Weekend weddings vs Weekday Weddings – which is best?

The wedding season is nearly upon us and following the Government’s announcement of an official roadmap to opening up the UK’s economy and hospitality sector, couples around the UK can now look forward to setting a date and sending out those wedding invitations!

However, setting a date can be a difficult task in itself! First you need to decide which season you want to get married in, and then there is the day of the week.

If you’re newly engaged and thinking about setting a date but can’t decide whether you would prefer a weekday or weekend wedding, you’ve certainly landed in the right place. We’ve created a guide outlining the difference between a weekend wedding and a weekday wedding so that you can figure out the best option for you!

Weekend weddings

Weekend weddings are extremely popular, and dates always get snapped up far quicker than weekday options. This is for a number of reasons – they give guests who don’t live in the area time to travel to and from the wedding location, and most people won’t need to take a day off work (or school!). Plus, they give everyone a chance to recuperate on the Sunday, including the happy couple or even meet for a post wedding lunch.

The only downside of a weekend wedding is that, because they are so popular, you may struggle to secure the date you want at your chosen wedding venue or may have to wait longer for your big day.

Weekday weddings

Weekday weddings also come with a number of benefits.

First and foremost, weekday weddings are a lot easier on the pocket, so if you’re struggling to get on top of your wedding budget, choosing a day during the week will instantly free up some much-needed cash to spend on other wedding essentials! After all, Saturday weddings are notoriously expensive and are often booked up as much as two years in advance.

Choosing a weekday wedding will also make it a lot easier to access your first-choice suppliers such as the photographer, videographer, make-up artist, florist, DJ and anything else you need for your special day.

And, although, it’s not the weekend, a weekday wedding also gives you broader access to a whole host of other meaningful dates that fall during the week including the date you met, Valentine’s day, or any other occasion that means something to you and your partner.

The only stumbling block is that the vast majority of people work Monday to Friday, therefore weekend weddings are always much easier to attend. However, one way of looking at it, is that it is also a great way to keep those numbers down, especially if you have an army of family and friends you want to invite to your big day!

Why choose The Brewery to host your wedding?

Bringing together a special team of talented experts in the fields of venue management, event production, fine dining, and customer service, we are proud to offer a unique and flexible environment for every type of event, including weddings.

With this in mind, if you’re looking for best venue in London for your wedding, look no further than The Brewery. We have a number of different venue spaces in varying sizes, which can be tailored to accommodate all of your needs. Find out more information about our venue here, or contact us to talk about your wedding day.

Wedding decor trends for 2021

As the government has announced an official roadmap to opening up the UK’s economy and hospitality sector, many couples are now looking forward to tying the knot this year. 2021 is set to be the year of the wedding.

Whether you’re busy making the finishing touches to your plans, or you’re starting from scratch, here are the 2021 wedding décor trends that should be on your radar.

Wedding at The Brewery

Relaxed and informal

When it comes to wedding décor, this year is all about embracing a more relaxed and informal theme. Think pared back table dressings, warm, understated lighting, and a generally laid back atmosphere.

Destination-inspired décor

Our travels might be limited currently, but you can use your décor to bring your favourite destination to you. Carefully selecting your colour palette and décor will allow you to channel your original wedding destination, dream honeymoon location or a place that’s special to you both.

From lush, tropical inspired greenery, to carefully chosen furniture, music, fabrics, and finishing touches, this trend is all about whisking your guests away within a multisensory experience.

Micro weddings

Micro weddings are set to be huge this year. Consisting of no more than 25 guests, these weddings provide the ultimate opportunity to incorporate lots of bespoke finishing touches to your special day including tailored menus, personalised favours, private wine tasting opportunities and even personalised flowers.

Wedding setup at The Brewery

Catchy phrases and quotes

Catchy phrases and quotes are a great way to add a personal and endearing dimension to your wedding day theme.

From incorporating lyrics from your favourite songs and using them as centre pieces through to your favourite quotes printed onto cocktail napkins, there are so many ways to embrace this trend and make your special day truly personal.

Luscious greenery

There’s just something about luscious greenery that creates a sense of romance and elegance. There’s no surprise that this wedding décor trend is set to be big this year. From ceremony arches displaying masses of leaves and greenery, through to stunning tables dressed with dreamy foliage, there are countless ways to incorporate this trend into your big day.

Eco weddings

Eco weddings are continuing to increase in popularity as more people than ever before look to celebrate their big day whilst being kind to the planet. So, when planning your big day, think about how you can make sustainable changes.

From upcycling your wedding décor through to using paper cutlery and sharing your wedding day flowers, there are a whole host of ways to be more sustainable with your plans.

English country garden

Inspired by popular shows such as Bridgeton and The Crown, English country garden inspired wedding décor is set to be big in 2021. From fresh floral displays to extravagant floral arches, this trend can be adapted to suit weddings of all scales and budgets.

Twinkly lights

When it comes to setting the scene and exuding endless romance, twinkly lights never fail to provide the perfect backdrop. As many weddings are set to take place outside this year, this trend will be more popular than ever. 

Wedding setup at The Brewery

Mismatched seating

This year is all about embracing mismatched seating. From bringing together

square, rectangular and circular chairs through to mixing and matching layout and playing with different fabrics, this trend will really leave a memorable impression on your guests.

Vibrant colours

Wave goodbye to classic, blush colour palettes and understated design. In 2021, wedding décor is all about pops of colour, statement hues, and even mixed prints. Think vibrant centrepieces, linens, and even glassware and china. There are so many ways to incorporate colour into your theme while keeping everything stylish and sophisticated.

Why choose The Brewery to host your wedding?

Bringing together a special team of talented experts in the fields of venue management, event production, fine dining and customer service, we are proud to offer a unique and flexible environment for every type of event, including weddings.

If you’re looking for a venue in London for your wedding, look no further than The Brewery. We have several different venue spaces in varying sizes that can be tailored to accommodate all of your needs.

Find out more information about our venue here, or contact us to talk about your wedding day. Our friendly and helpful team is always on hand to help.

wedding ceremony in the Sugar Rooms

Unique wedding ideas for 2021

wedding at the brewery

When it comes to planning a wedding, it’s the unique details that leave a lasting impression. Everyone wants to create a magical day that doesn’t feel like a carbon copy of every other wedding they’ve been to, so with that in mind, we’ve rounded up some ways you can get creative and think outside the box…

14 wedding ideas for your special day

1. DIY confetti station

Set up a DIY confetti station where your guests can create their own unique pack of confetti to shower you with.

2. Polaroid wall

Create a station where your guests can get together and take polaroid photographs of the day and add them to a photo wall for everyone to see. You’ll then have a stack of instant, physical photos to take away with you and reminisce on in years to come.

3. Hangover kits

There’s no doubt that a few of your guests will be feeling a little worse for wear the next morning. Hand out some fun hangover kits that your guests will certainly thank you for in their time of need!

4. Playlist of song requests

When sending out your invites, ask your guests to each give you a song request that you can pass onto your DJ who can play them on the night. That way everyone is sure to enjoy a dance to their favourite song throughout the evening.

5. Create a custom stationery stamp

Using your initials as a couple, create a custom monogram stamp to add a personal touch to your wedding stationery. It could be used on everything from your invites and menus to signage and party favours. These will come in handy for thank you cards too.

6. Neon lights

Marquee lights and wooden signs are beautiful, but they often appear at wedding celebrations. If you want to be unique and a little quirky with your signage, why not opt for neon?

7. Dessert table

Who said you can only have one wedding cake? Create a table of desserts filled with your family favourites.  Ask everyone to chip in and bring a recipe that you’ve loved growing up. This way you and your guests can quite literally have their cake and eat it!

dessert table

8. Personalised wine

Create custom labels for the wine bottles on each table. You could create unique names for different wines and add your personalised stamp.

9. Themed cocktails

See if your wedding venue can work with you to create some unique cocktails with personalised names to go with your day.

themed cocktail wedding

10. Live wedding painter

Hire an artist to document your day or create fun caricature keepsakes of your guests.

11. Creative guest books

There are so many ways you can get creative with your guest book. You could ask your guests to fill in cards with your favourite memories, leave date ideas or a piece of advice for marriage.

12. Dancing shoes

After a long day of standing in heels, your guests will thank you for a chic and comfy pair of flip flops they can dance in, making sure they can enjoy the wedding day entertainment you’ve planned.

13. Photograph table numbers

Instead of giving your tables names, add a photo of you and your partner at the age of the table number. It’s a fun talking point and something quirky to make each table unique.

14. Handwritten notes

This might take some time if you have a large wedding party, but it’s a lovely idea to show each guest what they mean to you by placing a handwritten note next to their menu cards.

Find out more today

Have any of our ideas got your thinking? We hope so! And, if you’re still looking for your perfect wedding venue, we’d love for you to take a look around our virtual tour of The Brewery. Contact us today to find out how we can make your wedding day a celebration to remember.

Improving your business meetings and making them work harder

An effective business meeting at a London venue

Meetings are important for effective communication and the functioning of many businesses. However, if poorly organised, they can impact your company negatively and reduce productivity.

Too many meetings lack management and preparation, leading to unproductive meetings that don’t really achieve anything. As well as reducing productivity, a badly managed meeting can also harm employee morale and teamwork.

If your business requires you to have regular meetings with clients, colleagues and stakeholders, we’ve put together some best practices and tips to help improve performance and engagement.

Tips to run an effective business meeting

1. Assess the reason for the meeting

Before you arrange a meeting, ask yourself what the purpose of it is. If the information you need to share doesn’t require a detailed conversation and can be effectively communicated via email, don’t bother. Reduce unnecessary meetings; you don’t want your employees to feel like they’re wasting their time.

2. Invite the right people

Don’t invite people to a meeting if they don’t need to be a part of the conversation or make decisions. You can always offer to send the meeting minutes for people to scan over if needed. And if important decision-makers can’t attend, consider rescheduling the time or date.

3. Send an agenda with the meeting invitation

Be clear about what the purpose of the meeting is and provide attendees with an agenda, so they know what to prepare for. People usually prefer structured meetings rather than surprise conversations that can go off on a tangent.

4. Be prepared

Consider everything you need to bring with you to the meeting, including presentations, documents, plans and reports. You should also ensure you have all of the correct equipment available to you. If you need certain equipment such as a computer, screen and cables, you need to check the venue has this before scheduling the date.

5. Create a positive company culture

Meetings should be respected and valued within your business and that should be reflected in the actions of attendees. Everyone should arrive at meetings on time and prepared. Don’t allow for latecomers or people to sit on their phones throughout the meeting. Lead with example and make sure everyone is engaged.

6. Meeting virtually? Choose the right tool

We’re all well versed in virtual meetings after lockdowns and the pandemic, but it’s important to choose the right tools for maximum engagement. You should also stick to one platform consistently, so attendees are familiar with the platform and know exactly how to use it.

7. Encourage contribution

Keep the atmosphere positive and encourage everyone to contribute. It can be beneficial to establish a leader who ensures everyone gets a chance to share their thoughts and opinions.

8. Choose the right location

When choosing your meeting venue, make sure it’s easily accessible for attendees and is appropriate for your meeting. If you want to leave a lasting impression on clients, you need to look for somewhere that is functional and comfortable with a stylish aesthetic.

9. Ask for feedback

After a meeting, ask attendees for feedback and put their recommendations into action for the next meeting. Identifying your weaknesses or critiquing something you have organised can be difficult, so feedback is a great way of understanding how the meeting went from an attendee’s perspective.

Choosing your meeting venue

Here at The Brewery, we have a range of meeting rooms in Central London with state-of-the-art facilities. With its central location in Shoreditch, London, our venue has excellent transport links for attendees, as well as a range of nearby hotels if the meeting or networking events are taking place over several days.

Our flexible meeting venue is available for small intimate gatherings, as well as larger corporate discussions with over 1,000 attendees. We can also link different rooms so you can have breakout areas around the main meeting if required.

Large meeting rooms in London at The Brewery

The King George III room at The Brewery is ideal for large meetings and can comfortably hold up to 1,200 guests. With exposed brickwork and a barrel-vaulted ceiling, this beautiful meeting space provides:

  • An integrated PA System
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Air-conditioning
  • AMBX intelligent LED lighting in thousands of potential colours that can interact with sound and images

Small meeting rooms in London at The Brewery

If you’re looking to host a more intimate meeting, the Smeaton Vaults can cater for up to 100 people. Styled with copper pipes around the walls and an original iron walkway to showcase the brewing past of this venue, this meeting space provides:

  • Built-in DB audio PA system
  • Large built-in projection area and screen
  • Air-conditioning
  • AMBX intelligent LED lighting in thousands of potential colours that can interact with sound and images
  • Fixed hanging points for additional lighting if needed.

To find out more about hosting your meeting at The Brewery and the services we provide, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

The benefits of holding a staff summer party

Venue ready for summer partyMost businesses traditionally host an annual company-wide Christmas party. However, over the years, corporate summer parties have been growing in popularity and when you consider the benefits, it’s easy to see why. 

Here at The Brewery, we host summer parties each year throughout June, July and August. We welcome a variety of businesses and groups, who all come to host clients, reward the hard work of their employees and enjoy some time away from the office for a night. 

If you’re considering whether a summer party is right for your business, here are just a few of the benefits:

Office summer parties in 2021

It’s great for staff bonding

Everyone has a great story to tell from a Christmas party, but with these social events only coming around once a year, the bonds and camaraderie that getting together outside of work creates are very few and far between. Nestled beneath the glass roof of our airy courtyard is the perfect spot to host a summer party to get your staff bonding and mixing between departments.  

Encourage staff retention

Employee expectations have changed, and people want to work for a company that offers great benefits. Many businesses are pushing the boat out to provide these unique benefits, and in turn, they get to encourage employee loyalty which is essential in a competitive job market. Providing an all-expenses-paid party is a great way to show your appreciation and recognise the hard work your employees put in every day. 

Boost morale

Busy periods in the office are great for business owners as it means more revenue, but for employees, it can lead to stress and pressure that may impact morale. Hosting a summer party provides your employees with something extra to look forward to in the year, while also showing them that you’re grateful for their hard work.

Meet new colleagues

The last year has been challenging to say the least, and for many businesses, new employees haven’t even met their team in person. Recruitment has been carried out virtually for a year now, so a summer party is a perfect opportunity for new employees to meet everyone.

Award your staff

Have a point in the evening where you host an awards ceremony, recognising your top employees for their achievements throughout the year so far. You could get creative with the prizes, offering vouchers for summer events, themed gift baskets, or even an extra day of holiday if you’re feeling particularly generous!

Happy employees are productive employees

The happier your employees are, the more productive they will be. By hosting a summer party, you’re not only boosting staff morale and bonding, but you’re giving your employees the chance to make happy memories with their colleagues. The better the relationships between your staff and the happier they are in their job will increase productivity and employee satisfaction.

It’s tax-deductible

While everything mentioned here sounds great, the money to pay for the party has to come from somewhere. The great news is that some of the expenses are tax-deductible. Here at The Brewery, we also offer an affordable pricing scheme for summer parties, charging a ‘per person’ rate. This means that as soon as you know the numbers, we can provide you with the final price and you won’t be stung with any hidden costs.

From party sizes of 80 up to 800 people, we can cater to a range of occasions and requirements. 

You can promote it across Social Media

Showing your business out and about having fun together is great PR, and our summer parties are an Instadream! As you walk into the venue, you’ll be greeted by a quintessential English summer garden, perfect for team photos which can be shared throughout the night. This will showcase what a great employer you are, as well as the benefits you can offer employees.

Have we persuaded you? Check out our blog post on how to throw the perfect office summer party for more tips. And if you want to find out more about hosting your summer party at the Brewery, please don’t hesitate, get organised and start planning – and get in touch today

Can you film in London?

Filming in London

London is a vibrant, exciting and fast-paced city that is known around the world for its iconic attractions, famous landmarks, and rich history.

Home to eclectic landscapes and impressive skylines, London offers countless inspiring filming locations that provide the ultimate backdrop for films of all genres.

Over the years, a myriad of famous films have been shot against London’s incredible skyline, including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Mission: Impossible, Sherlock Holmes, The Bourne Ultimatum, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and so many more.

However, if you’re considering filming in London, you will need to obtain the relevant permissions and insurance, as well as ensuring that your filming won’t disrupt local communities or put the public’s health and safety at risk.

Here’s our guide to everything you need to know for filming in London. After all, the last thing you want is to waste resources because you haven’t informed relevant authorities.

Filming in a public location in London

There are so many different sides to London. With 33 boroughs, you won’t have a hard time finding an interesting place to film. However, you will need permission to film in the vast majority of locations.

Each borough has its own Borough Film Service (BFS), which is responsible for handling all film requests. Whether you’re filming in a school setting, a shopping centre, housing estate, or even the streets in and around the borough, you’ll need to contact the relevant BFS.

When planning your shoot, start by identifying which borough your location is in. That way you can make contact and gain further guidance.

If you’re going to be filming with guns or any other weapons, you need to make sure that the appropriate authorities are aware! Authorities such as the Metropolitan Police Service Film Unit will also need to know if your filming is to include nudity, the use of fake police / military uniforms or vehicles, or the recreation of crimes or crime scenes.

Street filming in London

Under common law, you can film any public highway in London, providing you aren’t obstructing traffic. If your filming will obstruct traffic in any way, you’ll need to get in touch with the relevant BFS to secure permission.

There isn’t any cost to film on public streets. However, it’s worth noting that if, for example, your activity blocks the street in front of a shop, you may have to pay the shop owner. The BFS may also charge an admin fee to cover cleanup and any related services.

Filming in private locations in London

It’s important to note that certain areas and attractions in London that might appear to be public areas are actually privately owned. This includes:

  • The Royal Parks
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Parliament Square
  • The South Bank
  • Canal and River pathways
  • Train and Tube stations

 

All of these locations need filming permission. And remember, if you are filming in a flat or on a housing estate owned by a Housing Association or council, you will also need to contact all relevant parties and authorities before you start filming.

Filming in a private space

When choosing a film location, you should be aware that not all spaces are free for public use. There’s lots of private land in and around London which is strictly of bounds to the public. With this in mind, you will need to obtain permission if you do wish to film on private land and this often comes at a price.

If you want to film in a privately owned space, you must contact the owner.

Filming buildings

There are plenty of iconic buildings dotted in and around the Capital. Consequently, it’s not unusual for London buildings to enforce strict copyright registrations. Many will also require permission for any filming conducted on the inside or outside of the property.

Even if you can only see the building in the background, you must ask the owner for permission.

Ensure you’re insured

Finally, don’t forget that if you’re filming in London, you’ll need the appropriate insurance. This is extremely important, and you’ll need to make sure that your insurance details are always to hand during filming.

Why choose The Brewery?

Situated in the heart of the capital, The Brewery is a premier event and fine dining venue that is open for hire as a filming location in London.

Bringing together a special team of talented experts in the fields of venue management, event production, fine dining and customer service, we are proud to offer a unique and flexible environment for filming in the heart of the capital.

Unusual team building activites

A team building event in action

If you want your team to be successful, productive, and happy in their work, a strong bond and positive team relationship is key.

However, all too often, team building activities are dull, repetitive and uncomfortable. The good news is it doesn’t have to be that way.  

There are plenty of team building activities, both real-world and virtual, that will bring your team together while giving everyone a great time in the process.

Why team building activities?

Team building activities are not only fun, but they also offer a host of other benefits, including:

  • Improving communication
  • Boosting morale
  • Increasing motivation
  • Developing trust
  • Unleashing creativity
  • Improving confidence levels
  • Boosting mental health
  • Improving physical health

 

Looking for inspiration? Here’s our favourite unusual team building activities.

Battle of the Airbands

This is a fun activity that can be done without too many props. Split your team into ‘bands’ of 3-4 people.

Each band will decide who is taking on each role in the band and what song they will perform a lip-synced, air-guitar style version of the song. Give them time to practice and then bring everyone back for the performance and vote on a winner.

You can also add costumes and props if time allows.

Show and tell

This is a super simple activity that can be done virtually or in person. Get each team member to bring in their most prized possession and tell everyone else about it. It worked in primary school, so why can’t adults do it too?

Office trading cards

Many of us will remember collecting Pokémon cards when we were younger. Well now your team can be the stars of the show.

Simply give out blank cards to each team member and ask them to get creative and make their own trading card. They will need to include their name, a self-portrait, nickname, and a fact about themselves.

Then collect the cards back in and hand them all out at random. Once everyone has a card, they can read the fact, keep it and approach the team member to find out more if they find it interesting, or trade it to find out more about someone new.

Colleague Cribs

Remember MTV Cribs or Through the Keyhole? If you’re looking for a virtual team building activity, why not recreate the concept with your employees?

Ask each employee to record a fun tour of their house or work area – they can be as creative as they want. This is a great way for team members to show their personality and allows everyone to get to know each other a bit more.

Escape Rooms

The beauty of this one is that it can be done in real life or virtually, depending on how your team is working right now. There are several real and virtual escape rooms available, with different themes and difficulty levels, so you’re sure to find one that your team will love.

Making a jigsaw as a team building activity

Jigsaws with a twist

Put your team’s bartering skills to the test. Divide the workforce up into smaller teams and give each one a jigsaw puzzle to work on together.

But, before you dish out the jigsaws, remove a few pieces from each one and give them to one of the opposing teams. The teams will then have to negotiate to get the missing pieces they need – this usually ends in the trading of pieces and even team members.  

Office trivia

A classic quiz with a twist, this is a quick and easy team building activity that can be done in the office or virtually. Put together a set of questions about the company and the workplace that will test the team’s observational skills – questions like how many windows there are in a certain room, the colour of the carpet in the hallway, how many people sit in a certain area etc.

Cooking class

Food brings people together, so take your team off to a cooking class at a local restaurant or cooking school or plan a virtual one where everyone cooks along at home.

Self portraits

All you’ll need for this is pens and paper. Get each team member to draw a self-portrait. Then, collect in all the portraits and display them on the wall. The team then has to guess which portrait belongs to which team member. Once the correct person has been found, get them to describe why they drew themselves the way they did.

This not only encourages your team to unleash their creativity, but it will also help team members understand how others on the team see themselves.

Get in touch

The Brewery is a premium London event venue that’s ideal for hosting team building events for businesses of all sizes. Get in touch to find out more about our available spaces.

The best conference giveaways

If you’ve ever been to a conference, you’ll probably be familiar with the industry staple swag bag, filled with free stuff that’s often branded or themed. If done right, a free goody bag can make a strong first impression on attendees, however, if the bag is filled with useless items, the money you’ve invested into them may end up straight in the bin.

To help you give conference gifts that your attendees will find memorable, useful and fun, we’ve put together our top swag bag ideas to give you some inspiration.

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Conference swag bag ideas

Branded stationery

From pens and notepads to leather diaries and sticky notes, stationery is easy to add your branding to and always comes in handy. If you give away 500 branded notebooks, that’s 500 advertisements of your business out there for people to see which will raise brand awareness.

Food and beverages

Snack food and beverages are great for giving your attendees an energy boost in-between mealtimes. Most people will appreciate something small to enjoy when they’re on the move and attending a busy conference. If you can offer amazing conference food your guests will rave about it.

Water bottles

The days of picking up a single-use plastic water bottle are behind us; everyone wants to help do their bit for the environment by owning reusable bottles they can use time and time again. This is another item that can increase your brand visibility while helping in the fight against plastic.

Gift cards

If you have an e-commerce or retail business, offering a gift card in your goody bags will allow your attendees to choose what they want. You may feel like this idea lacks thought or creativity, but one item will never please everyone. A gift card takes out the guesswork puts the power in your attendees’ hands.

Eco-friendly gifts

Sustainability is at the forefront of everyone’s minds right now. From branded packets of seeds to grow-your-own kits for vegetables and plants, an eco-friendly gift is a unique way to encourage your attendees to think about the environment and take home a memento that keeps on giving.  You can also focus on sustainability by swapping out plastic bags for canvas totes.

Drinks being offered at a conference

Headphones

Whether you opt for compact wireless headphones or a portable speaker, your attendees will appreciate the free tech or – or at least know someone who will. Depending on your budget and conference, you could even put your branding on them for some free exposure.

Scratch cards

Giving your attendees a branded scratch card within their swag bag which offers a range of special prizes will build up anticipation and excitement at your event without having to pay for each attendee to receive a premium gift.

Virtual gifts

Virtual gifts are still a fairly new concept for conferences but can be a great way of giving something back to your attendees while saving them from carrying a goody bag around all day. From eBooks, gift codes and exclusive access to an app or website, virtual gifts are a great opportunity to promote both your brand and any sponsors you may have.

USB sticks

USB sticks are widely used and great for increasing brand awareness, whether you print your logo on it or pre-load the stick with digital brochures about the conference and exhibitors for your attendees to review in their own time.

Branded clothing

A great way to spread your brand name is by providing your attendees with some free clothing. From t-shirts and hoodies to caps and tote bags, you’ve got yourself a walking advertisement.  

Everyday toiletries

Everyday toiletries are especially good if you know you have attendees travelling to your conference. Anything from lip balm and hand sanitiser to shampoo and conditioner can be great for a swag bag.

Phone chargers/power banks

Everyone appreciates an extra phone charger. You’ll always find someone searching for a plug socket to top up their phone at a conference. A pre-charged portable charger will be gold dust for your attendees.

Something relevant to the conference

It’s always a good idea to put something industry-specific into the goody bag. For example, if your conference is about a food product, you’ll want to include that product in the goody bag.

If you’re planning a conference and looking for a leading corporate venue in London, here at The Brewery we offer a unique and versatile environment to accommodate all your requirements.

With state-of-the-art facilities and a fantastic location, our venue is perfect for events with up to 1200 guests. If you would like to discuss hosting your conference at The Brewery, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Virolens Evaluation Trial

Virolens machine

The Brewery is currently restricted by law from hosting events, so we have opened our doors to an exciting evaluation trial, for a potentially game changing new Covid-19 testing technology, Virolens.

The goal of the evaluation trial is to achieve MHRA approval for the Virolens™ system. This will be achieved by identifying 150 validated positive and 250 validated negative Covid-19 test results.  The trial will compare results generated by the Virolens™ device against two different PCR tests processed by independent laboratories.

You can participate in the trial by clicking here

Developed by UK-based Company, i-Abra, the Virolens™ system uses microscopic holographic imaging and artificial intelligence (AI) software to detect Covid-19 at the exact time of testing. When a mouth swab is placed in the Virolens™ testing device, a holographic microscope examines the saliva sample and runs it through a computer trained to identify SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19). This process takes just 20 seconds.

Virolens Machine

This is how the testing process works:

You take your own saliva sample with the mouth swab provided and place it into a testing cartridge.

A Virolens™ operator seals the cartridge and puts it into the Virolens™ device.

Your sample is examined by a holographic microscope, which looks at the light diffracted off the surface of each saliva component.

This holographic imaging is then run through an artificially-intelligent computer trained to detect SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19).

The device then returns a positive/negative result for Covid within just 20 seconds.

Instant point of care testing for Covid-19 has the potential to open up large scale events, sports, festivals and theatres by creating a safer environment for attendees. A solution that offers rapid and accurate testing would present the opportunity for large crowds to access a site with minimal queues or fuss. There are however, limitations to the current testing technologies, which prevent them from doing this effectively. Virolens offers a potential solution to bridge this gap.

The trial at The Brewery is being conducted by i-Abra and is authorised by the MHRA. It is running from the 3rd February for an initial 7 day period, and is open from 7am-7pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-4pm on Saturday (closed on Sunday).

If you would like to help get society moving again by participating in the trial, you can find out more information and book online by clicking here.

Wedding trends for 2021

If you’re looking for 2021 wedding inspiration, look no further.

As we all know, 2020 was an unprecedented year that caused numerous wedding cancellations and forced many couples to reschedule – multiple times! So, whether you’re newly engaged and just starting your planning journey, or a couple looking at their options due to cancellations, we’ve got you covered.

Our expert wedding planners share 2021 trends and predictions for the year ahead to inspire your wedding planning.

Micro weddings

Of course, the most notable trend is micro weddings. The pandemic caused plans to be turned upside down, but many couples decided to reduce their numbers and go micro to avoid waiting. We still don’t have an exact date for when large-scale weddings will resume, so for now the micro trend is here to stay.

Smaller ceremonies have been on the rise over the past few years, and Covid-19 aside, they are a perfect option if you want a beautifully intimate day with your nearest and dearest. They’re also great if you don’t want to spend a load of cash or want a more laid-back celebration.

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Sustainability and ethical practices

Sustainability has been a big consideration for many couples in recent years, and this is set to continue throughout 2021. Examples of how couples are choosing to reduce their eco-footprint include using foam-free flower installations, cutting back on waste, using bio-degradable confetti, finding wedding dresses made using ethical practices, and sourcing their wedding cakes from local companies that use seasonal, local ingredients.

Virtual ceremonies

With micro weddings on the increase, so are virtual ceremonies. For some, micro weddings mean having to compromise on who can attend the celebration in person. That’s where virtual ceremonies come in. Thanks to the world of technology, you can now live stream your wedding ceremony, so everyone you love can be together digitally to celebrate your big day.

Remote wedding planning

Currently, wedding planning is completely remote and will continue to be this way for some time. With wedding fayres cancelled and wedding planners working from home, couples will need to take care of arrangements over the phone or online.

Here at the Brewery, we offer remote wedding planning to assist you with your online wedding preparation and help make sure everything is in order. Whether you want us to take charge, or you just need support with some of the more demanding tasks of planning a wedding, we can help online or over the phone. We can assist you with everything from the menu and flowers, through to the décor and evening entertainment.

Virtual venue tours

Choosing the perfect wedding venue is important, and under normal circumstances you could visit the venue to look around before booking. Following 2020, the trend is to explore venues virtually. Whether that’s a tour that has been created by a venue, or perhaps a facetime call with your wedding planner, navigating your way round will be slightly different this year.

Here at The Brewery, we have a virtual tour online that takes you around all of our stunning rooms with clickable interactive buttons, providing interesting facts and highlighting key features and areas.

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Open speeches

With smaller wedding receptions, you may have more time during the day as you don’t have as many guests to socialise with. It’s a great idea to open up the speeches and instead of just hearing from the father of the bride and the groom, pass the microphone around to anyone else who would like to say a few words.

Double celebrations

Future planning celebrations is another trend that goes hand-in-hand with micro weddings. Due to the shake up the pandemic has caused; many couples are now choosing to say ‘I do’ now and planning to throw a big party once restrictions allow us to again. Of course, the restrictions won’t be around forever, but if you want to declare your love as soon as possible, there’s nothing stopping you having double celebrations!

Guest dress codes

Most couples have a vision of the aesthetic of their wedding before they start planning. With the shift towards micro weddings, it’s easier to have control over the aesthetic and have a dress code with limited guest numbers. Rather than gowns and formal suits, many couples are choosing a more casual style of formal wear and providing guests with preferred colour schemes.

Ambient lighting

From fairy lights and candles to marquee letters and signs, ambient lighting can completely change the feel of your wedding and set the tone for the day. Whether you change the lighting at different stages of the day, change the colour or have fun concept lights, you can add a new depth and dimension to any venue.

Going ‘au naturel’

Another trend continuing on from last year is for brides to opt for a more natural look. Think luminous dewy skin, soft shades of eyeshadow and nude lips. It’s all about looking like yourself and letting the dress do the talking.

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Classic and traditional

We predict 2021 to be the year tradition returns, with classic and timeless dresses, traditional speeches and sentimental moments that are personal to the bride and groom.

Weekday weddings

With many 2020 weddings postponed or cancelled, there will be an influx of weekday weddings as they move to 2021. Not only that, more couples are opting for weekday weddings as both venues and suppliers are often cheaper.

Pastel shades

Pastel shades are popular year after year for weddings, especially during spring/summer. However, this year, it’s thought colours such as sage green, lilac and pastel pinks will overtake the classic blush and ivory themes.

Go big, or go home

If large wedding celebrations resume in 2021, it’s thought couples who have had to postpone and reschedule will adjust their plans to go even bigger. From adding extra people to the guest list and arranging more entertainment, couples want to celebrate bigger and better than ever before.

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Plan your wedding with The Brewery

If you’re still in search for your perfect venue, we’d love for you to take a look around our virtual tour of The Brewery. Located in the heart of London, The Brewery is steeped in history and you can choose from several beautiful spaces to host your wedding ceremony and reception.

Milena, our wedding manager, will help you to create a celebration as unique and individual as you and your partner. With six event spaces, a delicious selection of food and drinks, we will help you create a celebration that you and your guests will never forget.

Congratulations on your engagement. We look forward to hearing from you.