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Christmas Comes Early

Now we don’t mean to panic anyone but it was Leon Day a few weeks ago. If you don’t already know, Leon Day is the halfway mark to Christmas…yes I said Christmas! Think about how quickly the past 6 months have flown by, it’s time to starting thinking about those office parties. The Group 7 elves are here to help…

Vinopolis
This Christmas will be your last chance to hold a mesmerising party in this fabulous venue as Vinopolis will be closing its doors at the end of this year. They have 3 distinct rooms with beautiful theming to make every party memorable.

 

 

The Brewery
Christmas at the Brewery is unique each December a new theme conjured up from scratch and takes over the entire venue. The Brewery know what makes a great party: an exciting environment, great food, drink and service, stunning entertainment and a band that keeps everyone dancing. This year the theme is The Apostles of Anonymity – think masks, high society scandals and extravagance.

The Leadenhall Building – Level 42
The Leadenhall Building is a brand new sky-scraper which contains the newest event space in the heart of the City that is due to open its diary this summer. The venue has breath-taking views of the river and the City skyline. Situated on the 42nd floor of this stunning new building, also known as The Cheesegrater, the space can be accessed by the fastest scenic lifts in Europe and can be reached in just 30 seconds from entry level to Level 42. This is the perfect wow-factor venue for any Christmas party, the venue has the latest LED colour change atmospheric lighting ideal for creating a magical atmosphere and fully equipped kitchens for exclusive the caterer - Create Food to serve all those Christmas favourites.

 

 

The HAC
The HAC offers a striking backdrop for Christmas, with its magnificent 18th Century Georgian house set in a stunning six acre garden. Located just a stone’s throw from both Moorgate and Old Street, it is the ideal location for that festive party. With a variety of unique event spaces to suit any event, choose from an intimate dinner in their Queens Roomor a larger gathering in their stylish and contemporary Prince Consort Rooms. This Christmas HAC will have a glittering candle-lit forest glade theme that is A Winter’s Tale.


Desert Dreaming

Last month we delivered and extremely successful week long incentive program, organised for our client’s annual “President’s Club” event. Having always been to Caribbean beach resorts in previous years, the new trip president wanted to put a different spin on the event mixing both a beach and city resort, to give the winners a more diverse destination to enjoy. Dubai was the perfect choice with its abundance of luxury hotels, guaranteed sunshine, endless activities and 5* service all the way.

Based at the prestigious One&Only Royal Mirage the week long incentive combined a luxury beach resort, with easy access to the many attractions the city has to offer from Atlantis on the Palm to the mall and famous fountains downtown. The relaxed program let the guests enjoy the destination at their own pace with just a few joint social occasions to bring the group together.

The highlight of the trip was specially organised desert safari and dinner that took guests deep into the heart of the Al Hatta Desert. The adventure began with an exhilarating dune bashing experience in custom 4×4 jeeps. There was then a surprise safari stop where guests enjoyed a glass of champagne whilst watching a falconry show against the breath-taking desert sunset backdrop, a truly unforgettable moment. As the sun disappeared it was back into the jeeps to move to the specially erected desert camp, where camels greeted us before we headed inside for the feast of traditional foods while the drinks flowed freely. After dinner there was chill out space with shisha and a belly dancing show before all the guests found their way to dancefloor to enjoy the DJs tunes under the star lit sky.


Out and About

As usual there is no rest for the Group Se7en team – and to be honest we quite like it that way! Since our last newsletter it’s been nonstop starting with May when we seemed to be tag teaming to Dubai. A week long incentive group thoroughly enjoyed what the destination had to offer from staying at the Royal Mirage to a dessert dinner safari and everything in between as you’ll have read earlier.

tag teaming to Dubai. A week long incentive group thoroughly enjoyed what the destination had to offer from staying at the Royal Mirage to a dessert dinner safari and everything in between as you’ll have read earlier.

A large client exhibition at the QEII Centre in the middle of the month brought the focus back home before a week-long event in Barcelona took place to tie in with the Critical Communications World Exhibition at the Gran Fira Centre. This ran alongside the internal meetings and accommodation at the fantastic Renaissance Fira Barcelona Hotel and culminated in a very successful thank you party at MACBA – the Museum of Arts – with a local guitar band playing and Spanish inspired catering throughout the evening.

With private dining events also at the forefront recently clients have sampled food at both Corrigans and the renowned Benares in Mayfair. Our mouths were watering just reading the menus!

Breakfast meetings have also been popular this month with events being held not only in London at the Andaz and Etc Venues but also further afield in Aberdeen, Dubai and Johannesburg – our client like to travel as much as us!

In a brief lull (of a couple of days) the team were treated to a site visit and eating experience with the Lancaster and Landmark at the beginning of the month. We had a sneaky peek at the new style bedrooms that are being rolled out currently before sampling the cuisine at Nipa Thai. The food was outstanding however we left just enough room for dessert at the Landmark. We can highly recommend the Sticky Toffee pudding if you’re feeling naughty!

Then it was full steam ahead again with a client event at the Ham Yard Hotel using the screening room and dive bar, a 2 day off site event at Q Hotels Hellidon Lakes with team building on site before finishing off the month with a hugely successful company 40th Anniversary Event at Claridges.

Time for the team to take a summer holiday we think….

 

Kick Offs

The summer months, once conference season is over, always allows us to plan with our clients for upcoming events – one of which is normally the “September Kick Off”. It’s a great way for companies to bring their staff together after the summer holidays to focus everyone on what needs to be achieved before the end of the year. Some clients like to keep this closer to home and do this in the UK, others take the team away from the UK, so here are a couple ideas as to what you could do.

 

Staying Close to Home
Bringing the team together is always so important, particularly if there may have been a change of staff since the kick off at the beginning of the year. So often we see that it’s not just about getting everyone in the same room to plan for the upcoming months but also to do an activity to get them working as a new unit. One place that’s great for this is Center Parcs. Not necessarily the obviously choice for a corporate group however they have a great offering, particularly if you have a younger, more active group. With 5 offerings throughout the UK – including the new Woburn Forest venue – they offer great meeting facilities with excellent lodge accommodation and the activities really are second to none.

 

Jet off with the team
Everyone likes a trip abroad so often this is a great way of getting the team excited about the kick off and it doesn’t have to break the bank. Short haul destinations are more popular for the September kick offs as it’s still a busy time of year and clients don’t want to take too much time out of the office. A destination that we’d really recommend at this time of year would be Croatia – with the focus on Dubrovnik. A city that not everyone has been too but is fast becoming a place to visit. Flights are more regular still benefitting from the summer timetable and there is so much to see and do all in the beautiful sunshine. The hotel offering has grown in recent years and the standard of properties out there is really exciting with the attention on service at the forefront.

 

 

The Mayfair Bar : Competition


The May Fair bar is one of our favourite post work drink destinations, an icon of expressive contemporary design, bringing together boutique attention to detail with grand hotel service. A legendary luxury hotel with a glamourous past, The May Fair was first opened by King George V in 1927 and offers 404 luxury hotel bedrooms, including 12 of the capitals most memorable hotel suites, a discreet spa, a fine-dining restaurant and the quintessential London Casino. The spirit of surrounding Mayfair is captured beautifully, especially in their May Fair bar, breath-taking Crystal Room and opulent Danziger Suite, which between them have played host to some of London’s most extravagant society events.
This month we are teaming up with The May Fair to offer you the fabulous prize of a 3 course meal with a bottle of wine for 2 people.

To win all you need to do is email info@group7events.co.uk or tweet us @Group7Events and tell us how many luxury bedrooms The May Fair has?


Street Feasting

Food markets are popping up all over London with a growing trend for people wanting to enjoy foodie delights alfresco. This concept is also a great alternative for event catering, especially for summer parties, where a relaxed and informal atmosphere is top priority. The Street feast set up allows guests to sample a wide array of street food favs, from colourful themed stools, alongside trendy cocktails and fully stocked bars.

London Hot Picks

London bathing in glorious sunshine is simply marvellous. Everyone’s frowns turn upside down (well unless you’re sweltering on the Underground – but nothings perfect, right?) you even get the occasional ‘good morning’ jibes. Not only does the weather put people in a good mood but also the vast amount of stuff to actually do. Gone are the nights in with Netflix and pizza, London residents are loyally attending their favourite beer gardens or London park spots. Here are our favourites:

Serpentine Pavilion

The task of transforming the lawn outside the Serpentine Gallery with a multi-purpose temporary Pavilion falls to the Spanish architectural duo SelgasCano for the commission’s fifteenth anniversary – and it's a trippy kaleidoscopic biomorphic form that fellow Spaniard Joan Miró would be proud of. It’s a must see this year.



Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

For 247 years, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition has offered a snapshot of contemporary art – This year it is a burst of fantastic clashing colour. The role of lead co-ordinator was handed to Michael Craig-Martin RA this year. Michael is known for his distinctive creative vision and use of strong bold colours. With everything from Sculptures to photography this is an exhibit that will excite all.



LOL Udderbelly

Underbelly joined forces with Southbank Centre in 2009 to launch Udderbelly Festival, an 8-week extravaganza of comedy, circus and family entertainment inside the famous upside-down purple cow. If you’ve never been to the belly before then it’s certainly time you did, every show will have you roaring with laughter or you can just hang out around the belly enjoying the posh nosh and Pimms.



Films Under the Stars

 

If rooftop bars aren’t your thing you’ll be sure to love the new array of alfresco film screenings that have popped up all over the city. You can watch a wide range of movies, from much loved comedies to cult classics. Check out Rooftop Film Club, The Floating Cinema and Nomad for screening schedules.


Notting Hill Carnival
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I’m sure this summer gem needs no introduction as it’s a well-known fact that Britain’s biggest street party in unmissable. The aromas of the food will get your bellies rumbling and the jerk chicken will give you the energy to dance all night long to the traditional and contemporary sounds of the Caribbean.


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