How to host an event-inspired party

Summer party with wimbledon tennis theme at The Brewery

Connecting your party to an existing event is a great way to give yourself a theme to work with; an event can inspire the décor, food and drink, and even the venue of your party. Not to mention that it can provide a fun and interesting twist to a party, such as a birthday or anniversary, and make it different to the ones you’ve celebrated before.

Read on to find out how to plan and host an event-inspired party that all your guests will love.

Choose your event

The first decision to make when planning for an event-inspired party is to decide which event to take inspiration from. We’ve picked out some of our favourites to provide you with some starting ideas.

For sporting fans, you could choose Wimbledon or Royal Ascot – both have clear themes to draw from – or one of the many football championships; The World Cup or the European Championship, depending on the year, or the FA Cup.

For music lovers, Glastonbury, Reading, or other music festivals can be a great way to draw in music and a theme. Whether your guests love pop and rock, folk, jazz and blues, or another musical genre, there’ll be a festival you can use to inspire your party hosting.

Band playing at Glastonbury themed event at The Brewery

Award ceremonies are also a great place for inspiration, especially for parties that will also include giving out awards, since they’re both glamorous and well styled, and there are so many of them during the year that there’s sure to be one that fits.

Tailor your theme

Once you’ve decided on the event to take inspiration from, it’s a good idea to decide how far you want to take your theme, since this will inform the rest of your decisions for décor, food and drink, and venue.

If you’re planning a Wimbledon party, do you want all the tables to have miniature tennis nets across them and tennis balls strung up around the room? Or would you prefer subtly represent Wimbledon by requesting all the guests wear white and keeping the colour palette to purple, green and white?

There are a number of options available to you when tailoring your theme but it’s a good idea to have some idea of how extravagant or simple you’d like to have it before planning further.

Find a venue

The perfect venue for your event-inspired party will be one that allows you to be as creative as you want with your décor and event theming. Depending on your event theme, it may be that a minimalist venue will work best, since it allows for greater customisation. Alternatively, a venue that has more character could be better for something like an Ascot-inspired event because it draws on similar heritage themes.

If you’re looking for an event space that allows for a large amount of customisation but also has lashings of character to add to your party, consider one of The Brewery’s six venue spaces. Each one has a different capacity and features and all can be decked out with everything you desire, thanks to the assistance of our specialist event design team.

Decide on food and drink

Food and drink are one of the most creative aspects of an event-inspired party to plan, since there’s lots you can do to represent the event you’ve chosen. Whether you decide to serve food that exists at the event, such as serving strawberries and cream as a dessert for Wimbledon, or food inspired by the event, such as street food inspired by the stalls at Glastonbury Festival, the options are endless.

Summer cocktail at The Brewery

Maybe even put a spin on an event classic, such as creating a cocktail with the flavours traditionally associated with afternoon tea for an Ascot or regatta themed event.

If you’re looking for a venue that allows you the creativity and flexibility to concoct a truly event-inspired menu, look no further than The Brewery. With our award-winning chefs and fully bespoke menu creation for your event, we’ll be able to bring all your ideas to life.

If you’re planning an event-inspired party, don’t hesitate to make an enquiry today. Our wealth of experience, services, and skills will enable us to support you through every step of the planning process and help you create a party that all your guests will love!

The best wedding planning apps

Tools for planning a wedding

Planning a wedding is hard work – there’s just so much to think about! In the past, it has been customary to organise everything for your upcoming nuptials in a wedding planning book, but that could regularly cause issues when things needed to be rearranged, removed or edited.

Now, don’t reach for the pencil. We’ve got a much easier way to keep everything organised and exactly where you need it – wedding planning apps. We’ve collected several different ones to help you plan and prepare for every aspect of your big day and cover everything you’d ever need.

BrideBook

Hailed by The Telegraph as “the highest rated wedding app in the world”, BrideBook operates as a central wedding planner that you can use to:

  • Set up wedding checklists, which can be personalised with your exact timelines and tasks.
  • Plan your guest list.
  • Keep track of your budget.
  • Search for the perfect wedding venue and suppliers for your big day.

 

And the services don’t stop there! You can also use BrideBook to create a wedding countdown and gain insightful wedding advice from their experts.

You can simply download it from the App Store or Play Store, and it’s completely free.

Top Table Planner

This one isn’t technically an app but, if you’ve been pouring over the seating plan for so long that you’re no longer sure who’s sitting at each table, Top Table Planner could be the perfect solution.

With fully customisable table shapes and layouts, you’ll be able to figure out exactly who is sitting where and move guests around with no issue if you’re seating arrangements change or your guest list numbers fluctuate.

Pantone Studio

One of the most important parts of planning a wedding, beyond the essentials like the bride and groom and venue, is the colour scheme for the day. Most weddings have a colour scheme which inspires all aspects of the event, from the venue to the bridesmaid’s dresses. If you’re struggling to figure out your own colour scheme, why not take a look at Pantone Studio.

While technically a paint-choosing app, Pantone Studio is set up to help you create palettes for your home but can easily be applied to creating that perfect wedding colour scheme.

Download it on either the App Store or the Play Store for free, which gives you access to a selection of colours, or purchase a monthly subscription and get full access to more than 10,000 colours.

Pinterest

If you’re struggling to come up with ideas for table decorations, or aren’t sure what style of bouquet you’d like, Pinterest is a great place to turn, since it can offer you a vast number of options and allow you to pin together all the ones you like.

What this fantastic app can do is provide a way to narrow down the vast expanse of options available – by pinning one dress and not another, a bride is coming one step closer to their vision for their big day and narrowing down exactly what they’d like the day to be like.

Etsy App

Once you’ve pinned everything you’d like for your wedding on Pinterest, Etsy is the next best place to turn for any unique items that you’d like to source for your wedding day. From personalised veils and floral crowns, to gothic broaches and custom table centres, you can find everything you could possibly want for your big day, and they’ll all be handmade.

WedBox

While you can organise a photographer for your wedding and put disposable cameras on your tables, there will always be pictures that you won’t see of your wedding day. But, what if there was a way you could?

WedBox is a great app to combine all the photos that your guests have taken on their phones and a way to share the snaps with everyone else who attended, and also those who maybe couldn’t. Simply have everyone connect to the WedBox App (downloadable on the App store and Google Play Store) and upload their pictures. Then you can simply download them and share them wherever you wish.

Appy Couple

Not looking forward to the idea of sending out all your invites in the post and managing the RSVPs? This is where the app, Appy Couple, can lend a hand. You can use this free app to not only create invitations for your special day, but also send them out digitally to all your guests, and monitor your RSVPs, all in one easy to access place!

Honeyfund

Many couples have lived together before getting married, so there’s not always so much need for a wedding registry filled with home appliances, crockery and cutlery. If you know that people will still want to buy things, but don’t want to put together a list of items that you just don’t need, why not consider Honeyfund?

Honeyfund helps you receive donations from friends and family that will go towards activities and events on your honeymoon, such as spa treatments or fancy meals out, or even ask for money to go towards a new house or a charity that’s dear to your hearts.

Headspace

A wedding, as joyful as it will be on the day, can be a stressful event to organise. For that reason, our final app recommendation isn’t one to help you plan or organise or manage your wedding day, but one to help you take time and relax away from all the stress.

Headspace is a fantastic app that focuses on providing guided meditation exercises and prompts to help you find mindfulness and focus on what’s really important.

Weddings at The Brewery

If you’re looking for a wedding venue in the heart of London, look no further than The Brewery. With six gorgeous venue spaces, well suited for customisation and any number of guests, we can help host your wedding day with style. Not to mention, we have a fantastic wedding planner, Milena Gorska, who can help out with all the details of your big day.

Picture story: Weddings at The Brewery

Here at The Brewery, we love helping to create the magical moments that make a wedding special. From our venue itself, to the event design and catering, we want to make sure that our couples experience the most special big day. For that reason, we thought we’d share some of our favourite pictures from weddings that we’ve helped create for our couples.

Romantic wedding venue with exposed beams and brick
The 1000 guest capacity Porter Tun
An intimate wedding venue
Personalised wedding - chuppa adorned with fresh flowers
Jewish wedding with amazing lighting and decor
A gorgeous chuppah
Newly married couple making their way to a waiting car
Celebrating under the fantastic glass marquee
Couple getting married at The Brewery
Wedding dance floor and band

Romantic bower strung with fairy lights

Our gorgeous Porter Tun venue space really lends itself to some stunning wedding event design. With exposed beams and brickwork, it can be transformed into a wonderful, romantic bower strung with fairy lights.

100 guest wedding venue

There’s more than enough space for a first dance – the Porter Tun is our largest event space and perfect for big weddings – it has a capacity for up to 1,000 guests.  

Intimate, stylish ceremony location

Love is in the air in our Sugar Rooms. With floods of natural light streaming through the elegant Georgian windows, this is the perfect space for an intimate, stylish ceremony and celebration.

Chuppah for a wonderful Jewish wedding, adorned with fresh flowers

Our venue spaces can be personalised for any type of ceremony. Here we have a chuppah for a wonderful Jewish wedding, adorned with fresh flowers.

Bespoke wedding decorations

We want to make sure that your wedding is just how you imagined it to be. That’s why we have an exceptional partner who can provide amazing audio-visual effects to your special day.

Another gorgeous chuppah

Another gorgeous chuppah, this time nestled into our King George III venue space. Steeped in royal history and boasting barrel-vaulted ceiling and exposed brickwork, this is a wonderfully-romantic space where you can hold an intimate ceremony, without leaving anyone off your guest list.

Newly married couple kissing

Our Queen Charlotte room, which can be connected to the King George III room, is the ideal location for your first dance. You can use the LED lighting systems to create a unique look for your space, and the hidden bar can help provide everyone with the courage they need to take to the dance floor!

Wedding guests in 18th Century cobbled courtyard

Our beautiful 18th Century cobbled courtyard is the perfect place for your send off as a married couple. The archway takes you out to your waiting car, ready to whisk you away to anywhere in the heart of London.

Unique wedding location and backdrop

Our courtyard can also be the perfect place for your photographs, since it’s hidden away from the busy streets and provides a unique backdrop that you won’t see anywhere else.

Amazing glass marquee for weddings

If you’re looking for something truly special, during the summer months our courtyard plays host to a fantastic glass marquee. Celebrate your wedding surrounded by all the trappings of a quintessential English garden, without worrying about the possibility of rain.

If you’re engaged and looking for a venue for your wedding, and you like what you’ve seen above, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. With a wedding planner to guide you through the whole process and six different venue spaces to accommodate all sizes of guest lists, plus mouth-watering cuisine and beautiful event design, we’ll make sure your special day is all you want it to be.

Find out more about our wedding offering here.

How to plan a socially conscious event

In our modern-day society, many people no longer settle for events that simply look and feel good. They want events that not only provide an experience for those attending but also give back to the community or are planned in a socially conscious way to minimise their impact on society and the environment.

Just Giving Awards Ceremony in The Porter Tun at The Brewery

Social consciousness, or social awareness, is the term used to describe when people are aware of problems, issues or injustices within a society or a community – this can be any community, from your local one to a whole country, or even the world globally.

Read on to find out some of the ways you can plan your own socially conscious event, whether that’s a wedding, conference, awards ceremony, or more.

Align your event with a National Day

There are so many fantastic charity-focused national days during the calendar year, from Red Nose Day to Giving Tuesday, that makes it  easy to align your event with one of them to create a socially conscious focus for your day. With a day like Giving Tuesday, there’s no specified charity, so you can raise money for whatever cause is closest to your heart.

The Brewery doorman in fancy dress for an event

National days don’t even have to be explicitly connected to a charity to provide a socially conscious springboard for your event – why not align your event with National Garden Week in June and raise money to help people convert to ecologically friendly gardening practices in your community? Or possibly Small Business Week in May to teach small businesses how they can become more socially conscious.

Employee/attendee service projects

If you’re running a booth at an event, such as at a conference, you’ll want something to help you stand out. If that head-turning feature can be something that draws attention to a problem or issue that could be supported, even better!

For example, why not set up an exercise bike at your stand and have attendees pedal  to generate energy and draw attention to a charity like Practical Action, who supplies sustainable energy to rural communities.

Alternatively, you could share news of projects that your employees have already taken part in, such as rebuilding a building  after a natural disaster, like a hurricane or flood, or providing aid, knowledge, or technology to a community that needs it, e.g. providing computers for a school computer lab or giving soft toys to hospitalised children.

Focus on a specific charity

Fundraising for a particular charity at your event is an achievable goal with some planning. . If you are running a conference or other business event, such as an exhibition or awards dinner, inviting people to donate to your chosen charity in the speeches and offering donation buckets around the event are easy way to encourage generosity and ask people to dig deep.

Charity dinner event in The Porter Tun at The Brewery

If you’d like your wedding or personal event to fundraise for a particular charity, why not forego a gift registry or presents and instead ask that your guests donate to your chosen cause.  

Theme your event

Theming your event around a location or community that you’d like to draw attention to, such as Puerto Rico if you’re fundraising for hurricane relief or Brazil if you’re campaigning for more Fairtrade awareness in the coffee industry is another option to explore.

With our specialist team of event designers at The Brewery, we’ll be able to create the jaw-dropping design of your occasion to fit whatever you’d like. With audio-visual technology, amazing food created by our award-winning chefs, and much more at our fingertips, we will create the perfect setting for your socially conscious event.

Use socially conscious providers

If you aren’t using your event to draw attention to a certain cause or organisation, that doesn’t mean you can’t still be socially conscious in the way you organise your day. Whether a wedding or a business event, there are aspects of your day that you can tailor to be socially conscious, such as the food, flowers and choice of other providers.

With regards to the food, choosing Fairtrade suppliers and locally sourced products can be a great way of keeping those air miles down, finding good quality food, and giving back to the local communities that produce them. We’ve written more about local and sustainable food sourcing in our vegan-friendly event blog; check it out to find out more.

For flowers, ensure you choose blooms that are in season, since these will both be less expensive and less damaging socially and environmentally since your florist won’t need to fly in out-of-season flowers.

Working with companies who also give back to the community can be a great way of planning your event in a socially conscious way, since it means you can provide those companies with the funding that they need to continue their work within their communities.

Here at The Brewery we pride ourselves on our robust polices put in place to make the venue as sustainable as we can. This is a process that is constantly evolving as we look for new methods to improve and reduce our environmental footprint. If you want to see what we do, you can read our sustainable development policy here.

Book your event today

If you’re looking for a venue where you can hold your socially conscious event, we’d love to offer up The Brewery. With six event spaces and all the support you could need, from staffing and catering to event design and audio-visual technical support, we can help you create the perfect event to champion your cause.

Dreaming of a big wedding? Our wedding planner shares her tips

Wedding in the Porter Tun at The Brewery

When planning for your big day, one of the biggest things to take into account is the number of guests you’d like to include in your celebrations. For some people, an intimate affair with just a few friends and family is their dream, while others will want to surround themselves with a wider social circle. If you’re stretching the guestlist and looking to celebrate with a large wedding, there are some things you’ll need to consider.

At The Brewery, we often host large-scale weddings for couples who want to include all their family and friends in their special day. Here, our wedding planner Milena Gorska shares her tips for making your large wedding everything you’re imagining.

The size of your venue

The most important thing to consider when planning for a large wedding, is to make sure that you have a venue that can accommodate all your guests. You don’t want to leave any important guests out because you don’t have space.

As Milena says, “This goes without saying, but if you’re opting for a large-scale wedding, then your venue will need to be, well, large!”

For that reason, you need to make sure that you research the venues thoroughly – some venues will have different capacity numbers depending on whether you are having a seated meal or not – and you’ll need to visit the venue to get a proper idea of the size since pictures can make a space look very different to real life.

At The Brewery, we can both accommodate and cater for up to 1,000 guests in our Porter Tun venue space, so there’s no worry that you won’t be able to fit everyone in!

Wedding in the Porter Tun at The Brewery

The location of your venue

Large weddings often include family and friends visiting from across the globe. This means you’ll need your venue to be located in a central location, with good transport links, so that they can all get to you.

Choosing a venue that is situated in central London, such as The Brewery, means that your loved ones can attend with ease, considering the accessibility of both local and international transport. Whether you’re travelling by plane, train or public transport links, you’ll find all will bring you right to the doorstep of our wonderful venue.

Not to mention, we have a great partnership with the Montcalm London City hotel across the road from our venue, so you and your closest guests won’t have far to go to at the end of the night. You can stay partying until the early hours of the morning, without worrying about getting home, stay the night at the Montcalm and travel home when you’ve recovered.

The food

“London has one of the most vibrant and exciting food scenes in the world and, as a crucial part of any big day, food should take a central position at your wedding.” says Milena. Any capital-based big day should draw on that inspiration.

Food is also incredibly customisable, meaning you and your partner can create a menu that is tailored perfectly to you and your tastes, whether that’s a three-course meal, a tasting menu, a buffet or street food.

Dinner being served for a wedding at The Brewery

At The Brewery, our amazing Food Director, Tom Gore, crafts dishes from the best of British cuisine with an international twist. Our kitchen team produces the most mouth-watering dishes, all the while refusing to allow the number of guests to compromise the quality.

Customisation and tech

With a large venue, you have a lot more space to customise and make the venue your own for your big day. Make sure the venue you choose has a strong AV and tech offering, as well as a designated event design team, so you can make the most of your space.

Whether you want LED-lighting displays, streams of fairy lights or a high-quality sound system for your first dance playlist, The Brewery is on hand to make sure your day is as magical as you’re imagining. We’ve invested in a state-of-the-art surround sound system, ultra high-speed Wi-Fi, audio-visual technology, and a fully integrated LED lighting system. Not to mention, we have a team of event designers poised to bring your dream day into a reality.

Live band for a wedding in the Porter Tun at The Brewery in London

Our technology infrastructure is one of the most advanced in the capital, meaning that our couples can fully tailor their wedding look, colour scheme and much more at the touch of a button.

And as for a final thought from Milena? “It can be a daunting thought planning a large scale wedding, but if you keep the essentials in mind and lean on your venue, it can be one of the most fantastic ways to celebrate with all your loved ones.”

If you’re looking for a venue that will support you through planning for your large wedding, look no further than The Brewery. Contact us today to start planning your wedding day.

Using pop culture to shape your event

popcorn machine at a Christmas party at The Brewery

Pop culture and current events can be a fantastic way to theme an event or find inspiration. Just look at the Met Gala earlier this month which, every year, features a new contemporary cultural theme.

Inspiration really can come from anywhere, such as an upcoming or a classic movie for a Halloween event, or music, fashion or an award ceremony, such as the Oscars. Choosing a theme that focuses on something from pop culture can help provide guidance for a colour scheme, themed props and event design, and even the activities within the event.

So, if you’re looking for some inspiration to shape your event, pop culture may be the perfect place to start.

Creating some movie magic

Hollywood gives us endless event inspiration. If you’re looking to create a Christmas event, why not try shape it around a snow-filled, quirky backdrop from Whoville, featured in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, or go for a truly traditional look with a classic Christmas scene from films like It’s a Wonderful Life. Not only will the films give you some inspiration about the look of your event, but they can also influence your music choices too – why not use the soundtrack from the film as the first tracks on your playlist?

If you’re not looking for a holiday theme, you could go 1920’s gangsters with a film like Scarface or Bugsy Malone, embrace high fantasy with the magical world of Middle Earth, or go truly sci-fi with an event design pulled straight from Tatooine.

If your event is focused on the release of a new film, or will involve people from the film industry, shaping your event around the current trends in the cinema and the films involved is a great way to bring your event setting into your event purpose. Think of the blue ‘red carpet’ used at the premiere of Aquaman, or the red carpet that wove through London and filming locations for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows’ UK premiere.

Christmas party entertainment at The Brewery

Causing a song and dance

Music can be a powerful influence when creating an event. As we mentioned, the use of a soundtrack or theme tune can be a great way to remind people of a theme. Another option could be to use a band or DJ to add music to your event – the music could be tied into the event’s theme, such as hits from the year for a New Year’s Eve party, or a throwback to all the popular songs in the decade a company was founded for a conference event.

Pop culture with regards to music could also allow you to shape your event around a particular artist or band, meaning you could either relate the event back to a classic artist, such as Queen or Elton John, who have both been in the pop culture spotlight recently, or focus on a new artist that you’re looking to draw attention to.

Walk that catwalk

As the Met Gala shows, fashion can play a huge part in an event, whether it’s through the exhibition or the wearing of the clothing. Draw inspiration from colours, textures, styles and shapes, there’s so much to work with when it comes to shaping an event around the pop culture of clothing.

Whether you want to evoke a certain decade, colour or a certain type of clothing, there are many different things you can do. For a decade inspiration, why not ask your guests to come dressed in their favourite finery from the 1970s and decorate your venue to match? Or, for an industry event, why not ask everyone to come dressed in the same colour, the same colour as the business’s logo?

Red carpet arrival in the courtyard at The Brewery

And the award for the best event goes to…

Award shows are created to be stunning displays of finery and decadence, drawing the spotlight towards the cream of the crop in a certain industry. What better event design to emulate? Think of the Oscars, the Grammys, the Billboard Music Awards.

Shaping your event around the concept of an awards show can be a great way to create a celebratory atmosphere for your guests, especially if your event is also an awards show. You can choose to go all out with the event design with a red carpet, fancy dinner menus, and a black-tie dress code, or just take elements of an awards show to add to your event.

Awards dinner at The Brewery

Tying a venue together with a theme is what we love to do at The Brewery. Our specialist event designers will work with you every step of the way to make sure your event is shaped in exactly the way you wish, whatever pop culture themes you’d like to draw in. With audio-visual effects and a top team of international chefs, we’ll help you shape your event into a pop culture masterpiece. Simply contact us today to find out how we can help your event.

What Makes a Summer Party?

There’s nothing like summer in the city. London comes alive in the summer months, not only through the sunshine that makes such a welcome return, but through the large variety of fantastic events that take place to celebrate the summertime, including Wimbledon, Royal Ascot, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and The Brewery’s fantastic Summer Parties.

But what makes up these summer events? Just what goes into creating a summer party on a truly epic scale?

What makes a summer party infographic

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Book your summer party for 2019 with The Brewery today and enjoy a fantastic event beneath a gorgeous glass roof, surrounded by the quintessential summer blooms of an English country garden, sipping on cocktails and champagne, and fed with the finest BBQ menu, all in the heart of London.

Click here to find out more or head to our enquiry form to make your booking for this summer.

Spring fish pie recipe from Andy Ritchie

Spring is upon us and it’s about time to put together a menu for a dinner for your friends and family to celebrate the lighter evenings and the warmer weather. If you’re struggling for ideas of what to serve up to your guests, why not take a look at this fabulously simple yet wonderfully flavourful Spring fish pie from our talented Executive Chef, Andy Ritchie.

Tuck into succulent seafood, crispy potatoes, poached quail eggs and a gorgeously creamy caper herb sauce…

Tasty fish pie

Download the recipe card here

If you’re looking for more gorgeous food this year, why not book a Summer Party at The Brewery and enjoy a fantastic foodie event; sip on cocktails and champagne and sample the finest summer BBQ menu, right in the heart of London.

Click here to find out more or head to our enquiry form to make your booking for this summer.

Bringing creative visions to life: an interview with our event designers

Events at The Brewery are far more than the final product – there’s a lot of work that goes into making every single aspect of an event as perfect as it can be. Event designers are the people who pull everything together to create that ‘wow’ moment, marrying colour and design with catering and venue to create something spectacular.

We sat down with Tatiana Deodato, part of our fantastic team of event designers, to find out more about how they create The Brewery’s personally tailored and bespoke events.

What are the creative elements that you have to work with at The Brewery and how do they all work together?

 

We have a full range of in-house services available at The Brewery, from audio visual production and design to sourcing and catering. The event organiser works with just one dedicated project manager who provides a single point of contact for our clients. The project manager then works alongside experts from each area to produce each element of the event and bring it all together.

What’s the process when working with a client to create the initial vision of the event’s design?

 

We start by meeting with the client to get an understanding of their objectives for the event and their budget. Then we go away, get creative and draw up a full proposal, taking into consideration everything that’s been discussed.

We’re also sure to consider any logistical challenges that could crop up, making sure that what is promised can be delivered on time, will work in the space and fit within the budget.

Which is your favourite of the venue rooms at The Brewery to decorate and why?

 

The Porter Tun, the high ceilings and large unobstructed space of the room provide a lot of scope to be really creative with the design.

Take a look at some of the designs we’ve created for the Porter Tun in our Gallery.

Where does your design inspiration come from?

 

Inspiration comes from all around; it’s important to stay up to date through current trends be it through social media, magazines, or even your surroundings.

We make an effort to identify trends, which can come from things as simple as what’s around you, what are people wearing or listening to, even billboards and adverts can give indications towards trends. It’s important to stay open to new things, just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean that millions of people won’t.

You never know what the next event theme you will be asked to create is, so it is important to stay informed with an open mind.

What kind of challenges do you face in the process and how do you get around them?

 

Challenges do arise from time, it can take a long time to install the more ambitious productions, so you need to make sure that you plan appropriately for this and make sure that everything’s ready. We always leave some contingency in terms of time.

The other challenges are budgets and the expectations of what can be delivered at certain budget levels. We will always be completely transparent with costs and aim to deliver the highest quality production we can for the budget we are given. It is important however, when planning your budget, to make sure that you take all factors into consideration, such as transport and labour. It’s here where a lot of the costs lie and can really affect what can be delivered.

How do you source the materials, accessories and other items used to dress an event?

 

We work with a wide range of suppliers from technology and build to entertainment. We rely on these suppliers to be on top of their game and provide us with the best quality materials for event production.

Choosing your suppliers wisely and maintaining close relationships not only allows us to achieve the best prices and access the most exciting technology, but also helps us keep on top of trends.

We’re only as good as the people we work with, so we ensure anyone we partner with has the same commitment to innovation and quality as we do.

What type of events do you work on the most?

 

We work on a range of events. The variety of services we offer means that we are able to assist a range of clients with their needs.

It could be that we are producing a fully themed party, or simply helping someone source furniture for a conference that matches the brand colours.

We are happy to help and use our expertise where we can.

How closely do you work alongside the event planners?

 

As closely as they want us to, some people like us to take full control and plan every stage, whereas others will prefer to use us as consultants. We’re ready to help in whatever why we can and would establish the level of support the client is after at the initial welcome meeting.

If you’re looking to host an event and want the very best team behind you while you do, look no further than our fantastic event design team at The Brewery. They’ll be able to help you every step of the way and their vast amount of experience will make sure that your event is absolutely perfect. Contact us today to start planning your event.

Amazon Prime: The Grand Tour Season Three Launch

The Grand Tour VIP Event

On 15th January 2019, Amazon Prime hosted its Grand Tour Season Three launch at The Brewery, a venue in the heart of the city of London. The launch was put on for press, VIP’s and fans who won a competition to attend.

The Brewery is a unique and flexible event venue dating back to 1750 and Amazon Prime utilised two of the venue’s spaces for the launch. The 18th century cobbled Courtyard was used for the arrival of guests; each of the presenters drove a car into the Courtyard and there was an area for press photographers and fans to stand and take photos. The Porter Tun room was also used, with the production team making the most of one of the largest unobstructed event spaces in London.

Crowd outside the event

The Porter Tun was split into two different sections, the half of the room that guests walked into was completely transformed into a pub called: ‘The Cock and Balls’, this consisted of two main bar areas and a number of themed seating areas. It was designed to look like an old fashioned traditional English pub. Here guests were served drinks and grab food, they also had the opportunity to meet the presenters and play the new Grand Tour video game.

Gaming on the sofa

The rear half of the Porter Tun was transformed into a cinema screening room, where there was a Q&A with the presenters before the first episode of the new series was shown. After the screening the guests returned to the pub area where they were served bowl food and a DJ played classic rock music.

Amazing event design transforms The Porter Tun

The main organising agency of the event was Jubba. Amazon Prime also worked with Lux Technical for screen lighting and sound; Julie Landau Design on set build, furniture and dressing; Creative Draping Academy for red drapes for the screening room; Acre Jean Ltd for green drapes for the pub; and Crewsaders for event crew.

Catering

The menu was designed on ‘traditional pub grub’ and supplied by The Brewery’s in-house catering team. Nibbles consisting of peanuts, cheese straws, chilli fried corn, BBQ Hula Hoops and olives were placed on tables around the pub. Grab food was passed around by members of staff and consisted of sausage rolls, scotch eggs, beef sliders, paneer burgers and vegan sausage rolls. Later in the proceedings bowl food was served with a choice of fish and chips, chicken Tikka Masala and pilaf rice, vegan tofish and chips, sausage and mash and sticky toffee pudding.

Hammond, May and Clarkson FAQ at the launch event

The venue doesn’t usually serve draft beer, but in keeping with the theme of the event The Brewery set up facilities to pour pints of Peroni, Guinness, Meantime Pale Ale, Old Speckled Hen, Carling and Scrumpy Jack and these were all served in Grand Tour logo traditional pint pots.

Client feedback

Managing agency Jubba were extremely happy with the success of the event. A testimonial to The Brewery after read:

“Thank you so much to you and all your wonderful team at The Brewery, we loved working with you, you were all brilliant!

“The job was so last minute, but everyone was incredibly helpful and a pleasure to be around. Nothing was too much trouble. The food was fantastic too, I still think about the mini burgers.

“Thanks again and please thank the whole team, hopefully we’ll see you again soon.”