London's Urban Winery + Kitchen offers a unique and unforgettable events space. Vagabond offers an interactive wine experience with over 100 + wines to enjoy by the glass from their by the glass machines. If that wasn't enough, Vagabond produce their own English wines in their Urban Winery. This flexible events space can host any thing from bespoke tastings, private parties, networking events to large drinks receptions, dinners and everything in between. The full venue seats 80 and stands 140. There are a range of spaces within to suit groups of different sizes.
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.
Enclosed within the impressive gardens and lake of Regent's Park the expansive private lawns of the venue provide a rare oasis of calm in Central London. Corporate or private functions of up to 1200 guests can easily be catered for making the venue ideal for events such as barbecues, receptions, corporate fun days and team building activities. Working with a range of the top team building companies we design packages that improve team development, enhance group relationships and create a truly unforgettable experience.
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.
Bounce was designed with two main purposes. Conferencing and socialising. Our luxurious venue boasts a 40ft Gin palace bar, 17 bespoke ping pong tables and a 52 cover, open pizza counter restaurant. Whether it's a corporate social, birthday, get together or your office meeting. Bounce is a one stop shop for all your needs. With a capacity of 550 standing our main space is also excellent for exclusive hires. The entire space for you and your team.
The BFI IMAX® offers real impact. At more than 20 metres high and 26 metres wide, the BFI IMAX® is the biggest cinema screen in the UK, giving audiences a genuinely unique experience in both 2D and 3D. The luxury auditorium, which sits 498 people, is regularly used for product launches, conferences, private screenings and major events,and is the ideal venue for businesses looking to make a statement.
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.