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