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.
There's nothing like a drinks and canape arrival to begin your event or even host a Summer party or intimate dinner within in one of ZSL London Zoos unique animal houses. Combining an up close encounter with some of the worlds most fascinating animals and award winning catering, these spaces provide the perfect backdrop to wow your guests! Choose from Tiger Territory, B.U.G.S!, Penguin Beach, Aquarium, Reptiles, The Attenborough Komodo Dragon House or Land of the Lions. Please contact us to discuss capacities, timings and availability - subject to Zoo opening hours and time of year.
The Garden Room is a delightful, flexible space which can be used for a birthday party, awards ceremony, drinks reception, lecture or seminar. Guests have access to the delightful Rotunda Gardens and the Terrace Garden Room can be hired with the other Terrace Rooms (Terrace Gallery and Terrace Boardroom) for parties of up to 170 people.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.