Bankside Venues hosted its first Bankside Venues Spectacular on January 22nd, offering events and conference professionals the chance to be inspired for 2013.
Bankside Venue Spectacular brought together all of the Bankside district’s venues together in one place to meet over 100 industry professionals from organisations and brands ranging from HSBC and Integro to Ipsos Mori and CPRE.
Attendees were able to explore the packages and offers available to meet their events’ requirements from a wide variety of venues. These ranged from cultural landmarks such as The Jerwood Space, and The Swan at The Globe Theatre through to attractions including The Golden Hinde and Vinopolis (which was home to the Spectacular after its recent refurbishment), as well as many of the major hotels and restaurants from the area. Guests had the chance to win a fantastic Bankside experience and everyone left with a goody bag stuffed full of treats from the venues and suppliers.
Bankside Venues was delighted to demonstrate the exciting range of high quality, unique venue spaces, and provide venues with the opportunity to announce new packages and promotions to attendees. Among those launching new initiatives and promotions were The Golden Hinde II, Glaziers Hall, Vinopolis and The Table.
The Golden Hinde II will be celebrating the anniversary of Sir Francis Drake’s birthday and the 40th birthday of the ship in April 2013. Golden Hinde II was launched in Devon in 1973 and she followed Drake’s voyages to North and South America and beyond, sailing over 140,000 miles before mooring at Bankside. Bankside restaurant The Table is opening its doors to corporate customers in the evenings, building upon the demand for its award-winning menus at breakfast and lunch. Last year, it was awarded a two star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
The Table has also entered into a groundbreaking collaboration with homeless charity St Mungo’s that now sees The Table take herbs and vegetables on a daily basis, providing both revenue for the charity and an on-going confidence boost for the workers in the allotments.
Menier Gallery now offers two floors of dramatic gallery space situated in the historic Menier Chocolate Factory with all proceeds raised from the hire going towards the charity Paintings in Hospitals. The charity (est. 1959) uses art and creativity to reduce sickness, anxiety and stress in UK healthcare facilities.
Peter Williams, CEO of Better Bankside who run Bankside Venues said, “It’s fantastic to see so many of our wonderful venues and suppliers come together for the Spectacular, demonstrating the exciting potential of hosting an event in Bankside. We really do have something for everyone.” The event follows Bankside Venue’s recent launch of its dedicated website www.banksidevenueslondon.com for event professionals with access to information about the 22 major venues as well as directories of local suppliers, places to stay and latest downloadable news and offers.