Shiny Happy People!

The first half of 2014 has been one of the busiest in the history of The Brewery and during this period we have hosted some fantastic events. Here are just a very small snippet of the lovely messages we have received.

“The event was fantastic and the staff at The Brewery exceeded last year, which I thought would be tough. Lubka was an absolute pleasure to work with as were her team. The security guys were all fantastic” – Britmums

“What a fabulous venue you have – so unique, and so versatile, with a sense of history, space, creativity and personality – it was simply perfect for our event. I had been impressed at each visit, just how differently the space could present itself – and how perfect it was for the very different usages I saw it put to. And the food….. perfection. Cant say anything more than that! But what really sets you apart is your staff – from the door man to reception, hospitality and the fabulous AV guys. All professional, friendly with a can do attitude that gives you absolute faith that everything is under control. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you – I had no hesitation in being totally confident that you knew what we needed and would make sure it was delivered. And of course, the amazing Richard – capable, consummate professional, extremely customer focused, and a wonderful person to boot. He was everything we could have wished for and more.” – Capgemini Consulting

“I’m always really impressed by the standard at the Brewery and you didn’t disappoint.  The food looked great, the staff were all very helpful and professional and Richard was absolutely amazing.” – Redactive Media

“Just a quick note to say thank you so much for all your help for the roadshow yesterday. Out of the 5 roadshows we’ve run in the last 2 months, this has been the only one that has run smoothly! We didn’t have to ask for anything to be done as everything was followed to the letter from the function sheets and my instructions and not a peep heard with regards to crockery etc!Wooday in particular was fantastic yesterday so please pass my thanks on to her and her team. And please pass my compliments to Chef – everyone raved about the food.” – Centaur Media

The guide to conference etiquette

For some people, conferences are professional playgrounds that they look forward to for months; for others, conferences are a source of anxiety and pressure.

Conference speaker at The Brewery

Anyone who’s anyone is going to be there, so how can you prepare and brush up on conference dos and don’ts? You’re in the right place. Here’s our guide to conference etiquette.

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Getting Serious About Coffee.

We’re very excited to announce that after Easter will be serving ‘proper’ freshly ground coffee for all conferences. So no need to stop at a fancy hipster coffee shop on your way to The Brewery when we will have our barista’s and special coffee blend waiting for you. We even have these fancy cups.

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Meet our new wedding and private events planner.

The Brewery has appointed Jayne Mountford as its new wedding and private events planner for the Grade-II listed venues wedding brand, Proposal.

Bringing with her a wealth of experience, Mountford joins The Brewery from the Design Museum where she was events manager. Overseeing all internal and external events at the museum, including weddings, receptions, conferences and product launches, Jayne has worked on private launch parties for fashion brands such as Christian Louboutin and Paul Smith, as well as speaker sessions with Apple’s head designer Jonathan Ive.

As wedding and private events planner, Mountford’s role will see her focus on all logistical event planning from diary management and supplier liaison to venue functionality. Jayne will also work closely with the in-house event and catering teams, alongside executive chef Tom Gore, and continue to build the development of Proposal.

James Varah, commercial director at The Brewery, said: “We’re delighted Jayne will be joining us at The Brewery, her background in creating successful events will only strengthen the projection of Proposal in the coming years. We have someone who feels passionately about the industry and who has demonstrated great flair for providing exclusive, personal experiences.”

Jayne Mountford, wedding and private events planner for Proposal commented on her new position: “I am incredibly excited about joining The Brewery and developing the Proposal brand. After great success last year, the brand has huge potential and I’m looking forward to offering a fresh take on weddings, as well as increasing the number of private, milestone events at The Brewery.”

Looking for an unusual office Christmas party idea in London for 2015? Introducing the Apostles of Anonymity

For London offices, it can be hard to think of a truly original Christmas party idea; most end up hiring out the same bar they go to every year. If you’re looking for something that will wow your team, provide great memories, and make your company the envy of all your competitors, then look no further.

The Apostles of Anonymity are coming to The Brewery this Christmas and will be transforming our historic venue into a highly luxurious and mysterious setting. The Apostles congregate every year and invite guests to eat, drink and be merry. There’s just one catch –masks must be worn to conceal one’s identity.

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How to throw the perfect office summer party

“We’re all going on a summer holiday…” – not always true in the business world. If everyone in your office took time off around the same time over the summer, it would be chaos! Still, it’s nice to reward your team and show them that they’re valued, especially those members of staff who aren’t jet-setting away bragging about “no more working for a week or two.”

Summer cocktail

There aren’t many better ways to do this than by throwing a fantastic office summer party. Unlike the mandatory parties like Christmas, a summer party has a more spontaneous and generous feel to it, and the weather is usually nice to boot. It makes your whole team feel good, improves team relations, and boosts morale.

There are few key elements that create a perfect office summer party – let’s go through them.

Time off work!

If you really want your office team to enjoy themselves and blow off some steam, either give everyone the day of the party off as holiday, or at the very least have a half-day on Friday with the party in the afternoon.

It will just about make up for all of those hot, sunny afternoons that the team have spent toiling away in a hot office when they wished they were outside.

Choose a venue

Easily the most important element of party planning is to find the right venue. You need somewhere that is big enough to cater for everyone at your company; somewhere central enough that people have easy access to transport home; somewhere impressive enough that it really feels special.

As it is summer, you’ll obviously want the majority of the party to take place outside in the sunshine, so a garden is essential. Is it a venue that can be easily transformed? For example, The Brewery’s beautiful courtyard party venue can be transformed to suit a specific theme (see next point), whilst presenting guests with an idyllic, bacchanalian paradise in which they can feel completely relaxed and able to cut loose.

Being comfortable is everything – especially when the weather is hot. You’ll need shaded areas, sunny areas, comfortable seating, and shelter (should rain decide to show up). The grassed areas of The Brewery’s courtyard are fully furnished with comfy chairs and tables surrounded by picturesque seasonal plants. Then there’s the clear, raised roof that allows guests to remain outside, even if the heavens have opened.

Pick a theme

Party planning 101 – picking a theme can often ‘make’ the party. Whether it’s a beach theme, a luau theme, an American-style BBQ theme, it gives your guests some guidance in terms of what they should wear and what they can expect. It will also make decorating the party venue a lot easier, not to mention the food and drink you’ll be serving – although if you’ve found a quality venue, all of this should be taken care of.

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It will also impact the type of entertainment you get for the party. You wouldn’t get a techno DJ for a luau, for example, nor would an 80s covers band necessarily fit with a BBQ theme.

Food and drink

It’s not a party without some tipple and grub, and you can’t have one without the other – especially at a summer party which can go on all afternoon and well into the evening! At The Brewery, we provide unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks until 9:00pm, as well as summer cocktails and Pimms for every guest upon arrival.

Summer Party food

As you can’t have your workforce drinking on an empty stomach, The Brewery also provides a gourmet picnic menu, although the menus can be tailored for your event. If you want to serve food and drink that ties in with your theme, just let us know.

Indoor after party

A crucial feature of a great summer party is that the festivities don’t have to end when the sun goes down. If it gets too chilly for your colleagues to remain outside, your venue should also provide indoor space that you can relocate to.

Outdoor London Venue at The Brewery

This stage of the party can veer away from your original theme (guests are often a bit sozzled by this point anyway!) so the décor can be a lot more casual. The important thing is simply that if there are people who don’t want the party to end just yet, it shouldn’t. After all, the next day is a Saturday!

We hope your office summer party goes off without a hitch. If you’d like to speak to The Brewery about hiring our secret garden in Central London for your office do, get in touch now.

Certificate of Excellence

Hurrah! We’ve just been awarded a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor for all the excellent reviews we’ve had over the last year. Thanks for all the feedback, it’s great to hear your thoughts.

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