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Ronaldo Returns! Old Trafford is rocking once again

Ronaldo at Manchester United Old Trafford Hospitality

Manchester United have brought back serial winner Cristiano Ronaldo to reinforce their hopes of challenging for Premier League and European glory. After the decline of the club in recent years and fans getting irritated by the lack of ambition and most importantly silverware at the club, are Manchester United now in a position to put that all behind them?

 

Ronaldo’s impact is already apparent

The Transfer window always promises excitement, confusion and most of all promise, however no-one could have expected a summer window like 2021. Most notably, the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford.

After a strong start to their Premier League campaign with wins over Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leeds and a heavily contested draw away at Southampton, the stage was set for an enthralling fixture against Newcastle at Old Trafford.

Saturday 11th September was the day football fans all over the world were anticipating, the question on the lips of everyone was, will Ronaldo play a part? In true Ronaldo style he played a pivotal role in a thrashing of lacklustre Newcastle United.

Ronaldo started the game brimming with confidence. As a tame first half was ending, Cristiano pounced onto a lose ball and fired home minutes before the referee blew his whistle on the first half. All eyes were on Ronaldo as the second half got underway. However, shortly after the break Javier Manquillo slotted the ball past a helpless De Gea to level for Newcastle who were looking to crash the return of Manchester United’s prodigal son.

The score line only remained level for 6 minutes after the ball was fired home by, yes you guessed it, Cristiano Ronaldo. Old Trafford erupted as the Portuguese phenomenon wheeled away in celebration with his Manchester United teammates. The pattern continued throughout the 90 minutes with Ronaldo’s Portuguese compatriot Bruno Fernandes scoring a wonderful goal with Jesse Lingard sealing a 4-1 win with a tidy finish.

With the addition of Ronaldo, the question now being asked is can Manchester United win the Premier league? Many believe already that this is a big possibility. In my opinion they are more than capable with this side. If Ronaldo can stay consistent this season, stay fit and provide Manchester United with goals, assists and his winning mentality they surely will be in the running to lift the Premier League trophy come May. Cristiano’s affiliation with the club has never really died after his departure to Real Madrid. Recently speaking, he stated that the United fans saw him grow up from 18 years old and what a journey he has been on since then.

Can Solskjaer have the Ferguson effect?

Throughout his career, Cristiano has had many influences and world class managers, however none quite like Manchester United great, Sir Alex Ferguson. Sir Alex was a big factor in bringing Ronaldo back to M16. Times have changed since then and the man in charge is ex Manchester United forward Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, nicknamed the baby-faced assassin for his youthful face and his killer instinct in front of goal. With Ole stepping in as manager at United many were sceptical, rightly so after Ferguson’s departure and a string of unsuccessful managers the boots to fill were big. After his first couple of seasons, many Manchester United supporters were unimpressed and after last year’s Europa League final defeat to Villareal the pressure on Solskjaer has mounted.

With the addition of Ronaldo expectations have risen, only adding more pressure on the manager to stock the trophy cabinet which has been lacking in recent years. As a football manager you are solely defined on results, you can have the best team in the world and the greatest players, if you’re not winning football matches or in United’s case winning trophies your time as manager will be short lived. It is vital that Ole and Manchester United succeed this season or it could well be his last.

What can United achieve with Ronaldo this season?

My opinion on the signing of Ronaldo is firstly, what a bargain. For one of the worlds greatest footballers to be sold so cheap, even at his age is intriguing. His ability is undisputed, and I really feel like he has the capability to push United to the next level and get them back on the pedestal where they rightly belong and have been in previous years. I think the Premier League will be tightly contested this season with either Manchester United or Chelsea taking the top spot.

In terms of Champions League success, I believe Manchester United will progress to the later rounds but I don’t feel they have the recent experience of going the distance. After a turbulent start to their Champions League campaign and with a disappointing loss to Young Boys, Manchester United will look to rectify that against the team that beat them in the Europa League final, Villareal.

Watch Manchester United at Old Trafford this season

Availability for hospitality this season is extremely difficult to find, but please enquire below for the possibility of attending a match at Old Trafford.

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Emma Raducanu – What’s in store for 2022?

Like Leicester in the Premier League in 2016 or Greece in the Euro’s in 2006, sport conjures up some unfathomable moments that you wouldn’t dare to dream of. But the reason you attend and love sport is that the unexpected can happen and anything is possible at the start of a match, tournament or league.

The latest is Emma Raducanu, the incredible teenager who thoroughly deserved and outplayed her opponents through her three week journey, which included a number of qualifiers to win the US Open. She became the first qualifier in the Open era to reach a Grand Slam final, eventually winning it against fellow young star Leylah Fernandez, without dropping a set the entire tournament.

Raducanu’s performance at The Championships, Wimbledon in 2021 bought her plenty of media spotlight as she battled her way to the fourth round, a huge jump from any of her achievements in her young career. Unfortunately she retired against Ajla Tomljanovic at Wimbledon due to a mixture of exhaustion and health issues, but it was a clear sign of what was to come from the Bromley player.

This major breakthrough for British sport has added a new fire into tennis in the country and 2022 could be an outstanding year for Raducanu. With that in mind, we have recently gone on sale for Wimbledon 2022 and demand is already extremely high for the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament. 

 

The Championships, Wimbledon 2022

Wimbledon tickets and hospitality are highly sought after as thousands flock to the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club to see history being made. We offer packages in the Rosewater Pavilion, Lawn Hospitality, Skyview Suites and the new facility, the Treehouse Hospitality.

The Lawn

The Lawn is a spacious facility offering award-winning official hospitality at The Championships, Wimbledon. Here, you’ll be immersed in the relaxed atmosphere on a private table for you and your guests, where you’ll enjoy an à la carte menu designed and prepared by renowned chefs Michel Roux Jr. and daughter Emily Roux.

Throughout the day you can soak up the glorious sunshine in the garden, whilst sipping on bespoke cocktails and being serenaded by live musicians. Once play commences on court, the action is just a short walk away.

Rosewater Pavilion

Rosewater Pavilion is our award-winning, premium+ official hospitality experience at The Championships, Wimbledon offering private tables for 2-12 guests, relaxed informal lounges and private areas.

Beautifully landscaped gardens, subtle floral touchpoints, and British-inspired four course à la carte food and drinks menus personify the theme of tennis in an English garden, all making for an unforgettable experience. Plus, in keeping with our Best of British theme, you’ll have the opportunity to meet a former British tennis celebrity.

Conveniently located within the Grounds, Rosewater Pavilion also offers you and your guests a stunning outdoor terrace with views towards Centre Court. And once play commences on Centre Court, you have just a short stroll to take your allocated courtside seats.

Skyview Suites Hospitality

The Skyview Suites offer the most luxurious, official hospitality experience at The Championships, Wimbledon, allowing you to entertain your most discerning guests in a private setting, within Centre Court.

Each suite caters for 10 or 20 guests, with a private balcony offering a unique vantage point above the crowds. You’ll also benefit from a concierge service, chauffeur, and a personal hostess will be on-hand to ensure every detail is covered for an unforgettable experience. When the tennis action commences, you can move seamlessly from entertaining guests in your suite to your prime-location Centre Court seats, just seconds away.

To complete this award-winning official tennis hospitality package, you’ll enjoy gourmet products synonymous with Wimbledon such as vintage Champagne, afternoon tea, strawberries and cream, as well as fine wines and a four-course à la carte menu.

The Treehouse Hospitality

The Treehouse is a brand new official hospitality experience available for the first 10 days of The Championships, Wimbledon 2022. 

Perched above The Lawn, The Treehouse offers a range of informal, unreserved seating areas, designed to give you the freedom to enjoy your day at your own pace. Vibrant interiors, cantilever balconies overlooking the garden (also accessible to guests) and luxurious furnishings add to the informal, immersive experience.

A roaming menu of gourmet small plates from Tom Sellers, Chef Patron of 2 Michelin Star Restaurant Story will be served throughout the day, and live cooking displays and DJs will heighten the experiential, lively atmosphere. Your Centre Court or No.1 Court seats are a short walk away, reserved for the day, so you can catch the world-class tennis whenever you are ready.

British Tennis

The United Kingdom historically has always been associated with tennis and classy tennis hospitality with Wimbledon showcasing the most iconic tournament in the world, you’d be forgiven for thinking that we hold a long list of singles Grand Slam legends, especially in the post-war era. The women’s game have had success in the 60’s and 70’s with Ann Haydon, Virginia Wade and Sue Barker picking up 7 Grand Slam’s between them. But finally, British tennis has a new superstar as Emma Raducanu sensationally won the US Open in 2021 against all the odds, coming through the qualifiers and not even dropping a set! The wait for a men’s singles British Grand Slam champion in recent times was even longer with Fred Perry’s dominance in the 1930’s the last successful period to admire. Scotland’s Andy Murray made history when he finally secured the US Open title in 2012 before his memorable Wimbledon triumph in 2013 against Novak Djokovic. Both moments when people will forever ask ‘where were you when…’.

Order of Play

It’s an incredible day out at Wimbledon and with 14 days of play this year, there are plenty of opportunities to see the best players in the world in action. The dates for the Championships, Wimbledon 2022 are:

  • Mon 27 Jun – First Round
  • Tues 28 Jun – First Round
  • Wed 29 Jun – Second Round
  • Thu 30 Jun – Second Round
  • Fri 1 Jul – Third Round
  • Sat 2 Jul – Third Round
  • Sun 3 Jul – Round of 16
  • Mon 4 Jul – Round of 16
  • Tue 5 Jul – Quarterfinals
  • Wed 6 Jul – Quarterfinals
  • Thu 7 Jul – Ladies’ semi-finals
  • Fri 8 Jul – Gentlemen’s semi-finals
  • Sat 9 Jul – Ladies’ Final
  • Sun 10 Jul – Gentlemen’s final

While we sell official hospitality to The Championships, we are not an authorised hospitality provider to the AELTC or The Championships, we are an authorised re-seller of the Official Exclusive Hospitality Provider to The Championships.

Wimbledon Authorised Reseller

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Ten outstanding venues for Corporate Hospitality in London

Looking for corporate hospitality option in London? Then take a look at our handy guide to some of the top venues in the capital that you can attend throughout the year.

 

 

Twickenham

Capacity – 82,000

Location – South West London

Main Events – Rugby Union & Concerts

Constructed – 1907

Twickenham and the England Rugby Team have been closely associated for generations. Located in the South-West of London, Twickenham stadium is a once in a life time experience due to the unique and captivating atmosphere generated by the thousands and thousands of passionate England rugby fans. The fans get behind the team like no other and the national anthem and adopted songs such as ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ will be belted out in an attempt to get behind the team and players. The stadium is packed with history, including hosting two World Cup finals in 1991 and 2005.

Corporate hospitality packages will start early to give time for your guests to connect and meet some famous faces, with the likes of Dylan Hartley, Chris Robshaw, Alex Goode and James Haskell often in attendance with Engage just to name a few. Expect the beers and champagne to be flowing, complimenting a premium 4 course meal before you take your seats and watch the action unfold.

England will play a selection of games at Twickenham every year including the Six Nations tournament as well as the Autumn International list. The Six Nations sees England compete against local rivals Scotland, Wales and Ireland, with France and Italy making up the 6 team competition format. The Autumn Internationals line-up will vary, but England will typically play a few home games against rugby powerhouses such as New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

If rugby isn’t for you, then Twickenham continues to expand it’s event range and major concerts and other sporting events are becoming more common. Global superstars such as Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga and Rihanna have all taken to the stage, whilst American Football fans were able to see three NFL matches including the LA Rams two seasons on the bounce.

If you’re looking for a true British sporting experience then look no further than watching England play at Twickenham.

 

Lord’s

Capacity – 31,100

Location – Central London

Main Events – Test Cricket, ODI Cricket & T20 Cricket

Constructed – 1814

If you’re looking for class, history and elegance then Lord’s cricket ground is perfect for you and your team, customers and clients.. The Marylebone CC, better known as Lord’s or the ‘Home of Cricket’ is England’s primary cricket venue. Steeped in history, this iconic stadium has seen every great and some not-so-great cricketers. From Bradman to Botham and Waugh to Warne Lord’s has been the proverbial mecca to players and fans alike.

Lord’s has been a cricketing venue venue since 1884 and has hosted over 200 England matches in it’s long and illustrious history. The achievements board at Lord’s is for many seen as the ultimate success. To be forever immortalized in writing at ‘The home of Cricket’ is a symbol that the individual has reached the pinnacle of the game.

The star attraction at Lord’s is seeing the England international teams in their prime. Test matches, ODIs and T20s are all held at Lord’s and provide a slightly different, but brilliant opportunity to connect with your party.

Engage provide a range of VIP match day corporate hospitality packages in our exclusive ICON facility. Fully glass fronted the suite is flooded with natural light and overlooks the Nursery Ground where players are known to warm up or train pre-match or during the game. Exclusive ICON hospitality includes a cooked breakfast on arrival, VIP blocked and reserved match day ticket, a complimentary bar, 4-course lunch, and afternoon tea.

England v India Lords Test 2021

 

Hampton Court Palace

Status: Grade I Listed Building

Location – South West London

Main Events – Concerts & Cultural Hospitality

Fun Fact – Henry VIII lived there!

Although sport is often the first thought for corporate hospitality options in London, there are plenty of other opportunities around to consider, including the beautiful Hampton Court Palace. One of London’s most iconic and historical areas, the Palace situated in South West London has hosted a wide variety of events including major concerts, festivals and garden based events.

Hampton Court Palace has quite the history with the first noted rebuilding plan at the palace coming in 1515. The infamous Henry VIII has a huge association with Hampton Court, spending many years there with his first wife Katharine of Aragon. From the mid 1500’s through until the mid 1700’s, the Palace stayed within the ownership of royalty, with William Shakespeare a notable famous performer.

In 1760, the King at that time George III abandoned Hampton Court Palace as a Royal residence, before Queen Victoria opened up the gardens to the public in 1838 free of charge and ever since then it’s been a spacious venue for events.

Back to 2021 and Hampton Court host two famous weeks that can be enjoyed by everyone. The Hampton Court Festival is around 8 days of music, with legends of the industry such as Lionel Richie, Tom Jones and Kylie Minogue all previous performers. As well as the fantastic music line-up, Hampton Court Palace Festival is renowned for creating a truly unforgettable VIP experience.
Indulge yourself in royal splendour, walk across the cobbles and follow in the footsteps of our infamous Kings and Queens for a unique evening to remember.

If you’re looking for an event that is a little quieter, then look no further than the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. It’s the stunning views and smells that make this corporate event the perfect opportunity to treat your clients and have those vital conversations in a beautiful setting.

 

Wembley Stadium

Capacity – 90,000

Location – North West London

Main Events – Football, Boxing, NFL, Concerts

Constructed – 2007

Synonymous with football around the world, Wembley Stadium is a globally recognised venue that hosts the major club and international football in the country. FA Cup Finals, Euro Championship Finals, Carabao Cup Finals and England matches are played regularly at Wembley and the atmosphere generated, most recently evident throughout Euro 2020 is truly unrivalled throughout the world.

The original Wembley Stadium was first built in 1922 and hosted the countries most famous ever football match, the 1966 4-2 World Cup final victory against Germany. It would have been hard to imagine the iconic venue not existing but for four seasons between 2003 and 2007, the Old Wembley was knocked down and £800million later, the New Wembley was born.

Since then, Wembley has hosted a staggering amount of memorable events. The London Olympics in 2012 saw an array of football. The 2011 and 2013 Champions League final with Barcelona and Bayern Munich the victors. More recently, the incredible Euro 2020 matches as England beat Germany as well as England losing to Italy in the final on penalties.

Then there’s the first ever NFL match outside of America in 2007, with the Dolphins losing to the Giants, followed by over 15 more matches in-front of packed out stadiums. Boxing has also played a huge part in Wembley’s recent history as Froch and Groves battled in a heated rematch, followed by two stunning victories for Anthony Joshua against Klitscho and Povetkin respectively.

The list of incredible concerts at Wembley now is ridiculous and every year the stands are packed for the world’s greatest talent. The likes of Beyoncé, The Who, Adele, Spice Girls, Fleetwood Mac, Taylor Swift, Take That and Ed Sheeran have all graced the famous stage with memorable performances for their millions of fans.

Explore our Wembley range and enjoy what the incredible stadium has to offer.

 

The O2 Arena

Capacity – 20,000

Location – South East London

Main Events – Concerts, Boxing, Tennis

Constructed – 2007

As the Millennium Dome era passed, O2 turned the Greenwich venue into a multi-complex entertainment centre, that includes the brilliant O2 Arena. The O2 Arena is now one of the biggest concert venues in the world and pre-covid, was competing with the likes of Madison Square Garden for total tickets sold and visitors. There’s big names performing at The O2 on a weekly or sometimes nightly basis and if there’s a major artist travelling to the UK, they’re highly likely to play the London venue.

There’s an endless list of performers at the O2, but 2022 is looking set to be a huge year after the challenges for artists in the last two. Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, Alicia Keys and The Weeknd are all confirmed, as well as Simply Red, UB40 and Diana Ross.

Like Wembley, the O2 mixes up it’s hospitality range that in the past has included the Nitto ATP Finals, plenty of major boxing fights and UFC.

 

Royal Hospital Chelsea

Capacity – 30,000-35,000

Location – South West London

Main Events – RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Constructed – 1913

A permanent fixture in the UK hospitality calendar for over a hundred years, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a beautiful display of elegant and artistic gardens at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Designers from all over the world will showcase their talents on the ground, revealing new plants and concepts that we could only dream of in our own gardens!

This prestigious event is attended by over 150,000 spectators over a 5 day span, with exclusive member and themed days to ensure you can go at the perfect time. The Great Pavilion is approximately 2.90 acres of land and the Chelsea Flower Show experience gives you a full day of viewing at your own leisurely place.

You can bring what you need to make the day as comfortable as possible and with plenty of walking, eating and drinking to be had, it’s a perfect opportunity to spend time with your clients and customers and discuss the next steps professionally. Taking it to the next level with our hospitality package options is something that our regular attendee’s never miss year on year. You will be wined and dined by professional chefs with the likes of Raymond Blanc providing the menu and service with a champagne reception, full drinks package, musical entertainment and much much more.

If you’re looking to get away from the loud and electric environment of sporting venues then we truly recommend spending the day at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, you will not be disappointed!

 

Stamford Bridge

Capacity – 41,837

Location – Fulham, South West London

Main Events – Football

Constructed – 1905

Stamford Bridge is the home of Chelsea Football Club in West London, one of the top Premier League Football Clubs in the 21st century. Chelsea have been a prominent and well supported club throughout the majority of football history, particularly in the early 1900’s where it had an official standing capacity of around 100,000, competing with Crystal Palace at the time.

Chelsea won their first division one title in the 1954-1955 season under Ted Drake, who has played a significant part in the club’s history and his team that included Jimmy Greaves was dubbed ‘Drake’s Ducklings’. That would be their only league title all the way until the 21st century as the team battled in the first and second tier of England football throughout the rest of the 1900’s.

In stepped Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and then manager Jose Mourinho to finally deliver the club sustained success and a regular spot battling for league titles and major honours. The West London club won their second Champions League in 2021, have added five league titles and continue to invest in their stadium, hospitality and playing squad on the pitch.

Watching this current Chelsea FC team in the flesh is a brilliant day out as superstars such as Romelu Lukaku, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz will regularly start for the Blues. Currently we have availability at the majority of Chelsea FC fixtures in the 2021/22 season, so make sure you find time to spend a corporate day out at Stamford Bridge.

 

The All England Club, Wimbledon

Location – South West London

Main Event – The Championships, Wimbledon

Total Attendance at The Championships, Wimbledon – 500,000

Initial Construction – 1877

One of the most prestigious tournaments in the world, Wimbledon will always be in the conversation for the biggest global events. Young tennis player’s dream to compete and win Wimbledon and only a select few have done so in the long history of the game. For the first time in 2022, the Championships, Wimbledon will be moving to a 14 day tournament instead of a 13 day tournament with the first Sunday not changing to a rest day, so an extra day of tennis will be welcomed by all parties.

The name tennis was derived from the French word ‘Tenez!’, meaning to hold or receive, which was shouted at players before they were serving to alert their opponent to be ready. The game continued to grow rapidly in popularity before the first official tournament was held at the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club (AEC & LTC) in Wimbledon, London in 1877.

The wait for a men’s singles British Grand Slam champion in recent times was even longer with Fred Perry’s dominance in the 1930’s the last successful period to admire. Scotland’s Andy Murray made history when he finally secured the US Open title in 2012 before his memorable Wimbledon triumph in 2013 against Novak Djokovic. Both moments come under the category of the ‘where were you when…’ conversations.

Attending a day at Wimbledon is a full day’s worth of entertainment and hospitality packages at The All England Club will give you an experience like nowhere else in the world. You can expect a Champagne reception, brilliant seating at Centre Court and Court NO.1, beautiful food menus designed by Michelin star chefs and a selection of other inclusions, like strawberries and cream of course!

Wimbledon tickets and hospitality are highly sought after as thousands flock to the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club to see history being made. We offer packages in the Rosewater Pavilion, Lawn Hospitality, Skyview Suites and the new hospitality area called The Treehouse. Each hospitality package provides something different, guaranteeing you’ll find the perfect option for you when it comes to watching tennis.

If you are interested in attending Wimbledon, we always recommend that you register your interest as soon as possible for Wimbledon as popularity for the event is extremely high.

Treehouse Wimbledon

 

The Kia Oval

Capacity – 27,500

Location – Kennington

Main Events – Test Cricket, ODI Cricket & T20 Cricket

Constructed – 1845

Lord’s may be known as the home of cricket, but the Kia Oval has an incredible history and is important part of the London corporate Hospitality scene.

Cricket isn’t the only sport to be held at The Oval, with FA Cup finals and international rugby matches taking place in the late 1800’s, cementing the venues place in London sporting history. More recently however it’s only cricket that is seen at The Oval as the venue regularly hosts international and domestic cricket.

Attending an event at The Oval in our facilities ensures a brilliant balcony view so you can watch the game in an vibrant atmosphere, with food and drink supplied and ready for you at your leisure. We have two corporate hospitality options, a more formal sit down experience at one end of the OCS stand or a buffet style package at the other end, both with a full Engage themed balcony.

Join us at the Oval for the latest England international match, or a lively domestic fixture in the near future.

 

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Capacity – 62,850

Location – North London

Main Events – Football, American Football, Boxing, Concerts

Constructed – 2019

The stunning new Tottenham Hotspur stadium is an absolute must to tick off on the list of corporate hospitality venues at London. Built in 2019, the venue has been built to comfortably host a variety of sports and events, outside of the regular Spurs fixtures.

The new arena was built on the same grounds as the old White Hart Lane stadium as Spurs played at Wembley for a couple of seasons while the construction works took place. The bowl shaped stadium is perfect for maximising hospitality opportunities and the modern options available for events are remarkable for fan engagement and experience.

Not only can you catch a Tottenham Hotspur game there, watching the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son in full flow, but the stadium is already hosting some major events in the coming months and years. Anthony Joshua’s latest fight against Alexsandr Usyk is taking place in North London, whilst the whole NFL International Series will be there as well. The Miami Dolphins will play the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Atlanta Falcons will go up against the New York Jets, with brand new franchise quarterbacks showcasing their skills in London.

There’s even a historic Guns N’Roses concert taking place in June 2022 and we expect the number of amazing events to continue to be announced in the coming months.

Check out the latest events at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium and make sure you register your interest so you can be at the incredible facilities in the near future.