Event planners and agents attending London City Selection’s Venues Royale experiential event last weekend were truly on a mission to build venue product knowledge while demonstrating superior spy skills in a themed weekend of competitive challenges.
With breakfast at St Paul’s, a Barbeque lunch on board the HMS President 1918 and finish line drinks at the top of The Gherkin, Venues Royale attendees were given spy-style surveillance rights to some of the finest venues within the City’s Square Mile.
The London City Selection team had arranged various spy-themed challenges and Bond-themed activities to incorporate along with site visits of each venue. These included safe-cracking at Furniture Makers’ Hall, laser beam team missions at CCT venues and a Bond scene filming challenge at Ironmongers’ Hall, washed down with a cocktail mixology workshop at Apex City of London Hotel to test the theory of shaken versus stirred.
The weekend’s finale was in the form of a gala dinner at the Museum of London where the menu, produced by event caterer Create Food ltd, featured dishes such as ‘licence to grill’, grilled guinea fowl with potato gratin and sautéed summer greens with smoked olive and basil pesto. The event concluded with presentations to the Venues Royale 2013 winning team, winners of email anagram missions along with a prize for the weekend’s ‘top tweet’.
London City Selection Chair Ed Bolling said: “Venues Royale has taken our annual experiential weekend to new heights, creating a fun-filled atmosphere while showcasing the breadth of venues on offer at London City Selection to agents. The spy theme provided great motivation and the competition certainly hotted up! The feedback from agents attending has been fantastic and we look forward to cooking up some great inspiration for next year’s event. Diane Waldron from the Honourable Artillery Company and Arlene Domingo from the Barbican ably supported by our members and suppliers, organised and delivered a brilliant event!”
About London City Selection
The London City Selection (LCS) is a hand-picked group of the finest venues working within the City of London. LCS members offer some of the world’s leading facilities, event spaces and technology for meeting and event planners, catering for commercial meetings, association conferences, exhibitions or private receptions and dinners. Established in February 2010, LCS members include:
The Barbican London Stock Exchange
The Mermaid Furnituremakers’ Hall
LSO St Luke’s CCT Venues
The Montcalm, London City Ironmongers’ Hall
Searcys, The Gherkin Plaisterers’ Hall
ETC Venues Museum of London
America Square Conference Centre 230 Bishopsgate
St Bride Foundation Malmaison
Apex Hotels St. Paul’s Cathedral
Trinity House HAC
One Moorgate Place Middle Temple
Doubletree by Hilton
HMS President 1918
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