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.
I certainly wasn’t the first Event Manager to see the merits of using Periscope to showcase Events and I don’t think that I’ll be the last BUT at the moment, there really aren’t many of us doing it and I don’t understand why!
Periscope is taking social media by storm, it is Twitters’ latest venture and put simply, it is a video streaming platform. It lets people “follow” you, recieve a notification when you are broadcasting and lets them watch a live stream of what you are doing wherever you are across the globe. In the event world you could be watching a live stream of the Mardi Gras in Sydney and the next day joining a broadcast of an awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
Kate and I of #eventprofslive use Periscope for our venue show rounds and networking events and have had a great response so far. I don’t think people would forgo attending an event to sit at home and watch it via Periscope but it is great for those people wanting to come along but are unable.
Your broadcast videos sit on users home pages for 24 hours after the event. I follow a lot of motivational speakers and tend to watch their broadcasts on the train to work. I can’t see the limitations at the moment. I think its great and will be broadcasting tomorrow evening from our event at The Dorchester. You can follow me here and check it out for yourself.
Michelle Rees is a Events Advisor for a London Law Firm
Kate is a Events Manager for a London Law Firm