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.
Michelle Rees is a Events Advisor for a London Law Firm
Kate is a Events Manager for a London Law Firm