Prior to the Christmas ‘silly season’, I attended an event at the beautiful Mondrian London at Sea Containers.
I attend various networking functions such as this, but this was truly a special event, so well organised and in an amazing venue. Does anyone else attend events like this? I’d love to hear about them!
The event was hosted by the BNC Events Team, that’s the ‘Buyers Networking Club’, run by Alex Mumford and Kim Paulden who are a truly dynamic duo!
The BNC is Europe’s largest club for event managers and provides opportunities for said members to network throughout the year. The aim of the BNC is to help organisers of conferences and events to come together with leading industry venue and activity suppliers in order to assist one another in the provision of high class events to their clients.
I invited W along to spend time with me in London, since the event took place in the evening and meant an overnight stay before traveling back to Jersey, I thought it would be nice to explore the city a little, prior to the evenings entertainment.
We sipped a cold glass of wine whilst enjoying the sights in Covent Garden, the Christmas Tree was amazing and being admired by many tourists and Londoner’s alike! Covent Garden Market was equally as stunning, with fantastic bauble installations throughout.
After a stroll around and a relaxing afternoon, we returned to our hotel to prepare for the evening. Now, I would usually mention the hotel at this point however, this particular hotel was unfortunately a bit of a let down, so we’ll just move on!
We changed and enjoyed a last cocktail before departing for the rather spectacular Mondrian London. This establishment is one of London’s newest modern hotels, opening in 2014, and has already made a fantastic name for itself. The stunning decor and modern twists make the hotel an immediate icon in this ever evolving market. The jewell in the crown is the fantastic ‘Rumpus Room’ at the top of the hotel. The views over the Thames are spectacular and the sparkling lights look like fireworks going off throughout the evening!
The evening was a bustling crowd of networking event buyers and venue providers, all basking in the glory of the first hints of Christmas celebrations and the buzz of doing business amongst friends. The BNC team really do know how to put on an unforgettable upscale event! The canapés were simply delicious, the cocktails and wine free flowing all evening. The staff were simply the icing on the cake, so attentive, polite and ever present without being intrusive, a rare combination and exceptionally difficult to find – a true credit to Mondrian London.
The entertainment for the evening was provided by none other than DJ Marc JB, followed by the wonderful violinist, Lettice Rowbotham, who you may remember reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent with her outstanding… well … talent, funnily enough! There were also Christmas song sing alongs, a raffle draw to win a GORGEOUS pair of Christian Louboutin’s, mini-manicures provided by the Mondrian’s in-house Spa and book signing’s of “Let’s Eat Meat” by the lovely Tom Parker Bowles.
The amazing photo’s taken on the evening were taken by Richard Townshend (credited in his photos above). He was most kind to share these with me following the event, as I was far too busy networking to remember to take many pictures! I was also keeping an eye on the delicious little hampers organised for each of the event buyers as a parting gift, from Selfridges no less – I was ever so slightly envious there wasn’t one with my name on! What do you think to these?!
I would highly recommend signing up to the BNC website, as either a supplier or event buyer. They truly know how to organise a relaxed event and create a perfect networking environment, whilst maximising business opportunities for both parties. they run a variety of events throughout the year for both Global and UK based event buyers. You can find out more here.
I would also highly recommend Mondrian London, it can be quite pricey to stay, but it is thoroughly beautiful. Take a look here for more information.
Thank you to both the BNC and Mondrian for an exceptional event (worthy of probably the longest blog post I’ve written!) I can’t wait to attend the next one in February.