Pizza Making Workshop for UCLH

Close-knit teams are just as important as a department with multiple structures. Whichever way your company works, there’s always an activity to suit your requirements. At Eventwise we have over 30 years’ experience working with all sorts of companies – big and small. So when University College Hospital London approached us for a team building challenge, we knew just how to accommodate them.

The five-person team was booked in for a pizza making workshop at Pizza Express. The idea was to have a relaxed and informal afternoon out of the office, to reward the team for their hard work and have some fun.

The team were given a quick lesson in the basics by the pizza professionals, then finished the pizzas off with their toppings of choice. It’s not all plain sailing pizza styling though, the team were quizzed throughout on their new found knowledge.

We spoke with the team at UCHL afterwards and they really enjoyed their afternoon session:

“Eventwise were fantastic in organising our team away day activity, communication was great and the experience was wonderful.  We will definitely be using Eventwise again as they made everything so easy.”


Crime Scene: Investivation at Goldsmiths

BFP Travel wanted an activity that was fun, challenging, a little different and an excellent team builder. We suggested one of our favourite problem solvers – Crime Scene: Investigation.

The activity was held at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Farringdon – a venue which merges the new and old seamlessly. The space was transformed into an Incident Room and the session was led by trained detectives. BFP Travel became detectives for the day and built their evidence base by analysing witness statements, phone records, CCTV and dusting for fingerprints.

“Hannah Kelly was always helpful in providing the information needed. The ladies on the day were brilliant and we loved the activity. All the staff bonded so well and really enjoyed the activity. It was very unique and an excellent choice by Eventwise.”

Standard Chartered Bank’s
Taxi Treasure Hunt

This month we ran our legendary team building activity Taxi Treasure Hunt. We were working with Standard Chartered Bank, and they had planned a celebratory team night out, but wanted to incorporate team building before everyone let their hair down. We suggested utilising the journey from the Standard Chartered Bank office to their party venue, and the best way to do this was sending the teams on a Taxi Treasure Hunt.

Eventwise has delivered well over 100 successful taxi treasure hunts for clients across the UK. It’s a popular and effective choice, and is completely bespoke for each client. Treasure hunts can be set almost anywhere and can take place on foot, by bicycle, black cab, car, train or even helicopter!

The 40 Standard Chartered Bank guests were split into teams and taxis, then they were asked to scour the streets of London in the search for the answers to the Taxi Treasure Hunt Quiz. With iPads in their hands the teams boarded a fleet of London taxis, but to find out where they were headed the teams had to decipher a series of clues, with only the help of their knowledgeable cabbie and the sights of London to guide them.

When the challenge was successfully completed, the teams arrived at their party venue so they could start their celebrations!

Amelco’s Crystal Challenge

Over August and September we worked with Amelco and ran four fantastic team building events across eight weeks at Devonport House. That was 80 people in total, all working together on one of our most popular activities: The Crystal Challenge. The aim of these team building events was to increase communication across departments and encourage cross-departmental working.

The Crystal Challenge is a great opportunity for participants to test their skills and knowledge in a variety of different ways, from mental arithmetic, to spatial awareness, trust, delegation and motivating others. What’s more because it’s inspired by the TV show we all grew up with, it’s always a winner.

The Amelco teams were competing head-to-head on array of different activities which were focused around physical and mental skill to ensure there is something to suit everyone. The closing activity was the grand finale in the Crystal Dome, of course! Each event finished with a celebratory BBQ and drinks to strengthen the new-found partnerships in the groups.

giffgaff National Joyous Day

Having found themselves a little envious of those celebrating Canada Day, the giffgaff team decided to create their own annual celebration – a day away from the office full of fun, laughter and partying. And they called it their National Joyous Day.

For this year’s edition of their most joyous day, giffgaff picked The Garden Room in Syon Park, a great purpose-built venue within easy reach of London.

The giffgaff team tasked Eventwise with creating a fun-filled summer team-building extravaganza, with all the magic of the world’s most famous big tops.

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The company’s 200 guests took part in a Circus Skill Funfair Extravaganza, with circus-inspired challenges including juggling, plate spinning, hula hooping, tight rope walking, stilt walking, unicycling, diablos and axe throwing!

The Garden Room at Syon Park was transformed with fantastical theming, complete with circus-inspired props dotted around the space to get guests into the spirit of the cirque! There was even an inflatable rodeo bull and fun fair side stalls – who can resist a go on the coconut shy?

It wouldn’t be a day at the circus without some delicious themed treats. Our clients chose a range of street food stalls to cater the event, letting guests choose from some of London’s top street food names in the grounds of Syon Park.

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Looking for somewhere to host your next team-building day? Check out The Garden Room in Syon Park, a stunning purpose-built venue set within the grounds of one of the country’s most breathtaking historic buildings. With its enviable London location, idyllic private gardens and a dramatic backdrop, The Garden Room creates the perfect first impression.

Guests loved their day of circus fun and went away with a fair few new party tricks! Find out more about the team-building challenges you can book with Eventwise here.

The Chase at Lucknam Park

On Saturday 28th January Eventwise welcomed 52 guests for ‘The Chase’. The event made use of the stunning grounds of Lucknam Park, a Bath country hotel set amongst 500 acres of parkland. Eventwise created a day jam-packed with bespoke team building activities designed to test guests decision making, communication and concentration.


On arrival guests were split into eight teams. Each team was provided with a Land Rover to help them get around during the day, and a GPS which guided them between each of their team-building challenges. We also provided all the essentials, from first aid kits to comforting flasks of hot chocolate to keep our teams nice and warm!


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Guests took turns taking part in eight of our popular team-building challenges during their day’s adventure at Lucknam Park. Tasks included a ‘Drone Quiz’, where guests would need to control a drone, flying it over clues, to decipher all the required information to solve their puzzle.


After a competitive morning guests relaxed with lunch served in a tepee in the venue’s beautiful grounds. Before long it was time to get back on the road, and with plenty of time spent strategizing over lunch, our teams were ready to take on the competition!


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Guests took part in traditional outdoor pursuits such as archery and clay pigeon shooting, as well as some country classics like Duck Herding, complete with obstacles for the ducks. More unusual activities included laser shooting, blindfolded driving and the ‘Powerturn’ which included guests negotiating an obstacle course in their twin-seater vehicle.


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Get in touch if you’d like to find out more about our bespoke team-building events. We have a huge range of indoor and outdoor team-building challenges that are guaranteed to motivate and inspire your team.


We can assist with all aspects of planning your team-building event. Take a look at our venue listings for some inspiration, and let us know if you’d like to arrange a site visit at any of our prestigious London venues.


Whether you’re planning a summer team-building day, want to incorporate team-building into an existing event or are simply looking for some fresh new ideas to get your team working together, we can help.


Disco Dodgeball

A recent summer team-building event kicked off with a drinks reception and a game of football, as guests enjoyed some nostalgic throwback music.


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Once teams were chosen, guests began a relay challenge. Teams picked up fancy dress items along the way, as they danced along to disco music. Then it was time for disco dodgeball – that’s dodgeball, with added disco!


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When a winner had been decided, it was the turn of the second two teams, before guests enjoyed a BBQ feast in the sunshine. Once everyone was refueled and raring to go, our team brought out ‘beer goggles’, encouraging guests to get involved in a mini race that soon got competitive.


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It was then time for bubble football, a great team-building challenge which sees guests attempt a game of football from within a giant inflatable ball. The last person standing was our winner, and the rest of the audience found the game hilarious!


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Throughout the day the music was loud and the drinks were flowing – a great day of summer team-building.


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Summer Team Building at Syon

Summer is the perfect time to host a team-building event in the sunshine, and that’s exactly what this company had in mind for their latest summer event. The Garden Room at Syon Park proved a perfect fit for this day of sporty challenges, as it comes complete with plenty of private outside space.

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The day began with a Pimm’s and lemonade reception in the venue’s gardens, where guests relaxed before the day’s challenges began.

The first event was a Sports Day Challenge. The nostalgic task comprised of an egg and spoon race, bean bag race, sack race and tug of war – and competition was fierce!

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Then it was time to refuel, with a two-course barbecue lunch served by our catering partner Create Food & Party Design. A Country and Western themed menu included wild boar sausages, lamb and mint falafel burgers, vegetarian falafel burgers, potatoes, mini bobs and coleslaw. Following the main course guests enjoyed Eton Mess and Dark Chocolate Delice.

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The afternoon saw a trophy presentation, where the winners of the day’s earlier Sports Day races were rewarded with some great prizes. And then guests could celebrate! Entertainment was provided by a Country and Western band; guests even got the chance to learn how to line dance before the day drew to a close.

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Get in touch with our team to find out more about hosting a summer team building event.

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Helen & Douglas House Taxi Treasure Hunt

During spring 2011 a repeating valued charity client of ours – Helen & Douglas House – who wanted to stage a fundraising event, however they wanted to add a twist to it.  The charitable event had two objectives behind it, the first of course to raise a sufficient amount of money for the charity and the second objective was to create an event which had enough fun content to act as a thank you to the donors.

With this in mind, Ultimate Experience came back with a concept – this was to stage a taxi treasure hunt for the day, with the finish line being a seated dinner and charity auction. In order to make this event work, it was crucial to utilise three Concerto Group venues at that time, which helped keep the costs to a minimum. The event begun at Salter’s Hall for lunch and a briefing, before the attendees headed out on to the course.

The finishing line of the course was held at Wax Chandlers Hall, where clue packs were both collected and marked. After handing in their evidence, guests headed 100m down the road to Plaisterers’ Hall, to be amazed with a fantastic seated dinner provided by of course catering company, Create. Once dinner had been served and finished, guests then enjoyed the auction.

The bespoke four hour hunt took in many landmarks in and around the City; although it was a challenge it was fantastically received and approached with enthusiasm by everybody. Overall, Helen & Douglas House managed to raise over £150,000 on the day alone and the participants went home with smiles on their faces!

Les Misérables at the Roundhouse

The timeless classic Les Misérables didn’t finish once the curtains had been closed, the celebrations continued to the after party which was held at Camden’s famous Roundhouse – a venue which has seen and hosted for some of the world’s most iconic musicians over the years. The theme for the evening was of course based around Les Misérables, with the dramatic main space taking a French theme for the evening, with authentic props from the film being displayed, creating extraordinary focal points.

Whilst guests enjoyed the fabulous venue and décor, they were soon to be even more amazed by the food they would be provided by the wonderful catering company, Create. There were ten food stalls which allowed guests to indulge and enjoy a huge range of cuisines and flavours, whilst canapes and bowl food were also available in case guests wanted a light bite. The canapes which were handed out during the event consisted of chicken and pousse ballotine wrapped in bayonne ham with a truffle cream sauce, a warm fig and Roquefort tart drizzled with a winter truffle honey and thyme, and beef tartar on brioche toast with quail’s egg gribiche.

Guests were also given the chance to enjoy hot bowl food, which comprised a mouth-watering menu of confit duck cassoulet with braised beans, sausage and crispy goose fat bread croutons, wild mushrooms and morels in cognac cream sauce with pomme mousseline and wilted pousse, and trout Niçoise with brioche crumbs.

The fun theming of the evening was also incorporated into the food stations available during the evening. These stations provided a huge range of culinary experiences, with French classics such as coq au vin, boeuf bourguignon, ratatouille and Toulouse sausage with lyonnaise potatoes all on offer. There was even a fromagerie station which displayed some of the finest French cheeses; comte, brie de meaux and Roquefort being just a few which made an appearance. Of course there was also a charcuterie station, which is important within any French marketplace and an indulgent dessert station which provided the perfect sweet treats to finish off a magnificent French feast.

There were also crêpes, crème pâtissière, Christmas compotes, tarte au citron with rosemary crème fraîche, mini mont blanc meringue kisses and macaroons to choose from Create satisfied the most discerning of sweet tooths!

Cosmopolitan’s Summer Party

Summer last year, guests of Cosmopolitan visited Ultimate Experience’s venue – The Artillery Garden at The HAC for a day of summer celebrations, all of which was sponsored by Surf.

As guests enjoyed basking in the sunshine in a private outside space in the middle of the City, they indulged in Gancia Prosecco, Zubrowka cocktails, Emmi CHOCO LAIT milk, Wheyhey ice-cream and Hotbox BBQ food. These delicious bites were given out to them in between watching the stunning fashion shows and getting beauty tips from the experts in the industry.

Famous beauty brand Rimmel was on hand applying beautiful shimmer tans and providing manicure services. Lee Stafford was in charge of styling guests’ hair and Suman Brows took care of the eyebrows. Last of all, guests were also given amazing goody bags from Freya Lingerie.

The night was captured with the help of a photo booth which everybody loved; the photo booth came complete with a topless Surf model and once guests had finished striking a pose, they headed to the stage where they would be given summer beauty tips from Fleur De Force. Once their knowledge of beauty tips had been topped up, guests then enjoyed a fashion show which has been styled by Cosmo’s Fashion Editor (with makeup from Mii Cosmetics).

The stage-section of the event came to an end after Dalton Wong and Kate Faithfull-Williams gave their inspiring talk about their book ‘The Feelgood Plan’. After this, it was then time to slap on some foil tattoos from Seekers of the Sun and to party the rest of the afternoon away to a fabulous set by Neev.

Dancing breaks were filled with eating candy floss and taking even more pictures in the loveable photo booth.

Sophie, Events and Sponsorship Executive said: “Thank you very much for being part of the first ever Cosmopolitan Summer Party, it was a huge success and one to remember! We have had some amazing feedback so far from attendees and brands involved.”

Find out more about the summer space The Artillery Garden at The HAC here, or give us a call on 020 7940 6060 to book your site visit and explore the space for yourself.

‘The Little Trip’ Festival for Byron Burgers

Byron Burgers chose Eventwise’s bespoke events team to design and create their a two-day festival event.

100 of Byron’s employees descended upon Reading’s Wasing Park for their unique festival celebration. Guest accommodation included 20 luxury bell tents, with a giant three-hat teepee taking centre stage for the evening’s entertainment. Festival theming came with plenty of unique elements- we added a colourful parasol wall, paper poms and bright lanterns amongst the trees, served up Slush Brother Cocktails and created pockets of deck chair seating for weary dancers.

On arrival guests enjoyed Champagne at the Tiki Bar, before getting to grips with garden games, which included croquet, giant jenga, limbo and a hotly contested tug of war.

As the evening drew in guests headed into the teepee, where they found a warming fire pit and a dance floor, complete with disco ball chandelier and non-stop hits courtesy of Fullcircle DJ Max.

Food was an important factor for this bunch, so renowned Kerb street food trader Miss P’s BBQ were bought in to serve up a their signature dishes: dry-rubbed, slow-smoked beef brisket and succulent pulled pork, with traditional accompaniments.

The morning after, Byron’s top chefs took to the outdoor fire pit to cook up a festival style breakfast. Soon after, it was back to business, with guests continuing the celebrations on the final day at London’s Ace Hotel.

To find out more about creating a bespoke festival for you and your company contact us.


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The Chase at Lucknam Park

On Saturday 30th January at the stunning Lucknam Park, nine groups of six eager guests raced off to complete The Chase. Each team was equipped with its very own Land Rover to get them from activity to activity, as well as a GPS system to guide each team to the right destination.

Activities included Archery, Elevation, Gun Run, Kit Car, Laser Clay, Ducks, Blind Driving, Bumper Stop and Cone Challenge. Each activity came with its own skill focus, from communication and strength to teamwork and concentration.

To break up the day, the clients enjoyed lunch in the Tipi at Lucknam Park, before they set off again to complete The Chase. Teams headed back to the venue, when scores were marked and the final results were announced.


Opening a Box of Tricks at London Zoo

Led by the Eventwise team, the day had guests embarking on a challenging array of activities ranging from physical to mental, performed both indoors and outdoors at the London Zoo.

Over the course of this summer team building event, the guests’ main task was to ensure their groups worked through as many of the challenges as possible to score as many points for their teams as they could. The Box of Tricks contained everything guests needed for the day: a bespoke multiple choice quiz based on knowledge of their company, indoor and outdoor tasks, a Box of Tricks task booklet, a drawing challenge and bespoke challenges.

The day was split into two halves, with afternoon tea giving guests a chance to relax once they’d conquered the first half of their challenges. Following the day’s activities guests were marked on their achievements; a prize giving ceremony awarded the day’s top performers.

Taking place in the midst of the UK’s hottest July ever, the day certainly saw some heated competition from guests.


A London Treasure Hunt

Split into 32 teams, guests were given a briefing at East London venue Tobacco Dock, before they were free to roam the capital in search of the answers to a series of puzzling clues.

Following the day’s exploration teams returned to their base at Tobacco Dock where they were greeted by the Eventwise team; eager to see how they’d got on.

Eventwise staff quickly sorted through team’s packs and discovered which team had emerged triumphant, with the finest treasures scavenged from across London.

The Eventwise team never fail to be impressed by competitors’ creativity: on this occasion guests produced impressive illustrations for their picture challenge, and returned to base camp with scavenger hunt items such as a chilli, quail’s eggs, a golf ball and even a pair of trainers!

Eventwise has successfully delivered over 100 treasure hunts for clients across the UK. The challenge is a popular and effective choice, and is always scripted especially for the client making it one of the company’s most memorable activities. Treasure hunts can be set almost anywhere and can take place on foot, by bicycle, black cab, car, train or even helicopter.

Discover more about treasure hunts and other team building challenges here. 


A Summer Party at Ashburnham Place

In July, the Adam Smith International team embarked on an adventure that took them from their offices in London to the quintessentially British venue of Ashburnham Place.

On arrival guests found themselves at a British Summer Food Fair, complete with an array of team building challenges and activities to complete throughout the course of the day.

Following a light lunch guests could take their pick from the activities on offer, which included wine tasting, foraging, gardening, bread and oven making and butchery.

New skills having been learnt, guests gathered once again under the main marquee in picturesque country surroundings. Here they enjoyed a BBQ feast, prepared by celebrity chef Adam Byatt, who is also Head Chef and owner of London’s Trinity and Bistro Union restaurants.

As guests caught up over sumptuous summer food they were entertained by folk music duo Two Toms, leaving them free to eat, dance and yahoo the evening away.


Artworks with Radley

Radley took part in one of our most creative team-building challenges; Artworks. This unique challenge enables employees and managers alike to stand back and look at the bigger picture of their organisation.

The location for this team-building experience was City venue the Barbican. Guests were invited to a morning conference, followed by the team-building challenge which was designed to demonstrate the conference’s key message of global expansion through ‘Radley’s Big Adventure’.

At the start of the game 100 guests were split into small teams and given the challenge of producing a piece of art in gigantic proportions. In this instance we had designed a motivational piece of art which clearly illustrated Radley’s growth, featuring the brand’s iconic Scottie dog as he ventured off on a world tour.

There was just one catch: guests had no idea what the overall artwork was supposed to look like. Each team was given two small canvasses, which, a few hours later, would be put together to form the ‘bigger picture’. So guests had to work together to create their artwork – it was teamwork at its finest.

The finished product proved that Radley’s teams could work together seamlessly, and that there may be a fair few artists amongst them! Guests were so pleased with the end result that they asked for it to be delivered to their brand new offices, where it’ll take pride of place on the wall.

Neustar at the Gherkin

Neustar – the company which revolves itself around cloud-based information and analysis hosted a drinks reception at 30 St Mary Axe (better known as the Gherkin) last July. The actual event took place over the top floors of the well-established and impressive venue, which allowed guests to take in the stunning 360 degree view of London.

Even the transport difficulties going on during this time caused by the London Underground strike didn’t stop over 90 guests from attending. The entertainment for the evening was an acoustic set by AK Acoustic – an extremely trained duo who have spent years practising and perfecting their live performances. Once the acoustic performances came to an end, a DJ continued to entertainment throughout the rest of the evening.

If hosting an event at the top of the Gherkin interests you, or you would like to take a look at our range of venues which offer show-stopping views of London, please contact us.

Diageo’s Festival of Colour

The festival was given its inspiration from the well-known Holi Festival of Colour, the ancient Hindu religious festival which was originally celebrated in South Asia, but has now been adopted by a range of countries.

The theming and creative directions during the event were led by Eventwise and FullCircle, whilst they were prioritized with this, Create covered the evening’s innovative menu. The end result of the event displayed a mixture of blinding colour, tastes and sound designed to re-present each of Diageo’s brands – and a truly individual bespoke event.

Guests didn’t need to wait to be wowed at this festival, instead this wow factor started very early on, with silt walkers dressed as birds of paradise greeting guests at the entrance of the the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington.

After guests were warmly greeted they would soon realise the excitement wouldn’t end there, this time guests would be amazed by the array of striking colours and décor displayed throughout the venue – setting the scene for the night ahead. Design features which were included were bright and bold – these were complimented by striking – oral displays and imaginative focal points.

Much of the evening was tailored to compliment both the event space and Diageo’s branding, which helped keep the guests guessing as they explored the museum’s famous galleries. Mask ensured continuity remained throughout the theming of the event, with each and every space being cloaked in bright, rainbow hues.

After walking through a bespoke sky of bird’s corridor, guests would find the gardens which had been transformed into an unforgettable festival and party space. With the help of exotic plants, bright canopies and luxurious furnishings a party paradise was created in the heart of Kensington. This was made even more exciting when the dazzling dance act performed.

The menu produced by Create was based around bold, fresh tastes and was served in true Holi Festival style – on striking, bright tableware. After guests indulged the delicious main course, they were invited into the ‘Sugar Factory’, where all their childhood favourites awaited.

Joining forces with Create and Fullcircle this event showcased the full might of the Concerto Group.

A Winter Festival

Theming and entertainment brought the atmosphere of summer festivals to life for this unique winter celebration at the Roundhouse. We brought the outside in with design features including hay bales, yurts and even portaloos which doubled as make-up stalls.

Setting the scene at the entrance to was a carpet of grass and bunting, which gave guests a taste of what to expect as they collected their lanyards from our grassy-green reception desk.

The event made full use of the venue’s impressive audiovisual facilities, using screens to play festival footage throughout the night, whilst the DJ got those feet moving on the dance floor. Lighting helped complete the look, cloaking the venue’s stairs in green. The main room took on lighter green and yellow colouring with the help of an LED Chandelier.

Guests got into the festival spirit with our wellie competition. Those looking for a little pampering could unwind with a massage or add a little sparkle to their ensemble with our glitter artists. Guests could even get a sneak peek at what the coming year would bring with a visit to the fortune teller.

No Christmas party is complete without indulgent menus, so guests were treated to all the festival favourites. Following a canapé reception main courses were served from street food stalls. Guests chose from gourmet burgers at the Brick Lane Burger Bar – the ultimate in urban junk food, Eight Hour Pulled Pork served from a bohemian-style stall, or noodles from Wok This Way. Those who fancied something sweet could then head over to the inflatable ice cream van for dessert.

Entertainment kept guests on their toes, with santa sumo suits, a rodeo reindeer, batak games and a high striker all on hand to test guests’ competitive streaks. Those wanting to hit the dance floor could head for the silent disco, or try their hand at singing with the Karavanaoke. There was also live music, courtesy of party band Madhen, a DJ, and indoor shishas for those who just wanted to relax and soak up the atmosphere.

And that makes it official – festivals aren’t just for summer! Contact us if you would like to arrange your own festival


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The Great British Pub

For this dinner with a difference we took inspiration from the traditional pub, with pub-themed catering provided by Create Food & Party Design.

Tobacco Dock became ‘The Agency Arms’ for one night only, a top secret pub serving pub grub with a twist. The venue was fully themed for the occasion, with decor and furnishings from Fullcircle. Entertainment completed the theme, filling the venue with the sounds of the East End. Our team worked alongside Tobacco Dock’s in-house production company Visual Elements for all the lighting, sound and production.

Guests began with a drinks reception, complete with cocktails. Starters were served from food stalls, each themed around popular pub snacks. Visitors to the Fish Fountain were served tiny pint glasses of prawns, cockles and whelks, smoked mussels with vinegar shakers and East End favourite jellied eels. The Yorkshire Pudding Station offered freshly baked Yorkshires with a range of fillings. No pub grub is complete though without pie and mash – on this occasion mini beef cheek pies with mashed potato and parsley liquor sauce.

Dinner was called by a Pearly King & Queen, before guests were served a main course of oven-roasted fillet of sustainable haddock with a batter scrap crust served in traditional newspaper cones

Dessert encouraged guests to get involved as they constructed their own DIY Autumn trifle, with toppings including pumpkin custard, homemade honeycomb and freeze-dried berries.

Following dinner guests moved into the Vaults, where they were entertained by a DJ long into the night. The evening ended as all great nights at the pub do – with a kebab on the way home. Guests were offered a lamb kebab on leaving the venue, which was marinated in greek olive oil, oregano and garlic and served in flatbread with red cabbage tossed with lemon juice and almonds, tzatziki and watercress.

To find out more about creating a bespoke event for you contact us.



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Richard Branson’s Virgin Trains Music Festival

Founder of the Virgin Group Richard Branson is a firm believer in the importance of parties. In fact he’s been throwing a yearly bash for Virgin employees from the very beginning of the company.Virgin Trains staff and their families were this year invited to parties at the Branson family home in Oxfordshire – and we pulled out all the stops to create a series of events that were worthy of their dedicated staff.


A corporate festival was created for the occasion, complete with big top tents and clowns as well as performances by The Cuban Brothers, Sister Sledge, The Correspondents, Sam Smith, Rob Da Bank and more.


Working with our sister company Create Food & Party Design, we provided festival-inspired food at each of the three September parties, enabling Virgin’s 3,500 guests to enjoy a huge range of cuisines.


The chosen food stalls were fully themed for the occasion, and given some frankly inspired names!   The finest of Scottish burgers were served at an All American Diner. Create’s own kebab machines sizzled with marinated leg of lamb wrapped with delicious tabbouleh from the Abra-Kebab-Ra stall and Chinese inspired noodles and prawn crackers awaited at Wok This Way. It was pistou pasta with parma ham and parmesan at Hey Pesto, or guests could head on over to the Korma Chameleon stand for a delicious creamy chicken korma with spices and almonds! It doesn’t get much better than that.


Guests were invited to bring their tents and while away the evenings around log fires, playing guitars and singing until the early hours of the morning, for the true festival experience.


Branson knows that when it comes to motivating staff a party just can’t be beaten. He said: “It’s great when companies look after their people and celebrate their successes. If your staff feel valued, appreciated and loved, they are more likely to enjoy their work and perform even better. So here’s to parties, and celebrating what makes great companies what they are – groups of wonderful people working together to make a difference.” We’d have to agree!

Family Fun at Syon Park

The event was attended by 1,400 guests, who enjoyed a wide range of team building activities, games and challenges throughout the day.


Activities ranged from the relaxed and creative to the more adventurous. Each of the venue’s surrounding gardens was filled with rides and attractions to the delight of guests. These included human table football, magic shows, storytelling, driving activities, archery, bungee running and much more.


A full fun fair was also on hand, fitting in perfectly with the fun summer feel of the event. Rides and attractions included an acroflight, dodgems, waltzer, tea cup and saucer ride and everyone’s favourite – the big wheel.


Entertainment was also provided, to suit each and every one of the company’s guests. With face painting, children’s races, pottery and a petting zoo for the younger attendees to a jazz band and caricaturist for those a little older, guests really were spoilt for choice.


When it came to food only a barbecue would do, so Create provided a stunning seasonal menu featuring Burgers, Chicken Thighs flavored with Lemon, Thyme and Chili, Tandoori Lamb Kebabs with Mint Yogurt, Caramelised Onion Tart Salads and much more.


And let’s not forget our younger guests! They too were in for a treat with Create’s Homemade Beef Burgers, Mini fish cakes, Chicken goujons, Homemade pizza, Smartie topped cookies and Mini chocolate brownies on the menu.


An afternoon Knockout Tournament proved hugely popular, with guests getting competitive on the inflatable obstacle course to round off their jam-packed day of family fun.

Channel 4 on The Catwalk

A day of expressive challenges saw teams from Human Resources and Facilities Management channel the creativity of the world’s top designers to create couture collections inspired by their signature styles.


Having been split into groups, staff were provided with an abundance of props, from items of clothing to accessories, before being given the name of one of five designers; Barbour, Jean Paul Gaultier, Donatella Versace, Victoria Beckham or Vivienne Westwood. Teams then got to work on their own collections, taking tips from their chosen fashion mogul. Once all teams’ collections had  been assembled it was time to consider the production element. Attendees were asked to style their final show, creating production slides and music to complement the look of their chosen designer, putting their communication skills to the ultimate test.
Channel 4 then headed to the catwalk to reveal their collections in a show-stopping grand finale. Vogue – strike a pose.

A Picture Perfect Picnic for 4,500

For one day only we closed this landmark castle to the public for the first time in the venue’s history.Guests enjoyed exclusive use of the impressive surroundings of this historic castle, exploring the grounds as they celebrated with a truly unique summer party.


Of course the entertainment was in keeping with the regal setting; on the bill was a jousting a contest, strolling entertainers and birds of prey. And let’s not forget the trebuchet, straight from the middle ages!


Our talented team coordinated the entire day, but that wasn’t all. We also managed invitations, arranged transport and ensured the seamless running of administration throughout, leaving guests free to immerse themselves in the perfect picnic experience.

Case study: Uncovering the Mysteries of the Box of Tricks

The event was attended by 450 employees of this global leader, with guests taking part in a huge range of inspiring team building exercises throughout the day.


Guests were split into 45 teams before the challenges began, enabling them to get to know one another in a fun, exciting environment. And then the serious business began!


Team building activities available on the day included brand new challenge The Box of Tricks, as well as a T-Shirt Workshop, the mind boggling Ultimate Quiz and the ever popular Knockout Tournament – the perfect challenge for a hot summer’s day.


Each of these team building activities are ideal for large groups, and work well together or as stand alone challenges.