
We finished off the evening back in the Princes Dome where we chatted further with delicious canapes, bowl food and desserts washed down with champagne and fantastic service from the catering and hosting teams - not bad at all for a Monday evening!
To explore holding an event at the Ned, reach out to Justin Loriquer.
If you would like to join in the fun and attend our events, please drop us an email with your full details.
We have run a lot of FAM trips these past few years and have seen some amazing hotels and venues. We have also had the privilege of taking part in some very unique team building activities. Some of things we’ve done and the elation I’ve felt experiencing them defy an explanation. A few Fridays ago was one of those experiences, it was so unique our group absolutely loved it.
Our FAM trip for November was spread out over two properties, Heathfield House and Chewton Glen, both in the New Forest and around an hour and a half (via train) from London’s Waterloo.
First up was Heathfield house, a 300-year-old property that has been renovated so lavishly with the most stunning period furniture. The estate can fit 4 – 36 guests and consists of Heathfied House, The Coach House and The Magnolia Cottage. Each of the three properties can be taken on their own or, the whole estate exclusively. We were lucky enough to stay in Heathfield House which has 12 bedrooms and is just a minute walk away from the other two properties. Our FAM started with champagne on arrival into the stunning sun filled dining room which could seat up to 20 for board or any meetings before being turned around to host a private breakfast, lunch or dinner. We had a scrumptious afternoon tea, produced by the house’s own private chef and then breakfast the following day – the food was amazing.
After our tea, it was off for a tour of the house and the 12 stunning, individually appointed bedrooms (each with their own bathroom) along with the basement games area, the cinema room and the communal living areas any one of which would provide a fabulous place to meet informally.
We would definitely recommend Heathfield House for a small board or group away day. Being able to have a group of 12 take the house exclusively with private meeting spaces, private chef and fabulous grounds for outdoor pursuits and activities would make it the perfect location for those confidential, high level board meetings. As well as corporate uses, the house is the most perfect location for private group gatherings for special occasions. A special birthday or family gathering where you would have everyone in the same house would be amazing. If you did have a larger group you could take both The Coach House (four bedrooms) and The Magnolia Cottage (two bedrooms). For further information on any of the houses for either private or personal use you can contact Rachel Spackman (Estates Manager) here and please tell her we sent you!
After our tea it was up to our rooms for some free time (where I am pretty sure everyone had a bubble bath to test out the stunning bathrooms) and then, it was dressed up and ready to head to Chewton Glen for a private dinner and tour of the hotel. A few of our group had never been to Chewton Glen before and they were pretty blown away. It is just stunning, every bedroom is different with its own individual design and all equally as beautiful. Even the lowest category room is big and the furnishings are gorgeous. Chetwon Glen is synonymous for style, glamour and sophistication and I know the group weren’t disappointed. In terms of meeting and event space, Chewton Glen has four main spaces; The Lake Suite, The Wardroom and The Library, The Club Room and Mission Meeting Rooms. With capacities from 8 to 200 you can read all about them here.
For our dinner, we had our own private dining room with the most amazing menu that was very hard to choose from. Paired with our sommeliers suggested wine, it really was a remarkable meal. The dining room would be perfect for a small group or for a private occasion. The service ever so attentive and the door means you still feel part of the main restaurant whilst being in your own private room.
After dinner we headed back to Heathfield House where a few of our members stayed up for one last drink but I was pretty keen to snuggle up in the amazing bed! We had an early breakfast call before heading back to Chewton Glen for a special surprise.
After our specially prepared breakfast back in the morning room, it was off to Chewton Glen and to The Kitchen for a half day cooking class which hand on heart, was outstanding. As a group we have experienced a few amazing cooking classes and I hand on heart have enjoyed every single one. The cooking classes in The Kitchen though are pretty amazing. We were lucky enough to do a half day Italian class which was wonderful. I learnt so much that even today I am still cooking using the skills I learnt and as a team building activity it works so well. The class runs for around 2 hours, all with your own work station but facing a team members so you get to practice each and every single dish but can still work as a team by comparing and chatting the whole way through.
This FAM was so good. To be able to see two properties was such a treat, both of which we would have no hesitation in using both professionally and personally. A big thank you to Heathfield House and to the fabulous Lisa at Chewton Glen for hosting us.
Our October FAM Trip was held at The Grand on Brighton’s iconic seafront. We wanted to keep this one small and intimate so just four of us set off last Friday which lucky for us, turned out to be a day basked in the most amazing sunshine. It really did feel like a summer’s day in late October.
Our group started with check-in at 3.00 pm into our stunning rooms, all seafront views and absolutely huge. A cheeky Brighton Gin and tonic was waiting for us alongside some fabulous chocolates and it set the tone for the rest of our FAM…indulgence!
First up on our site visit was a short walk across the road to the i360. The i360 is a 162-meter viewing tower which was built by the team that built and designed the London Eye. It is the world’s tallest moving observation tower and all I can say is wowsers. The views alongside the experience are just amazing and I know our group now have a lot of ideas on how they could produce some stunning events either on the tower or, in one of the many meeting spaces (all with natural daylight and a stunning view of the seafront). You can read about all the spaces here.
After a cheeky glass of Nye Timber sparkling wine on the i360 whilst we enjoyed some stunning views of the South Downs and of Brighton, we made the two minute walk across the road back to The Grand where an amazing afternoon tea was waiting for us in the Victoria Terrace where we got to know Kirsty (Corporate Account Manager) for The Grand and caught up on all things #eventprofs. Two of our members had just been to Japan and one just engaged so there was plenty to talk about.
Our site visit of the nine meeting and event spaces was fabulous as there were events being set up so we were fortunate enough to see The Empress Suite in all its glory in full set-up mode. The room is best suited for large-scale events which can fit up to 600 for a private dinner. It is huge and it’s sea-facing which a huge draw for any event. It certainly has that “wow” factor. The other eight meeting and events spaces range from accommodating 8 to 900 and you can see all the spaces here.
After a quick change, it was down for a mini cocktail master class with The Grands’ resident cocktail making guru! He was so fun and really made our night. Such a wonderful idea for a team building activity. We made some amazing cocktails which were very swiftly Instagrammed! Ha ha After cocktails it was off for dinner in GB1. GB1 is a 2 AA Rosette restaurant and offers (quite rightly) freshly caught seafood straight from Brighton’s shores. The food was amazing and the staff were outstanding. Our waitress was fabulous and if all of the staff at The Grand share her bubbly, professional personality then you would definitely be in great hands with your event.
After dinner, we were all quite well behaved for once and headed off to bed after dinner ready to get up early and hit the spa. I love a spa (don’t we all) and this one is gorgeous. The relaxation area is unlike anything I have seen and I added so many pictures of it to Pinterest for ideas for my dressing room (sorry hubs this is going to cost you). I had the signature gold champagne facial which was 55 minutes of bliss. If there was an option to hire out the spa exclusively as part of your event then your guests would talk about it for years to come. It really is stunning and the pictures I have do not do it justice. After the spa, it was, unfortunately, time to leave for me however a couple of our group decided to spend the day exploring Brighton which they loved.
This was a really great FAM that I know made us look at The Grand for the location for away days, retreats, conferences and events overall. The spaces are really so versatile and the location is perfect.
Contact Kirsty Gammer here for any further information.
We are now looking at FAMs for 2018 and are booking up fast. If you would like to attend as a corporate buyer, or host, please get in touch with us!
I am fortunate enough to live just a stone’s throw away from Foxhills so when we put our FAM trip together I was pretty proud to be able to show off this gorgeous 400-acre estate that I have become very attached to. Our group of seven Event Managers all took the train from London Waterloo to Woking which is only 25 minutes then a short 10-minute taxi ride to the property.
Foxhills is a family owned property, Managing Director Marc Hayton and his family have owned the property for almost 35 years and last Friday, our group of seven event managers started our FAM trip with a few glasses of bubbly and a chat with Marc. Marc’s passion for Foxhills is evident and it set the tone for what was such a lovely evening showcasing all that Foxhills has to offer.
After bubbles and catching up with the group, it was off to see all of the meeting and events spaces with Gillian Hackett (Sales Manager). Foxhills has 70 bedrooms and suites from standard rooms to deluxe suites. The rooms are all stunning with very comfy beds, huge bathrooms and very importantly lots and lots of plug sockets. The rooms feature a very well stocked mini bar, workspace for your delegates (and you) and have a lovely comfy vibe.
In terms of meeting and events spaces, Foxhills has some pretty impressive rates. DDR packages start from £90 per person including room hire and VAT, with 24-hour rates from £280 per person including VAT which is great. There is a range of events spaces with the largest being The Clubhouse. The Clubhouse fits up to 150 theatre style and can host up to 200 for a drinks reception. This would make the perfect room for a gala dinner at your away day or retreat as it sits separately to the rest of the property yet is only a short 1 minute walk away from the main house. Foxhills has a further eight meeting spaces with the smallest one to fit up to eight boardroom style. There really is a space to suit all requirements and you can find further details here.
After our site visit we had a few hours of free time to try out the spa and gym (spa obviously) or any one of the many options at Foxhills including tennis, golf or even just exploring the grounds. The spa at Foxhills is something else, named UK residential spa of the year in 2015, the facilities are fabulous and would make an excellent option for your delegates whilst they have some downtime. Golf is obviously always a win and the three courses mean golf would work very well as an activity option for your event.
Up next for our group was dinner in one of their fabulous private dining rooms where we were lucky enough to have the tasting menu. The Manor Restaurant is Foxhills’ fine dining restaurant and holds two AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence. It really is one of Surrey’s finest restaurants. Six courses later which included Loin, Shoulder, Sweet Breads, Haricot Blanc, Goat’s Cur and Cherries, Pistachio, Rye Crisp as two of the six courses which were amazing. The stunning food with some fabulous wine made for a really lovely evening with the group.
We have such a lovely time on our FAM trips at Eventprofslive. We are so grateful to our members for giving up their Friday nights/Saturday mornings and of course our fabulous hotels and venues that host us.
For more information on Foxhills, you can contact Gillian. A huge thank you for hosting us, we can’t wait to come back!
I have a wonderful invite to a FAM trip to nice in November from a Friday so just one day out of the office.
Do get in touch for further information along with exact dates/times. All flights, accomodation and meals will be covered.
You will be seeing two fabulous properties in Nice and Monaco.
You must book international events in these locations.
Michelle & Kate
I keep accidently loading the Goodwood website rather than Google in my browser because I literally must have looked at the site hundreds of times before our FAM trip and to be honest, writing this blog was super hard. There is literally so much to do and see that I have struggled to keep it to a respectable word limit.
When you hear the word Goodwood, you think of the revival, you think of the racetrack, the racecourse and our stunning English countryside. When our members attended our FAM trip on 1 September, they now hear the word Goodwood and think of so much more…
Goodwood is situated near Chichester and Haslemere stations. Haslemere is just 50 minutes from London and then a short taxi ride to the estate from the station. The estate itself dates back to 1570 however it was the first Duke of Richmond whom originally rented Goodwood as he was quite partial to fox hunting which began the long family history of Goodwood Estate. After his initial rental, The Duke bought himself the house in 1697 where it has been passed down to generations ever since. The Earl of March, the 10th Duke of Richmond’s son is whom we have to thank for the Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival Meeting and who currently lives in this stunning estate! There is literally so much history here, every which way you turn you are exposed to it. It is fascinating.
Our FAM commenced by checking into our rooms. Our group all stayed in Goodwood Hotel which has 91 beautifully presented bedrooms, a health club and a spa. The hotel is broken down in four categories. Suites, Character Rooms, Garden Rooms and Signature Rooms and we obviously all had to check each other’s out and they were gorgeous. After we had checked-in, we were off to Goodwood House for afternoon tea which was amazing and would certainly suite a group size of around 20. Afternoon tea has a long tradition at Goodwood Estate and it was pretty special. Those macarons where amazing!
Next up after afternoon tea we went to try our hand at clay pigeon shooting which was so much fun. Over the years I have had a few goes here and there but doing it at Goodwood is something different. The team of instructors are so patient and lovely with a lot of experience of the estate. Talking to them was almost as fun as the actual shooting.
Next up on our agenda was our all-important site visit to see all the event spaces and at Goodwood, you certainly have a variety of spaces in either Goodwood Hotel, The Kennels or in Goodwood House. The spaces would accommodate everything from a special dinner party to an offsite away day and everything in between. There are a variety of breakouts in each of the three main spaces. You can read about all the spaces here.
After seeing all the spaces it was off for a private dinner in The Kennels. Arriving by our very own red Routemaster bus (which is available for your events), we had a tour of The Kennels before champagne in the library. The Kennels is Goodwood’s central clubhouse for all of the Estate’s sporting members however you can take a space exclusively for your event. The private dining room was lovely and the food superb. The staff were ever so fabulous in their service and the group had such a lovely evening. After our dinner it was back onto our bus and to the bar where we finished our evening.
Next morning it was a wonderful breakfast in the hotel followed by a surprise. Our group was lucky enough to try their hand at a few of the activities that Goodwood has on offer. Off we went to the aerodrome for a private flying lesson which I still can’t believe we had the privilege of experiencing. Two of us went up in our own plane where one of us was able to take the controls and actually fly. The views up there were stunning and the instructors so helpful. This would make an amazing idea for your team building activities. You can also incorporate grapefruit bombing from the planes onto targets! After the flying we were off to the world famous race track to do a lap.
The racecourse is also a wonderful idea for your team building activity. Starting from only £99, you can try your hand at power slides, handbrakes and J-turns (whatever they are?!). You can find more information on the flying and track here. As well as flying and track experiences, Goodwood also has two championship golf courses! Seriously, there is so much you can do that would suit everyone in your group.
After our lunch it was off to one of my favourite restaurants, Farmer, Butcher, Chef on the estate. The menu consists of local produce from one of the only self-sustaining organic farms in Europe. The food was wonderful and we dined in the private section of the restaurant which would accommodate a group up to 50. You can imagine though by this point we had sampled afternoon tea, canapes, a private dinner and a huge breakfast so by the time we got to lunch we were struggling!
We had such an amazing time at our FAM trip at Goodwood Estate. The versatility of all the different spaces for meetings and events combined with so many different options for activities would make for an amazing away day, retreat, conference where with up to 100 guests (using the Hound Lodge) you could take it over exclusively. Thank you so much to Goodwood for hosting our group. For further information please contact them here and tell them Eventprofslive sent you!
Our August FAM was held at Stoke Park with 12 of our members. Everyone knows Stoke Park for their golf course and that famous scene in Bridget Jones’ Diary where Daniel Clever recites poetry to Bridget in the lake before he falls in! What many people aren’t aware of though is that there are 49 exquisite bedrooms and some of the most stunning grounds to which Stoke Park calls its home.
Stoke Park was founded in 1908 and is steeped in rich heritage. The Sunday Express said “it is a perfect exercise in Country House Splendour” and it really is. The properties 49 luxury bedrooms and suites are a mix of modern and traditional and our group stayed in rooms split between both the mansion house (traditional) and the pavilion (more modern) parts of the hotel which are just a short walk between.
We started our FAM with buggy tours around the glorious golf course learning about the 27 hole course, the grounds and how corporate golf days would run which was great for those members of our group who look after the corporate hospitality for their firms. After the tour of the golf facilities, it was on to the meeting and event spaces. Stoke Park offers 9 meeting rooms ranging from The Ballroom which can accommodate up to 72 for dinner down to the chapel which you could use for a small, intimate round table. You can find all the meeting room capacities here.
After our tour, we had time to change before dinner and a few glasses of champagne where we chatted and got to know one of our new members. Next up was dinner in Humphry’s which is Stoke Parks’ 3 AA Rosette restaurants which is fabulous. The food was stunning and we were all delighted when Head Chef Chris Wheeler popped out to say hello.
We had such a lovely time at Stoke Park the following day using the spa facilities and having a long luxurious breakfast in the mansion house.
Stoke Park is a fabulous choice for an away day or retreat for a small group. The activity options are endless for your team building on the stunning grounds, the food is wonderful and the meeting spaces all work very well.
For further information, you can contact Stoke Park here.
Thanks so much to Stoke Park for hosting Eventprofslive; we can't wait to come back!
Michelle Rees is a Events Advisor for a London Law Firm