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Meet the team

Meet some of the new team members who have joined King's Venues and King's Food.

 

Classy Christmas ideas

The office Christmas party is an important event for your entire staff, so it needs to be really special. Here at King’s Venues we host festive celebrations for between 10 and 200 guests and have been part of some really fabulous events. We wanted to share some of the best themes, games, entertainment, catering choices and special touches we have seen to offer you inspiration for your Christmas party. 

Get ahead with your 2017 events

Do you have events to plan for 2017? Have you started work on them yet? Well there’s no reason to delay. As well as saving you the stress of doing everything last-minute, getting ahead of the game can also mean your event will be better and more affordable. Want to know why?  

 

How to avoid burnout in the event industry

We don’t need to tell you that any job in the event industry is a full-on occupation. The hours can be long, the responsibilities can be huge and there are always lots of opportunities for things out of your control to go wrong – sounds like the perfect recipe for burnout, no? No! Despite the pressure of the industry, it is possible to keep on loving the job you do without letting the challenges get the better of you. Read on to find out how…

The benefits of holding off-site meetings:

As with most things in life, the more effort you put into your next meeting, the more you will get out of it. Read on to find out how, and what you can do to optimise the benefits of offsite meetings.

 

Top tips on running charity events:       

Events for non-profit companies are often organised in-house by staff who have an awful lot more on their plates than just planning meetings or parties. With tight budgets and little time, hosting a charity event can feel like a daunting task, but there’s loads you can do to guarantee its success. These seven top tips will put you well on the way.

Big Events for your 2016 Diary:

Whatever your calendar of events looks like next year, it’s important to keep your eye on the wider picture. There are two very good reasons for doing this. Firstly, you don’t want to hold your event on the same day as another ‘mustn’t miss’ function as your attendee numbers may suffer. Secondly, it could work in your favour.

Post conference entertainment:

We pride ourselves on having some of the most beautiful spaces in London, boasting some of the most fabulous views.  But that’s only half the story. The other half starts as soon as you step out of one of our venues, into one of the world’s most exciting and vibrant cities. We’ve rounded up some of the best bars, restaurants and attractions you’ll find just round the corner from the heart of King’s Venues’ locations.

How to Stand out:

The events industry is exciting, fast-paced and constantly evolving. It’s why so many hugely creative and dynamic people are attracted to work in it and why, every year, standards and expectations rise. So how do you make sure your event is the one that people are talking about and re-booking to attend next year?

Summer Party Ideas:

Every year guests expect more and more from events, especially parties where the onus is on having an ‘experience’. But with budgets getting tighter it’s tough to make your function stand out from the crowd without breaking the bank. Hopefully our last-minute ideas will give you some inspiration to make your summer party an event your guests will remember for years to come.

Networking Guide:

Some take to it like a duck to water, but for many of us, networking at an event is a daunting prospect. Dry mouth, sweaty palms, a tendency to turn to the free bar for emotional support – any of this sound familiar?

But networking is something everyone can do, and do really well, it’s just a case of understanding the rules of the game. Read our simple how-to guide and learn how to play it like a pro.

Frugal Friday:

Belts are being tightened, purse strings are being drawn and pennies are being pinched. Whichever idiom is floating round your office at the moment, the upshot is the same – event organisers need to save money. But how do you do it without compromising the quality of your event? Fear not, help is at hand. We have the perfect plan to keep your delegates, and the accounts department, happy. Welcome to King’s Venues’ #frugalfriday ideas.

Event trends to watch out for in 2017

It never hurts to be ahead of the game, especially in an industry as dynamic and fast-changing as events. Get an idea of what you can expect to see more of in 2017 with our round-up of trends… 

 

Common event mistakes 

However many events you’ve planned, no one is above making a mistake. In fact, you’d be surprised at how many experienced organisers let rudimentary errors slip through the net. Have a read through our round-up of common event mistakes and make sure you don’t fall foul of any of them. 

 

Sustainable events – a how to guide

It’s something every event organiser needs to think about and the earlier on in your planning you start, the easier it is to make environmentally sound decisions along the way. For the sceptics out there, don’t worry about these choices meaning you have to compromise any of your goals or vision for your event, quite the contrary, making more sustainable decisions can enhance your attendees’ experience. 

 

How to engage with your audience – public speaking tips:

 

Whether you’re a seasoned speaker or preparing for your first public appearance, there are always things you can do to increase engagement at your event. Keep reading to get some great tips on how to maximise your impact.

 

2016 seasonal summer foods and trends:

Did you know seaweed is the new kale? And that mead is the new Prosecco? Make sure you’re in the know with all the latest food and drink trends before you decide on your summer party menus. From artisan ice cream to Korean street food, we’ve rounded up all the hottest cuisines, ingredients and dishes that will be featuring on menus throughout the summer of 2016.

Delegation:

If you’re reading this feature then you must have already identified a need in your work life to delegate better. If you’re still in denial, ask yourself the following questions. Are you too busy? Are you doing tasks beneath or over and above your skill set? Do you have members of your team bored in their jobs or struggling to keep up? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you need to read on.

 

Choosing the right venue:

It’s the biggest decision an organiser has to take and it can make or break your event, but how do you go about choosing the right venue? Every event is unique, so there’s no ‘perfect’ choice across the board, but if you ask yourself the following questions, you’ll end up with a wish list with which to start your search.

 

Social Media for Events

Social media allows you to add an extra dimension to your event, whatever its content. Let us take you through some of the best platforms, tools, apps and strategies to deliver even more value to your delegates.  

 

Team building games:

Company away days are a fantastic opportunity to help your staff strengthen existing bonds, make new friendships, challenge themselves and unearth hidden talents. It’s also a great chance to give your team an enjoyable and memorable day out of the office. But a teambuilding away day is only as good as the activities you put on. So read our round-up of engaging, thought-provoking and challenging games to get some inspiration for your corporate away day.

Meet our Head Chef:

We managed to grab five minutes with King’s Food’s Head Chef, Matthew Weston, to pick his brains about event catering. We got his advice on everything from on-trend cocktails and brain-boosting superfoods to what you should never serve at a finger buffet.

 

Friday Quiz:

Did you follow our fabulous #fridayquiz on Twitter? Well, whether you played every week and are missing your fact fix, or missed out on the fun altogether, we've got a treat in store. Here are all the questions, and of course the answers, in one place. Test your King's Venues knowledge and see how many you know the answer to. Good Luck!

 

Don’t let rain stop play!

 

Cold snaps, rain, thunder storms – who doesn’t love an English summer?! As every event organiser knows, the British weather can’t be relied on when you’re hosting an outdoor event. But planners are a hardy bunch and with a little organisation and some ‘worst case scenario’ planning, there’s no reason why an outdoor summer party can’t be a huge success, whatever the weather.