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

hampton court

“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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she knows strawberry tart

Summer is arriving and it’s going to be strawberry season soon.  I love fresh strawberries and always want to show them off at their best.  A great way to do this is top a creme patissiere filled tart with them and glaze with glossy strawberry jam.  I promise you my strawberry tart will not last the day!   Get the recipe from SheKnows here







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5 Ideas for a Fabulous Company Summer Party

I love, love being organised and I know you do too.

It may seem slightly crazy to be thinking about summer parties when we have just started spring, but believe me, the best venues are quickly snapped up, closely followed by caterers and entertainment.  So throw on your comfortable planning heels, because we are going to dash through some ideas to make your company summer party the one they remember: Read more »

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Live events are a waste of time


Live events are a complete waste of everyone’s time! 

Have you ever heard that?  I have, and I expect you have at some point or another.  And probably from someone who doesn’t want to spend any money on an offsite conference or doesn’t want to leave their desk.


Let me give you some reasons why your company needs live events: Read more »

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The Guide to Conference Seating Layouts

Seating layouts for a conference or function can seem like a minefield, and of course, the seating style you decide upon will influence the size of the conference or function room you need.  I have put together a guide of the most popular seating styles to help you decide:

Conference seating layouts - TheatreTheatre

This one is pretty self-explanatory really.  Delegates are seated in rows facing the front of the conference room, usually with a stage and speakers.  This style of seating works well for larger numbers and makes the best use of the space.  Theatre style seating is useful if your speakers want a Q&A session.  Your event manager can easily get up and down the rows of seats with a roving microphone. The major drawback of this style of seating is that if it is not tiered, then some of the delegates at the back of the room may not have the best view of the stage.  A variation on this is herringbone, where the seats are placed on a slight diagonal to the stage. Read more »

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5 Incentives in Cape Town

Cape Town

Cape Town is a hugely popular city with leisure and business travellers and with good reason.  With Table Mountain looming over the city and sweeping down to the sea.  It’s a heady mix of historic colonial architecture, spectacular scenery and modern city life.  Read more »

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Merry Christmas


To all of our wonderful friends, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!


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5 Historic Banqueting Menus

At this time of year everyone is thinking about Christmas and parties and possible menus for entertaining. It got me thinking about historic banqueting menus and for a bit of fun I’ve put together 5 menus from the past:

The Guildhall, London

Henry VIII

Could there be a more famous lover of food than Henry VII of England?!  They knew how to dine back then!!  Read more »

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5 Amazing Rooftop Bars in London

Have you ever thought to yourself how amazing it would be to see London from above?  You can.  Well, not exactly above, but certainly from a height.  Throw in a glass of something delicious and a stylish and fashionable bar and you have a recipe for an evening of success.  I am talking about rooftop bars in London.  Here are 5 of our favourites:

Rooftop bars

Radio, ME London

Radio, ME London

This stylish and modern hotel is relatively new to the London scene.  The building was a former BBC broadcasting site and the new owners have been really careful to retain as much of the provenance as possible.  Read more »

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Going down the mine….. underground meeting venues

I have to confess I LOVE mines.  I am sure I wouldn’t be quite so keen to work in one, but I do love a good mine tour.  On our continuing mission to find exciting venues for our clients’ events we stumbled upon (so to speak) a couple of absolute gems that I couldn’t resist sharing with you…..

Undergound meeting venues

Salt Mine, Wieliczka, Poland

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is a UNESCO world heritage site and the most frequently visited underground tourist attraction IN THE WORLD. It is absolutely full of briney underground lakes, beautiful chambers and extraordinary scenery.  Read more »

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