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Corporate Hospitality


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EDITOR’S WORD squaremile T h e vo i c e o f T h e c i T y

EDITOR Mark Hedley ART DIRECTOR Matthew Lewis-Hasteley ASSOCIATE EDITOR Eugene Costello SENIOR DESIGNER Katerina Varnavides ASSISTANT DESIGNER Justine Middleton GOLF REPORTER Toby Heelis INTERNS Nick Hayne, Will Mathieson, Lizzie Rivera PRINTING Colourfast Europe

MANAGING DIRECTOR Tim Slee MARKETING Rebecca Longstaff, Samantha Sagoo, Cam Wan Ha EVENTS Vicky Miller Alex Watson ADVERTISING Michael Berrett, Joe Manalac, Christian Morrow, Tom Rutherford AD PRODUCTION Alan Raine ACCOUNTS Steve Cole Laura Otabor

CONTACT 020 7819 9999


WHEN IT COMES to choosing client entertainment, you essentially have two options. Option one is to go for something tried and tested – like a sporting event – that you know will do the job well. There will be plenty of opportunities to talk business, and even more to drink booze so you can oil the wheels of negotiation. The snag with this approach is that you have to ensure that it runs perfectly as your clients will have enjoyed similar events to which they can compare it. Indeed, that puts the pressure on to make it bigger and better (read: more drunken) than ever before. My top tip is to use an official partner: there’s nothing worse than being promised a ‘great view’, then finding out that it is a great view… of the flatscreen TV at the Queen’s Head. Option two is to pick something totally from left field. Something that no one is likely to have done before – offering an email subject line that’s too difficult to ignore. This is a higher risk strategy though; it may not appeal to everyone, for starters. But it could be something your clients never forget (hopefully for the right reasons). We sent Jon Hawkins to the most outlandish entertainment option on earth, or rather, above earth – learning to dogfight, in a stunt plane, with an ex-Harrier pilot. And he, well… he vomited all over himself. But before that he had the time of his life – mainly engaging ‘missile lock’ on the photographer David Harrison, during a 4g inverted dive (or something). So how does it rate as a corporate jolly? The best of the best, apparently.

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07 . B OW L E D OVE R From long, leisurely test matches to an evening’s entertainment at the Twenty20 08 . GA ME, S ET & MAT CH Champagne receptions, gourmet meals and the chance to play former champ Pat Cash 11 . FOR R U CK ’ S S A K E The best action on and off the rugby pitch 12 . S PEN D I T L I K E B ECK HA M Fantasy football packages for the well-heeled 16 . T EE T I ME Hole in ones; whether watching or playing 18 . GR E AT B A L L S OF FI R E Hawkeye learns to dogfight Top Gun-stylee – but ends up looking like a bit of a goose

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Mark Hedley, Editor

27 . DI R ECT ORY A cut-out-and-keep guide to UK hospitality 40 . CA L E N DA R A diary of 2010’s top-tier corporate events


In a tribute to the1980s classic Top Gun, Jon Hawkins feels the need, the need for speed...

05 . I T ’ S I N T HE B A G The goodie-bag gurus at Montblanc present their classiest wares for your perusal

25 . FL OW ER POW ER Rob Van Helden – the king of cornucopia

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ELEVEN HEAVEN You can keep your Ascot, you can keep your Henley… NICK HAYNE says, cricket’s the only game for him

AMERICANS DON’T GET it, Indians live for it and Pakistanis cheat at it – but we invented it, and its spiritual home is a place called Lord’s in St John’s Wood. The hallowed wicket is really a sight to behold… unless it’s rained off, of course. The gents at Keith Prowse hospitality have conjured up the ultimate cricket lover’s corporate day. Naturally you’ll be watching from the best seats in the

ground, with Sri Lanka and India – both on tour in England in 2011 – providing the action. During the breaks, the Captain’s Lounge package offers some sought-after distractions including the world famous Lord’s tea – as acclaimed by Chris Evans on his Radio 2 show. There are also unique meet-and-greet opportunities, where captains of industry (and you) can meet the captains from English cricket past.

If you can’t escape the office to indulge in the Tests though, then Twenty20 is the ideal option for you. Fast-paced and floodlit matches take place nightly throughout the summer at both Lord’s and the Brit Insurance Oval across the river in Kennington. If that doesn’t hit you for six, we’re stumped. (Sorry.) ■ Cricket at Brit Insurance Oval & Lord’s, from £199: 0845 125 4880;




WHAT A RACKET For a summer do, SW19 has it all – even a roof. Sorry, Sir Cliff…

THERE ARE ALWAYS certain inevitabilities at Wimbledon: strawberries will be wolfed by the tonne, Sue Barker will flirt uncontrollably with the male contenders, and a Brit will lose in the semis. It’s fine: we’ve come to terms with it and, to be honest, we can forgo a home win at this year’s tournament; the idea of a lanky, ill-tempered Scot lifting the trophy doesn’t exactly fill us with national pride anyway. But regardless of the on-court action, for an enjoyable Wimbledon experience you really need a decent base nearby to which you can retire. The Gatsby Club, located just outside the entrance gates, is the perfect place. It’s hard not to pity the rain-sodden masses on Henman Hill, but a few courses of haute cuisine prepared for you by resident Michelin-starred chef Albert Roux helps a lot. When you want to head for the action, the Skyview Suites cater for larger corporate groups and feature balconied suites in the Centre Court complex. They even come with your own dedicated butler, making sure the champagne keeps flowing. If you get in the mood, then Keith Prowse offers a package where you can play former champ Pat Cash on one of the practice courts. If it quickly starts going pear-shaped, time to bow out with the ‘old tennis elbow’ excuse. ■ Packages from £295 per person: 0845 125 4880;


Unrivalled experience




Of course, real men get covered in mud, blood and glory – and you get to bellow and roar them on...

MEN ARE SIMPLE beings – we eat, we sleep, we have certain passions that Mrs Square Mile will never quite understand, and we love sport. If you live for rugby, then we’ve sought out our top three packages for you. First up, South Africa are due to play the final game of their European tour against the star-studded Barbarians at Twickenham on 4 December. What better way to enjoy it than with official hospitality, the best match tickets and the chance to meet both of the legendladen teams after the game? Or, for another clash of the titans, head to England’s crunch game against Ireland in the 2011 RBS 6 Nations. Taking place at the new Aviva stadium in Dublin on 19 March, travel packages with the RFU’s official travel company start at £649 per person and include guaranteed official match tickets, as well as the opportunity to upgrade to official IRFU hospitality. If you fancy something further afield, head to the Hong Kong Sevens. Here you’ll have exclusive behind-the-scenes access to an England Sevens training session to see the team in action and hear from the coaches and the players ahead of enjoying all three days’ play. Now all you need is a green light from the other half… ■ Barbarian hospitality: prices from £399; 01452 888 666; England hospitality: prices from £649; 0844 788 5000;



MANCHESTER CITY FC A £1.5m overhaul of the club’s hospitality facilities, complementing continued investment on the pitch, has helped Manchester City create an impressive match-day experience for corporate customers. As well as improved facilities, the hospitality packages have also been given an overhaul. Associate Match Sponsorship packages are proving to be among the most popular, being the most comprehensive and exclusive packages available on match days. From £2,500, Associate Match Sponsorship caters for between eight and 40 guests positioned on the window side of The Mancunian with top pitchside views. Highlights of the package include a pre-match tour of the stadium, four-course fusion style menu, complimentary drinks, special MCFC gifts, including a signed framed souvenir shirt and a mention for the associate sponsor in the match programme. For watching the match itself, guests will have prime seats in the stadium’s West Stand, providing superb views of all the action. 0870 062 4141;

FOOTBALL FOCUS Footie. We love it. Huh, guys? There’s nothing quite so good for bonding and back-slapping than match-day indulgence…



ARSENAL FC Over the close season, Arsenal has invested further in its Emirates Stadium home with the aim of further enhancing its global reputation as a world-leading sporting venue and providing the finest corporate hospitality. This has seen the famous ‘Club Level’ at Emirates Stadium elevated to new heights to introduce the ultraexclusive WM Club. Exclusivity is guaranteed – the WM Club is restricted to just 252 members, providing unique and atmospheric surroundings in which to make the most of match day. With an à la carte restaurant, bar and lounge, you can relax and enjoy a world-class fine dining experience. Membership is strictly open to Club Level members only. 0845 262 0001;

FULHAM FC Set in its dramatic Thames-side location, Craven Cottage is bursting with character and history (it’s been their home since 1896, after all…). Fulham boasts a range of adaptable hospitality options: from four-course meals to sumptuous buffets; from stylish bars and lounges to riverboat cruises. You’ll get a chance to meet with heroes from Fulham’s golden past, while watching Premier League action while Fulham’s professional staff make sure you’ll never go wanting. Fulham is offering an exclusive 15% discount on any match-day hospitality booking throughout the 2010/11 season for square mile readers. Take advantage of this great offer by calling 020 8336 7555 (quoting ‘Square Mile’) or e-mail




NEWCASTLE UNITED FC Live a day in the life of a Premier League footballer, thanks to a St James’ Park gift package. The Ultimate St James’s Experience offers guests the opportunity to experience the lifestyle of a first team player, including a chance to train with one of the Toon’s sporting legends. The package is perfect for all diehard Newcastle fans and includes a footballers’ breakfast at the club, before coach transfer to the training academy for a kickaround with legendary players, such as Rob Lee. The day is rounded off with a three-course meal, along with a VIP tour of St James’ Park and a gift to remember the event by. The package is £295 per person but is on special offer at £395 for two experiences. To book ring St James’ Park on 0191 201 8525.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur FC’s historic home, is one of the most exciting in the Premier League and the club hosts awardwinning hospitality to match. Whether entertaining clients, (existing or prospective), rewarding staff or looking to enjoy an informal match day with friends and family, the club has a vast range of options for you. Some executive boxes are still available, and there are a few places in the executive lounges. Whatever option you go for, the experience will combine comfortable surroundings, first-class hospitality, exciting entertainment and personal service with a close attention to detail. 020 8365 5010;


Club Level at Emirates Stadium ...redefining global hospitality standards

Emirates Stadium has become one of the most iconic and breathtaking sporting arenas playing host to one of the world’s most famous football clubs. And on Club Level you could be there soaking up the action in unprecedented surroundings. Due to high demand, Club Level membership is sold out for its fifth consecutive season. However, you can still secure a seat by joining the Waiting List with priority access on a match-by-match basis depending on availability. Capped to just 1,000 per season, it is also the only way to ensure you are first in line should season tickets become available. To find out more on how to join the Club Level Waiting List

Call: 0845 262 0001 – Email: – Visit:



Hospitality expert TOBY HEELIS on why golf is ahead of the game when it comes to hospitality

THE CLIENT ENTERTAINMENT industry has taken a battering in the last couple of years. Client entertainment is less important in the good times than in the bad. Back in 2007 and before, many were turning down endless invitations to golf days, rugby matches, motoring events, etc, as they simply did not have the time or sometimes inclination to go to the them all. Client entertainment had become diluted and stale. Not any more.


People are rediscovering the purpose of hospitality – either to thank existing clients for current or future business or to form relationships with prospects to gain new business. One of the best methods is to mix the two and arrange for happy existing clients to speak to potential new clients. In these tough times you need to have a close dialogue with your key customers, and the shotgun approach to marketing simply doesn’t work as well.

●● Choose the teams carefully, mixing clients with prospects. Let clients sell your business for you


Corporate entertainment is possibly the only way to achieve this in a relaxed and non-pressured way. Now that the invitations have dried up for the decision-makers, it is the time to restart your ‘business development investment scheme’ (read: corporate entertainment programme) before your competition realises the opportunity ahead of you. Return on investment is now the aim of corporate entertainment. So which event will work best for you? Prices

of many events have not changed that much despite costs rising, and the price of golf days has even fallen at some places. Golf days at the top venues are extremely good value (£145-£200 per person) compared to a corporate package at an event like rugby or football (around £600 per person). Many find the act of playing golf invaluable. As well getting your guests’ undivided attention for four hours on the course, you bond over competing together. Choose the teams carefully, mixing clients with prospects – you don’t need to have a company representative in every team. Let existing clients sell your business for you. An issue with any event is the invitee being able to justify the time away from the office and being seen to be on a ‘corporate jolly’ as some newspapers report it. Golf days are usually away from prying eyes being on private land rather than a public place such as a sports stadium. The other way to help mitigate any negativity is to make sure there is a charity fund-raising angle to the day. Charities are having a hard time like the rest of us so get them involved and everyone wins. When it comes to choosing which venue, location and easy access are key. Also, you need a forgiving golf course but one which provides challenges for the better golfer. Throw in exceptional service, attention to detail, and the wow factor and you have a winning combination. Brocket Hall Golf Club is a perfect example that has been a well-kept secret in the corporate golf world for years. Just 22 miles from central London, in Hertfordshire, it is within easy reach for the majority north of the Thames. With two championship courses of differing styles, the historic stately home setting is unique and has a Michelin-starred restaurant to round off the experience in style. See corporate events as investments – ones that allow you to invest in your golf skills at the same time. ■

THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP For the first time in eight years Royal St George’s, Kent, will be hosting The Open Championship. From 14 July to 17 July 2011 current champion Louis Oosthuizen will be competing with the likes of Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington for the Claret Jug. Two exclusive packages are on offer at the The Hospitality Village, which hosts private gardens, a large reception area and a business centre, just a short walk away from the 18th green and the first tee. The Clubhouse Package offers a specially designed, intimate clubstyle facility. Here, you can follow your favourite player, then retire to informal areas for eating and relaxing throughout the day. Prices start from £460 per person. The Open Guest Package includes a full day’s hospitality in one of the restaurants, or your own private chalet available for parties of 30 to 50 guests. Prices start from £375 per person. For more info call 0844 371 0883, or visit



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THE DOT IN the sky ahead of me slowly starts to move upwards and I’m momentarily dazzled as it crosses in front of the sun. I pull back on the stick and the nose of the plane rises, forcing me back into my seat as I follow the arc of the aircraft in front, and as it begins to bank left I mirror the manoeuvre, turning tighter and tighter until the dot in the sky occupies most of my screen. Through a befuddling blur of vibration and G-force I somehow remember to squeeze the trigger and then I wait, before a stream of smoke starts to pour out of the tail of my quarry. Gotcha. Fortunately, not least for our photographer David Harrison, who is piloting the plane I’ve just ‘gunned down’, we’re just playing at being dogfighting flying aces. There are no guns; you just press the trigger, scream “GUNS, GUNS, GUNS” and a smoke canister on your target plane is activated if you’ve scored a direct hit. There is, however, nothing fake about the competition-spec aerobatic planes we’re flying in, nor the fact that it’s me doing the flying – I’m performing loops, rolls and wingovers despite having never so much as been near the controls of an aeroplane before 30 minutes ago. Much as I’d love to think I possess a James Bond-like ability to tame any machine (or femme fatale) in seconds, I don’t; that’s why instructor Andy Hill is sitting in the rear seat of our single-prop Extra 300 doing all the important stuff like taking off, landing and making sure that I don’t send us both to an early grave. The Extra 300 is essentially the same piece of kit used in the Red Bull Air Races, but with room in the cockpit for an additional seat with its own controls. It looks fabulously evocative, too, complete with bared teeth painted onto the nose. When the time comes to engage with the enemy – otherwise known as your ‘colleagues’ or ‘clients’ – you won’t have any trouble getting into the spirit of the occasion.

●● I squeeze the trigger and a stream of smoke starts to pour out of the tail of my quarry. Gotcha We arrive at Kemble airfield and are immediately handed flight suits to change into before being ushered into the briefing room where instructors Andy Hill and Mags Cunningham, both of whom have day jobs as airline pilots, are waiting. First, they take photographer Harrison and me through the basic controls of the plane and then through some of the tastier manoeuvres – loops, aileron rolls, barrel rolls, half-Cuban 8s – casually explaining that most of the learning will be done in the air. As corporate hospitality goes, this is a damned sight more exciting than the usual fare. There’s a bit of anxious waiting afterwards while the weather decides whether to play ball, before the clouds part and we head out to our respective Extras, don parachutes and climb ▶

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PHOTOGRAPH (Right) by David Harrison

▶ into the cockpits. Hill, a former Harrier pilot and fast jet trainer who commutes to work from Cambridge in a plane he built himself, soon joins in the seat behind, fires up the engine and we’re off, taxiing alongside the carcasses of decommissioned 747s due to be plundered for usable spares before being literally bulldozed. The visibility is shockingly bad on the ground – with the nose pointing up

WINGING IT: (top) Jon ‘Hawkeye’ Hawkins attempting to pull off the Maverick look, and looking more like a Goose; (above) the view in his wing mirror makes a change from the usual – a motorised wheelchair about to overtake him

it’s virtually impossible to see out the front, so we zigzag along the runway and Hill looks out of the side to make sure we don’t plough into a stationary 747 or the other Extra, which is directly alongside us. Needless to say we don’t, and we line up wing to wing – frighteningly close to my untrained eyes – and when Hill gives the call both Extras rumble down the runway and take off together, still flying metres apart in formation. The two planes punch through the clouds in formation before we bank away from them so Harrison and I can get acquainted with the controls. Even as a passenger the feeling is astonishing, like nothing else I’ve experienced before, and as Hill skims the Extra over fluffy white clouds I catch myself grinning inanely like I’ve just done a canister of nitrous oxide. We level out and Hill tells me to put my right hand on the stick between my legs (no laughing at the back) that controls the ailerons and determines the plane’s ‘attitude’ – or movement around its various axes – and gently feel it move the plane around. “You have control,” he says. “I have control,” I confirm, and do little more than think about moving the stick before the Extra

●● Above the clouds, I catch myself grinning inanely like I’ve just done a canister of nitrous oxide responds – wow, it’s sensitive. As an aerobatic plane it’s twitchy by design, and is capable of pulling up to 10 positive or negative G (by comparison, a Bugatti Veyron accelerating from 0-60mph pulls 1.18 G and an Apollo rocket pulls 7.19 G on reentry). Hill retakes control and explains that we’re going to do a loop – he’ll take me through it first, then it’ll be my turn. “Pull back hard on the stick. You’ll flinch [he’s right, I will] but keep pulling. When you start to see the ground above you look up, not before [I forget], and when we’re upright again level it out,” he says. “You have control.” I start to ease back on the ▶

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●● I’m not a puker. I’m not a pussy. I’m Maverick. I’m a Top Gun. I’m Hawk. No I’m not. I’m just very sick

▶ stick and I’m forced back so far that it feels like I’m going to be absorbed into my seat. “Pull back more! More! Don’t look up yet! Now look up!” And suddenly the ground appears above me and my brain begins to make sense of things again. Incredible. If only I could bottle these sensations I’d be a billionaire overnight. Next up is an aileron roll – a 360˚ degree rotation around the length of the Extra taking less than a second – then my favourite, the wingover. Start a smooth climb before dipping a wing, banking hard, descending a little and

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Become a top gun Just plane crazy

Our hosts at Kemble, Just Plane Crazy, offer a variety of bespoke events for corporate and private clients. They can arrange hospitality days for big or small groups, including Top Gun-style dogfighting, extreme aerobatic flying, an air race and food and refreshments. JPC can also arrange corporate events on BA’s flight simulator, aerial displays and fast jet flights. 020 7823 8009;

levelling out. As I regain my composure Hill points out a distant dot in the corner of our canopy, and tells me to head towards it. They’d better be ready because Hawk – at least that’s what the badge I’d earlier stuck on my flight suit says – is coming to hunt them down. We duck and dive, barrel roll and wingover in pursuit of one another, with regular and enthusiastic shoots of “GUNS, GUNS, GUNS!” blaring out in our headsets and long plumes of smoke trailing out across the perfect azure sky before the two planes separate. I’m not a puker. I’m not a pussy. I’m Maverick. I’m a Top Gun. I’m Hawk. And then it hits me like a bullet through the fuselage: a sudden wave of nausea. No I’m not Maverick. I’m just very sick, all over myself. It’s an undignified end to a magical 40 minutes or so. By the time we land, though, I’ve forgotten all about it, and we’re soon trading stories of dogfights and aerobatic manoeuvres as though we’ve been flying sorties for decades rather than a single morning. Trust me, you don’t know your clients or colleagues until you’ve tried to chase them out of the air while pulling 5 G, upside down. As Viper says of Tom Cruise’s Maverick in Top Gun: “Let me ask you something. If you had to go into battle, would you want him with you?” Judging by the strength of my stomach, I’m not sure you’d want to go into battle with me. ■

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You only want the best wine and champagne at your events. So don’t spoil the ship with secondrate flowers. Speak to Rob instead...

ELTON JOHN’S CIVIL partnership; the Beckhams’ World Cup party; the Alfred Dunhill Cup; Pierce Brosnan’s wedding; the James Bond film premieres… you name it, and Rob Van Helden probably did the flowers for it. RVH is to floral design what Dior is to couture: innovative, bold and abundant. So what’s the RVH secret? “I believe in volume – in using large amounts of a particular kind of flower. I also like to add other elements like herbs, vegetables and fruits to give an extra dimension to displays.” That’s what we call flower power. ■ 020 7720 6774;


All that glitters Private dining, press launches, board meetings, drinks receptions, canapé parties and weddings. P r i v at e D i n i n g r o o m - 15 to 28 seated | 25 to 50 canapé party F i r s t F l o o r r e s ta u r a n t - 40 to 70 seated C o C k ta i l B a r - alfresco drinking l o u n g e - 30 to 150 drinks receptions, canapé parties and press events a r t g a l l e r y - 30 to 50 drinks and canapé parties, exhibitions and press events l a C a v e - bespoke wine tastings 10 to 40 standing Mews of Mayfair boutique restaurant and bar serves up a distinctly different dining experience on all floors. w


ews oF ay F a i r 10 Lancashire Court, New Bond Street, London, W1S 1EY T. 0207 518 9395 F. 0207 518 9389 E.




40|30 at the Gherkin ★ 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP

☎ 020 7071 5009 @ W The glass dome at the top of London’s iconic Gherkin has recently been renovated – and the twolevel restaurant and bar is now available for exclusive hire for a Christmas party. Packages are available from £79 per person (for a minimum of 100 people) and include Christmas cocktail on arrival; canapés; and unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks. The venue is offering square mile readers a special discounted room hire – available Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd December 2010 – for just £3,000 per night. Bespoke packages are available.

BanquetinG house ★ Whitehall, SW1A 2ER ☎ 020 3166 6150 @ W Banqueting House boasts a splendid main hall topped by a priceless

Rubens ceiling, which consists of nine canvases depicting the life and times of James I. This is the setting for sumptuous dinners, concerts and receptions. Its second event space – Undercroft – is an atmospheric, candlelit area, which is presented much as in James I’s time. The main hall provides a reception space for events, or an enchanting area for small dinners and cocktail parties.

BanGalore express ★ 1 Corbet Ct, Gracechurch Street, EC3V 0AT ☎ 020 7220 9195 W The City’s Bangalore Express is the younger – yet bigger – brother of the legendary Bangalore Express in Waterloo. Brought to you by the award-winning team from Chelsea’s The Painted Heron, the City’s newest Indian restaurant serves up tasty, nutritious, wholesome food in a classy and contemporary environment. This 150-seat brasserie and bar is just 20m from Leadenhall Market – and is available for private hire and event catering, too.

Venues entertainment

★ Ranelagh Gardens, SW6 3PR ☎ 020 7610 7400 W

Nestled in 42 acres of landscaped gardens and lawns overlooking the Thames is the Hurlingham Club – a Georgian country house within a green oasis located in the heart of Fulham. Magnificent event space is provided by The Hurlingham Suite, found in the renovated east wing of the elegant clubhouse. Designed for maximum flexibility, the suite offers rooms of varying sizes that can be closed off or thrown open to provide seating for up to 1,000 diners. The Hurlingham Club also offers terraces for barbecues and outside events, car parking, wifi, and an onsite jetty for riverboat cruises.

Christ ChurCh spitalfields ★ Fournier Street, E1 6QE ☎ 020 7377 6793



Hurlingham club

ROOMS WITH A VIEW: (from left) the magnificent dome at the Gherkin; the bar at Bangalore Express; the elegant colonial-style dining room at the Cinnamon Club, Westminster

W “The best building in London is back,” wrote critic Rowan Moore in 2004 when the magnificent interior of the 300-year-old Christ Church Spitalfields was ushered back to life. The restoration has won several architectural awards and the building stands as one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in Britain. A member of Unique Venues of London, Christ Church Spitalfields is an exceptional setting for events in London, just five minutes from Liverpool St. Accommodating 300 guests for dinner and 600

for drinks receptions, the versatile space consists of the nave, overhanging galleries and the separate Old Vestry Room. With a vibrant congregation and host to some of London’s most stylish caterers and event managers, the magnificent backdrop ensures each event is unique.

the Cinnamon CluB ★ The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU ☎ 020 7222 2555 W With exquisite food at the top of its genre, a stunning site in the heart of Westminster and a selection of chic contemporary private spaces, The Cinnamon Club is a landmark Indian ▶

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Searcys Club | The Gherkin club lounge | fine dining | champagne bar | private dining Limited memberships available. To apply please contact: 020 7071 7215 | | STYLE | INDULGENCE | LUXURY



Mews of Mayfair ★ 10 Lancashire Court, New Bond St, W1S 1EY ☎ 020 7518 9395 W

SPECIAL SPACES: (clockwise, from top) Freemasons Hall; Embargo; the Guildhall’s crypt

▶ restaurant with real wow factor. Situated in the Grade ll-Iisted Old Westminster library, guests can enjoy canapé receptions or private dinners in the impressive wood-panelled main dining room, private dining room, mezzanine floor or library bar. The super-chic lounge bar is the perfect setting for a party, with DJs and cocktails all under one roof.

eiGht moorGate ★ 1 Dysart Street,

building with its own private entrance and lift access. The restaurant is bright and airy, encased in glass and has a capacity of 80 guests (more with outside space in warmer months) and a private room for up to 20. A balcony stretches around the entire floor with an al fresco chef’s table for 16 guests. It also features a barbecue and spit-roast perfect for standing events for up to 100. Christmas dinners are available.

☎ 0808 1801 858

emBarGo 59 ★ 533 Kings Road,

W Eight Moorgate is located just off Finsbury Square on Christopher St, between Liverpool St and Moorgate. It occupies two new purpose-built levels on an existing five-storey corner

SW10 0TZ ☎ 020 7351 5038 W Embargo 59 has become an institution among Chelsea’s elite clubbers. It boasts a unique and heady cocktail of glamour, serious


If you are looking to put on a memorable private dinner then Mews of Mayfair’s top-floor chef’s dining room is a great setting for 18-28 guests. For a more quirky affair, the wine boutique, La Cave, is ideal for lunch or dinner for up to 16 guests. Mews Art Gallery is a tasty space for drinks and canapés; with its contemporary feel the room is perfect for larger groups or corporate gatherings up to 60 people. The first-floor restaurant doubles as a large private room, holding up to 70 seated guests, and can be hired exclusively in the lead up to Christmas – with menus starting from £65 per person. An alternative option for a more relaxed evening is the basement lounge bar which can accommodate exclusive stand-up events for 80 to 150 people.

partying credentials and an inimitable, effortless style. Wearing its Cuban influence on its sleeve, the Embargo 59 experience basks in unashamedly opulent surroundings, from the dazzling club to the laid-back vibe of the rooftop terrace and the elegant sophistication of the Gold Room, complete with humidor and the finest selection of cigars this side of Havana.

England. Located in Covent Garden, the venue is a spectacular Grade II-listed building. The Freemasons’ Hall can accommodate corporate events for up to 1,200 including dinners for 260 in The Vestibule and conferences for up to 220 delegates in The Grand Officers’ Robing Room.

freemasons’ hall ★ 60 Great Queen Street,

Guildhall ★ Gresham Street,



☎ 020 7831 9811

☎ 020 7332 1313

W The headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England and the principal meeting place for masons since 1775, the Freemasons’ Hall is one of the finest art-deco buildings in

W Part of the Unique Venues of London group, the Guildhall complex includes the Great Hall, Old Library, Crypts, Guildhall Art Gallery and Basinghall Suite. All are available for hire for private

events. As the home of the City of London Corporation, Guildhall has entertained world leaders and continues to provide a splendid venue for state banquets. It hosts a unique mix of both civic and ceremonial affairs, and government functions. In September 2008, a new space, the Old Museum, became available to hire for conferences, meetings, receptions and dinners.

hms Belfast ★ Morgans Lane, Tooley Street, SE1 2JH

☎ 020 7403 6246 W Launched in 1938, HMS Belfast served throughout World War II playing a leading role at the Battle ▶

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Max Schubert Winemaking legend and creator of Penfolds Grange Dreamed of making a truly Australian red with such balanced complexity it would mature and develop for at least 20 years and rival the world’s finest wines. First vintage maligned and misunderstood. Ordered to stop making it, he persisted (with the support of Jeffrey Penfold-Hyland). Penfolds Grange is now one of the most sought after red wines in the world.

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Proud cabaret ★ No.1 Mark Lane, EC3R 7AH ☎ 020 7283 1940 W Proud Cabaret, located next to Fenchurch St station, is reminiscent of a 1920s speakeasy – the venue exudes decadence and is as flexible as its dancers. At Proud Cabaret, dining, drinking, entertaining – and dancing – are part of the mix. The restaurant serves up exquisitely executed British classics from 12-9pm for up to 130 covers and can be hired for up to 350 people wanting drinks parties. Entertainment is available if required, including burlesque performers and musicians. There is a separate VIP area on offer and the 5am licence means that the party may continue long into the night, if you so wish.

▶ of North Cape and in the Normandy Landings. Saved for the nation as a unique reminder of Britain’s Naval Heritage, HMS Belfast (part of the Unique Venues of London collection) provides an interesting venue to host an event for any occasion – boardroom meetings for up to 35 delegates, conferences for up to 100 people, and exclusive banquets, including Christmas parties, in the original Ship’s Company Dining Hall. HMS Belfast has fantastic views over the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, providing a popular summer party venue for up to 450 guests.

able for hire are steeped in history and tradition dating back to the 15th century, providing a sumptuous backdrop for all kinds of events. In the summer you can hold receptions on the Terrace overlooking the beautiful gardens. The Old Hall is one of the finest Tudor buildings in London dating back to 1490, and can be hired during the day, as well as evenings and weekends. For smaller events, the Old Court Room is also available for hire.

kensinGton roof Gardens ★ 99 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA

honouraBle soCiety of linColn’s inn ★ Lincoln’s Inn, WC2A 3TL ☎ 020 7405 5969 W The historic buildings of Lincoln’s Inn are set in spacious, beautifully maintained private gardens in the heart of central London. The halls and rooms avail-

☎ 020 7937 7994 W One of London’s only rooftop private members’ clubs this is as glamorous as they come. Three themed gardens sprawling over 1.5 acres host fully-grown oaks and fruit trees, and a flowing stream brimming with fish and wildlife. The Spanish Garden is based on the Alhambra in Granada, Spain; the Tudor Garden is filled with evergreen shrubs surrounded by fragrant lilies, roses and lavender in the summer months; and the English Woodland is home to the club’s flamingos. On the seventh floor, the club’s restaurant Babylon boasts amazing views over London’s skyline. The Roof Gardens is taking bookings for Christmas parties, but you’ll need to book soon.

the kinG’s fund ★ 11-13 Cavendish Square, W1G 0AX

☎ 020 7307 2474

LONDON CALLING: (clockwise, from top) The Kensington Roof Gardens is a London oasis; a sense of history at the Old Hall at Lincoln’s Inn; Georgian splendour at the King’s Fund

W The King’s Fund resides in a landmark, Grade IIlisted Georgian townhouse overlooking Cavendish

Square, in the heart of London’s West End. The inspiring building offers a range of spaces from traditional boardrooms to three modern conferencing suites. Having completed an extensive refurbishment, it now offers a 225-seat theatre and a fantastic conservatory. The venue held over 4,000 successful events last year ranging from large scale conferences, meetings, dinners and training days.

madame tussauds ★ Marylebone Road, NW1 5LR

☎ 0844 824 6268 W The world-renowned Madame Tussauds and Tussauds Stardome is one of London’s most uniquelythemed venues. Constantly evolving and always forwardthinking, no two events held there are ever the same. Head to the ‘A-list Party Room’, one of London’s most glamorous reception rooms; or join the stars of the silver screen in ‘Premiere Night’. The ‘World Stage Ballroom’ incorporates world leaders, royalty and legends of music and sport in interactive sets. After a complete redressing, the Planetarium was renamed the Stardome, a celebritythemed venue with some of the UK’s most technically advanced presentation facilities. Available for exclusive hire, Madame Tussauds can accommodate up to 1,000 for a cocktail party or 350 for a dinner dance or awards ceremony. Alternatively, the Stardome alone can host presentations for up to 300 and is ideal for smaller award ceremonies. It is consistently voted one of the UK’s top venues by readers of industry bible RSVP Magazine. ▶

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A SENSE OF OCCASION: (clockwise, from top left) Divine Company ‘Arcadian’ stilt-walkers; the paddock at Sandown; the beautiful lawns at Middle Temple

middle temple hall ★ The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, Middle Temple Lane, EC4Y 9AT ☎ 020 7427 4800 W Middle Temple Hall and private rooms are fitting backdrops for all types of occasion: wedding receptions, luncheons, banquets and concerts as well as meetings and conferences. A member of Unique Venues of London, the Hall staged the first performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in 1602. It has remained virtually unaltered to the present day, and still serves as a meeting place for new generations of lawyers. Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I and other monarchs hang above the Bench Table – the great 29ft dining table that was floated down

the Thames from Windsor Forest before the Hall was completed. A friendly and attentive catering team are available to help you to plan exactly what your occasion requires.

sandoWn park ★ Portsmouth Rd, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ

☎ 01372 464 348 W Sandown Park is renowned for delivering thrilling year-round horse racing – whether you’re after a full top’n’tails experience, or something more relaxed. The Surrey racetrack, just 25 minutes from Waterloo, offers flexible hospitality and entertainment facilities with uninterrupted views of the racecourse. There’s a wide range of options from restaurant packages to private boxes and suites.

diVine Company ☎ 020 7558 8592 W Divine Company offers a heavenly array of top quality performances guaranteed to add the ‘wow’ factor to any occasion. It is one of the largest companies of its kind in the UK and has attained a dazzling reputation for supplying highly engaging and original entertainment over the last decade. Divine Company offers a range of unique circus and dance acts – from walk-about and danceabout performances to high impact stage shows – performed by a multi-skilled core company of artists – whether you want a bevy of burlesque dancers or a troupe of fire-eaters to ensure your event stands out from the crowd. ▶

Flood the Floor ☎ 07973 684 474 W

Flood The Floor are an entertaining and highlyskilled band available to hire for corporate events, parties and weddings. Between them, they have played at the UK’s top venues including Birmingham NEC, Sheperd’s Bush Empire, and The Royal Albert Hall, and have toured with Enrique Iglesias, Girls Aloud, Il Divo, Leona Lewis, Mika, The Human League, The Temptations, and Will Young. The band plays as a five-piece, but can expand to include a horn section and additional singers.

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english National Ballet ☎ 020 7581 1245 W

A sparkling experience with English National Ballet. Put the sparkle into your Christmas this year by holding an English National Ballet soirée. Impress your guests with a magical and spellbinding private performance at a venue of your choice. With prices starting from £20,000 this is an exclusive opportunity to host some of the best dancers in the world. Alternatively, inject the magic of ballet into your Christmas by attending a performance at the London Coliseum. For under £300 you can enjoy premium tickets, a private room, dinner, champagne and the opportunity to meet a dancer.

disCquartet ☎ 01923 897 896 @ W DiscQuartet is a fresh and exciting alternative to a band or disco. The concept combines a highly skilled and experienced DJ and a line-up of various professional live musicians, playing along with the DJ’s original artist recordings. Musicians included in the standard quartet package include a percussionist, sax/flute player and male vocalist, but additional musicians can also be added if you

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want something grander. The result is a unique musical entertainment experience perfect for providing originality and a vibrant atmosphere to any occasion. Plus, the improvised nature of DiscQuartet makes every performance a one-timeonly affair and original every single time.

reBeCa Jones ☎ 07973 195 371 ☎ 01372 469 169 W Rebeca Jones styles herself as ‘the harpist for all occasions’. With the harp

IN ANy EVENT: (clockwise, from top) House of Burlesque; Rebeca Jones; DiscQuartet providing an enjoyable and unobtrusive musical background to any event, Rebeca’s live music, selected from classical, Celtic and popular titles, delights audiences. Rebeca has performed for celebrities, dignitaries, luminaries and members of the Royal Family in some of the country’s most prestigious venues. She was the official harpist for the QE2’s world cruise in 1995. She is available to provide musical entertainment for weddings, private functions, and corporate events, and plays regularly at the renowned Afternoon Tea at The Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly. Rebeca enjoys a successful career as a solo harpist, but she can also arrange flute and harp, harp duo, trio and quartet; all successful musical combinations for any occasion.

the house of Burlesque ★ Operates nationwide;

eVents Guaranteed ★ 2 Salford St, SW2 4BH

will come to your venue ☎ 07772 020 220 @ events@ W Burlesque may find its origins in the early 19th century – but it’s very 2010. Ask Cher and Christina Aguilera, who have just released a movie all about it. Whether you’re looking for an evening out at one of London’s most decadent shows at a range of venues around the capital or to bring some of dazzling performers to your private event, the House of Burlesque will provide glamorous, elegant, and extravagant burlesque entertainment. A wide range of exclusive holiday and corporate packages are available.

W Events Guaranteed is an exclusive event management company that serves London’s high-end business clients. Offering event consultancy and management, it supports all areas of event planning and execution. Working partnership with production specialist Oxygen Event Services Ltd, at the capital’s most prestigious venues and with the most innovative caterers, its service seeks perfection and – as the name suggests – guarantees it. Events Guaranteed advises, designs and creates events and promises to deliver all of your personal and company needs by providing the very best in strategic planning and event delivery. ■

☎ 07919 116 735

London’s cunning alternative

Welcome to The Fox Club, a sharper social choice for the discerning. Step inside and you’ll immediately recognise the qualities that make our private members club and bijou hotel a departure from the usual. It’s not quite an anti-club, but it’s certainly an antidote to the many of Mayfair’s traditional establishments. It’s a fun and friendly place to unwind with friends, eat fine food and even spend the night in dreamy luxury.

Christmas 2010 The Fox Club is the ideal venue for an exclusive Christmas party, situated in the heart of Mayfair. The Club can offer a sit down dinner/lunch or a drinks and canape party. A discount in membership is now being offered to Square Mile readers. So, why not pop into the club and taste a cocktail or two and discuss membership with the friendly staff. To find out more visit: email: or call: 0207 495 3656.

The Fox Club London 46 Clarges Street, London, W1J 7ER

Stunning mobile bars that bring a unique dimension to any party or event

hire cocktail box for your special event of any size, from 50, 500 or 5000 Henry 07946 781 512 • Olly 07852 634 609


The Poker Princesses are an all lady team that provide poker entertainment.. Everyones playing it, or wanting to know how to play and The Poker Princesses will show you how. The princesses will bring along with that glamour and sassy professionalism, a texas holdem poker school..... Learn Practice and Play poker with colleagues, friends or clients. The Poker Princesses provide entertainment that is ideal for: • Entertaining Clients • Charity Functions • Private Parties • Team Building and more For more info contactNevine Hamilton E: W: T: 07737 529 482



SportS Calendar

For hospitality contact Keith Prowse on 0845 125 4880;






Nov 2010

6, 13, 20, 27


Investec Internationals: England matches




Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

O2 Arena


Horse Racing

Hennessy Winter Festival

Newbury Racecourse



The Ashes: First Test


30 Nov-5 Dec


The Masters Tennis

Royal Albert Hall



The Ashes: Second Test




Nomura Varsity Match




The Ashes: Third Test




The Ashes: Fourth Test


Jan 2011



The Ashes: Fifth Test


Feb 2011

4, 5, 12, 14, 26, 27; Mar 12, 13, 19


RBS 6 Nations

Various stadia

Dec 2010


Horse Racing

Cheltenham Festival


Apr 2011


Horse Racing

The John Smith’s Grand National Meeting

Aintree Racecourse

May 2011



BMW PGA Championship


22 May-5 June


French Open

Roland Garros, Paris



1st npower Test: England v Sri Lanka

SWALEC, Cardiff



Champions League Final

Wembley Stadium


Formula 1

Monaco Grand Prix

Monte Carlo


Horse Racing

Investec Derby Festival

Epsom Downs Racecourse



2nd npower Test: England v Sri Lanka




AEGON Championships

Queens Club, London


Horse Racing

Royal Ascot

Ascot Racecourse



3rd npower Test: England v Sri Lanka

The Rose Bowl

20 June-3 July


The Championships, Wimbledon

AELTC , Wimbledon



NatWest Twenty20: England v Sri Lanka


29 June-3 July


Henley Royal Regatta




The Open Championship

Royal St George’s



1st npower Test: England v India




Cartier International Polo

Guards Polo Club

29 July-2 August


2nd npower Test: England v India

Trent Bridge



Cowes Week

Isle of Wight



3rd npower Test: England v India




4th npower Test: England v India

Brit Insurance Oval



1st NatWest Series ODI: England v India

Emirates Durham ICG



2nd NatWest Series ODI: England v India

The Rose Bowl



3rd NatWest Series ODI: England v India

Brit Insurance Oval



4th NatWest Series ODI: England v India




5th NatWest Series ODI: England v India

SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

Jun 2011

July 2011

Aug 2011

Sept 2011

Please visit or call 0845 125 4880 for updates and more information

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Square Mile Guides - Corporate Hospitality - 2010  

Square Mile Magazine, The Voice of the City, Corporate Hospitality Guide, 2010 (Issue 52)

Square Mile Guides - Corporate Hospitality - 2010  

Square Mile Magazine, The Voice of the City, Corporate Hospitality Guide, 2010 (Issue 52)