Daisy, from our venue finding team visited the London Summer Party Show. Here's her take on the show and how the team got on!
The London Summer Events Show takes place at the stunning Banking Hall; which welcomes you with bursts of colour, glamourous performers and a great buzzing atmosphere. The event is packed full with amazing venues, creative hospitality as well as informative seminar programmes. A few stands that stood out were the Jockey Club who had a fantastic caricaturist who drew caricatures of my colleague James and I and gave us physical prints that we could take away with us – this was a really nice touch. I also loved chatting to Charlotte and her colleague at the Roehampton Venues stand; which was new to the London Summer Events Show this year. Their venues are gorgeous and offer some great outdoor areas that can be used for Team Building activities such as the Crystal Challenge.
From a venue finder’s point of view, it was really beneficial to experience Banking Hall at its full event potential. I hadn’t visited the venue prior to this event and was blown away by its grand staircase and mezzanine level that looks over the main event space. I think this venue would be great for our crime events as it is extremely versatile: combining modern and historic elements.
Another feature of the event that stood out to me was the funky ‘Lady Skye’ wrist bands, given to us at the beginning of the event. Our personal contact details were uploaded onto them which were scanned by the representatives at each of the stands, enabling venues to contact us post-event. We found that this eliminated the chaotic exchanging of business cards which was a bonus!
James and I also attended the ‘Technology Trends for 2018’ seminar, which we both found fascinating. The panel spoke about the newest technology trends and how these can be transferred to the event world to enhance attendee experience; including Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Voice Command Devises. Right Angle have already started experimenting with technology-enhanced events such as our VR edition of ‘The Killing’; where we create a 3-dimensional crime scene that clients can view through a VR headset. This seminar definitely gave James and I food for thought about other ways of adapting our events to fit some of the newest technology trends.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this event for agencies looking for venue and catering inspiration and a fun, sociable evening with people in the industry!