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Monday, 23 December 2013

Here's to a Healthy & Wealthy 2014!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Browns Hotel Site Visit

A few weeks ago team members Mo, Helene, Max, and myself had the pleasure of spending our evening at Brown’s Hotel London with Lidiya De, the Corporate Sales Manager. We’ve had many failed scheduling attempts to make this happen, but finally making it down there was worth our wait! Brown’s Hotel is a luxury 5 star hotel in the heart of London’s Mayfair. It opened in 1837 as London’s first hotel, making this property truly a landmark.


The first stops on our tour were to see the lovely accommodations that this hotel has to offer. As the hotel boasts, “Brown’s Hotel personifies the refined sophistication of modern British luxury. Each room and suite is individually decorated and many feature antiques and contemporary artworks, creating an elegant and fashionable air.” The rooms were incredibly spacious and designed by Olga Polizzi in white and in a way that suggests guests are in the comfort of their own home as opposed to a stuffy hotel. The bathrooms were also a highlight for quite a spa like indulgence.

 After the rooms we looked through a few of the conference and private dining rooms that are available to hire. These all came in a variety of lovely sizes with classic décor. Many of these rooms also came attached with a bit of history. Our favorite was the small Graham Bell Room which is perfect for small business meetings and cocktail receptions. It is aptly named for Alexander Graham Bell's demonstration of his invention in the room which marked the first successful telephone call in Great Britain in 1876.

Last on our stop was to The English Tea Room where we enjoyed a few (or many) glasses of bubbly Prosecco along with a few canapés created in the iconic HIX kitchen. We enjoyed plenty of nibbles along with wonderful conversation with Lidiya who is extremely flexible in terms of all that she and Brown’s Hotel can offer for future events! Among our favorite tasty treats were the deluxe club sandwich and scotch quails egg with chocolate mouse and lemon sponge cake for dessert!!


by Elaine Whitehead

Friday, 15 November 2013

Casa Negra

On Thursday 7th November, EMC3 travelled to the East end to visit a Mexican neighbourhood restaurant, hidden away in the heart of Shoreditch. ‘Mexican neighbourhood restaurant’ however gives little credit to the true atmosphere and flavour hidden behind Casa Negra’s doors...


As you enter, you are warmly greeted into a quaint reception. Your senses are immediately heightened with the smell of great food and the sound of music just beyond the main doors. The main space is very well planned with quirky but cosy casual seating and an eye-catching Mexican beach bar located at the far end. An extensive cocktail menu will keep you on your toes all night, with tequila being the main ingredient. No need to worry if your favourite cocktail is not on the list, as I found out, the barmen are willing to concoct anything you ask with the ingredients at hand. A larger room with more dining tables is located just to the left of the bar, leading round to the kitchen and the kitchen table, Casa Negra’s semi-private dining room.

The kitchen table is located right in front of the open kitchen, and is sectioned off from the restaurant; creating a unique feeling of dining in one of Mexico’s ever popular and growing pop-up home restaurants. The table can seat up to 18 people and is a fantastic room for small dinner parties, company lunch meetings or large family get-togethers.


Little would it be known to the unsuspecting diner what lies beneath Casa Negra’s floorboards. The Playroom, best described as ‘a tequila-fuelled Mexican dancing den’, has a fantastic atmosphere, creatively decorated with piñatas and toys, all hanging from the ceiling. Dotted around the outside of the room are the playroom booths, which are all decorated exceptionally; they offer a great area for dining/drinks, and are positioned so that they do not stand out when empty, but give enough privacy when being used – a great touch to a fun room.

The Playroom is open from Wednesdays to Saturdays, 7pm until late with a DJ from 10pm to 2am (times varying slightly depending on the night). The Playroom is also available for private hire, so if you haven’t thought about where to celebrate the season’s end, or thinking about the next party, let us know! After all, it would be a struggle not to enjoy yourself at this fantastic place.


Overall, Casa Negra is a vibrant, fun and flamboyant place. We truly enjoyed our time at Casa Negra, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great night out!
written by Max Worsley

Thursday, 7 November 2013

LinkedIn Talent Connect 2013

Since our last post we’ve been to Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Lagos, Brazil, Dubai, Singapore, Amsterdam, Paris and back again! So it’s not to say emc3 haven’t been busy, but we sure do like it that way!
When most of London was asleep, emc3 was up, creating a mind-blowing  set production for our clients’ Linkedin.  Taking over the Hilton Metropole in Edgware Road for the Talent Connect Conference 2013 from Tuesday October 16-Thursday 18th 2013, we managed the Linkedin Training Day, Certification Examination Day, VIP Dinners, Main Conference and After party for over 1000+ of EMEA’s leading recruitment decision makers…
Nothing can compare to the feeling of being there and attending the conference, but we always think photos speak louder than words! Check our photos below:
Talent Connect Registration Desk
This is where our 1000 + attendees registered- swift process of collecting badge and a welcome bag including details on the 3 day agenda and gifts. 
As guests registered for their certification examinations on the Wednesday, little did they know what was happening above them… 
we worked on turning this room…
into this..

..an Ice-Cave and clean-white feng shui garden. Purpose-built for refreshment breaks and attendees to get some time out of the main conference to network. Check out our really cool time lapse video of this set build and break down http://vimeo.com/emc3/tcctimelapsevideo
Main Conference
After Party
This was kept as a surprise to all delegates throughout the conference, the only clues they received where ‘there will be many celebrities there’ much to everyone’s excitement! When coaches turned
the corner laughter could be heard at the back as they finally realised the location of their evening, Madame Tussauds, the home of celebrity wax works!
Joined by celebrity lookalikes Will Smith, Austin Powers, Keith Lemon, Harry Potter, David Beckham and characters on stilts including the Queen and King, Members of Kiss, Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse it was a fantastic evening amongst the celebrity figurines.
The Worlds Stage was the hub for the after party, with a huge amount on offer to keep the guests entertained all evening. Various stalls were setup around the room serving delicious food from all over the world, from South America to Spain to India and the USA. As well as this, there were interactive games and activities such as a super photo booth where guests could have group photos taken
with props, in a strong air machine, with bright lights and interactive posers. There was also a virtual penalty shoot-out run by a David Beckham lookalike.
As the evening ventured further, the drinks continued to flow and the dance floor got busier and pumping resulting in an extended conga-line. There was a performance by the Will Smith lookalike which undoubtedly got the crowd moving, and our Ibizian DJ continued to pump out tunes until the early hours.
We’ve truly enjoyed our time planning and organising what has been a spectacular conference, and looking forward to the next one.
written by Max Worsley &Anita Engebretsen

Thursday, 12 September 2013

'Sisi’ Birthday
 & Anniversary Party
On the 7th of September the EMC3 team headed off to beautiful Austria to do their first event at the Imperial Palace Vienna. The theme of the party was ‘Sisi’ – in the thought of Elisabeth of Austria, who was the wife of Franz Joseph I and therefore both Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary and who used to reside at the Imperial Palace.

Welcomed by Esterhazy footmen and men on horses, the guests, all in fabulous costumes, made their way along the red carpet to the champagne and canapé reception, where the room was full of striking glass chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.
After moving to the elegantly decorated dining room and a two-course dinner was served with dessert in a buffet stand. After a few speeches the guests were treated to a great 3D projection mapping show, which highlighted the stunning interior of the room creating visual effects that made the walls come to life. This ended with some great music as the guests started to warm up for the after party.

Across the hall the DJ lured the guests to an impressive glass walled room, the Hofburg Galerie, where  chesterfield couches, a Moroccan inspired area, a dance floor with podiums and  various entertainment acts filled the interior of the room. In addition to the bar they had a vodka luge in the shape of a swan in flight which was extremely popular and the midnight snacks ended up being a welcomed treat.

Throughout the whole night about 100 entertainers including jugglers, imperial guards with guns, ballet dancers, stilt walkers, harpists, imperial artists, saxophonists and many more made sure that the guests were always well entertained.
 After a long, long night the EMC3 team spent their Sunday afternoon recovering in the folks’ park and at the thanksgiving festival enjoying the wonderful weather before heading back to rainy London.
Well done team – that was a spectacular event!

written by Helene

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

EMC3`s Summer Amplification @ BEAT London

We hosted our Summer Soiree for our seasonal amplification at BEAT London last Friday - 16th August.  The evening was enjoyed with close friends, family and clients on the sleepless streets of London’s secretly placed hip private late-night members club.  It was the perfect evening to unwind after a hectic week, meet new people and enjoy some classic “BEAT” styled music. 
In true EMC3 event style, Champagne was popping with flowing cocktails of Vodka, Lychee and Cranberry and delicious, mouth-watering canapés with the Yellow Fin Tuna and Spiced Lentil Salsa with Wild Rocket, Aged Balsamic and Crostin being an absolute favourite. 
Starting the evening in style (cough cough Ferrari arrival) we all woke up with slightly sore heads but that’s a sign of a good night right?!? 
We are planning many Christmas events now; BEAT is one of our many venues we can offer preferential rates not just in London but around the world, so contact us for a superior quality service if you’re planning an Event or Conference anytime soon!
A night to remember by the team…
written by Tessa

Enjoying champagne and canapés at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel

On Wednesday, the 14th of August, the EMC3 team had the pleasure to spend their evening at the site of Queen Elizabeth II former residence, the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel. Hyde Park and Green Park, which are just a few steps away, inspire the whole of the interior of the hotel.

After walking in, Theo Randall’s restaurant is on your right, which is voted the “finest Italian in London” and prepares Italian food with the finest seasonal ingredients. The restaurant provides a big general seating area as well as a private dining room, which seats 24 people at the private dinner table.
The Chef Theo Randall is known for taking very good care of his guests, will interact with them when he is onsite and also has cookery activities offered on selected Saturdays from 10am to 3pm where he passes on tips he has compiled from 20 years’ experience in top kitchens around the world.

Apart from dining in Randall’s restaurant, hotel guests can also spend their time in the Cookbook Café or the Club InterContinental, which is available exclusively to guests with permitted access and offers a great view over the London skyline and boosting views of Wellington Arch.

The recently renovated events floor offers 12 rooms for meetings for any occasion providing a view overlooking Park Lane and a huge ballroom, which can accommodate up to 750 people for a dinner and 1000 for a drinks reception. It can also be broken down into three spaces.

Looking at the accommodation, guests can enjoy sweeping views of London in one of the 387 elegant Rooms featuring timeless English interiors and 60 expansive and luxurious designer Suites to accommodate both the modern man and the quintessentially British woman.


In addition to the exclusive rooms and restaurants, the Intercontinental Park Lane Hotel also provides a Spa, which comprises of five treatment rooms and an additional VIP treatment suite for couples and private parties. Featuring state-of-the-art facilities and an expert team of therapists, the luxurious spa offers innovative treatments and packages using products from luxury British spa and skincare brand Elemis. Moreover the Spa is designed to meet also the demand of the modern man and is open 9am – 9pm Monday to Friday, and from 10am – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
For those who love to go to their limits there is also a Health and Fitness Center, which provides all the latest cardiovascular equipment and plenty of space for free weights and stretching.
At the end of our site visit at the Intercontinental Park Lane Hotel we relaxed in the Arch Bar enjoying champagne and a plethora of canapés including onion bhajis in mango sauce, chicken skewers in honey, lamb koftas in mint yogurt sauce, cheese cones with humus, rye on salmon with horseradish, carnation chicken on a crumb biscuit and a never ending trio of nibbles including sun dried vegetable crisps, rosemary cashew nuts, and green olives.

Overall we had a really great time at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel!


 written by Helene













Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Sky Diving, Weightless Bobbing & Helmet Wearing.....Teambuilding EMC3 Stylee!

EMC3 Summer Team Building at:


Deciding that since this year has been a fantastically busy and hard grafting year so far we needed to get out the office and do something fun, exciting and a wee bit different to the usual outtings... So we did just that which resulted in hiring out the wind tunnel at AIRKIX Milton Keynes for half an hour for our team (not all of us could attend and sadly Anita came but couldn’t join the action due to previous shoulder injury) to fly and experience the pure Adrenaline rush of this extreme sport…indoors!

We arrived an hour before our flight time so 5pm where we were introduced to our Instructor Adam who took us to the lesson room where we were shown an introductory video, grasped a few key signals and briefly shown the correct or ideal position we had to embrace while in the tunnel. We were then shown to the kit room where we got suitably kitted out into our jump suits, goggles and helmets (our 2 Directors Alistair & Daniel, sadly minus Baba our MD who was in Africa, wore the red helmuts) and very fiddly ear plugs – who knew that it would be such a mission to put them in! And woop woop we were ready to fly… BRING IT ON!!

On entering we took our seats and waited our turn which was to last about 2 minutes each. Usually when you book a flight you get 2x 2 minute flights but fortunately we were going to get a few more flight times each.
First up was Alistair who had done it before and showed us how it should be done followed by Phil, then Daniel , then Mo followed by Steph. We all got our balance tested as we were thrown, I mean flown around the tunnel side to side, up and down as we tried to master the position while our Instructor guided us through the movements. I will admit when you're trying to keep position while getting thrown around by air jets the signals you learn all kind of mold into one blurred signal!!
                                                                                    Alistair the Wisp!
Daniel & the Magic Belly!

                                                                               Phileas the Floater!
Mo the Low!

On our 2nd go we were taught how to move left and right so in circles basically, this in itself was very very challenging indeed and I think we all had our fair share of wall contact in trying our hand at this which was the cause of great laughter. During our 3rd flight we were allowed to fly around and try incorporate going left and right up and down in the tunnel while still getting blasted with air and under the watchful eye of our instructor. This was super fun!!!
To top off this incredible experience we were given a 4th go and this time the instructor came and flew with each of us to took us all the way to the top of the tunnel and back down again quite a few exciting times. Wow, what a buzz: it was an absolutely fantastic feeling – mind a few floating dribbles  (Tee Hee) and light headed dizziness as one tried to exit the wind tunnel swooning from side to side trying to regain your balance & sense of direction!
Once we had all had a go we were given a fantastic athletic display by our instructor of different moves one could attempt – it was not dissimilar  to a Cirque de Soleil-esque  acrobat/streetdance display in the air! Absolutely insane but totally wicked!!! The feeling of floating so freely yet loosely in control just adds to the unique experience of flying. An addictive sense of freedom that becomes more and more insatiable every time you have another go!
I can now see why people get the skydiving bug and all I can say is this is one activity I will most certainly be taking further. I  do have my sights on jumping out of a plane and experiencing the real McCoy 5,000 meters above land!
Thoroughly enjoyed by all and if you’re looking for something exhilarating and hilarious; then look no further ..........Book your teams spot now!!!!


Written by Mo the Low!