We helped launch Nordic Games We Sing Rock Game www.wesinggame.com last week at Penthouse with X Factor's Kitty Brucknell. She's actually quite fab on stage! What a blast it was with the latest form of Karaoke style called Bandoke going down a storm. Congrats to Producers Wire Productions www.wiredproductions.com for the games which brought so much fun to all the 300 Guests on the night!
O2 is the snizzle ....not only can you watch the ATP Tennis here but you can catch some of the best Rap Rock Bands in the world shake their toush whilst twanging away like Flea! Gosh I forgot how much I loooove this mad bad of Rock & Rappers!!!! Ahhhh takes me back to my salad days when I would sing & Luke would play the guitar as we serenaded some buxum beauties at the age of 17 . Thank you for the memories Guys!
Haven't been to the O2 lately then you must go.......!
One has to say in these times of cut backs, stringent budgets & failed airlines there is a beacon of light shining from Nigeria called Arik Airline www.arikflights.co.uk . A fabulous example of great commerce coming out of my Motherland, triumphing against other International Airlines, too many to mention here, that wish to squeeze us out of this lucrative route & market. After 5 YEARS ARIK grows from strength to strength - Thank you Sir Joseph Arumeni-Johnson & most imporatntly the formidable team that include Simon Cook, Mooi Devine & many many others behind the scenes. Great Event at Claridges Guys - only we could have bettered it!
Femi Kuti was awesome though..... Flying to Nigeria or within soon then why not try our flagship airline - just bought new planes as well.
Go Arik Air - keep flying the flag for Nigerian enterprise!
Wow! What a year of fashion this has been www.londonfashionweek.co.uk . Apparently this Autumn/Winter's colour is green. I was fortunate enough to get some Somerset House Fashion www.somersethouse.org.uk complimentary tickets in September so I decided to take my dear Aunty & Niece on 2 separate occassions. We saw lots of new designers & some very old. Definiately worth going to in Feb 2012!
But in the immortal words of Coco Chanel- “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”
We at EMC3 are a peaceful nation, but when our friends at Venue Reservations invited us to their showcase at the Imperial War Museum last Wednesday we dashed down to check out their artillery! There were plenty of friendly faces in amongst all of the massive guns. The evening was a great opportunity for us to see what some of the venues and suppliers in the area have to offer. I spoke with a lovely lady from Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, who showed me some of their beautiful event space, of which there is lots! A great place to consider for conferences for those of you bored of the hotel scene. They also have a great match day hospitality package, perfect if you have a Spurs supporting client you wish to butter up; if meeting the man of the match can’t seal your deal, then having a Spurs legend with you for the day definitely will!
Another great venue we saw was Barber-Surgeons Hall, a very grand space hiding just around the corner from St Pauls with a beautiful garden and plenty of natural day-light. The central location makes it ideal for inner city meetings and conferences. We got to grips with a couple of similar venues such as 43 Milbank and The HAC, both lovely grand spaces. There were also some more lively venues where you can let your hair down, see some live music and have a few sherbets like KOKO and Proud2. So whatever you desire give us a call, we can provide the big guns to make sure it goes with a bang!
On Tuesday a good friend who happens to be one of London's top curators invited me to the Josephine Meckseper's 1st solo exhibition at Timothy Taylor's Gallery in Carlos Place. The New York based Artist showed her slant on neo-modernism with consumerism with the Hitchcockian piece being my favourite.
This beautiful cubic space filled with pieces reflects the excessive consumerism of our times!!! Good work Bomi - Thanks for the invite & bonne chance to all involved in the Frieze Art Fair. Good on you Deutsche Bank!!
Frieze Art Fair 2011 October 13 - 16, 2011 │ London
Deutsche Bank is the main sponsor of Frieze Art Fair for the eight consecutive year. The art fair takes place in London’s Regent’s Park from October 13th to 16th. Deutsche Bank will announce the “Artist of the year 2012” at the fair. Once again the bank is using the fair to present works from its substantial corporate collection.
In its lounge, Deutsche Bank will hold a small exhibition of three conceptual artists, Nedko Solakov, Roman Ondák and Yane Calovski with the aim of demonstrating the importance of passing ideas around. There will also be works on display by the Chapman Brothers, Samuel Fosso, Ivan Grubanov, Damien Hirst and Gavin Turk for a charity auction event in aid of War Child on Thursday, October 14th.
In a short time, Frieze Art Fair has developed into one of the world's most influential contemporary art fairs. The declared aim of both, the organizers and Deutsche Bank is to make contemporary art accessible to a wide public.
This unique venue replicates but in many ways exceeds the mystic of any Moroccan souk in delightful Marrakesh; the decor is made up of beautiful exotic furnishings - coloured glass, gilt lanterns, brass finishing’s and lots of colourful lush cushions made from gorgeous fabrics with original furnishings throughout the house. Momo’s surroundings transport you into a world of an Arabic fairy tale whilst the ambience of Arabic fusion music, fantastic cocktails, superior quality service, shisha pipes & culinary delights from the menu of a variety of North African cuisines is second to none. This treasured hideaway in the heart of London is ideal for a drink, people watching, dinner or a private party. Thinking of an alternative but most sumptuous Xmas Party venue? Then come & sample the delights we have to offer you in the Kemia Bar at Momo’s on Friday 7th October from 7pm-9pm.
Have a strong relationship with this Italian hotel for many years now on Tuesday night we took a trip to see the Baglioni hotel, a 5* luxury boutique hotel opposite Hyde park with lovely views of the park, and Kensington Palace and Gardens. The hotel is just off the main shopping strip of High Street Kensington and is close to all the major attractions including the Royal Albert Hall and Harrods.
The Italian hotel is immaculately decorated with unique and individual antiques in every room. We at EMC3 have seen a lot of hotels – but this one still stood out to us as beautifully designed and decorated. There are actually more suites than standard rooms in the hotel, boasting gorgeous 4 poster beds, comfy sofas and beautiful paintings. All the rooms come with a complimentary espresso machine, a fully stocked mini-bar, and a desk perfect for those looking to get some work done. All of the rooms have outstanding bathrooms with beautiful hand-made Moroccan sinks and Ortigia toiletries. If you are looking for a luxury boutique this is such a lovely place to visit and stay.
The hotel has a beautiful, secluded spa that is large enough to offer a wide range of treatments but small enough to provide a personalised and intimate service to all guests. It is also open to the public. The hotel has plenty of meeting room space, with a versatile set up that can cater for many different style events and private dining menus straight from the kitchen. There is also a private nightclub – Boutique 60 – in the basement. It is completely soundproofed and has a terrace outside as well.
The hotel also boasts an impressive restaurant. The refined Brunello Lounge & Restaurant, inspired by the famous Tuscan wine, is considered to be one of the trendiest restaurants in the city of London and offers its guests contemporary Italian cuisine made from fresh, high-quality ingredients. The service is brilliant – everyone is so friendly and welcoming and most importantly – have great knowledge of the menus.
We finished the night with a lovely 3 course dinner in the restaurant. The food was delicious and the wine was wonderful.
The Baglioni collection reaches out all over Italy (Milan, Venice, Rome Florence & Tuscany) and France. With a new hotel opening in Marrakesh soon.
The Carnival passed without a continuance of the riots 3 weeks ago. I love this city - I think it's the only place in the world you can have a massive & beautiful gay march one month, a jubilant & joyously participated Royal Wedding extravaganza another; then a horribly discourteous and disenchanted riot as well as a Bonne Viveur Carnival withing 20 days of each other.
Well it's all about the communication between the people & the police; well plan non aggresive security & the harmonised mentality of a community are most paramount!
Viva Sancho Panza http://sanchopanza.org/ y the 2012 Olympics.
Bring it on ..... London's rainbow is back & here to stay.
The EMC3 team headed down to the world renowned International Guards Polo, sponsored by Cartier, for a day of Champagne, Chinawhite superior quality hospitality, picnics, great company, music and of course Polo. This year was particularly special as it celebrated 100 years of The Hurlingham Polo Association’s Coronation Cup, which has traditionally seen International teams from across the globe compete at the very highest level. It is also reputed to be the last one Cartier are to host. But we think the games will only grow from strength to strength. The polo was played at an outstanding level and really captured the attention and imagination of the crowd. The day started off with the Golden Jubilee Trophy match, where The Prince of Wales Team beat Hurlingham in a spectacular match. This was followed by the long awaited Coronation Cup, where The English Polo Team played against The Brazilian Polo Team. It was a close match that had us on the edge of our seats!
It was a classic British polo day with sunshine, big hats and beautiful horses. After a feast of Sushi, wines, cheeses and chocolates we headed over to The Chinawhite Enclosure, where the party really kicked off. The last few years have featured Jeremy Healy, Mark Ronson and the legendary Pete Tong DJ-ing in the tent. However this year, Mark Ronson unfortunately pulled out of the performance due to the death of his friend Amy Winehouse. Of course it was a shame but most understandable, we still made the most of a great day & eve. We were massaged by a lovely team of “massage angels”, sipped on Champagne and saw one of 3 celebs. The night ended with a fantastic DJ set from Axwell (Swedish House Mafia). We had SUCH a great day. Thank-you Chinawhite!
On my 1st Familiarisation Trip ( When you are invited to a City by their Government or Bureau interested in winning your business) I was invited to Prague or should I say Praha in the Czech Republic. Being a Fam Trip Virgin I was slightly coy as I had not even been to the Czech Republic & I wasn't familiar with the currency or language they spoke. Eureka I thought, that alone is a great reason to go!
I was invited by the radiant Jitka from the Prague Convention Bureau on the 14th-17th July, to come and see for myself what the city had to offer for all friends & clients alike. So I went! To be honest is it was a harduous fast paced program ( no such thing as a free lunch); but WOW it most productive. This City of a 1000 Spies, oh I mean Spires, is a most enchanting, culturally alluring and musically enhanced centre of excellence. I was impressed by their all round cordiality & style of the people. Seemingly in another world it is only a pleasant 1 1/2 hrs flight from London.
A great place for a romantic gate-away or a corporate conference/meeting. Almost in the centre of the Czech Republic it boasts a most varied array of culinary delights & culture for sightseers & adventurers alike. Like for instance most sees are the Prague Castle, Old Town, Jazz music cruise on the River Vltava, Charles bridge & the Municipal Music Hall dedicated to Czech composer Smetana & where Italian Musical Genius Ennio Morricone was conducting during 2 evenings of our stay. The Hotels are world class, Jazz was magical & the nightlife interesting!
The local food was surprisingly delicious. Czech wine is highly recommended & of course the Pilsner beer is better than liquid gold!!!!
Thank you Lenka, Jitka, Martina & the Prague Convention Bureau for the trip. Also Děkuji for introducing me to such a lively and diverse group of fellow campers. Babydoll Elisa, Gargantuan Gary, Romeo Bralte, Groucho Kim, Ever prepared Glyn, Que Sera Sera Monique, La Douche Marrianne, Fine Wines Lionel & Secret Agent Anthony - what larks we had!!!!
Look forward to doing some biz & seeing you again mes amis........Na zdraví!