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Unique catering and networking space like no other.


On the lower ground floor of Mac & Wild Devonshire Square, the new Mac & Wild Shooting Range and Bar is now open. Composed of two lanes, each kitted out with our state-of-the-art virtual shooting systems and replica shotguns, transporting you and your guests to a shoot in the Scottish Highlands! Perfect for drinks receptions, after work drinks and Christmas parties looking for unique entertainment. The two screens provide the perfect opportunity for presentations and screenings.


The Long Room is instantly recognisable, having seen many great Test cricketers walk past its historic portraits and out onto the wicket. It is a naturally light and airy space, an ideal setting for stylish private dinners or Christmas celebrations. Just next door the Long Room Bar is also available as a novel location for drinks.

Ravens Ait Island

Kingston upon Thames

For a truly engaging day, a conference or meeting in our Britannia Suite is the first place to look. Offering a flexible approach to room layouts and with plenty of natural light; delegates visiting Ravens Ait Island are afforded a unique and focussed experience. Our job is to help you convey the message and theme of your conference; creating a relaxing atmosphere and giving you the tools to do your job. Our versatile approach to conferencing is important to us and each conference or meeting has a dedicated co-ordinator on hand to help execute your vision for your event.


This icon of the 2012 Olympics can host a wide range of events in bright and spacious surroundings. Guests can ascend to the roof terrace for spectacular panoramas.

Pizza Pilgrims

West India Quay / Canary Wharf

Only 5 mins walk from Canary Wharf - Pizza Pilgrims WIQ offers convenience for an office away day, whilst also providing a feeling of being a long way from the office. We can provide a private space - with PA, big screen and catering - any kind of daytime or evening business meeting or networking event.


An elegant and eclectic Victorian loft space in Zone 1 fully equipped with Wifi, audio & visual equipment, flipcharts & Smart plasma TVs ideal for meetings and presentations. Located in Southbank, 5 min walk from Southwark tube and 9 mins from Waterloo,The Victorian Loft is perfect for corporate events, conferences, and brand launches. There is beautiful natural light from huge windows that can also be blacked out for screenings. Our clients include Canon, Red Bull, Harper's, Instagram & ITV, to name a few. Extra space can be booked in the adjacent Lumiere London studio White Loft.


The newly refurbished York Suite is our largest self contained conference room, featuring its own private bar, dedicated kitchen and separate private entrance. The York Suite is a combination of York 1,2 and 3 which combined can host events for up to 400 guests theatre style and 370 for dinners, 180 classroom and 150 cabaret.

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Planning Your Away Day

Corporate away days, teambuilding, offsites...they're all ideal opportunities to learn, grow and develop as a team, and are therefore hugely valuable to a company and it's employees. After all, a happy workforce is a productive workforce.

But, if you've been tasked with organising an away day, it can be quite a daunting prospect. Working out where to start with the planning process, what sort of venue to choose and how to make it a success are all important points to consider. Luckily, we're here to help with some great venue recommendations and some top tips for planning a brilliant away day.

How to get started

Knowing what to tackle first can be the most difficult part of planning an event, and the temptation to get carried away with the fun aspects of an away day can be distracting. So, here are a few pointers to get you on the right track.

Planning

This is so, so important. For starters, you need to know what sort of budget you're working to, how many people you need to cater for and ideally a rough idea of where you want the day to take place. This will help frame your search for a venue later on.

Purpose

You also need to think very closely about what the point of the day is. Despite the appeal of a jolly day away from the office, away days need to have a clear purpose. Is it team cohesion? Planning for the year ahead? Do you want your employees to understand the workings of your business more closely perhaps? Before you decide anything else, write down what you want to achieve clearly and concisely, this will help to create the format of the day.

Outcomes

Once you've set the purpose of the day, it's important to set some measurable outcomes. It could be something as simple as each person working with someone they haven't worked with before, understanding a principle or part of the business they didn't before, or creating a planning document. Whatever it is, make sure you have it written down too, this will allow you to see whether the day has been a success afterwards.

Activities

A whole day away from the office needs to have structure and it also needs to keep people engaged, focused and having fun. So, having some activities that help you achieve your goals are really valuable. Yep, we're talking about organised fun here...

Sports, cooking, learning something new as a group, or simply using some small group activities that get people thinking creatively. Anything that gets people working together in a new environment or a new way is what you should be aiming for. The activities will bring out different sides of your colleagues' personalities and help everyone understand each other a little better.

What sort of venue to choose

A meeting of minds

This very much depends on what you decide during the planning phase. If your away day is more of a brainstorm or planning session then an inspiring meeting room will probably do the trick. The key here getting out of the office and finding a space that allows for creativity and provides a safe place for everyone to share their thoughts.Top tip: Make sure you chose a venue that has suitable AV, tech and WiFi capabilities for your day, and don't forget to provide refreshments throughout to keep everyone hydrated, full and focused.

Be a good sport

If the objective of the day is bonding within the team then you might choose a venue that has more space for activities. This could be a venue with outdoor space for example, has room for an inflatable assault course (who doesn't love those...) or the opportunity to try out a new sport - what better way to learn to work as a team? Top tip: Do think about the age and capability of your participants and make sure the activities are directly related to what you are trying to achieve from the day.

Learn something new

If outdoor activities really aren't your thing, then there are plenty of indoor venues that also provide tasks suitable for teambuilding. Ping-pong, darts, wine tasting and cooking are all brilliant ways to get people working together, you'll probably learn something along the way too. There is a whole host of bars and restaurants across London and beyond that cater to these occasions, with a huge range of pursuits for you to partake in. Top tip: Wine tasting probably works best outside of work hours...

Budget conscious

If you're working to a slightly tighter budget, then a blank canvas space might be a good option for your day. These spaces give you total creative control, so you could bring your own refreshments, decorate the room yourself and run the day to your own agenda. Alternatively, you could research teambuilding companies that suit your budget, who can put together a day for you that fits your objectives perfectly.

So, we hope you feel a little more confident on your quest for the perfect away day. Don't forget to browse our top venues for inspiration and get in touch if you need a hand.


Oh, and our final top tip, make sure you ask for feedback from your employees or colleagues, this will give you a sense of whether you achieved what you set out to, if everyone enjoyed themselves and most importantly what you could do to improve next time. You'll be a pro in no time.

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