Conferences so often conjure up an image of a hotel room, a standard 9am-5pm day, simple sandwiches and generally not a very exciting day for attendees. However, there are so many ways to invigorate your guests and make it a standout event.
There are many venues out there that are exciting and interesting in which you can host your conference – take an example of the Guildhall, a stunning central City venue. They have rooms from 20 to 760 for conferences all steeped in history and stories. The fascinating history and current life of the City of London and the Guildhall’s place in it is an amazing backdrop to any event. A talk or a tour can easily be included to give everyone the chance to understand what a special place this is.
Get your delegates engaged by doing a team building activity – this appears to be a current trend to break up the day or end the day with a more social and relaxing element. We work with some great companies that can make you your own team building activity – they can base this around a venue such as the Guildhall, so you can explore the rooms or outside across the City of London. Why not end with a prize like winning drinks back at the Guildhall in one of their fantastic rooms?
Add to that some creative and energy boosting food and drinks, and you should have an engaged and excited room of delegates!
Conferencing should be appealing and inspiring, generating thoughts and interaction – we always ensure your delegates get exciting options on their breaks to keep those energy levels up – something like –
Energy balls of apricot, almond & pecan nuts, Coconut & macadamia nuts
Home-made granola bar topped with toffee sauce & toasted seeds
Chocolate brownie topped toasted marshmallow & raspberry gel
Our Guildhall packages start from £50.00 + VAT day delegate rate so are great value for a fantastic location and venue – I am sure your delegates will certainly attend this one for the opportunity to see inside this iconic building!
We had the pleasure of working with the National Osteoporosis Society at their glamorous fashion show at the historic Lancaster House.
The event was held to raise awareness and funds for vital research which will help to find a cure to the gruelling condition. Many high profile guests were in attendance including the President of the Society and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall, famed Fashion Designer and creator, Bruce Oldfield; whose brand new evening and bridal collections were featured alongside his new collection of luxury, bespoke designs and actresses Sarah Owen and Susan Hampshire.
We received some fantastic feedback from the Special Events Manager of the National Osteoporosis Society, Bethany Howson:
“Just a quick note to thank you and all of your team for fabulous food and service yesterday. We’ve had lots of lovely comments from guests.
It was a fabulous evening. We think we have raised £107,000 from the tickets and live and silent auctions which is fabulous!
Thank you again for all your help, advice and flexibility in accommodating last minute changes!”
Photo Credit: National Osteoporosis Society.
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We worked alongside the Government of Gibraltar and the VisitGibraltar tourist board to host a fantastic event that saw us provide catering for 50 guests at the stunning Gibraltar House. The event saw many high profile guests in attendance including the Chief Minister and Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, to help promote tourism in the sunny territory located off the Spanish coast.
Our chefs prepared a sumptuous menu featuring a hot and cold seasonal canapé menu featuring chicken satay brochette, Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and horseradish, salmon in honey with sesame and wasabi, tartlet of egg Florentine served alongside a cold selection comprising of quail’s egg Florentine with spinach and hollandaise sauce, aubergine wrapped with sun-dried tomato and buffalo mozzarella, seared sea bass spoons with truffled pumpkin and parsnip crisp.
We finished the menu with a delicious selection of desserts including salted caramel mousse with fresh raspberry and cinder toffee, candied toffee apple and mixed fruit brochette with lemongrass crème fraîche.
We received a lovely comment from Tracey Poggio, Head of National Tourist Offices and Representatives: “I just wanted to say thanks to Seasoned for the great food and wine last night, we were complimented many times over. Always good to work with you!”
Ideally, what would you like clients to have thought about before arriving for a site visit?
A site visit is a mandatory element of the event planning process as it allows clients to visualise their event at Tower Bridge. In advance of a site visit we ask our clients to think about what type of event they are organising, how many guests they wish to invite, potential event date and timings plus what food/ beverage they would like to serve.
What advice could you give to clients or agents who need to sell the venue to the final decision maker?
A Seasoned Events bespoke event proposal details everything you need to know about hosting an event at Tower Bridge. With all proposals we send imagery of previous event set-ups which helps our clients envisage their event and encourages the decision makers to confirm.
What event would you love to see take place at Tower Bridge?
Tower Bridge has recently been nominated for the world’s most prestigious venue and also the world’s best product launch venue. We have had some really well-known brand names at the Bridge this year already and we would love to see more product launches come our way.
What advice could you give event bookers to ensure they are getting the best rates and making the most out of their venue hire?
It is important that event bookers understand their clients’ event requirements and the facilities available at Tower Bridge. Venue hire is fixed by the Corporation of London; however Seasoned Events work closely with clients to ensure we provide a catering package suitable to their needs.
Wellington Arch is such a unique venue and clients are always surprised about what you can do within the spaces. It’s very helpful if clients come with lots of questions – a showround is a great opportunity to look at all the possibilities so that we can help you realise your vision for the event.