GALLERY: Launch of Merlin Events’ London Eye Barracuda

Last night (24 May) attractions operator Merlin Entertainments Group’s
EDF Energy London Eye held a launch event for its latest event space,
the London Eye Barracuda vessel.

Over 200 guest, who were chosen randomly from Merlin Events’ social media page on LinkedIn, joined the Merlin Events’ team on board. Representatives from companies including KPMG, Banks Sadler, Vivid Event Group, Corporate Events Management and the Ultimate Event Company joined VIP corporate buyers for an evening cruise along the River Thames.

Live music from a Louis Armstrong impersonator and a saxophonist set the scene while a card magician playing tricks added to the setting. Entertainment came in the form of Capitan Jack Sparrow from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise taking over the ship, and topless Jean Paul Gaultier-esq models, who scented the cruiser with freshly cut grass and vanilla cake batter fragrances selected through an online poll by Twitter users following Merlin Events.

Canapés and bowl food, created by Rhubarb Food Design, borrowed from the Surrealist movement. Event partners of the launch included photography by Henry Stuart/ Spherical Images, floral arrangements by Designer Flowers, entertainment from Prelude Entertainment, card tricks by Charismagic, catering by Rhubarb Food Design, the Digital Paparazzi and security by Mark Lee Securities.

The river cruiser is moored on the South
Bank, adjacent to the London Eye, and can be used to host events
independently or alongside nearby attractions the SEA LIFE London
Aquarium and the London Eye.

The London Eye Barracuda can accommodate up to
230 guests reception-style or 140 seated for dinner.

To see CN’s gallery of the event on the River Thames, click here. 

Photography by Henry Stuart/ Spherical Images.

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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

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