Beyond Certainty’s Christmas Drinks 2013

On 4th December Beyond Certainty hosted a small Christmas drinks party at London Marriott  Hotel County Hall and we invited some of our top clients along to enjoy the festivities.

The evening started with a drinks and canapé reception in the Leaders Bar with a cocktail demonstrating station. Waiters were serving a delicious Christmas cocktails with hints of cinnamon and star anise that went down a treat.

Later on in the evening, guests partied the night away in The Library overlooking The River Thames where they enjoyed the carvery food station as well as a performance from an LED Hula Hoop entertainer.

LED Hula Hoop Perfromer

With champagne flowing and Christmas party music being played, everyone had a fabulous time drinking and dancing the night away.

We wish all our family, friends and clients a Merry Christmas and a great New Year. We are looking forward to 2014!

Venues in London

At BC HQ we work with venues day in and day out and therefore we thought we would let you know which are our favourite venues in and around London and the reasons as to why.

Elia’s Favourite Venue:

The Royal Exchangehttp://www.theroyalexchange.co.uk/

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Elia says: Having worked with The Royal Exchange for years and event managed many events there from weddings to private parties, I don’t think anything compares to it in London. It was the chosen venue for our 10th Anniversary Party back in 2011. It really is a striking building inside and out with such historic value. You will never get bored of The Royal Exchange. 

Donnie’s Favourite Venue:

Penny Hill Park- http://www.pennyhillpark.co.uk/EXCLUSIVE_HOTELS/the_hotel.aspx

Donnie Says: I have been lucky to visit Penny Hill park on a number of occasions. The spa is a little piece of paradise! You have to book your treatments in advance because they are so busy but it is definitely worth it. My highlight is the underwater music in the swimming pool.

The Latymer restaurant, overseen by Chef Michael Wignall is a true experience and it is amazing. The cooking is outstanding and great care is made to source the best ingredients from many local suppliers or the garden. There is an eight-seater chef’s table for enjoying the tasting menu while watching the action in the kitchen.

The hotel has a huge choice of fully equipped meeting rooms of all sizes.

Wonderfully located between Ascot, Sunningdale and Wentworth and still only 45 minutes from the centre of London, it offers everything from unmatchable spa treatments, tennis and its own golf course to incredible wines, the finest dining and impeccable service.

Hamboula’s Favourite Venue:

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London - http://www.parkplaza.com/london-hotel-gb-se1-7ut/gbwestmi

Hamboula says: Fabulous views overlooking The Thames and an excellent location.

Harry’s Favourite Venue:

The Savoyhttp://www.fairmont.com/savoy-london/

Harry says: The Savoy is one of London’s iconic hotels. It has an amazing decadent ballroom which is great for weddings and gala dinners as well as additional wonderful meeting space. So much history surrounds the hotel, all you have to do is look at the pictures on the walls to see the famous faces who have graced The Savoy with their presence over the years. I have to say the butler service is great!

Katie’s Favourite Venue:

The Dorchesterhttp://www.thedorchester.com/

Katie says: I love The Dorchester. Firstly it has sentimental value for me as my grandfather worked there for many years. Secondly I think it is one of, if not the best hotel in London. Its unique in its style and takes a lot of care and pride to keep its service levels very high. Its an iconic venue that delivers every time. The ballroom is stunning as are the other event spaces and the restaurants are wonderful too.

Nicola’s Favourite Venue:

Sushi Samba - http://sushisamba.com/location/london

Nicola says: The views from the 38th and 39th floors of Heron Tower are absolutely stunning. You can see the whole of London whilst enjoying an amazing meal. The décor of the restaurant is very modern oriental with beautiful hanging lights covering the ceiling. Not only is the venue gorgeous, but the food is something else. You immediately think only sushi, but with a mixture of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, there is something to tickle anyone’s taste buds. I love the unique menu and the fabulous cocktails to go with your meal. Sushi Samba offers stunning private dining areas with breath-taking views of London. All in all, definitely my favourite London venue of the moment.

Rebecca’s Favourite Venue:

One Mayfairhttp://www.onemayfair.com

Rebecca says: One Mayfair is one of my all time favourite venues in London. Before I would walk past and often wondered what went on inside. Last year I did my first event there and I have to say it is a hidden gem. When you enter inside you are blown away but the historic interior. With the right lighting and production you can really transform this venue. If I wasn’t getting married in London this would be my top choice. I hope to do even more events there in the future. 

Vanessa’s Favourite Venue:

Skylon - http://www.skylon-restaurant.co.uk/

Vanessa says: The views are amazing and the barmen really know what they are doing…. elegant, sleek and a fun venue!

 

Green Events

Green is the new black as Corporate Social Responsibility tops agendas.

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Hosting a green event revolves around one simple underlying rule: “reduce-re-use-recycle.” Put simply, a green event is one that is hosted in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. The objective of a green event is to reduce the consumption of natural resources, keep waste to a minimum and limit impact on global climate.

Meetings, conferences, expos, trade shows and other events are some of the largest producers of waste and greenhouse gas emissions in the world. According to MeetGreen, during a typical five day conference, 2,500 attendees will use 62,500 plates 87,500 napkins, 90,000 cans or bottles. In that way, event organisers have a duty of care to limit the negative impact that event hosting has on the environment. But by following green practices, event planners can significantly reduce this damage.

By following a code of conduct outlining the proper practices, any event organiser can host a green event.

The code of conduct for green events

Venue: Select a venue that supports your green goals and has an environmental policy. Choosing hotels and suppliers with green policies and practices will automatically improve the ‘eco-friendliness’ of your event. Check whether the venue has an eco-procurement policy that gives preference to sourcing and purchasing local, environmentally friendly produce and services. Choose a venue with an in-house recycling program for waste stream such as glass, paper, plastics and organic waste and encourage its use. Also, pick a venue that is easily accessible by public transport an encourage delegates to use it.

Leverage technology: Rather than send hundreds of invitations, complete with inserts, create a website with all the details of your event. Sending out email invitations rather that printing them can minimise paper use. Also invite delegates to join the event by video conferencing. Advanced communication technology enables you to reach more people, whilst reducing business travel and energy costs.

Transport:  Transportation is one of the largest contributors to air pollution and greenhouse emissions.  Encourage your delegates to take public transport by offering to refund their train or bus tickets. When organising taxis try to group together people who need to be picked up or dropped off at the same station and encourage taxi sharing.

Event Materials: Go paperless! Try to avoid printed hand-outs and if it’s essential then use recycled or eco-friendly paper. Better still, upload all your conference material on a USB stick to reduce paper and encourage the reuse. If you must print, use double-sided printing for all collateral and meeting related material.

Decorations: Offer to buy decorations from previously used events when they’re no longer needed. This not only saves on cost, it also stops everything being sent to landfill.

Recycle: Think before you print all those reams of conference material. Can name badges, folders, labels and other stationery be saved and re-used another time? Can unwanted papers and brochures be donated to schools or charities? Use reusable dishes, utensils, tablecloths, and napkins that can be washed instead of being thrown away. Also go the extra mile by establishing a compost program for all food and waste. Composting can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and subsequently reduce methane emissions.  Do this by requesting recycle bins from the venue.

Source: Choose your catering and giveaways wisely. Use caterers that are in close proximity to the meeting to reduce the carbon footprint of transporting foods. Think Fairtrade, local, organic, in season when it comes to refreshments. Use filtered instead of bottled water, and ensure your delegate bags and giveaways are from sustainable and ethical sources.

Budget with a conscience:  Allocate some of your budget to offsetting carbon emissions from your event. Make a tangible contribution to society by making a donation to a favourite charity or get your delegates involved in a local environmental project as part of their team building exercise

Donate: Rather than have caterers bin leftovers, get in touch with a local homeless shelter and offer to donate the food. It not only saves on wastage, it also helps those less fortunate.

There are many advantages to developing a greening plan, including cost saving opportunities in both the long and short term, and building a positive reputation through creating awareness around the need to reduce negative impacts of hosting events. By utilising ecologically friendly ways you will add charm and character to an event which will be sure to make it one remember. Furthermore you can set the bar and encourage other companies to go green.

Remember, using a green approach when hosting an event is good for you, good for the planet, and good for your budget too.

St Edmund in the City – Launch Party

Tuesday 21st May 2013 saw the grand opening of St Edmund in the City, a spectacular new events space in the heart of London.

Formerly known as ‘The Banker’s Church,’ St Edmund in the City is a handsome Baroque building that has undergone various restorations after being hit by the Great Fire and the London Blitz. The building is now set to take its place as one of London’s premium events venues.

Situated in Lombard Street, which is one of the oldest centres of commercial activity in the country, the church is built in Portland stone with stunning classical features including an elegant tower and beautiful stained glass windows. 

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This unique space can be transformed to create an elegant space for any event and be used for a multitude of occasions, from weddings and conferences to business meetings.

The pièce de résistance of the church is the former churchyard which is now a beautiful, private courtyard garden that can be hired in conjunction with the main church and/or The Vestry Hall, ideal for summer time events

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The launch party was a fantastic event and champagne and canapés were provided by one of London’s top caterers, London Kitchen.

Guests were shown around the venue, from the Vestry Hall to the smaller meeting rooms and the courtyard garden whilst a harpist played in the background. For a glimpse of the party and a look at this spectacular venue watch here:   https://www.youtube.com/watchv=wzU7lShRkkc&feature=youtu.be

Venue Details:

Capacities

The Main Church:

Standing Reception= 200 – 250

Formal Dining = 80 – 100

Conference Style = 150 – 180

Room Size: 11m 42 x 11m 80

The Vestry Hall:

Standing Reception = 20 – 30

Formal Dining = 10 – 25

Conference Style = 20

 Room Size: 5m x 8m 55

Addison / Storey

First floor meeting rooms that can be hired separately but interconnect to make one space.

Individual capacity for business meetings: 6 – 10

Addison Room Size: 3m x 5m

Storey Room Size: 3m x 4m

Combined: TBC

Secluded Courtyard Garden

An additional hire when hired in conjunction with the main church and/or The Vestry Hall.

 Additional Information

•         Wi-Fi throughout

•         The main church space has under floor heating

•         Central location – within a five minute walk from Bank Underground

•         2 x small counselling rooms also available

•         The Venues preferred caterer is the London Kitchen (link)

Venue History

Situated in Lombard Street which is one of the oldest centres of commercial activity in the country, this stunning church has a fascinating history that can be traced back to between 900 and 1100 AD. The original medieval Church was destroyed in the devastating Great Fire of 1666 and the ‘flaming’ urns on the corners of the tower are an implied reference to the Great Fire.  The present church was re-built between 1670 and 1679, with the facade attributed to the infamous Sir Christopher Wren and the interior by Robert Hooke.

In 1917 the church was damaged by bombing from WW1, and after only being restored in the 1930’s, it again suffered severe damage from the London Blitz. St Edmund in the City now has the unwanted privilege of being the only London church to have been damaged in both World Wars.

For further information please contact:

Beyond Certainty LTD

6 Southgate Rd

London

N1 3LY

Tel: 08453 700 444

Email: inspiration@beyondcertainty.com

When it comes to finding a venue with an outdoor space in London, it’s like gold dust.  There are only a handful of bars that offer a good location for outdoor events. Therefore, it is essential to know the best outdoor spaces when an occasion calls for alfresco dining or drinking.

To help you find these hidden gems, BC have done the research and have selected our five favourite London venues with outdoor space.

Radio Rooftop Bar and Restaurant – ME London

Location: Strand/Aldwych

Radior Bar at ME London Hotel

Radior Bar at ME London Hotel

The new Radio Rooftop Bar is located 10 floors above the Stand and Aldwych at the ME London hotel. It offers wonderful panoramic views of London’s famous skyline.  After opening earlier this year, the bar has already earned the reputation as one of London’s hottest new playgrounds.

For more information visit the venues website here

Kensington Roof Gardens

Location: High Street Kensington

Kensington Roof Gardens

Kensington Roof Gardens

If you are looking for a secret world high above the hustle and bustle of the busy London streets the Kensington Roof Gardens is the one for you. This beautiful venue has one and a half acres of English woodland up on its roof top, with beautiful scenic gardens with flamingos, winding pathways and fountains.

For more information visit the venues website here

Sky Bar – Grange Hotel St Paul’s

Location: St Paul’s

 Sky Bar at Grange St Paul's

Sky Bar at Grange St Paul’s

Enjoy a cocktail or two overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral in the heart of the City. Sky Bar is a self-contained bar and lounge with stylish interior together with an adjoining rooftop terrace and garden.

For more information visit the hotel’s website here

The Middleton Rose Garden – The Langham Hotel

Location: Oxford Circus

Middleton Rose Garden at The Lagham Hotel

Middleton Rose Garden at The Lagham Hotel

Hidden in the heart of the West End is the south facing Middleton Rose Garden. It is one of the oldest private garden sites in the West End, dating back to the mid-eighteenth century.  This space is used in conjunction with The Grand Ballroom.

For more information visit the hotel’s website here

Vista Bar – The Trafalgar Hotel

Location: Trafalgar Square

Vista Bar at The Trafalgar Hotel

Vista Bar at The Trafalgar Hotel

Located at The Trafalgar Hotel, Vista Bar is a stunning open air rooftop bar located in the heart of London. It boats an unrivalled backdrop of the London skyline.

For more information visit the hotel’s website here

Wedding Trends

You may already be aware that Beyond Certainty specialise in sound and lighting for weddings and have built a reputation for making people’s dreams come true.  For us it’s important to be on top of the latest trends in the wedding industry so our ideas and recommendations to our clients are as fresh and exciting as possible.  

Technology will play a huge role in weddings this year and will go beyond just production elements. So, for example, with so many friends and family living abroad these days live – streaming the wedding for all to see is an increasingly more valid option. Weddings have changed drastically over the years and people are becoming more and more competitive in the attempt to trying to come up with innovative ideas for making their day more memorable. Food stations and dessert tables are becoming popular, as is having some form of entertainment for guests during the drinks reception from a pianist to a saxophonist.

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For more information on BC Weddings – http://www.designmyweddingforme.com/

High Five

Here at Beyond Certainty we value all our customers and we want to give something back to them. Our Clients are the wind beneath our wings and to show our appreciation, we are introducing the ‘High Five’ for our loyal customers. If you book FIVE events with Beyond Certainty within one calendar year you will receive a gift from us. Depending on the event, the gift may be anything from afternoon tea, dinner for two or even vouchers to spend in your favourite shop. Try it and find out!

High Five

 

New Opening – STK London

New York based the ONE Group has opened the first London branch of their STK chain. Located at the ME by Melia Hotel on the Strand, the STK restaurants aim to make the steakhouse experience more ‘female friendly’ by offering a feminine interpretation of the traditional steakhouse menu.  STK London features a large central bar lounge that is surrounded by an elevated dining room for more formal dining, while a DJ plays throughout the evening, creating an energetic vibe throughout the entire space.

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The menu includes British and USDA steaks, wagyu burgers, seafood and salads. STK features small, medium and large cuts of meat and market fish entrees. Aside from steak signature, dishes include Parmesan Truffle fries; Lil’ BGR’s; Shrimp Rice Krispies; Sweet Corn Pudding; and Jumbo Lump Crab Salad.

STK London has a private dining room that seats 16 guests. The main floor can hold 240 guests for cocktail reception

 Opening hours:

  • Monday – Wednesday 12pm – 12am
  • Thursday – Saturday 12pm – 1am
  • Sunday 12pm – 11pm

Easter in London

From egg hunts to the famous London boat race, there is so much going on over Easter in London  this year.  So you can make the most of your Easter weekend, we have put together a list of the most egg-citing events you can participate in.

Kew Gardens – History of Chocolate – Friday 29th March – Sunday 14th April

Travel through time and discover the History of Chocolate at Kew Gardens. Absorb where our desire for chocolate originated. From the ritualistic use of cacao in Ancient Maya and Aztec culture; to sailing across the seas to Europe with the Spanish Conquistadors; and finally arriving in 17th century London, where it was only high society that could afford to indulge their sweet tooth in newly fashionable Chocolate Houses.

There are chocolate workshops with arts and crafts activities or the traditional Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday 31st March 2013.

For more information visit Kew Gardens website here

The Boat Race 2013 – Sunday 31st March

Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

It is that time of year again where the UK’s top Universities Oxford and Cambridge compete against one another. The traditional rowing race between the Universities began in 1829 and now it attracts around 250,000 spectators every year. The four-and-a-quarter mile course runs along the Thames from Putney Bridge to Mortlake and takes around 16 to 18 minutes.

Spitalfields City Farm – The Oxford v Cambridge Goat Race 2013 – Sunday 31st March

Goat Race

This unusual Goat Race is in its fifth year and becoming nearly as popular as its Thames based rival.

Two goats one named Oxford and the other Cambridge race around Spitafields City Farm, the same time as the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race (4.50pm).

For more information click here

Bank of England Museum – Easter Egg-citement – 2nd – 5th April and 8th – 12th April

Bank of England

The Bank of England Museum is putting on a special treasure trail to find eggs hidden in the Museum. Each child that takes place will get given a chocolate egg and children can also indulge their imagination by creating and decorating their own Easter basket to take home.

For more information visit the Bank of England’s website here