October 2011 archive

- 28 Oct 2011

Who won the iPhone then?

one great george street iphone competitionI am pleased to let you know that the winner of our recent competition is ….. silence ….. drum roll ….. silence ….. Zara Brooks from Ernst & Young.

Please contact Anna as soon as possible to arrange for delivery and congratulations to you! We have another great competition in mind for quarter one 2012 so keep an eye on our Seasonal Offer page and OGGSVenue twitter account for details.

By the way, may as well take this opportunity to wish all my 2011 loyal blog followers and all our clients and friends a very Merry Christmas and Happy New year. Many of you would have received our Christmas e-card already if your are on our mailing list. Here it is if subscribing to our quarterly newsletter is still on your ‘to do’ list for 2011…in which case time is running out to get it done before the end of the year.

- 27 Oct 2011

Anyone for a Minster pie?

With Halloween and Fireworks night 2011 now a distant memory and a lunchtime table in our Brasserie One restaurant for our popular Christmas lunch menu almost an impossibility except for a few last remaining tables on selected dates, its all about the countdown to Christmas 2011 now. If you fancy a spot of turkey lunch with all the trimmings at a reasonable price in Westminster, best to book quick as a few remaining tables still available for December 7th, 12th, 13th, 16th , 19th, 21st and 22nd.

one great george street events teamThis year our Sales team have managed to cunningly persuade myself and two members of my team to get some exercise and fresh Westminster air with them.

Rather conveniently, the two ladies who will be joining me for the Minster pie drop are on either side of me in this photo with Ali on my right and Aoife on my left.

We allocate a dedicated event coordinator to every event so if you haven’t already, you are bound to meet one of us at some point.

Margaret is on my far left and Yvonne on the far right. We’ll be walking the streets of Westminster to drop off mince pies to our clients in the area.

Our revenue manager (not best known for her creative marketing skills, sorry Victoria!) came up with the Minster pie drop acronym which has stuck within our team.

If you fancy a complimentary mince pie being dropped off on your Westminster doorstep to brighten up your afternoon tea break on a potentially gloomy December winter afternoon, send me an email to let me know. Only if you or your company have requirements for meetings, dinners and events generally and are based not too far from us though. I am getting on a bit you see and don’t want to over exert myself! We will be pounding the streets armed with our Minster pies on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday 13th to 15th December.

- 27 Oct 2011

The scary Vikings launch at OGGS on Hallowe’en!

On Hallowe’en 2011, I was the One Great George Street contact for an event being run by Lansons Communications, a City based PR agency for the launch of a new cost efficient Pension Provider into the UK Market called NOW: Pensions, supported by ATP, Denmark’s leading pensions provider.
It was by pure coincidence that the planned event date coincided with Hallowe’en. This inspired the client to mark the occasion with some suitable additions without overshadowing the main reason for the event. It was fortunate that the client’s corporate colour was green which of course is an excellent colour to work with. To add some festive spirit and with help from our on-site Audio Visual team, we up-lit half of the pillars in our Great Hall in a matching green and added a gobo of the client’s logo, projected onto one of the walls.

now pensions viking boat

As guests entered the Great Hall they walked past a moving gobo of NOW: Pensions and once inside, were impressed with the three huge pumpkins that our Executive Chef, David Wilkinson had carved. The largest had an original weight of 212lb and this biggest pumpkin ever seen by many members of the OGGS team was transformed into a Viking boat of which the sail featured the client logo. The other two pumpkins were carved into scary faces one of which was wearing a Viking helmet with the NOW: Pensions logo discreetly and cleverly carved into it. David is brilliant at vegetable carvings and it was good to see his skills were in client demand this year too. Here are some pre and post carving photos of the Ghoul face pumpkin.

uncarved pumpkinghouls faced pumpkin
On top of pumpkin carving, our talented Chef and his team naturally also had some hungry guests that were served a range of delicious hot and cold canapes washed down with a selection of drinks from our extensive list and of couse, being a Danish company, bottles of ‘probably the best beer in the world’ were also made available.
canapés at one great George streetDavid Wilkinson head chef with viking boat

The atmosphere of the post-presentation drinks reception was further enhanced by some fantastic sounds provided by a specialist DJ. The soft background jazz and bossanova sounds really added something to the event.
It was great fun to work with the client to theme their event, dress our magnificent Great Hall so scarily impressive (excuse the pun, couldn’t resist) and show off what a great venue we are for large themed events. Another successful event and happy OGGS customer but I must get on as it is by far the busiest time of the year for myself and my team.

- 27 Oct 2011

Hallowe’en – Love it or hate it?

I can’t quite explain it but there is something about the nights drawing in that conjures up thoughts of the beginning of the party season. It could have been the wonderful display of pumpkins that our resident florist Mathew Dickinson had put together in the foyer that greeted me when I arrived for work one day earlier this week.

Hallowe’en is always a good excuse for a party and with the clocks changing this weekend we start to head down to that greatest party time of all…. the month of December and the run up to Christmas.

I suppose Hallowe’en has become a bigger thing in our lives over recent years with this ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’, ‘trick or treat’ import from America. I usually end up getting home too late to have to take part in the receiving end of it though. One of Chef’s many talents is vegetable carving. This is the pumpkin he carved for our Cafe Bar for Hallowe’en 2010.

This year however, he is taking his skills to a whole new level. A whopping 215lb pumpkin came delivered on its own pallet yesterday and needed more than just one strong man to move it about.

Here is the Viking boat he has been working on today which will be completed with sail and ghoul face on Monday. I think you will agree that it is a true masterpiece in the making.

It has a rather bleak and cold outlook for the weekend though. To preserve it before it goes on display for the client event in our magnificent Great Hall on Monday, it is going to be hosed down to keep it moist and wrapped in giant cling film before it sails to the cold beer storage room.
Whatever you plan to do this Hallowe’en weekend, have a good time. So I guess that here at One Great George Street, we think the answer to the question is….a bit of fun!