Last week Team Tactics held perhaps our favourite event of the year. Tasked with organising a luxury three day for a group of corporate American visitors, we looked to bring our personal touch to London corporate entertaining. With 2012 being a huge year for Britain and London in particular we provided activities and venues that reflected this.
Our American guests arrived in the UK Tuesday morning and after transferring to their hotel, The Savoy, had the day clear for free time. This gave the guests plenty of time to relax and settle into their rooms as well as make any personal sightseeing trips that weren’t included in the itinerary.
After their evening meal at the Savoy Hotel, guests were taken by luxury coach to the nearby Playhouse Theatre to see Dreamboats & Petticoats. We managed to secure our guests excellent seats for the show, in two groups seated in the front 4 rows. The feedback from guests for Dreamboats & Petticoats was fantastic, and was so positive in fact that two late comers to the group saw the play the next day on Wednesday!
Wednesday morning guests visited The Queen’s Gallery for an audio tour of the Leonardo Da Vinci: Anatomist exhibition. The Royal Collection holds one of the largest collection’s of Da Vinci’s anatomical works and visitors of the exhibition will know it’s a fantastic illustration of Da Vinci the scientist rather than artist. As one of the first to perform autopsies, Da Vinci is in many ways one of the fathers of human biology. Whilst Da Vinci’s skill as an artist is undeniable when viewing his anatomical drawings, it is his pioneering ability to discover the anatomy of the body that shines through from this exhibition.
After their viewing at The Queen’s Gallery guests were taken to nearby Mosimann’s where they had the Bentley private dining room. Mosimann’s, located in a converted church, is one of London’s best restaurants and features Anton Mosimann’s cuisine naturelle which uses healthy and natural ingredients and avoiding excessive uses of fat. As well as the striking main dining room there are also several private dining rooms sponsored by global luxury brands such as the aforementioned Bentley, as well as others such as Davidoff, Lalique and Montblanc.
After their dining experience at Mosimann’s guests headed back to The Savoy for some relaxtion and free time and to prepare for their next experience – dining aboard the Thames Barracuda. The Barracuda is a truly wonderful venue for entertaining and has in the past welcomed prime ministers and royalty. It features an art deco inspired interior which gives the vessel a glamorous feel. Boarding at the Millennium Pier, guests were welcomed aboard by the crew and a Champagne reception followed as they left the pier for their sail down the Thames. The dishes served were wonderful but particular mention must go to the vegetarian option (pan fried gnochhi with mozzarella, tomatoes, spinach and roasted Jerusalem artichokes) which drew more than few envious faces with guests commenting on how delicious the dish was.
On the final day, Thursday guests had a slightly early start in order to reach Windsor Castle in good time for their tour with a blue badge guide. The early start paid off as the guests were able to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony! Being the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world, Windsor Castle truly is a major piece of British history and so an excellent venue for overseas guests to visit. Their tour included the State Apartments and also the Great Kitchen. The Great Kitchen is an awesome sight to behold and is the oldest and largest substantially unchanged kitchen in the world.
After their morning tour of Windsor Castle it was then onto The Waterside Inn in the picturesque 16th century village Bray. It’d be hard to over state the brilliance of The Waterside Inn and it’s accolades speak for themselves. First started by the legendary Roux brothers Michel and Albert in 1972, The Waterside Inn became the only restaurant outside of France to have held 3 Michelin stars for 25 years in 2010. The guests host for their lunch was extremely knowledgeable, providing guests with a rich history of the restaurant as well as their wines and dishes, making lunch a true dining experience.
Our guests final venue of the day was the Shakespeare’s Globe theatre located next to the and The Swan restaurant within. Shakespeare’s Globe theatre recently hosted the World Shakespeare Festival as part of the Cultural Olympiad and is a spectacular venue situated on the side of the Thames The Swan restaurant and The Balcony private dining room is in a word stunning. Three double doors open onto a balcony from which our guests were able to look out over the Thames and across to the illuminated St Paul’s Cathedral. As if the views were not enough, the team at The Swan did an excellent job dressing the room with blue and white flowers, two colours of linen and tealights. Thursday evening our guests finally retired back The Savoy, having enjoyed three days of cultural sightseeing and visiting some of England’s finest restaurants.