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When planning your corporate events for the coming year, consider implementing a team building day to strengthen your company’s ability to work together, and at the same time enjoy a break from the pace of the daily work routine. Taking some time to improve employee relations, practice good teamwork, and reinforce your common goals has numerous benefits for everyone involved.

Corporate events can provide a great opportunity for everyone to relax or re-energize, share ideas, and reaffirm your shared commitment to creating success. The form that events take during a team building day can vary widely, limited only by the imagination. Particularly under the guidance of a trained professional, team building activities can help target any problem areas your company has been having, ease tensions, provide valuable reminders of the elements of successful teamwork, and create an enjoyable way to interact with coworkers. The payoffs can be huge, contributing to better morale on the job, and a more harmonious work environment. With an improvement in job satisfaction comes lower staff turnover and absenteeism, and improved productivity overall.

Some popular corporate team building activities include many things from cooking, to team sports, to simulations of “reality” television shows, and beyond. Activities can be chosen to reflect your team’s interests, or tailored to suit virtually any group. The main emphasis should be on fun, fairness, and cooperation – the benefits should follow naturally.

Taking the time to invest in your people will help demonstrate your belief in their value, and your dedication to helping them succeed. Teamwork is something that requires occasional nurturing, and is all too commonly neglected in the hectic pace of events at work. Over time, if neglected, you may end up with a group of talented yet frustrated individuals who are not able to adequately organize themselves without a more formal structure.

Find an enjoyable way to revitalize your company and keep people happy, focused, and motivated, working towards common goals. There are many professional resources available to help you along the way. Start by doing some browsing of the books or websites out there by business consultants with expertise in organizational development and team building. You are sure to find something to inspire and get your team back on track. Once you have some ideas, consider bringing in a professional to guide your team through the process. An objective outsider can provide just the advice and unbiased facilitation approach needed to help everyone relax, and enjoy the departure from your everyday roles.

Make the most of this opportunity to reunite your aims and efforts towards mutual success and satisfaction on the job. Teambuilding is a valuable endeavor at any stage of your company’s development, whether you are new, restructuring, or well established but in need of some rejuvenation. Do what it takes to retain your most valuable assets, your people, and ensure greater success for all.

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Holding a successful corporate event can have many benefits, from the obvious, such as team building and problem solving, to the not so obvious, such as increased productivity and morale. But what’s the best way to go about this sometimes daunting task?

Define your goals, e. g. team building
Before you think about the event itself, you need to identify what you need to achieve from it. You may need to reward your employees for a job well done, or perhaps have a fun day to increase staff motivation. Several events are designed to enhance skills such as team building, problem solving or leadership, and most events might be a combination of fun and learning. Compile a list of goals in order of importance so you can stay focussed on the aims of the day when deciding which event to run.

Organise internally or out-source to an event management company?
The next decision to make is whether to organise the event internally or to out-source the event to an event management or training company. Organising a corporate event internally is time consuming and costly, but it could be given as a development task to suitable staff. One of the pitfalls of organising corporate events yourself, is using an inexperienced facilitator, as they may not be capable of keeping the event on track or preventing things getting out of hand. Not only could an event management company provide an experienced facilitator, there is also the advantage of having an independent presence (or referee in any instances). Several companies have been shocked at the amount of time organising an event actually takes, from designing the event, sourcing the venue, booking the venue, sourcing and organising the equipment, preparing the venue, sorting out transport, organising the food and refreshments and obtaining public liability insurance, to paying the bills to various companies. An event management company will quote you one price covering everything, which leaves you free to enjoy the event, rather than worry about it.

Choose your event
So you know what you need from an event, and you know whoever will be organising it, but what exactly will you be doing on the day? The event needs to be chosen carefully to make certain you meet your desired goals whilst getting the most from the participants. Consider your audience. If one of your goals is to give people new experiences then you may need to run a very creative event for IT people or a chaotic event for auditors, but otherwise you may not get the best out of the staff if they are feeling way out of their depth and uncomfortable. Event management companies will offer a list of events to suit your goals and people, leaving you to choose the most appropriate one. They will also tailor events to your requirements, and will have run these events many times before, so you might be sure of the outcome. If you are organising the event yourself, you need to make certain it does actually give you the required benefits. It is all too simple to get carried away and an idea, and later realise it changed so much that the event didn’t achieve many of the original goals. If you are organising it internally, you’ll also need a practice run, preferably at the actual venue, to iron out any practical problems before the big day.

Analyse the outcome
Particularly if the event had goals other than just having fun, it is important to analyse the outcome. You, or the event management company, can obtain feedback from the participants in the form of questionnaires. You also need to consider the less tangible benefits from the event, for example, are the team now gelling better together, is productivity up due to a better team morale, or has sickness reduced? Think about what you can learn from the feedback, such as understanding your staff better, making changes to the workplace/procedures, or shaping future events. An event management company will commonly help with this analysis if required, and even facilitate follow-on sessions if necessary.

Good luck with your event!

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If someone just studies a few recent corporate recruitment advertisements, there will be at least a thing he or she will find common in almost all of them. The recruiters are putting much emphasis on hiring a one-team man rather than a one-man team, in the management category at least.

In accordance to this shift, the office atmosphere is changing too. CEOs of the companies at present are accessible to general employees more than ever before. The visual distance is cut short. Office decorations are changing with more and more interlinked and free sitting arrangements. At this age, one can never ignore the psychological affect on human beings created by the respective surroundings.

The corporate houses these days are spending huge amounts to unite the workforce into an active team. Active and spontaneous participation of employees in both internal and external affairs of the company and even in the decision making process are regarded as the path of progress.

The main problem in the corporate team building process namely ‘distancing’ is predominantly inherent in employees’ as well as in the employer’s psyche. It is one of the basic instincts of human beings.

The primary team building process is constantly fighting to throw away ‘distancing’ to a great distance. The ideal corporate team building events concentrate on bringing together employees who do not always get the chance to come in close, if not in personal contact with each other.

The prhyme ideological stand is that, if an employee does not know his or her co-workers then he or she cannot actively participate to boost up the company profile and morale as a whole. It is all about fixing the SELF, not into the category named OTHER, but under the umbrella named WE.

The corporate event management companies divide the employees into various groups. Apparently, it seems that the process is breaking the basic notion of team building activities, but in fact, it just adds to the notion.

The participants here never feel rivalry among themselves. They are conscious that it is merely a game though they need to win. Thus, they fail to concentrate on the issue that it is a part of the team building exercise tailored by the company. This lack of concentration on the subtle issue ultimately does the trick. The idea of the team is built in the consciousness of the participant that excludes the visual divisions.

The job is done.

However, a Corporate Hospitality Company must be cautious of the standard and socio-cultural background of the participants. Otherwise, the whole process may go in vain.

Event Venue

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We’re running a conference in three months”, said the CEO, “Find me a really good venue and make sure we don’t break the bank”. So, in around twenty words, you’ve been promoted (or demoted) to Event Manager. You may have little or no experience in this field and training is most definitely on-the-job and it starts now!

Just about everyone with space to rent is into providing a venue for all types of event. You can choose from purpose built training facilities, hotels, mansions, castles, conference halls, exhibition centers, art galleries, museums, universities and colleges. You can be sure that every one will be different and will have its own particular attributes that will make it attractive for your event. You can also be sure that the venue that best meets your needs is also very popular with other users, so early booking is essential to make sure that you are not scratching around and compromising with a venue that does not quite meet your needs. The selection process can be a nightmare because sometimes it is like comparing apples with oranges. So, before you even look, get out a blank sheet of paper and write down what your event will demand from a venue to contribute towards its success.

Here are a few suggestions:

* On which dates will you require the venue? Do you need a rehearsal day as well as the actual event?

* How many people do you want to invite? Do the numbers need to be flexible up and down?

* How much parking will your event need?

* Should the venue be within a certain distance of your office; say, a forty minute drive?

* Is the image of the venue important? e. g. an inexpensive no-frills venue will be appropriate for that Cost Cutting Seminar whereas an Executive Selection Workshop might benefit from an up-market mansion house venue.

* How should they be sitting? Lecture style, Conference style, Restaurant Style? With or without tables? Maybe on bean bags?

* Will you have a projection screen? How big will it be?

* How will the stage be arranged?

* What sound and visual aids will your presenters be using? Will you provide video, overhead or slide projectors and a sound system or will you expect the venue to do this?

* Will your delegates need overnight accommodation on site or close by?

* Do you need break-out rooms for smaller discussions?

* Do you need an assembly area for event registration, an info exhibition and coffee breaks?

* If a meal is included in the event, will it be a buffet or a sit-down meal?

* Do you need early or late access to the venue for preparation, assembly and dismantling purposes?

* How many power points do you need and where in the room should they be.

* Do you need outdoor space for Icebreaker activities? Will the Icebreaker suppliers require additional facilities?

* Do you need refreshments on the delegate tables and do they need to be refilled at every break?

* What cost per delegate must you not exceed?

Some of this info may not be available in detail at an early stage in the project, however you should make an educated guess and, if anything, over-specify to ensure that your venue will be more than capable of fulfilling your needs.

Armed with your detailed specification, you can now do some desk research using recommendations, Yellow Pages and the internet to draw up a long list of potential venues. Call each venue by telephone to check that they meet the basic requirements; they have appropriate rooms available on the dates you specify, they can provide the additional services and they are within your cost parameters. These calls will immediately shorten your list and you may be left with only a handful that you need to visit, preferably with a colleague, with a view to rating them against your criteria.

Bringing a colleague with you, especially someone whoever specializes in being skeptical, will prevent you from being totally consumed by a good sales pitch and will give you time to look at the small details.

Using this process usually generates a clear winner but if you are fortunate enough to have two or three venues to choose from, select the venue that is staffed by a team you believe that will work most effectively with your own team.

Don’t ever be fooled by how simple the CEO makes it sound; venue finding is a serious and time-consuming business and can mean the difference between luck and failure for your conference, workshop, roadshow or seminar. With a little thinking time, the right questions and, of course, the right info you’ll feel better equipped and more confident that the venue you choose really meets the requirements.

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Entertaining your clients should involve more than just shouting a few rounds at the local pub. Smart businesses realize that impressive corporate entertainment raises their profile, consolidates existing business arrangements and provides a focus for future deals. So the careful choice of corporate events should be part of your overall hospitality strategy and not a spur of the moment decision, and the budget for this should be part of your overall marketing plan. And remember, you don’t have to go overboard expense-wise to impress, since some of the most memorable events cost the least to stage.

Try to understand your client’s tastes and relaxation modes. Just because you are a big Manchester United fan, it doesn’t mean your clients get a thrill by giving up their leisure time to see a football match. A wine tasting event in France or some other cultural event, for instance, might allow you to entertain a broader set of clients. Remember, the aim is to spend time with the people you are entertaining, not just occupy their time with the entertainment. For example, if people split up to cover different players of a golf tournament, you will have little opportunity to spend time with the right people. Be sure to select a participative event since there’s more opportunity for getting to know people in a communal environment.

Select your corporate event management company carefully. Naturally, you want to make sure your high profile event doesn’t become a high profile flop, so you need to let professionals handle the whole event from start to finish. Look for a corporate event management company with many years experience in the corporate entertainment business that will create a fun event using only the best activity providers in the business. The top corporate events specialists work only with people who have expert knowledge of their region and who offer unique itineraries.

As well as tailoring an event to your budget, you should aim to meet objectives based on the form of entertainment you are presenting. Make sure there is a quiet place for informal discussions so that you don’t get caught up in the post event euphoria before you have had a chance to present a proposal or talk business. While you are keen to impress your clients and win more business, you have to ensure that you don’t turn a corporate entertainment event into a hard-sell exercise.

Your successful corporate event will create an advantage for you over your competitors by giving your clients an unforgettable experience. The best corporate entertainment providers strive to have clients identify their high standards with your corporate philosophy, to strengthen your current and future business relationships. And by getting quality time with your clients you’ll find out how you can further help them meet their goals and how you can offer them a better service. Since people tend to remember those who look after them, it is important to ensure that your event goes off without a hitch and that everyone returns home having had a good time.

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Finding the right venue for a conference or business meeting can be a testing time. With so many things to consider, from the number of delegates to travel and parking arrangements, and of course, everything has to be in budget!

Before you start to panic, spend some time considering what is essential to your business event. Gather ideas from colleagues, jot down things as they come to mind and research who’ll be attending and any special requirements they may have. Planning is the key to organising any conference, seminar or meeting and, if done right, will make sure it’s a great success.

Think about some of the following questions: How many will be attending your event, how long will it last – will you need overnight accommodation or just day facilities? What about leisure facilities, somewhere to relax at the end of the day? How about food, will you need lunch, mid-morning refreshments or perhaps a dinner in the evening?

Once you’ve made the big decisions you’re ready to start your search for that perfect venue. After spending all that time planning, you’re sure to want somewhere out of the ordinary, and definitely not the standard dull meeting room with an equally uninspiring view of one of the UK’s busy motorways.

There are some outstanding meeting venues in Norfolk that will not blow your budget, offer far more than your standard, hotel venue and with experienced conference co-ordinators on hand to answer your questions. Sounds like a big promise, but you’ll soon be impressing colleagues and new business associates with your choice of a truly refreshing venue.

Situated just south of the medieval city of Norwich, with excellent road links, is Barnham Broom Hotel and Golf where you will find all this and more. A range of bright, airy meeting rooms can be arranged for events small and large, plus all the usual equipment will be at your fingertips such as presentation software to ensure your messages are delivered professionally along with free Wifi internet access.

Whether you need a quiet room for a small meeting with colleagues to brainstorm and discuss important, even confidential issues or a large, grand room where 150 people will gather to absorb a presentation then head to a first-class lunch, Barnham Broom can cater for all. With an excellent attention to detail and experienced staff to help ease you through the day, they will ensure everything is as you planned.

Comfortable bedrooms and an award-winning restaurant, make Barnham Broom a great choice for businesses that need overnight packages with fantastic rates available. And on top of this the Norfolk hotel has fabulous leisure facilities, which include a health and fitness centre with swimming pool and gym along with two championship golf courses. Whatever activity you choose, the end of the day will refresh the mind. A round of golf is ideal allowing you to absorb the countryside setting as you unwind, get to know fellow delegates and test your golf technique on the challenging course!

So, when you’re asked to find a venue for your next meeting or conference, think of the perfect combination of business and leisure at Barnham Broom Hotel in Norfolk.

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Recently, a teacher whose class regularly scores top marks shared her secret for team building success with me. “It is easy,” she told me. “Each week, we set a goal as a class. If we’ve reached the goal at the end of the week, I treat the class to pizza and a game and then we sit down and plan next week’s goal. “

There in a nutshell is a tried and true strategy for building and maintaining successful teamwork that any corporate event planner should take to heart. My teacher friend’s Friday afternoon ‘pizza party’ serves a triple function – it recognizes the work achieved, rewards the team for their work, and serves as a springboard for the next goal. To be successful, a corporate event should do three things – recognize, reward and motivate.

Granted, when you’re dealing with high-powered executives, programmers or salespeople, a Friday afternoon pizza party may not be quite the ticket. Higher goals merit higher rewards – but the principle remains the same. If you’re planning a corporate event weekend, then your plans should include all three arms of the success formula.

This is not as difficult to do as it may seem. Any corporate event that’s meant to recognize and reward contributions to the team can serve as a springboard for planning further successful activities and include team building activities to further cement the bonds of the work group. An event that’s planned as a team building weekend could easily include a recognition dinner to reward those members of the team who’ve made oustanding contributions.

The key to making sure that your corporate event accomplishes all of your goals is careful planning right from the start. Before you decide on the activities for your corporate event, take the time to work out your goals. Is it your aim to reward your employees? Recognize achievement? Motivate your teams? Hammer a group into a team? Once you know what it is that you want to accomplish, it is time to call in the professionals.

A corporate event planner with expertise and experience in team building activities, corporate event planning, outdoor team building and corporate hospitality events can show you a varied range of fun corporate events and activities that will serve any corporate event strategy you have in mind. Even more importantly, they’ll bring their own experience to the planning table – and the execution of the event. Using a professional corporate event service means you needn’t worry that someone will forget to meet the keynote speaker’s plane, and your own key people aren’t tying up their time running around to find matching napkins for the company reward dinner.

In the end, choosing to use a corporate event planning service is no different than any other business decision. You hand the work to those that have the best resources to accomplish the task. When it comes to fitting a corporate event to its purpose, a professional event planner can turn your company recognition dinner into a motivating, rewarding and inspiring team building event that will kick your next quarter into high gear.

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Corporate events can be a fun way to boost employee morale and sharpen certain skills that will help everyone communicate more effectively in the office. After all, for most people a good job is more than just good pay – creating a positive environment in which to work will help your company retain quality employees and ensure everyone’s happy with the corporate atmosphere. When ties are strengthened between fellow employees, everyone does a better job and productivity increases substantially.

There are a wide range of activities you can organize when staging corporate events. Some of them are explained in more detail below:

Treasure Hunts: A popular corporate event, treasure hunts are a whole lot of fun, but this type of activity also has a practical application. The task of working with fellow employees to navigate around a certain area, follow clues and accomplish objectives helps develop and hone a whole host of skills, from team planning, delegation, time and team management, to communication, teamwork, and problem solving skills.

Team Building Activities: Corporate events that are designed to bolster team spirit are a great idea to consider for your company. These activities mostly involve simple problem-solving tasks that employees can master together away from the pressures of the office. In this type of relaxed environment they will learn how to more effectively join forces to solve problems as a team.

For instance, one such team building activity, named the grenade launcher, requires that the teams construct a launcher and successfully fire a missile across a gorge. An activity that is a lot of fun, it also helps teams work together in a friendly but competitive environment.

Another activity, named the spider’s web, requires that the team sneak past a giant spider hidden in a tree without alerting it. This particular event requires that the team do a lot of planning and establishes a level of trust between each person.

The minefield allows each person to learn more effective communication techniques. Each team has to come up with their own musical language in order to safely make it through a minefield.

Regardless of the skills you need to reinforce in your employees, choose a corporate event that will be a lot of fun for everyone involved and you will not be disappointed with the results.

Event Venue

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When holding an event, the most important thing to consider is choosing the right venue. Since this is the heart of your event, without the correct setting or facilities, your event may not pull together no matter how much you do.

Even before people attend the actual event, the first thing they will view is the building, so location is vital. You may want your guests to arrive at a quiet serene country house, where no other building can be seen. Or may be you want to mystify them by inviting them to an oasis via the hustle bustle of the city.

There are many things to consider and here we have helped you by constructing a list:

1. Decide on your date, time, setting and number of guests. This will help you narrow your search down and will make it easier when contacting venues.

2. Location. Is it easily accessible? Depending upon the type of event you’re holding, is there public transport? For instance, if you’re holding an exhibition and want people to come from a wide area, can they access it by bus/train etc? Just as important are the parking facilities.

3. The Room. Where is it located in the building? If it is located in a venue with many rooms, do you have privacy? What are the furnishings like? Is it comfortable?

4. What are there toilet arrangements? Are they plentiful and has consideration been given to people with disabilities?

5. Does the venue provide you with refreshments? If you’re holding a training session or business meeting, many venues provide you with light refreshments such as tea, coffee, water and biscuits, in the price of hiring a room at their venue.

6. Many venues now offer many other services which can tie in with your event, making life easier. For instance, they may provide indoor caterers; have an event planner; have a licensed bar; be licensed to conduct wedding ceremonies etc. ,

7. Check the restrictions. Some venues may not allow any extra decorations to be put up or may have restrictions on how loud the music can be. Whatever it is, make sure you check it out with the venue first.

8. Cost. Make sure you know what you’re paying for. What rooms you have, any extras that you have acquired, how long you have the venue for, are there any costs payable for damages?

This is only a brief introduction to help you find the perfect venue for your perfect event.

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Oxfordshire has recently transformed itself into a wonderful location for corporate events. Hitherto corporate houses are always in search of event management companies whoever are offering exciting corporate events. So, if you are looking for such corporate events, which will effectively boost the efficiency and team-building attitude of the corporate people, then go for exciting multi activity corporate events in Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire is just the right location for corporate events as it helps in motivating young people and instils in them a team-building attitude. From dragon boat racing to hovercraft driving – you will find absolutely everything to uplift the team spirit. Therefore, multi activity days are most sought after corporate events to develop the spirit of teamwork.

Hovercraft in Oxfordshire

Find amazing hovercraft driving experience in Oxfordshire. Chillisauce is offering hovercraft-driving events for corporate people whoever are bored with ‘4×4 Driving’, ‘Rage Buggies driving’ or ‘Off-Road Driving’. Floating a few inches above the ground induces great excitement but it also requires driving skill and controlling sense of hovercraft. So what are you looking for? Take your team for hovercraft driving in Oxfordshire and spend the weekend enjoying the amazing corporate events.

Paintball in Oxfordshire

Paintball is not only a multiplayer game of this century but also considered as an emergent team building corporate event. Thinking on this line Chillisauce offers amazing paintball experience in Oxfordshire. With perfect ambience set for fighting, and with camouflage gears and paint guns, you get the typical feeling of real fighting experience throughout the day. So if you are looking for an adventurous corporate event in Oxfordshire then paintball can be the option to lift up the team-building attitude.

Fly Fishing in Oxfordshire

Have you ever thought fly-fishing can be a wonderful corporate event? Fishing activity amidst spectacular natural splendour of Oxfordshire is no more a weekend activity; but has become a corporate event to boost the pool of corporate talents to achieve their missions. And so today fishing is considered as a popular corporate event to improve self-efficiency and concentration. Take your corporate team to any eye-catching locations of Oxfordshire countryside and offer the experience of fishing at countryside lakes or streams.

A Multi activity days in Oxfordshire package comes with enormous fun and teambuilding attitude. Chillisauce offers unlimited corporate group activities in Oxfordshire, which are all based on innovative team building ideas. Take a tour of corporate events offered by Chillisauce and realize how to improve communications, team building attitudes and problem solving nature among corporate.

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Organising corporate events can be exciting and interesting but simultaneously stressful and nerve-racking. This is especially true when corporate event managers are faced with a dilemma in balancing the need to create an enjoyable and beneficial event, and at the same time entrusted with the responsibility to create publicity for it.

Nevertheless, if the right approach is used, creating publicity for corporate events will become an easier task to manage. The following tips will provide you with an insight on some of the best practices used in creating publicity.

1. It’s always a good idea to work in a team, and delegate the task of creating publicity to a particular team member. This way, you will not be caught up in the legwork, but rather be involved from an event manager perspective. Your responsibility then is to make decisions and guide others in getting things done for you.

2. Selecting the right person to delegate this task to is also an important factor in making your event a success. It is essential for this person to possess the necessary contacts with media companies, such as television stations and newspapers, way before the event kicks off.

3. Use short copywriting for direct mailers or newspaper advertisements. Good editing and good writing go hand-in-hand to create impact for your publicity pieces. Also, thick information packs are out of the question, unless specifically requested by the recipient.

4. Try not to use copywriting that may be a tad too creative or flowery. Your audience has no time trying to figure out your message, and it is best that you send them something direct and concise.

5. Although it may be common sense to include a contact number or an email address in your publicity pieces, you may be surprised that many corporate event organisers actually overlook this. Keep this in mind so that you can be contacted for further information.

6. No one wants to read outdated information. That is why your press releases should be kept as relevant and up to date as possible.

7. Always stick with the truth when you are answering questions from the media, or holding a press conference. Many corporate event managers tend to exaggerate and end up presenting an event that falls short of expectations.

London Venues

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If you are living in London and looking to propose you will be pleased to hear there is no shortage of hot venues to choose from. Below we have a look at any of the most popular.

If desert beaches and mountain tops are beyond your reach, there are plenty of unusual places that will provide the perfect backdrop for the big question. The following suggestions are all based in London, but you can adapt the ideas to somewhere near you.

The London Eye

A capsule on the London Eye is fast becoming one of the most popular places to propose. With stunning views over the city and thirty minutes to complete the journey, it’s the perfect place to start your celebrations. The London Eye has special offers for Valentine’s Day itself, which include champagne, roses, chocolates and a private capsule, but if you need to propose at a different time, call the company to see if you can make special arrangements.

The Serpentine – Hyde Park

In a recent survey, hotel concierges said that a rowing boat on the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park is currently a fashionable place to propose. Check out the weather, hire a rowing boat or pedallo, bring the ring, the champagne and prepare for a truly romantic proposal.

Hampton Court Maze

Possibly the most famous maze in the world, Hampton Court Maze is a great place for a romantic proposal. Set in the beautiful gardens of Hampton Court Palace alongside the River Thames, the yew hedges are a perfect backdrop for the occasion. Get deliberately lost and then drink champagne when you get to the middle!

A Boutique Hotel

London has many famous hotels, but a new type of hotel is coming of age in the city – the Boutique Hotel. These are small, individually decorated and quirky hotels that pride themselves on personal service. They are also, compared with many London hotels, good value for money. Take a room or visit the restaurant for a proposal to remember.