London City Selection’s Venues Royale weekend 2013

Event planners and agents attending London City Selection’s Venues Royale experiential event recently were tested on their spy skills in a themed weekend of competitive challenges.

The weekend event designed to impart intelligence about the venue consortium centred on the City’s Square Mile, included breakfast at St Paul’s, a barbecue lunch on board the HMS President 1918 and finish line drinks at the top of The Gherkin.

Various Bond-themed activities were incorporated into the site visits, which included safe-cracking at Furniture Makers’ Hall, laser beam team missions at CCT venues and a Bond scene filming challenge at Ironmongers’ Hall. Cocktail mixology workshop at Apex City of London Hotel tested who was shaken or stirred.

The weekend was topped off with a gala dinner at the Museum of London.

London City Selection Chair Ed Bolling said: “Venues Royale has taken our annual experiential weekend to new heights. The feedback from agents attending has been fantastic and we look forward to cooking up some great inspiration for next year’s event.

Vittorio Minerva, Event Executive at Reed and Mackay Event Management and one of the agent on the weekend, said: “Inspired by the mystery, glitz and glamour of the James Bond, the Venues Royale Weekend brought together some the most competitive individuals in the industry on a mission to visit and enjoy the hospitality of some of best venues that the City of London has to offer.

“And what a fantastic weekend it was! Between a glass of wine and stage performances including acting and singing, I had the best time seeing plenty of inspiring locations for my future events and meeting some amazing people. Thank you again for such an enjoyable experience. I will definitely look forward to attending next year’s event!”

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