London - for fantastic Treasure Hunts
The Royal Opera and English National Opera, English National Ballet and the United Kingdom's Royal Ballet are all based in London and perform at Sadler's Wells Theatre, the Royal Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and the London Coliseum as well as touring throughout the country. With its history, architecture and heritage London is a fascinating venue for the business visitor and offers a wide range of possibilities for GPS Treasure Hunts.
The 1 mile length of Upper Street in Islington has more restaurants and bars in the UK than any other street. London's Oxford Street is not only the longest shopping street in the UK at 1 mile long but is Europe's busiest. London is home to designers Stella McCartney, Jimmy Choo, Vivienne Westwood, Manolo Blahnik, Galliano among others and its well known art and fashion schools make it an international centre of fashion competing with Paris, Milan and New York. London is therefore perfectly suited and accessible for a wide range of corporate Treasure Hunts - whethe they be bespoke, Cryptic or GPS based.
The start of the year is celebrated with the New Year's Eve celebrations which culminate in the fireworks display at the London Eye. The Notting Hill Carnival, the second biggest street party in the world, takes place every year on August Bank holiday. Opportunities for corporate entertainment are plentiful at the traditional parades include the City of London’s Lord Mayor's Show in November and also Trooping the Colour, a formal military pageant displayed in June to celebrate the official (rather than the actual) birthday of the Queen and is performed by regiments of the Commonwealth and British Armies.
It was in London that William Shakespeare lived and spent most of his life working. London has been the setting for numerous films including 101 Dalmations, Notting Hill, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins and Oliver Twist amongst many, many others. On the other hand, in 1985 East Enders, an appalling soap opera set in London and featuring a miserable cast of social misfits was first seen on London television. London has always maintained an important role in the film industry, and has a post-production and special effects community in the centre of Soho, and large studios at Ealing. It is therefore no surprise that film making is a popular form of team building.
London hosts the world’s the first museum to be established - the British Museum in Bloomsbury, which was established in 1753. Art lovers to London will find the National Gallery, which was set up in 1824 to be delightful. Tate Britain hosts the national gallery of British Art whilst the Tate Modern, a new gallery, is housed in the former Bankside Power Station and many London Treasure Hunts incorporate these venues within them.
In the latter half of the nineteenth century the locale of South Kensington was developed as "Albertopolis", a scientific and cultural quarter. Located in London are three significant national museums: the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
London Treasure Hunts
With plentiful accommodation available in London it is the ideal place to hold a wide range of corporate events and the many sporting events and their accompanying corporate hospitality often act as the forum for bespoke corporate entertainment.
One of the important popular and classical music capitals of the world, London is home to major music companies as well as industry experts and countless musicians and bands.
London has many concert halls including the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican Arts Centre and Cadogan Hall. The two main opera houses are the Royal Opera House and the Coliseum Theatre. London has numerous venues for rock and pop concerts, plus big arenas such as Earls Court, Wembley Arena and the O2 Arena, as well as the Shepherd's Bush Empire and Brixton Academy. Many corporate entertainment packages are built around concerts at these major venues. The Wireless Festival is among many music festivals that are held in London each year.
The original and first Hard Rock Cafe resides in London along with the Abbey Road Studios where many of The Beatles hits were recorded. Groups and artists based in London in the 1970s and 1980s were Elton John, David Bowie, Queen, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Madness, The Jam, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Fleetwood Mac, The Police and The Cure.
Urban music is also very predominant including the genres drum and bass, grime, UK garage and dubstep (I don’t know what it is either) and this evolved in London from the foreign genres of hip hop and reggae, alongside local drum and bass. London was the principal city in the 1980's in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal era which helped bands like Motorhead and Iron Maiden to become famous worldwide. During the same decade, the city became influential in the New Wave and New Romantic movements, supplying the background for artists like the Pet Shop Boys, Spandau Ballet and Culture Club.
After hosting the resoundingly successful London 2012 Olympic Games and the Paralympics London also hosted the 2017 World Championships in Athletics. These facilities spaces make London the perfect location for Treasure Hunts and many other forms of team building.