With the bells of Westminster Abbey still ringing in the ears, London was showcased to billions as a place of beauty, elegance and pageantry….and exemplary organisation.
Next year is ‘the next big thing’ and within touching distance, so central London venue space will be in huge demand. So why not think outside the box and outside the capital. Planners can turn their attention to some quirky meeting spaces that will certainly impress.
Wimbledon Tennis Museum: In just under a month’s time focus will turn to SW19 and the manicured lawns of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) for the Wimbledon fortnight, as the world’s greatest tennis players battle it out for their slice of tennis history. If they are successful they will form part of the display in the Wimbledon Tennis Museum which provides a look at tennis of yester-year to the present day. Highlights include a 200 degree cinema experience that explores the science of tennis from a player perspective on centre court and a ‘ghost’ (3-D hologram) of John McEnroe speaking about tennis and his great duals out on court, from the very locker room he once used.
The museum is open the year-round and is available for corporate event hire making the displays a unique backdrop for a cocktail reception (up to 150 guests) or a dinner event in the gallery for up to (up to 60 covers). Delegates can have their photos taken beside the genuine trophies and can experience a private behind-the-scenes tour of the grounds as part of an event. AELTC will of course play host as an Olympic venue and must be one of the few (via the museum) that can manage corporate events.
The Spinnaker Tower: The A3 Tunnel in Surrey has just been completed. The 1.125 mile tunnel, the longest under land in the UK, will reduce motorist’s journey time from London to Portsmouth. Portsmouth is home to the Spinnaker Tower the tallest publicly accessible tower outside of London standing at 170m. Having hosted 87 corporate events last year, the three observation decks at heights of 100m, 105m and 110m can be suited to different group sizes and diverse events that have included the launch of the Fiat 500 in 2008 followed by Hyundai launching a product in 2010 and the tower even had Wave 105fm Radio abseiling down from the viewing deck in aid of charity. Spinnaker is already a popular venue for weddings having held 20 ceremonies in 2010 and 30 already booked for this year.
On a clear day, a 23-mile vista of the south coast, Isle of Wight and Solent makes the Spinnaker Tower an outstanding location to hold an event and is en-route to the Olympic sailing venues of Weymouth and Portland in Dorset…
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