Eventprofslive FAM – Sopwell House

We all agreed that Sopwell House is one of those hotels that you have heard great things about but for some reason you have never actually seen it and when we did, we were a little cross with ourselves…

Located in the stunning Hertfordshire countryside on 12 hectares of picturesque grounds, Sopwell house has 128 rooms and suites and over 300 years of history and… it is only 20 minutes from St Pancras international or, less than one hour from Heathrow by car.
We had a lovely group for our FAM with one new member joining us who was (quite rightly) a little nervous about her very first event with us but I am proud to say, loved it! Ha ha

We started our event by checking into our gorgeous rooms and then meeting Dina (Sopwell House’s wonderful Key Account Manager) in the relaxed lobby for a quick chat before commencing our site visit.

Sopwell House has 18 meeting and event spaces, all with that important natural daylight and each one furnished to a high spec. We loved the private access to the main meeting rooms with a purpose build registration desk that would be very impressive on welcoming your groups to your event. You can see full capacity charts here.

One of the stops on our site visit was The Mews which is are something dreams are made of (for both leisure or corporate). The Mews are separate from the main hotel, located within secure gates and offer greater privacy. All of the suites have access to a hydro pool and communal gardens (designed by RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Gold award winner Ann-Marie Powell) as standard some feature fireplaces, four poster beds and their own double ended romantic baths! There are 16 in total and would be perfect to take all of them for your board level meetings. Totally private and very high-end. We were fortunate to have our own private waiter within the stunning gardens where we sipped on champagne and some lovely canapes whilst on our site visit, we felt like proper celebrities.

After our site visit, it was off for an interactive BBQ on the terrace which was a great and would also be a great idea for your delegates, something different rather than the normal private dinner, in a meeting room (not that the meeting rooms weren’t lovely).

After dinner, we had a few wines in the main hotel bar, with more gossiping and then off to bed ready for a early start at the spa. Partnering with my favourite (Clairns) and ESPA (also one of my favourite spa brands), the spa offers a fitness centre, indoor pool and an abundance of treatments that you could add-on to your guest experience.

We loved Sopwell House, it is very well priced for events and the located to London makes it perfect for away days and conferences. For more information you can reach out to Dina here and for more information on Eventprofslive, you can email us here.

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Paris for events

I would like to say it has been a while since I blogged… it hasn’t.  I am just over on eventprofslive and those blogs take up to a week to write (currently two) between my full time corporate events manager role, running Eventprofslive with Kate and having a bit of life, this blog gets a bit forgotten and I am going to try hard (get up even earlier?!) to get it back on track! I have had it for years and I loved writing for it…

Am currently in Paris on day two of a three day trip to scope out the best venues for a gala dinner, smaller dinners and just to build up my venue database so stay tuned. Blog to follow… Paris eventprofs


October – #eventprofslive at The Ritz

Last Wednesday Kate & I hosted our October #eventprofslive networking event for Event Managers at The Ritz.

On arrival, our group of 10 met in The Ritz Fine Jewellery and if trying on £1M diamond rings isn’t the best start to your event, then I don’t know what is.  On arrival, we were greeted with wonderful champagne and after a brief introduction on the collection, our group was allowed to try on the pieces. It really was a once in a lifetime opportunity. How many people can say they have tried on jewellery at The Ritz. I couldn’t stop raving about it when I got back work and already have enquires to host another client event there.

The Ritz112064083_10153593574216224_664880410_nAfter trying on the jewellery, we were then given a show round of all the fabulous private dining spaces in The Ritz. There are so many different options and different ways the different rooms work together. My two favourites are the music room and the red room. Any event you held there would be stunning, its The Ritz!  If you would like to find out more about the different spaces you can email them here.

After our show round our group had a lovely spot in the hotel were we could network and eat fabulous canapés. One our group was gluten free and had her own plate of canapés, instantly. The service was perfect, the staff delightful.

A few of us left around 9.00 pm and the rest of the party stayed on to drink Champagne.. it really was a great night.

Our #eventprofslive is gaining new members every week. We love it and find the networking a nice mix of work and life and the chance each month to see a new venue so useful. We talk about everything from event trends to getting over jet lag.  You can email us here for more information.


What A week

I don’t want to jinx it but I AM SO HAPPY.

On Monday I started my new role as an Event Advisor (rather than Event Manager) and I keep pinching myself. Not only is the role ever so interesting, my team are all so lovely and supportive and the firm is just outstanding.  I have been in training for most of the week as there is a lot to learn but I have been able to get started on my own projects already which is really exciting.

On Tuesday we held our #eventprofs networking drinks at the Andaz Hotel.  I will need to write about this properly as the event was such a success. Kate and I had around 20 event managers from corporate, agencies and venues and we all had a great time. You know it is a good event when the free drinks stopped and everyone stayed.

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It’s now Friday and I have a tasting this afternoon which I am looking forward to and then the lovely long weekend with a wedding!

Happy Friday everyone!


My Event Bucket List

In the last two weeks I have introduced a bucket list at work.  The lovely ladies and I have stared a weekly bucket list of things we want to accomplish in the next week.  The list is everything from go to the gym 5 times this week to emailing our moms.  It got me thinking about my events’ bucket list so here is my top 5 locations I want to run events in the next five years:

  1. The Rainbow Room – NYC – I have been to NYC 15 times and it is one of my favourite places.  Every time I go I can visualise all the amazing conferences or events I could do there. The Rainbow Room opened in 1934 and was THE celebrity place. It has been mentioned in everything from a JD Salinger novel to numerous shout outs in Friends and to me, it is the epitome of NYC and to do an event there would be fab! 
  2. Grand Hotel, Wein – ViennaVienna is just stunning and to hold a conference  or a meeting followed by a Viennese themed ball would be amazing.  This hotel is breathtaking. You need to have a look!
  3. Burj-al-Arab – DubaiI lived in Dubai for two years so am well versed with all the amazing venues.  Despite living there, I have run only one event, in the Mall of the Emirates,and would love to do something at some of the more opulent locations. The Burj-al-Arab has some amazing spaces for meetings & events.  Who wouldn’t want to hold a cocktail reception where Tiger Woods teed off. 
  4. MGM Grand – Las Vegas – Ahhh Vegas. I have only ever been to Vegas for holidays and running an event in the 6000 person capacity Marquee Ballroom would be just fantastic
  5. Galle Face Hotel – Sri LankaMy husband and I stayed here a few years ago and it is so regal and the hotel is just so grand. I would love to run a smaller event here with a gala dinner in the grounds.  Everything about this hotel is perfect.  Great distance from the airport, amazing service and just beautiful.  

What are your top 5?


The Godfather at The Royal Albert Hall

When I first heard that my all time favorite movie was to be played at The Royal Albert Hall where the orchestra played the soundtrack live I thought I had found the best thing ever!! I went last night and it really was spectacular! (original press release) 

Tickets went on sale months ago and I got two for my husband and I. Now because I have a tendency to buy too many dresses from Asos, I could only spring for standard tickets at the time but if you’ve been before to The Hall you’ll know there are no bad seats.

Whilst there was only one performance (sorry) I wanted to write about it as it really was amazing and if they ever do it again… YOU NEED TO GET TICKETS! It would make a great corporate event if you could get a box.

 

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The Red Lion – Shepperton

My husband grew up drinking at The Red Lion in Shepperton, and earlier this year it was bought, and subsequently revamped by the owners of the very popular Fish Club restaurants in London.

 

Two of the trio responsible also grew up in the area, noticed the lease for sale and recognising the opportunity, spent £500,000 on the refurbishment.   I hadn’t been post-renovation so can’t compare pre-revamp however friends and family say it looks a whole lot different and they love it.

Last Sunday four drinks menuof us headed there for a  lunch and a few Sunday drinks!

Our afternoon started with a few pints of Guinness (the boys) and a rather strong champagne cocktail for me, I was literally drunk on one however decided on a bottle of the Malbec Santa Organica (Argentina) (£24.00) to accompany my lunch (I shared a bit of it).

the red lonAs we are super fit  athletes at the moment, we skipped the starters and went straight for mains. Starters though looked very good with options including the Pate de Campagne with Pistachio, Pickled Shallots & Toast (£7.45) and what I would have gone for, the Beetroot & Onion Tart, Caramelised Goat Cheese, Apple & Walnut Salad (£7.50).

Three of us however ordered the Roast Beef with Yorkshire Puds, Horseradish & Red Wine Sauce (£15.00) which was hands down, one of the best roasts I have ever had. The beef was cooked to perfection, the Yorkshire pud was perfect and the potatoes divine!  My friend ordered the Wild Mushroom Linguine (£12.50) which was an excellent size and she thoroughly enjoyed it. I honestly cannot fault the food.  Everything was amazing alongside the service.    The staff were very attentive but not annoying as if you read my blogs, I hate.  Nothing was too much trouble for them and they were all just lovely…We were very well looked after from start to finish.

In terms of events and private dining (which is what I am all about) the back area we sat in could be hired privately and would work very well for either a personal or professional function.  A small office Christmas dinner would work really well and you can find their Christmas menu on their website here. 

Really looking forward to going back!

The Red Lion

Russell Road Shepperton
TW17 9HX

@rlionshepperton

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Just when I thought I was out…

I screamed when I saw that The Royal Albert Hall was hosting the premiere of The Godfather Live in December.  Alongside Godfellas and Casino, the original Godfather is one of my all time favorite films.

The film will be screened on a huge screen whilst its score is performed by a live orchestra, led by Justin Freer.

I was fortunate to get tickets for Monday 8 December and on checking there is still some left.  Prices range from £52.98 to £17.95 so if you are as obsessed with the Godfather as I am, get involved.

You can purchase tickets here.