5 Festive Cocktails for your Event

Champagne is great for adding an element of glamour and sophistication to any party and mulled wine is a staple festive aperitif, but why not take a chance and really make your guests remember your event with some more unusual and memorable cocktails and punches. We’ve got it covered for you with 5 exciting and fun punches and cocktails that work really well for groups and won’t completely blow your budget:

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5 Glamorous Venues on the Med

As we move from autumn into winter in the northern hemisphere, we start to think about warmer climes and the  Mediterranean is always top of the list for us, mainly because of the ambient temperatures and ease of access from most of Europe.  Temperatures rarely see below 10C on the coast and with so many flight options from major European cities (and far beyond!), it’s a perennial favourite.

When it’s grey and dreary at home it’s time inject some serious glamour into your life (work and otherwise), so on that note, here are some of our picks for events and incentives in sunnier regions not too far from the UK:

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Cap Estel, Eze, France

A glittering jewel “au bord de la mer” (on the seafront) in the picturesque town of Eze in the south of France.  Cap Estel is one of those hotels that you will want to visit again and again. From the moment you sweep into this 5 star hotel you are surrounded by comfort and elegance.  There are only 28 and guests can expect superb service and can make the most of the spa, private beach, 2 pools and cinema.


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Negresco, Nice, France

With its extraordinary façade and truly memorable decor, the Negressco is not a hotel that is ever described as discreet.  But if you are looking for exceptional service, famous faces and the ambiance of a city that knows how live life to the full, the Negressco is for you.  There are 117 rooms and suites, all with their individual style and charm, and for your event 9 luxurious meeting rooms including the incredible Royal Lounge, a former ballroom with its huge glass domed ceiling.


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Kemspinski Hotel San Lawrenz, Malta

It wasn’t too long ago that Malta had a reputation for being one of the Med’s cheaper destinations. Not so anymore!  The Kempinski San Lawrenz is on the idyllic island of Gozo and is surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty.  The hotel is in 30,000 sq metres of grounds and beautiful gardens with 3 outdoor pools.  122 guest rooms welcome guests into calm and luxury and the hotel can accommodate up to 160 delegates for an event.


 Grand Hotel Miramare

Grand Hotel Miramare, Portofino, Italy

Right in the heart of the Italian Riviera, this traditional 5 star hotel overlooks the sparkling waters of the Tigullio Gulf.  The Grand Hotel Miramare has been owned by the same family for more than 70 years. Surrounded by large terraces with flowering gardens and a large saltwater pool guests are naturally drawn outside.  84 rooms and suites are available for your guests and meeting facilities that will hold a maximum of 200 people.


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Puente Romano, Marbella, Spain

Built in the style of an Andalucian village, this spectacular 5 star hotel is situated on Marbella’s Golden Mile.  The resort was opened in 1979 and has been popular with business, leisure guests and golfers ever since.  There are 204 rooms and suites from which to choose and space for 700 delegates, theatre style.

Are you starting to think about next year’s events?  Drop us an email or give us call for more inspiring venues and destinations for your fabulous event.

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Let us do something you hate……

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The dreaded N word – NEGOTIATING

 

It brings a cold sweat to the brows of most people, but we love it.

 

I mean really LOVE IT!!!

 

We thrive on negotiating the best possible rates for your events.

 

We will negotiate every aspect of your event for you.

 

Starting with the big stuff – delegates costs, room hire charges, menu prices, right down to the finer details such as the date you have to give final numbers. And even those aspects that may think can’t be negotiated - contract terms and conditions.

 

As far as we are concerned if it can be talked about it can be negotiated.

Try us – I dare you!!

Call us now on 0333 355 0845 or email us team@mayfairvenues.com

 

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How to Plan a Menu for Your Event

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If you are a regular reader of the blog, you will know that I love to write about food (and talk about food, and eat food – I love food!).  Well, we all have to eat, don’t we?! So you have organised the venue and invited your guests or delegates to your fabulous event.  The next step is the catering.  If this is your first event or you are not culinarily inclined, this can be a huge learning curve.  I have some tips to help you plan a beautiful menu: Read more »

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Hamburg, stylish and fun

Hamburg is in a prime location on the river Elbe in northern Germany.  With a large international airport and within easy proximity of most of its northern European neighbours, this city of 1.9 million inhabitants is a perfect choice for a city based event.

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Although a busy working city and port, Hamburg has a charm and elegance that is captivating.  Maybe it is something to do with all the waterways and pretty lakes, or perhaps the friendliness and efficiency of “Hamburgers” (as residents of Hamburg are known).

So where do you stay and hold your event?

Steigenberger Treudelberg Hotel

Steigenberger Treudelberg

One of my favourite hotels in Hamburg, the Treudelberg is actually about 20 minutes outside the city in a rural residential area just slightly north.  The hotel is sophisticated and elegant, with an 18 hole golf course and large spa.  There is plenty of on site parking and the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to the airport.  The hotel has 225 bedrooms and suites and can accommodate up to 260 people for a conference.  The special factor of this hotel is the sincere and warm customer service.  Everyone is made to feel welcome and important.

Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten

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Right in the heart of Hamburg, this historic hotel first opened it’s doors in 1897 and has been welcoming guests ever since.  The service here is legendary with families being made particularly welcome (as is often the case in germany).  having said that, it does not mean that business guests are overlooked.  Quite on the contrary.  The meeting facilities at the hotel are superb with capacity for 450 guests standing.  All the meeting and function rooms exude history and ambiance and are the ideal setting for inspiring events.

Hotel Atlantic Kempinski 

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5 star luxury at it’s best.  Kempinski really know how to create a luxury experience from the perfect welcome to the immaculate service.  The Atlantic has famously been a popular place to stay for countless celebrities and boasts amazing views over the river.  The Atlantic has recently had a comprehensive refurbishment and now reclaims its place as one of Hamburg’s most impressive landmarks.

When it comes to short incentives hamburg is the ideal destination.  It’s prime riverside location and working port offer a huge array of water based activities or short historic outings to make the most of the city.  Want a little something extra and quirky to add to your event?  We know just the place! 

Miniatur Wunderland

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There aren’t many places as quirky or memorable as this humourous and detailed treasure.  3 floors and 580,000 hours of intricate work and gone into creating this miniature world.  Most of it has been created from imagination, but based on Switzerland, Austria, Germany (of course!), America and Scandinavia.  Working model trains and boats move out the tiny countries and every 15 minutes the lights go down and you are transported into Miniatur Wunderland by night.  Not just for “trainiacs”, this fantastic venue doesn’t take itself too seriously and dotted around are funny and humourous scenes for visitors to look out for.  Private tours can be arranged for your delegates to really make the most of their visit.

Call us now on 0333 355 0845 or email us team@mayfairvenues.com for some more suggestions for thrilling and inspirational venues for your next event. 

We are here to make you look good x

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Normandy Apple Tart Recipe

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We know that not all events are corporate and for those times when you are hosting your own, personal event, it’s useful to have a battery of “go to” recipes. This classic Normandy apple tart recipe combines the subtle taste of almonds with caramelised apples and can be made the day before, freeing up your time to spend with your guests.  Read more here

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VROOM.!! Three Special Motorsports Venues

 

The way we see it a museum is never JUST a museum.  All those exciting possibilities.  Some of the most versatile meeting and function spaces are within museums and in particular motorsports museums.  In this post we are going to share 3 of our favourites in the UK: 

Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire

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The first thing one thinks about when Beaulieu is mentioned is the famous motor museum, but it also stands in huge grounds and boasts some beautiful historical venues.  The museum itself offers an unusual venue for events of up to 1000 guests with the possibility of hosting dinner around the fantastic historic cars.  But if you are looking for something more traditional, you should consider Palace House, the 16th century ancestral home of Lord Montagu that lends itself perfectly to elegant dinners.   If that wasn’t enough, should you need some truly big space, the grounds of the museum and house will hold hundreds of guests.  Don’t worry about parking – there is more than enough; and don’t worry about finding the venue – it’s is very well signposted from the motorway and all the main roads.

 

Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire

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The Heritage Motor Centre houses the largest collection of British heritage motor cars in the world.  Opened in 1993, the modern building is Art deco style and has a dedicated conference and exhibition suite accommodating  up to 600 delegates.  it also boasts 3 dedicated lecture rooms and  function space with lots of daylight and views over the Warwickshire countryside.  One of the most exciting things about the heritage Motor Centre is the range of add-on activities that delegates can enjoy in conjunction with your event.  Delegates can take a museum tour, have the Landrover experience or do sporting activities outside such as clay pigeon shooting or archery.

 

Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge

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 Slick, modern and stylish, Mercedes-Benz World is something unique and special.  It is a super-modern venue with a strong focus on motorsports and in particular Mercedes-Benz.  Adjacent to the centre is a purpose-built racing track where delegates can let off steam at high speed.  The whole venue sits on the site of the old Brooklands Racing Circuit – very exciting for motorsports enthusiasts.  if you need accommodation for your delegates, the contemporary 4 star deluxe Brooklands Hotel is next door.

You have no excuse to put up with a dull, grey meeting room – call us now on 0333 355 0845 for some more suggestions for thrilling and inspirational venues for your next event. 

We are here to make you look good x

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The F Word

Oh tut! Not THAT  F-word.  Not the F word that is bandied around by certain celebrity chefs at every opportunity. 

gordon ramsayI am talking about the other F word that instantly makes people suspicious – FREE.

I love Free; it’s one of my favourite words.  But not so for many others.  You might hear….

“there’s no such thing as a free lunch”

“nothing is free”

“where is the catch?!”

I am going to tell you a secret - I am going to tell you about something that is free with no catches, no contracts, no selling your soul to the devil…. Read more »

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5 Reasons to Visit Southern Norway

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I am so lucky in my work that I have the chance to travel such a lot and to share my experiences with you.  Scandinavia is hot news at the moment and has been for a little while.  It’s hardly surprising given the wide open spaces, healthy lifestyle, long beautiful coastlines and good food. 

If you have been considering Norway as a destination for personal travel or for corporate event, then my recent article on SheKnows might whet your appetite. 

Read my 5 Reasons to Visit Southern Norway here.

And if that has you thinking about holding your next event in Norway give us a call on 0333 355 0845.  We have extensive local knowledge and we are Norwegian speakers.

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Your Event in an English Palace

You’ve thought about it, haven’t you?  Dinner or a private event in a beautiful English palace, all your own…and then maybe you dismissed the idea, because you thought it would be too expensive or not possible.  Well, it is possible.  We have some picks of the most famous and fabulous palaces available for private events in England:

Hampton Court Palace

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“The King’s Court should hath the excellence.  But Hampton Court hath the pre-eminence”  John Skelton, tutor of Henry VIII 1534.

Famous for being a favourite place of entertainment for Henry VIII, Hampton Court has played host to sumptuous banquets and stylish events since the 1530s.  It is absolutely steeped in English history and offers some of the most spectacular and glittering function spaces in England. Read more »

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