guest wellbeing

Chocolate brownie versus fruit salad – guest wellbeing

Healthy options versus event success OR Chocolate brownie versus fruit salad

Can you still put on a memorable event (memorable for the right reasons) and cater to the needs of the health conscious amongst your guests? With the fast-increasing importance of wellbeing, fitness and nutrition, we might instead ask the question, will your event be successful without catering for your health-conscious guests?

As the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) publishes its report on trends in nutrition and delegate wellbeing, we decided to share our experience and advice not only on how to satiate the needs of your corporate event delegates but also for your private party guests too. Here are some of the questions we most often receive from our clients during event planning stage.

Is healthy food more expensive?

Prepared healthy meals and organic produce are generally costly when purchasing from the supermarket but, when bulk bought and prepared from scratch by professional caterers, prices for healthy option menus come in at the same price as any other regular menu. Ask your event manager what menus are available from your shortlist of venues or caterers.

Can one menu cater for all guests?

Whether it’s for ease during a short lunchtime break or for budgeting purposes, some clients consider a single menu to cater for all guests. We recently catered an event with a totally vegetarian menu and even the most committed carnivores amongst the guests were raving about the lunch because of the thoughtful, tasty recipes including well-balanced spices. You don’t need to be afraid of single menus when you have talented chefs behind them.

What actually constitutes healthy food?

This completely depends on the nutritional plan your guests are following. We always recommend our clients ask well in advance. For instance, gluten-free food is necessary for people with intolerances but is rarely lower in sugar or calories that its gluten-packed alternative. So, keep an open mind, a record of dietary requirements and share them as soon as possible with your event manager.

What non-alcoholic drinks can we serve?

Many clients worry that the non-alcoholic drink options are boring for their guests. They are often choosing not to drink because they are the designated driver or have other responsibilities after the event, but that’s another reason why they deserve an imaginative beverage!

We like Time Out’s recent top of the mocks – mocktail that is – The Temperance from Behind This Wall in Hackney. Your gut will thank you for this one as it contains a sour kombucha base mixed with fennel seed, pomegranate molasses and cardamom tonic – great for digestion!

Interested in the nutrition and wellbeing of your guests? Contact our team at Sleek HQ where we have our fair share of vegetarians and meat eaters, tea-totallers and champagne coiffeurs!

Rooftop bars

Hot wine, cool venues

With Winter fast approaching, we asked the team at Sleek HQ what their favourite rooftop venues are. You might think we are mad – we should be snuggled next to a fire rather than sitting out at a rooftop bar but there is method to our madness!

Did you know that the best way to drink mulled wine, gluhwein, vin chaud, glogg or vin brule – delicious in any language as far as we’re concerned – is outside in the cold. That’s why it tastes so good when you buy it at Christmas markets.

So, if you fancy a tipple in some glamorous hotspots, here’s our top 5 rooftop venues from the team.

Skylight Rooftop Tobacco Dock, London 
Open all year round, Skylight dresses up for Winter from 2nd November this year featuring London’s first rooftop ice-skating surface. Yes, you can also get a glass of mulled wine as well as yummy fondue and seasonal cocktails.Richmond events agency rooftop bar recommendation

Once you’ve got a photo of you skating with the city skyline behind you, you can warm up underneath the patio heaters. Entry is free but they charge £10 for 45 minutes of skating which includes skate hire. They are open Thursday to Sunday and accept bookings for groups larger than 10 people. Corporate or large group bookings can hire the ice surface for their exclusive use for limited periods of time. It’s definitely on our Christmas party venue hotlist!

Queen of Hoxton Rooftop Cinema, London
Calling itself the youth club for adults on the East side, the Queen of Hoxton has gone for a Moroccan themed rooftop this Winter. A treasure trove of brightly-coloured Babush slippers, ceramic tiles, twinkling lanterns, cushions and drapes awaits inside their unique rooftop wigwam. Moroccan spices and traditional Shisha scents will permeate the night air as you sit around crackling Chiminea fireplaces.

Events organisers Surrey rooftop bar recommendation

The rooftop is usually open from 4pm until 10pm Monday to Thursdays and from 12pm until 10pm Friday to Saturdays. They’ll cater for private functions from 50 up to 500 people but only during the week.

Wimbledon events agency rooftop bar recommendation

You’ll still be able to catch a film at the Queen of Hoxton Rooftop Cinema throughout the Winter months. Settling into a director’s chairs with a blanket and warm drink – let’s hope they decide to sell mulled wine or cider!

Radio Rooftop Bar, London
Radio is a rooftop bar on the 10th floor of the ME London hotel with striking, panoramic views across the River Thames and London’s skyline. This is one of the start of the more high-end venues on our list. Its central location means you can enjoy the city’s most iconic landmarks – Tower Bridge, the Shard, London Bridge, Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Somerset House, Southbank, London Eye, Houses of Parliament, and Covent Garden.

Event management Richmond rooftop bar recommendation

Whether you want a glass of champagne or a full dining experience, it will be accompanied by live music from the DJ. The rooftop is available for exclusive hire with capacity for 240 guests and is open seven days a week. It’s a fantastic location to take your private party to new heights!

Ceresio 7, Milan
This historical-building in Milan has a surprise on its rooftop – two swimming pools! Whilst we don’t expect visitors to be in their bikinis at this time of year, this rooftop bar provides an alternative experience to the hustle and bustle of the city’s Financial District below.

Richmond events agency rooftop bar recommendation

It’s perfect for intimate getaways or corporate events although we can’t promise they’ll be serving vin brule in this elegant venue, you can certainly enjoy a drink from their American Bar at a poolside table or cabana. The bar serves all the old-time classic drinks with an Italian twist including home-made bitters and herb infusions.

1-Altitude, Singapore
1-Altitude is said to be the world’s highest alfresco bar. The venue takes over the top three floors of One Raffles Place in Singapore and offers a spectacular 360-degree view over the city. The highest viewing gallery in Singapore at 282m above sea level, you get some awesome sunsets whilst sipping almost any drink you desire – but it might be a bit warm for a gluhwein!

Richmond events agency rooftop bar recommendation

If you’re looking for an A-list venue for your private party or corporate cocktail reception, this is the place to impress your guests. You can enjoy a gastronomic dining experience, dance the night away with a World-class DJ or chill out to the sounds of a local band. This is a stunning location that will take your breath away.

We think our events team in Richmond has come up with some great ideas even if you’re travelling outside the UK this Winter. Contact us if you’d like our opinion on venues for your private party or corporate event – Richmond, London, Europe or further afield.