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The event company has launched Smart Experiences, a new hospitality brand providing packages at some of the UK’s biggest sporting events. The first packages will be launched at Royal Ascot in June this year.
The TV chef will be cooking at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 7 September for the Festival of Food and Wine Raceday. Hospitality costs £282pp and includes premier admission, exclusive tables of 10 and four-course lunch.
Keith Prowse and Boujis have secured Groove Armada and Pete Tong for this year’s Audi International Polo afterparty at Guard’s Polo Club on 28 July. There’s also daytime hospitality in a new pitch-side restaurant.
This summer, the racecourse’s Trilogy Bar will be transformed into The Savoy’s American Bar. The pop-up will be serving cocktails created exclusively for Glorious Goodwood, which takes place on 30 July–2 August.
Keith Prowse has announced that it will be the official hospitality provider at the Ryder Cup Europe in 2014. Held at Gleneagles, Scotland, the biennial event will take place from 23-28 September next year.
Hospitality provider Keith Prowse has revealed the menu that will be served at The Gatsby Club during The Championships, Wimbledon from 24 June-7 July. Hospitality packages start at £495pp.
A proposed new development at the racecourse will create a state-of-the-art new grandstand with members' facilities, general public viewing areas, private boxes and Royal Box facilities. Completion is scheduled for 2016.
The football club has announced that it will not be raising its hospitality package prices for the next season. A match day, starting at £150pp, includes dining, a complimentary bar and premium seating.
The acrobatic company will be back in London next year, bringing its Quidam show to the Royal Albert Hall from 4 January to 16 February. The venue is offering a 5% discount on all bookings made before 1 May 2013.
Entertain corporate clients at the first international match to be held at Stamford Bridge for over 60 years. Future World Cup hosts Brazil (2014) and Russia (2018) will play on 25 March. Hospitality tickets cost £99pp.
Tom Kerridge, of the two Michelin-starred Hand & Flowers pub in Marlow, will be bringing his British fare to the Panoramic Restaurant at Ascot’s Royal Meeting (18-22 June). Hospitality packages are available.
Surrey’s Sandown Park is hosting Madness, who will be singing from the stage at the first of the racecourse’s music nights this summer. The band will perform a 90-minute live set after the last race on Wednesday 17 July 2013. Hospitality packages in a range of private suites start at £105pp +VAT.
Described as ‘an adrenaline rush’, Cirque du Soleil’s new show Kooza at the Royal Albert Hall, combines spectacular acrobatics with energetic clowning and high-wire antics. VIP tickets start from £195pp and include central Stalls seats, pre-show reception, hot bowl food, desserts during interval, souvenir programme and gift.
Directed by Trevor Nunn and set to arrive in London with a summer’s worth of glowing reviews from Chichester Festival Theatre behind it, Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate will be The Old Vic’s first musical under Kevin Spacey’s leadership. The fast-paced show-within-a-show unites the worlds of gun-toting gangsters, sparring actors and Shakespeare’s original characters from The Taming of the Shrew. It's on until 2 March 2013.
Keith Prowse has published a report comparing the amount of client face time various sporting events can offer. The information comes as part of a survey, commissioned by the corporate hospitality provider, which confirms that face-to-face meetings are still considered important by industry leaders for developing strong business relationships. For a full line-up of the events that provide most time with clients, click here .
Tickets are now available for one of the hospitality calendar’s stand-out events. This year’s Royal meeting is on Saturday 22 June. Among a variety of different options for groups, the Bessborough Restaurant – which includes a fashion show during lunch – is up there among our favourites.
Rowan Atkinson, Jimmy Carr and Miranda Hart are among the big names confirmed to take part in this year’s comedy gala on 28 November in aid of The Prince’s Trust. All hospitality tickets for the event includes a ‘substantial donation’ to the charity, which supports disadvantaged young people. Prices start from £250pp for a VIP Reception, which includes premium arena seats, a pre-show reception with finger food, hot bowl food, beer, wine and soft drinks, Häagen Dazs ice-cream in the interval, cloakroom facilities and one programme per every two guests.
The event we all know is Royal Ascot, of course, but the Berkshire racecourse is actually open all year round. There is a series of meets offering excellent hospitality options all the way to December, including the Christmas Meeting.
See England against Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa in the QBE Internationals at Twickenham as of the 10 November. The Experience Club, starting at £195pp, includes match tickets with free food and drink.
World-class tennis players past and present take to the courts at the Royal Albert Hall on 5-9 December. Check out the likes of Tim Henman and Pat Cash battle it out, with box-seat packages starting from £169pp.
Summer has officially started so make the most of it with a spot of alfresco entertaining. The molecular-inspired chefs at Bubble Food have created a picnic hamper that will put your soggy sandwiches to shame. Among the offerings will be scallop carpaccio with avocado and red pepper salsa topped with bean blossom or manchego flowers with raspberry dressing, all washed down with Bubble’s own take on Pimm’s (strawberry, mint and cucumber raviolis, topped with lemon foam and orange perfume).
Glorious Goodwood runs from 31 July to 4 August and has a whole host of hospitality options. Most affordable is the Past the Post restaurant in the Richmond Enclosure, from £245pp – see the horses thundering past while enjoying a slap-up three-course meal
Jockey Club Venues has seen a surge in demand for its live music events. The group’s programme of acts this summer includes Tom Jones, Madness and Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. Live music events contributed to 16% of The Jockey Club’s annual 1.9m footfall last year.
For the twelfth year running, West End nightspot Chinawhite will be setting up shop at the International Polo at Windsor Park on 22 July. Prices for hospitality packages start from £105pp.
Ethical London caterer Eden has launched a fine dining service in conjunction with its existing ‘express’ and ‘events’ options. The menu features the likes of rabbit terrine, roasted poussin and chilli chocolate tart.
From 26 to 29 January, the glitterati will descend on St Moritz for the Polo World Cup on Snow. Saturday and Sunday have already sold out but Thursday and Friday are available, so get your skates on.
Keith Prowse is stepping up its hospitality offering at The Rose Bowl next summer with a range of packages for England’s One Day Internationals against the West Indies and South Africa.
No summer is complete without a trip to Royal Ascot and tickets are now available for 2012. Check out our complete guide to hospitality as well as our top tips for a day at the world’s most famous racecourse.
You can expect more than a hotdog and a cup of tea from the hospitality at premiership football this season. Industry veteran Keith Prowse has a range of high-quality packages at clubs across the country.
Watch some of the world’s best tennis players compete in one of London’s most spectacular venues. Ex-pros and current high rankers will battle it out at the Royal Albert Hall from 30 November to 4 December, box packages are from £369pp.
For racing enthusiasts the Hennessey Winter Festival at Newbury is the highlight of the winter calendar. The three day event (Thursday 24 November to Saturday 26 November) has various hospitality options from 16-man boxes for £45pp to a table in the Racegoers Restaurant overlooking the finish line.
The final countdown has started and groups all over the UK are scrambling for tickets. With all the events now sold out, getting a ticket to the beach volleyball at Horseguards Parade will be as tough as prizing the 100m gold medal from around Usain Bolt’s neck next summer. Fear not, good reader: V&E has a how-to explanatory guide on how and where to buy hospitality tickets.
On Sunday 24 July the great and the good will be at Guards Polo Club in Windsor, where hospitality is available for £399. You never know, you might even spot the royal newlyweds.
For two weeks in late June, the country goes Wimbledon mad. As one of the most popular hospitality events of the summer, it's worth getting bookings in now.
Guitar legend Slash joins Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Dream Theater and Thunder on the hard-rocking line-up for this year’s High Voltage festival in Victoria Park. The former Guns n Roses guitarist will play the Main Stage on his birthday, 23 July, which is the first day of the two-day festival. VIP hospitality packages are available from £325 per person, including grand stand seating by the Main Stage and all-day food and drink in the VIP backstage bar, which has dedicated staff and luxury loos. Click through for details.
Book a table of 10 or more at The Rose Bowl for the Test or ODI and receive a table of 10 at Cheltenham for half price. MORE
Still not got any St Patrick’s Day plans? Hospitality is still available at the biggest Irish event in town. Tables are available at £1,290. MORE
Tuesday 15 March marks the centenary of the Cheltenham Festival – arguably the biggest winter event in racing. To celebrate, punters are being offered two free places with every table of 10 booked. MORE
One of our favourite winter hospitality events, the 54th Hennessy Gold Cup takes place on 27 November at Newbury Racecourse. Known for its association with the Queen Mother, who regularly used to present the coveted trophy, the race attracts the finest steeplechasers from all over the world. Hospitality is still available in the top-end Hennessy Restaurant for the first two days, while you’ll also be able to sample the cockle-warming, 100-year-old Horse’s Neck cocktail at outposts around the stadium.
Tickets for Royal Ascot have just gone on sale. After selling out in record time last year, get in quick to book the most popular hospitality packages. MORE
Looking for a special client break? Lough Erne Golf Resort in Northern Ireland has a range of corporate packages with everything included. Highlights of the Lough Erne Challenge featuring Rory McIlroy are on Sky Sports tonight.
Looking for a special client break? Lough Erne Golf Resort in Northern Ireland has a range of corporate packages with everything included. Highlights of the Lough Erne Challenge featuring Rory McIlroy are on Sky Sports tonight.
Life feeling empty post-Wimbledon? Then book in for the 2010 AEGON Masters (30 November - 5 December)where Tim Henman will be facing up to his nemesis Goran Ivanesevic in the glorious surrounds of the Albert Hall. High Voltage
The Ryder Cup is golf's biggest matchplay event. Hospitality at Celtic Manor, South Wales will be huge, where Europe will try to win back the trophy from USA over four days' play. MORE
Now’s the time to be making hospitality bookings for the autumn rugby internationals. England play the All Blacks on 6 Nov, Aus on 13 Nov and SA on 27 Nov. MORE
Book a table of 10 at The Brit Oval for a Test match on selected dates & receive four free hospitality places at one of Surrey's domestic fixtures, worth in the region of £600. MORE
For one night only on Saturday 9 July, the Royal Albert Hall is being turned into a 1950s dancehall for a musical night of jive and swing. Dig out your best forties frock and rock the night away to the live bands and DJs on the mammoth 5,000sq ft dancefloor, especially created for the event. Dancing tickets are £25, or you can book hospitality in the Loggia boxes overlooking the dancing at £200 for five guests, or terrace tables of 10 next to the ‘floor for £400. Start perfecting your hand jive now…
The world’s biggest tennis tournament returns to SW19 later this month on 21 June. One of the biggest events of the summer calendar, Wimbledon is a firm fixture in many a Londoner’s social diary. Hospitality expert Mike Burton is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go and see the Ladies’ Final on 30 June, with 25% off the advertised price. Guests receive a four-course lunch, complimentary bar, afternoon tea and debenture seats grouped together on Centre Court.
London’s restaurant scene is up there with the best in the world, so what better way to entertain clients than at a London festival celebrating all things foodie. Michelin stars galore will be shining at Taste of London, with dishes served up by Gary Rhodes, Michel Roux Jr and Tom Aitkens. Enjoy the hubbub of the festival while sipping Champagne from a private enclosure.
Arguably the most famous race meet in the world, Royal Ascot always tops the polls of the most popular British hospitality experience. Running this year from 15-19 June, packages for all four days are selling fast, with Ladies’ Day (Thursday) nearly all but sold-out. This year, the Roux brothers of Bray’s three-Michelin-starred Waterside Inn take over the Panoramic Restaurant, bringing in everything from their food concept to the crockery. Check out our full reviews of all available packages.
For an opportunity to see the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in even more relaxed surrounds, on Monday 5 July before the show starts, guests have the opportunity to attend an exclusive preview evening from 5.30pm-10.30pm. Limited tickets are available, priced at £55. For the full hospitality experience, buy an indulgent Villandry hamper for £180 that can be picked up after you’ve explored the exhibits. Sit back and watch some top-drawer entertainment and a spectacular firework display.
For a limited time, Mike Burton is offering 25% off of all Centre Court hospitality packages for 1 July, traditionally the day for the ladies semi-finals. The package includes a four-course lunch, complimentary bar, afternoon tea and debenture seats grouped together on Centre Court. The offer runs until 9 April.
With the race to be crowned Premier League champions hotting up, Man Utd are well placed to retain the title they’ve held for the past three seasons. Two of the biggest games are coming up: Chelsea on Saturday 3 April and Spurs, on 25 April. United have some excellent hospitality rates available at the moment, starting at around £300pp.
The British Open returns to its roots this year, with the 150th anniversary of the tournament being played at the Home of Golf, St Andrews. A range of packages are on offer, including a special offering to celebrate the competition’s homecoming. The ‘Home of Golf’ package costs £415 and is taken in the Old Course Hotel where guests have the opportunity to rub shoulders with the players and indulge in a hearty golfers’ breakfast, followed by a three-course lunch at the time of their choosing and a sumptuous afternoon tea. Other packages are available, so check them out on the tournament’s page.
It’s now only five months before England jet out to South Africa to compete for the World Cup. As a hospitality experience, what could be better than taking a client to Soccer City to witness England in the final stages where the boys have the best chance to lift the trophy in fifty years? Official hospitality packages are available from Keith Prowse, where everything from flights to hotels and transport is catered for.
You might not be feeling particularly spring-like just yet but come May, the highlight of the horticultural season, the Chelsea Flower Show will be upon us once more. And the only way to ‘do Chelsea’ is in the comfort of the excellent hospitality facilities. Sodexo Priestige, always a safe pair of hands, is offering a Chairman’s VIP All Day Package, from £249, includes coffee and patisserie on arrival, a Champagne and canapé reception plus a four-course luncheon with wine aplenty. Groups can also reserve a private hospitality pavilion accommodating between 30 and 80 guests.
Simply Red have announced that they will be returning to Newbury Racecourse to play Party in the Paddock on Friday 9 July. Coming off the back of a sell-out gig last year, the band are coming back to perform after the day’s racing at the Berkshire course. Hospitality packages are available, where guests can dine in one of the VIP restaurants and enjoy the racing, before taking to the paddock to watch the show. More big acts are soon to be announced.
New at next year's Open Championship Hospitality is the Sportsman's Dinner, which takes place on just one day, the 14 July. Watch past champions play on the historic Old Course and join a guest speaker from the world of golf in the evening for a Champagne reception and celebratory dinner in The R&A Links Restaurant beside the first tee. The package is £299 plus VAT.
5 January 2010 sees the opening of yet another wonderful Cirque du Soleil production at the Royal Albert Hall. 'Varekai' tells the story of a solitary man falling from the sky into a forest populated with fabulous creatures. Hospitality promises to be even more special this year as the Royal Albert Hall brings the 'Tapis Rouge' corporate package in house for the first time. Prices start at £980 +VAT for a Second Tier Box.
It doesn't come cheap but hospitality at next year's Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor is well worth shelling out for. The stunning Usk River Valley course has been designed specifically with the Ryder Cup in mind and the hospitality pavilions on the 16th and 17th fairways offer tremendous views. Prices start at £3,800 for a table of 10 on Practice Days, rising to £300,000 for a six-day package in a Premium Chalet for 50 people.
Hospitality is still available at this weekend's England v Australia rugby international at Twickenham, kicking off the autumn series with some serious sparks likely to fly. Hospitality is available at the Chase Bridge Hospitality Village through Mike Burton for £495, or Keith Prowse in Rugby House South Stand for £529.
The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals makes its debut in London at The O2 Arena from 22-29 November, showcasing the world's best eight singles players and doubles pairings. Federer, Murray, Roddick, Djokovic and Nadal will all be playing and there are two hospitality options through IMG: a VIP suite seating 18 at £449 +VAT or joining others in a VIP dining area at £399 +VAT.
This year's Berkeley Square Ball (tel: 020 7644 1420) takes place on 3 December in Portman Square. Guests will be entertained under a beautiful bespoke structure, with cocktails courtesy of Nobu Berkeley and a dinner created by Giorgio Locatelli. Tables of 10 are £5,500.
For the first time ever, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards will be held in Yorkshire, at The Sheffield Arena. Having established itself as a premier live event, it offers a unique hospitality experience to see Britain’s top sporting heroes at close quarters and will be covered live on BBC One on Sunday 13 December. Hospitality tables are £4,000 +VAT, seating 10 guests.
Running from 26-28 November, the Hennessy Festival is the highlight of the winter racing calendar. Newbury Racecourse has a wealth of hospitality packages to appeal to all budgets and tastes, with the Hennessy Restaurant serving up top-notch wine and cuisine, and the Racegoers Restaurant for the more serious punter, with a huge balcony overlooking the home straight.
Next year's RBS 6 Nations marks the competition's centenary year, involving all five original members. The competition will kick off on Saturday 6 February 2010, with 2009 Grand Slam winners Ireland hosting Italy and England playing their first home game against Wales at Twickenham Stadium. Hospitality is available through Keith Prowse
Now in its sixth year, the London Bierfest takes place at Old Billingsgate from 21-23 October. It's great fun, with hospitality from IMG including unlimited Paulaner beers from Munich, traditional German fare, live music and all sorts of other entertainment. Packages are sold in tables of 10.
As a special offer for attendees & exhibitors at Square Meal's Venues & Events Show 2009, Chelsea FC is offering an excellent 2-for-1 deal on tickets to the Carling Cup match on 23 September against Queen's Park Rangers. Seat-only options are from £65pp and hospitality from £99pp. Or if you can’t wait until then, enjoy 10% off all matchday packages throughout the season, including the first Champions League fixture against FC Porto on 15 September. For more information or to book, contact the above number or email & quote 'Square Meal.'
One of the most prestigious tennis tournaments on British soil, the AEGON Masters Tennis takes place at the Royal Albert Hall from 1-6 December. Pat Rafter will be playing for the first time in Britain since 2001; Edberg and Ivanisevic have also been confirmed. Hospitality starts at £339 and includes premium box seats.
If The Ashes is whetting your appetite for more cricket, Keith Prowse still has availability in both the Captains' Lounge & Nursery Pavilion at Lord's on 6 and 12 September, plus limited availability at The Brit Oval on 4 September.
A winning combination of outstanding hospitality and world-class tennis, the Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall is a perenially popular hospitality option. Running from 1-6 December, previous tournaments have featured the likes of Sampras, Edberg, McEnroe and Ivanisevic. Hospitality starts at £339 +VAT and includes premium box seats plus lunch or dinner in the Champions Club.
Everyone associates Ascot Racecourse with Royal Ascot but there are many other race meetings going on throughout the year which are well worth splashing out on hospitality for, at very reasonable prices. The Ascot Festival for instance, which runs from 25-27 September, incorporates the CAMRA Beer Festival, where you can sample over 160 beers, enjoy a day of racing and a spot of live music. Special group packages are on offer, with Friday just £15pp.
The climax of the 2009 Ashes series takes place at the Brit Oval from 20-25 August (we're hoping to hear the crowd roars from our offices just round the corner!). Hospitality packages through Keith Prowse are still available for the Saturday in the second-floor lounge and the Laker restaurant, or Sunday in the lounge again or the marvellous Roof Terrace.
The climax of the 2009 Ashes series takes place at the Brit Oval from 20-25 August (we're hoping to hear the crowd roars from our offices just round the corner!). Hospitality packages through Keith Prowse are still available for the Saturday in the second-floor lounge and the Laker restaurant, or Sunday on the marvellous Roof Terrace. and Sunday at £xx; meanwhile if you fancy watching England take on Australia again in a one day international, blah blah
The Goodwood Revival (18-20 September) celebrates its 11th anniversary this year, as well as the 60th anniversary of the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit. The Revival recalls the halcyon days of motor racing as it used to be in Goodwood’s heyday up to 1966, with competitors and spectators alike dressed in period fashions. Hospitality pavilions are right at the heart of the action, with prices starting from £380 +VAT pp.
Summer definitely isn't over yet but many of the top hospitality events are, so look ahead to October and the ever-popular . Now in its sixth year, held at Old Billingsgate Market, it brings to life a traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest with flags, banners, Oompah band, great stage acts, traditional food and, of course, unlimited steins of Paulaner beer, all served to your table by Heidi, Helga & Helmut! Hospitality starts at £1,150 +VAT per table of 10.
No sooner is this year's The Open at Turnberry over than Prestige Hospitality is busy releasing details of the fantastic packages on sale for next year's championship at the Home of Golf, St Andrews. With the championship celebrating its 150th year, it promises to be an event to remember, with a programme of unique events planned as well as specially commissioned gifts for every hospitality guest. Five hospitality packages start from £375 +VAT.
We really enjoyed the Goodwood Festival of Speed recently; now we're looking forward to Glorious Goodwood from 28 July to 1 August, combining the glamour of top class racing with the outstanding beauty of the Goodwood racecourse and the famously stylish dress code. An excellent range of hospitality packages is on offer, from private tables for two up to pavilions for 24 guests and private boxes for 40.
Newly formed Sanctum Special Events (tel: 020 7292 8305), specialist in outdoor and music hospitality, has a limited number of exclusive private marquees (40-person capacity, from £7,300 incl. VAT per day) within the VIP area at Lovebox, which takes place in Victoria Park on 18 and 19 July. Expect cocktail and coffee bars, a dance tent run by Joey Negro and Norman Jay, plus cabaret and burlesque performances from The Whoopee Club.
The Cartier International Polo tournament celebrates its 25th anniversary this year - enjoy one of the most glamorous hospitality packages in town courtesy of Keith Prowse in the Chukkas Restaurant, alongside a chill-out tent offering head massages and neck rubs if all that schmoozing proves a little too stressful. Private tables for eight guests or more are available, with smaller numbers catered for on a shared basis.
One of Britain and Europe's greatest ever golfers, Tony Jacklin CBE, is returning to play and host the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship this year at Nailcote Hall, from 4-7 August. As well as the official Pro-Am Competition between European Tour & PGA professionals, there are also two Celebrity/Amateur Golf Days, where teams of amateur golfers will enjoy 18 holes with a personality from the world of sport or entertainment. The event kicks off on 4 August and finishes on 7 August with a charity black-tie dinner.
One of the most prestigious polo tournaments in the world, the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup runs from 23 June to 19 July at Cowdray Park in West Sussex. Hospitality is available for the semi-finals and finals on 16 and 19 July, from £270 +VAT pp in the Cowdray Marquee, situated by the side of the arena with its own private garden. For tickets, contact 01730 813257.
England and Australia will be locking horns again this year to compete for the Ashes, but between the second and third Tests on 21 July, sticks and balls of another kind will be order of the day. Stoke Park Club is hosting an Ashes Fourball golf day, where Shane Warne, Andrew Strauss, Ricky Ponting and the other players will join hospitality guests to play a round. Hosted by Sir Michael Parkinson, three guests per team have the opportunity to play with an Ashes squad member, before joining the players for a charity auction and dinner in the evening. The Price for one player is £1,200, two players is £2,200 and three players is £3,000.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed from 3-5 July, is held over three days in the Earl of March’s glorious West Sussex backyard. It’s a feast of everything on four wheels and also features the biggest collection of current supercars at any motor show, which can now be enjoyed from the laid-back Supercar Pavilion, new for this year and £200 a head. More formal hospitality is offered in the Moss Pavilion and Library Lawn or the Hill and Gurney Pavilions.
Prestige Hospitality is offering fantastic late deals for the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (tel: 0845 3700 128). The event, which takes place between 7-12 July will showcase the very best in horticulture, alongside live music and fireworks. Hospitality packages, including early entrance to the show, morning coffee, a Grande Marque Champagne and canapé reception, four-course lunch with fine wines, plus afternoon tea and an all-day bar, now start at just £120+VAT.
The stage production of Peter Pan (tel: 020 7514 5854) has opened at a specially commissioned (and rainproof) Theatre Pavilion in Kensington Gardens. Running until 20 September, two hospitality packages from The Rouge Partnership, in conjunction with The Recipe, are available. Choose between a BBQ on the terrace or a private dining gazebo, from £175 +VAT pp. The pavilion is also available for hire as a private event space, seating over 1,000.
Book a hospitality package in the Hennessy Restaurant at Newbury Racecourse before the end of July and you’ll get the chance to try the new 25 Mile Menu. The clue’s in the name: the seasonal menu supports local produce sourced within 25 miles of Newbury, including buffalo mozzarella from Hampshire’s Laverstoke Park and asparagus from Cobb’s Farm in Hungerford.
Henley Royal Regatta, held from 1-5 July, just about sums up ‘The Season’ from a hospitality perspective. The picture-perfect Temple Island can be hired exclusively for 40 guests with packages including an Albert Roux four-course lunch. Luxury riverside chalets are also available for a minimum of 24, each with its own bar, dining area and private garden leading down to the river. An after-party has also just been announced, hosted by Hed Kandi.
Glamorous house music brand Hed Kandi has just been announced as official after-party provider for this year’s Henley Royal Regatta. On 3 and 4 July, the label will take over the Fawley Meadows marquee, bringing its top dance DJs, vocalists and live acts to party with guests long into the night. Tickets cost £30, but day VIP packages are available for £80 +VAT, including a Thames cruise and waitress service all day.
After a solid 0-0 Chelsea performance away in Barcelona, the Champions League semi-final is still very much in the balance. The Catalan giants come to Stamford Bridge next Wednesday, 6 May, for the second leg. Hospitality packages are still available, starting at £495. Guests get some of the best seats in the house, a pre-match buffet and refreshments at half and full time.
Look out for our feature on the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show,/b> in our spring magazine but in the meantime, book ahead for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, running from 19-23 May. Packages at the event start from £189 for a day’s hospitality, rising to £529 for the VIP Chairman’s Package, including a four-course lunch and a horticultural expert to take guests through the exhibition.
As part of their farewell tour after 25 years of entertaining, Simply Red will be playing at Party in the Paddock on Ladies Day, 15 August 2009. The performance will be one of their last this year before they disband in 2010. Race-goers can enjoy the racing & a three-course meal in the panoramic restaurants from £55pp. Group bookings of 10 or more receive a 20% online discount.
A whole new ball game comes to Old Trafford this June, with England playing Argentina in the first game of England's Argentina tour. Various hospitality packages, ranging from £95 +VAT to £325 +VAT, are available on June 6, with a 4pm kick-off. Click through for further information.
Booking opens next Friday 27 March for the 2009 Korn/Ferry season at Opera Holland Park, with popular choices such as La bohème and Un ballo in maschera balanced by lesser known operas such as Roberto Devereux. Corporate hospitality ranges from £150 for a Champagne picnic to £210 for a pre-opera supper.
One of the hottest theatrical hospitality tickets for June is sure to be The King and I at the Royal Albert Hall, running from 12-28 June. Watch the show from a luxurious 12 or 8-seater corporate box, or book a fine dining package with premium stalls seats. Click through for more details or to book.
Newbury Racecourse is launching an all-new dimension to select race days. At no extra cost, those spending the day in the Racegoers Restaurant will experience a two-hour comedy set after the day's racing. For the price of a £60 ticket, guests receive access to the restaurant facility and balcony all day, three-course lunch, on-hand betting representatives and a guide to the day's racing.
For the first time this year, Keith Prowse is hosting guest speakers at one of its most popular corporate hospitality offerings at Wimbledon, from 22 June to 5 July. Each day, The Gatsby Club will feature a mix of former tennis legends and top sporting journalists, who will provide unique insight into the world's current leading players. Speakers will include the likes of Jeremy Bates, Peter Fleming and Mark Petchey; hospitality packages start from £450.
Scotland vs Ireland is the final 6 Nations match at Murrayfield on 14 March and already a sell-out, but hospitality is still available through Murrayfield Experience. Three price points, starting from £395pp and rising to £525, include premium match tickets and a complimentary bar pre-and-post match.
Sunday 1 March is Carling Cup Final day at Wembley and Manchester United is offering a tempting hospitality package for £499+VAT per person. Enjoy a relaxed return train journey, including a chef-prepared breakfast on a First Class Pullman service to Wembley Central station and a four course dinner on the way back to Manchester, as well as an official programme and a ManUtd gift.
London Fashion Week opens this Friday & if you're looking to entertain stylish clients, there are still a few packages left. Each weekday (Friday 20, Monday 23 and Tuesday 24) has a breakfast, lunch and late afternoon option, individually priced at £385 plus VAT pp and including seats at a show. Call Kate Price on 020 8614 7697 for further information or to book.
As hospitality budget belts tighten, tall ship specialist Red Sky Sailing (tel: 01273 777978) has renegotiated its 2009 supplier rates for Cowes Week (1-8 August), for exclusive hire of its two luxury tall ships, Atlantis and J.R.Tolkien. Hosting groups from 20 to 140 guests, prices start at £145pp plus VAT for evening hire or £180pp plus VAT for day sails.
The new World Polo Series launched yesterday at Hurlingham Park, with plans unveiled for a two-day polo extravaganza from June 5. With a new televised format and weekday events, The World Series hopes to make polo more accessible, particularly to corporate hospitality (hitherto, tournaments have always been played outside London and over a weekend). Call 020 7936 5238 for a range of hospitality packages.
Stellar golf venue Stoke Park is offering a reduction in its rates for corporate golf days. Used to accommodating the likes of James Bond in Goldfinger and Daniel Craig in RocknRolla, for bookings made on any Monday in March, April or May, a 15% discount is available for groups of eight or more. For further information and booking, call 01753 717 171 quoting Square Meal.
The Birmingham NEC plays host to the 2009 British Open Show Jumping Championships from 16-19 April. With a varied range of events on show, from celebrity polo featuring Katie Price (pictured), to the more traditional dressage, there’s plenty available to keep even the non-horsie enthusiasts entertained. Hospitality is appealing, with VIP dining and a Champagne reception at a restaurant overlooking the main arena. Prices start from £145 plus VAT - call 01582 711 411 to book.
Mick Hucknall and Simply Red will be playing a live concert at Sandown Park on 22 July, and if last year's ticket sales for the Music Nights (featuring the likes of Girls Aloud) were anything to go by, the 90-minute concert is bound to be a sell-out. Featuring songs from their latest greatest hits album Simply Red 25, tickets also include access to an evening of racing and there are some great hospitality packages from £100 plus VAT pp (book before 31 March and you receive a 10% discount). Click through for full details.
Hospitality guests dining at Newbury will have an extra treat this season, with a two-hour comedy session thrown in at no extra cost after racegoers have enjoyed a three-course meal in the Racegoers Restaurant. The comedians will be Mike Wilmot, Hal Cruttenden and Kevin McCarthy; tickets start at £60 for the whole package. Click through for full details.
Here's a new reason to book an event at the elegant Hurlingham Club: the Searcys 1847 venue has teamed up with Chutney Mary, one of our favourite Indian restaurants in London, to provide delectable pan-Indian catering at corporate & private events at the Thameside venue.
New for 2009 is the Fine Dining Experience at the Royal Albert Hall, with a choice of two packages at various shows throughout the year. The Fine Dining package features pre-show hospitality in Coda, the excellent in-house restaurant, and stalls seating; while the Corporate Box package features pre-show hospitality & exclusive box hire. The first event to showcase the experience will be The King & I from 12-28 June. Click through for full details...
Chelsea FC is offering a fantastic hospitality opportunity to welcome in the new Premiership season. Book a matchday package for any game for just £150, saving up to 50% on some matches. Click through for more details...
Annual badges have just gone on sale for Ffos Las (tel: 07971 976016), a new £20m, 600-acre racecourse opening in June near Llanelli in south Wales. Encompassing a one-and-a-half-mile track with a grandstand, it's the first racecourse to be built in the UK for over 80 years. Hospitality looks promising, with booking already open for the eight hospitality suites and packages starting at a very reasonable £75.
The Donmar Warehouse's year-long season at the Wyndham's Theatre got off to a highly successful start in the latter half of last year with Kenneth Branagh as Ivanov and is currently featuring Derek Jacobi as Malvolio in Twelfth Night. From March to May, the hottest theatrical ticket in town will be Madame de Sade with Judi Dench. Book ahead with London Entertains for Superseat and hospitality packages.
Book a private box at Newbury on 23 January or 23 January (for a minimum of 10 people) and you'll receive a free Dual Annual Membership badge worth £550 - an offer not to be sniffed at! The offer has to be booked at least five days in advance - click through for more details.
Cheering to hear some good news in the current financial climate - Sodexo Prestige (tel: 0870 421 4868) has just won a £38m deal with Newcastle United Football Club, adding to their football hospitality portfolio of Aberdeen FC, Everton FC & Hampden Park. Sodexo will employ 1,100 staff at the club’s catering, event and sales departments as a result of the deal.
The Open Championship returns to Turnberry for the first time since 1994 this summer, from 16-19 July, with a restructured course playing host to Tiger Woods return to the major circuit. Five packages start from £320, rising to £495 for the Open Seafood & Champagne package on the final day, based in the new Loch Fyne restaurant in the official hospitality village.
The big musical story this year is Oliver!, with performances beginning 12 December at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Cameron Mackintosh has put together a new production of the much-loved Dickens fable (last staged at the Palladium in 1994), with Rowan Atkinson as Fagin. Book hospitality through London Entertains.
It's not too late to book for the RBS 6 Nations in February and March, with England as (marginal) favourites. Hospitality at London and Cardiff games is organised by Twickenham Experience and Millenium Stadium (tel: 0870 143 2400), while Murrayfield is Prestige Scotland
The third Anglo Irish Bank Emeralds & Ivy Ball (tel: 020 7009 8925) takes place at Battersea Evolution on 21 November. An annual event organised by Ronan Keating, in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation and Cancer Research UK, it is this year hosted by Neil Fox. With past guests including the likes of Rod Stewart and Jon Bon Jovi, it promises to be a star-studded occasion. Live music from a range of stars (including Keating himself) and a charity auction make for a fun night. Tables of 10 are £5,000.
It's just been announced that Eric Clapton is returning to the Royal Albert Hall (tel: 020 8233 5800) for 11 shows from May 16 2009. As well as the usual boxes, there is the opportunity to host a private reception for 120 guests in a State Room at the RAH, plus stall seats. Availability is limited so get booking!
To launch their 'event within an event' matchday packages, Chelsea FC are hosting 'A Matchday with Alec Stewart OBE' on Saturday 1 November, with the team playing at home to Sunderland. Guests are invited to join an exclusive Q&A session with the former England cricket captain and loyal Blues fan, alongside the match. Click through for more details.
Group tickets for Royal Ascot 2009, 16-20 June, have just gone on sale, ensuring groups of 10 or more have priority booking and the chance to purchase tickets four weeks before individuals on the 11 November. Groups of 60 or less can book online; groups of over 60 can fill in and send off a downloadable group booking form.
Newbury's centrepiece - the three-day Hennessy Winter Festival - has an extra corporate day on Thursday 27 November for the first time in its history this year. Watch the prestigious jump race courtesy of a choice of four excellent hospitality offers, including double Michelin-starred chef John Campbell's menu on the Thursday.
Join the Williams F1 Team for a three-course gourmet dinner in honour of the Help For Heroes charity campaign. Taking place at the RBS Williams F1 Conference Centre in Grove, Oxfordshire on 14 November, all proceeds will go directly to helping wounded service men and women and a charity auction will feature prizes including a skydive with the Red Devils. Tables of 10 cost £1,500.
Hospitality packages are now on sale for the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry, running from July 16-19. Sodexo Prestige are the official hospitality providers and there are five packages to choose from (our favourite is the Open Seafood and Champagne, in the Loch Fyne seafood restaurant, for tables of 10.
Rugby Union returns to Wembley Arena for the first time in nine years on 3 December, as Australia visit and take on a specially selected Barbarians team. Balmlane has some excellent hospitality, with the chance to enjoy seats in the Royal Box and meet players from both teams.
Cast your minds forward to 25 September, to the annual glam-fest that is the Berkeley Square Ball (tel: 020 7644 1420). 850 guests, including many celebs, will be entertained in a marquee, with cocktails courtesy of Nobu Berkeley and dinner created by Marco Pierre White. Entertainment is yet to be announced but expect something high calibre, with the likes of James Brown performing in the past. Tables of ten are £6,500 plus VAT or tickets are available at a cost of £700 plus VAT.
The open air opera season at Holland Park is nearly over (just as the weather starts hotting up - typical!)but Korn/Ferry still has hospitality available for La Gioconda and Tchaikovsky's Iolanta in the first week of August. The choices vary, from a reception to pre-opera supper to Champagne picnic. It's a wonderful way to spend a relaxed summer evening...
A box at the Royal Albert Hall and Katherine Jenkins singing carols and popular arias: what better way to entertain your clients this festive season? Book up for IMG's hospitality on 9 December at this Christmas Concert (tel: 020 8233 5883), with prices starting at £2,600 plus VAT for an eight-seater Loggia Box with all the usual trimmings...
The Official Players' Marquee at the Cartier International Polo Tournament (27 July) is always the hippest place to hang out, and this year is no exception, with performances from Faithless and an All Stars DJ Set, the Guilty Pleasures gang and Gabriella Cilmi. Organised by Smyle (tel: 01992 535535) hospitality includes a picnic lunch, BBQ served throughout the day and of course, the evening party, where you will have ample opportunity to mingle with 250 celebrity guests and polo players. Packages range from £65 to £240 (incl.VAT).
So inspired were we by Lewis Hamilton's British Grand Prix win at the weekend, we're looking into hospitality options at this year's British International Motor Show (tel: 020 8233 5854) at ExCeL London. Running from 23 July to 4 August, there's an excellent VIP package which can include tickets to the accompanying music festival.
Hospitality tickets are still up for grabs at Newbury next Friday 11 July to watch UB40 performing live after the evening's races; and there are even a few left for Boyzone on Newbury's Ladies Day, Saturday 16 August. If you miss out, look out for other courses holding concerts this summer, such as Sandown Park and Lingfield Park.
Last year saw the successful launch of the first ever polo match played on a UK beach, at Watergate Bay in Cornwall. Spectators go free but if you want to make the most of this glamorous event (sponsored by Veuve Clicquot) on the 9 September, then book a hospitality package (tel: 01637 861239) starting with a champagne and canapé reception at The Hotel from 5.30pm. Guests will be able to enjoy the match from the hotel’s deck, and the package also includes a seafood barbeque on the pool terrace after the trophy presentation, and entry to the post-polo party in the Ocean Room.
Tall ship specialists Red Sky Sailing has teamed up with The Ellen MacArthur Trust to host a hospitality night aboard the J.R.Tolkien on 8 August. Anchoring at Cowes, attendees can watch the Red Arrows display and famous Skandia Cowes Week fireworks while listening to a jazz quartet and enjoying unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks. Packages are £159 per person for groups of six or more.
Relax in the sun at the Hurlingham Club between 25 July and 31 August with a BBQ from £73 per person, to include Pimms, drinks package, BBQ, and use of the Club's terraces overlooking the elegant lawns and the Thames. An 'irresistible dessert' is also promised...
Tickets have gone on sale for arena-side hospitality at Airbourne (tel: 01323 415442) in sunny Eastbourne: supposedly the biggest seafront airshow in the world. The Aviator Club package offers the best seats from which to enjoy the flying displays, a hospitality tent plus Champagne welcome and three-course lunch with plenty of booze laid on.
Ryder Cup hospitality packages are ready and waiting to be booked at Celtic Manor Golf Resort, from 28 September to 3 October 2010; but if these are a little beyond your budget, investigate hospitality packages at July's The European Open (tel: 0800 023557), returning to England for the first time since 1994 at The London Golf Club in Kent. From July 3-6, Colin Montgomerie will defend his title and hospitality is available on all days from £293.
If you fancy a free piper thrown in at your next event on the HMS Belfast, then book a summer or Christmas party there (the latter before 30 June) and your guests will be ceremonially piped on board. And for summer parties, every 20th guest goes free, while summer meetings garner a 10% DDR reduction.
Savour fast jets, international aerobatic display teams and some of aviation’s most iconic historic aircraft, all from the luxury of your private hospitality garden, at the Royal International Air Tattoo from 11-13 July. Bespoke packages are still available at the Gloucestershire event.
The first new British racecourse to open in over 80 years is open for business. Great Leighs (tel: 01245 362412), in Chelmsford, Essex, is one of only three floodlit racecourses in the UK and has 20 private boxes for hospitality, each with its own private terrace. Sodexo Prestige cover catering in the Hospitality Restaurant and the Brasserie, and packages start from £65.
Inneventive is hosting summer parties throughout June and July in the grounds of The Guards Museum, St James' Park. Up to 400 can be covered for a reception, or 150 for a dinner dance, in an elegant marquee with access to a picturesque garden.
The Boodles Challenge has just confirmed British No.1 Andy Murray will be in action at the exclusive event at Stoke Park Club on 17-21 June 2008. Andy will be joined by other members of the world's tennis elite as they fine tune their grasscourt game in the last few days before Wimbledon.
Make like Fred and Ginger with a delightful hospitality package at the Royal Albert Hall. Strictly Gershwin harks back to the Big Band era, with over 100 dancers and musicians from the English National Ballet performing with a live jazz orchestra. IMG has glitzy hospitality from £245 per person.
London Fashion Week (tel: 020 8614 7697) is happening from 14-19 September: book a hospitality package to be in with a chance of seeing a catwalk show, as well as talks from the fashion press and a personal colour/body image consultation.