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Published: 28 Jun 2019

This week, our roving reporter attended the opening of The Walks in London, networked at Puttshack and dropped by The Meetings Show at Olympia. 

The Walks opens at Gray’s Inn 

The Walks, a new venue available for a limited summer run in the grounds of The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn near Chancery Lane in London, launched this week with a chic botanical showcase. 

Some 150 guests were treated to cocktails, canapés and bowl food from caterer CH&CO, which featured vegan Indian dishes, Arabian-style kofte and Italian-inspired pasta. 

Sternberg Clarke provided the entertainment, with 'Trinity' and 'She Wants to Move' entertaining the crowds. While Indeco Flowers created an Instagram-ready floral arch and floral displays for the tables. 

CH&CO, head of business development Becci Thomson said “The Walks is the perfect summer addition to our portfolio. With the weather being typically English this year, the clear roof even makes the rain magical. It is truly a five-star space.”

Packages start from £75 but you need to be quick as availability only lasts until 26 July. 


The Meetings Show brings 900 hosted event buyers to Olympia

After an evening of networking over cocktails and high-tech mini-golf at Puttshack, The 2019 Meetings Show opened the next day at Olympia London with a press conference to announce SMG Europe as the operator of a much anticipated £260million waterfront arena, conference and exhibition centre, planned for NewcastleGateshead by 2023 (pictured below).  

The show’s opening conference keynote was delivered by Colin Maclachlan, a former SAS soldier and star of Channel Four’s reality drama SAS: Who Dares Wins, who shared SAS leadership secrets with attendees. 

Some 900 hosted buyers had one-to-one meetings with more than 750 exhibitions over the two-day event and attended a spate of education sessions on subjects ranging from social media and event technology clinics to advice for dealing with budget cuts and turning events into experiences. 

The Meetings Show ended with a round-table discussion on trends in event catering, which featured buyers from Barclays, The Association of MBAs, The Live Group, Black Box Partnership, plus David Vaughton, Venues of Excellence chairman and managing director of Make Venues. 

“The food revolution is about its place in wider society and how it plays out in front of an increasingly aware and responsible delegation,” Vaughton said. “The discussion heard the opinions of event planners to understand how much of these perceptions are being played out in reality on the floor of events.” 

By Mike Fletcher

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