This summer I spent two days at Heathrow but didn’t leave the country. My trip was spent perusing the event facilities of the many hotels around Heathrow Airport. It may not be the most glamorous of locations, but it is an important meetings destination and we place lots of business in the area.
I visited 20 different hotels over the two days and saw a huge variety of venues – a mixture of sizes, standards, ages and styles. From intimate, boutique venues to venues with vast event spaces, and even one with its own woodland for teambuilding activities (Pippin Wood at the Hilton Heathrow at Terminal Five). Heathrow offers something for everyone; from the budget to the five-star experience.
My expedition was intense, exhausting but enjoyable and I gleaned something from each property that I wouldn’t have picked up from their brochure or website. One highlight was an excellent visit with Radisson Edwardian who took me back of house and entertained me with a cocktail making and lobster cooking experience (which were both rather delicious). The Marriott on Bath Road wasn’t initially on my hit list, but I was advised to visit and see the extent of their ongoing refurbishment – and it was very worthwhile. Communication is a key consideration when working with a venue, so I was impressed with the team at the Hilton at Terminal 5; when I walked in to reception, the receptionist knew exactly who I was and why I was there – which really bodes well for an event booking.
Heathrow is a great meeting location – it’s such a well connected transport hub that you can get delegates there from all over the UK and indeed the world. But that positive has its downside too; it’s a busy area, so considerations have to be made for traffic delays that are a common occurrence. Another consideration is the noise – many of the venues I visited had really good sound insulation but some of the older properties were noisy – especially if you wanted to use the outdoor spaces for any length of time. Many of the hotels allocate rooms for cabin crew, so always retain a block of bedrooms for that purpose.
My two day trip was part of our Trinity Triple Challenge – an annual challenge for each member of staff to visit 20 venues in a weekend either in the UK or overseas. Each venue is asked to donate a prize and those prizes are then auctioned off to help four different charities chosen by the team. The Challenge is two fold – our team is able to improve their knowledge of the venues and infrastructure of a certain area, and it focuses us to raise a huge sum of money.
Our auction site is live through the month of October, so if you’d like to bid on one of the amazing prizes and help us to raise £20,000, please go to: www.trinityauctions.co.uk.