WHY MAKING NEW FRIENDS MATTERS

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No one can beat the friends you made when you were younger. Whether they are friends from school, college, university or your first job, nothing can quite top those friendships.  They probably have seen you through everything and quite literally carried you through your highs and lows. But as time goes on and life begins to happen it gets harder and harder to arrange a night out with the ‘team’. You don’t want to be spending your weekends on your own so its time to head out and meet some new people!

I know, I know it can be daunting and sometimes you just don’t want to meet anyone new. But you may have become too comfortable in your bubble, and I’m afraid I am about to burst it by giving you some huge benefits to why making new friends is a good thing!

Meeting new people is actually really important! You can’t go a day without interacting with someone, unless you live in a cave, but I have a feeling you don’t if you are reading this. Things become a lot easier to accomplish if you have others around to help you, they offer new ideas and new opportunities that could open up so many doors for you, you just don’t know it yet. It’s also exciting getting to know someone else, hearing their stories and adventures, opens up your world and exposes you to something that was unheard to you before. New friends can push you out of your comfort zone and give you that extra nudge you need to take that trip you’ve always wanted too. Who knows this time next year you could be summiting Everest with your new pal!

People often say a friend is just a stranger you haven’t met yet. So why not branch out and meet all these new possibilities. Not sure where to start? Why not experience one of our scavenger hunts that happen every Saturday at the Coffee Club in Soho. It’s a great starting point to meet likeminded people and generally just have a bit of fun! 

For more information click here. We look forward to meeting you!

IT'S MORE THAN JUST SAYING HELLO

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We often hear everyone discussing how important it is to be able to communicate with others within our workforce. Our managers are often going on about it, we see it on the TV and we are constantly hearing that improving our communication is the answer to success. And we know this is true! You may have seen the benefits yourself, how communication can change a company, how it can lead to more efficient employees, build stronger relationships and improve overall morale. It’s a must have skill! However, one question still remains. HOW do you develop your company’s communication skills? It’s all well and good saying the benefits but if you don’t know how to change from the awkward hello every morning, to actually building a better relationship what good does me telling you this do?

Well don’t panic! We can help push you and your team in the right direction, creating a foundation for your company’s communication skills to grow. Our scavenger hunts are a fantastic stepping stone to encouraging your employees to take the lead, and start creating those all-important relationships, but in a completely informal and relaxed environment. We take you out of the office which instantly allows people to open up and develop a ‘fun’ relationship with others. It takes the pressure off being serious all the time and has actually been proven to improve communication in the work place. Taking part in our scavenger hunts, gets you outside, builds foundations for relationships and overall starts to improve communication around the company. It has a knock-on effect.

It doesn’t feel forced, it doesn’t feel awkward and you will see those natural communication skills emerge. It’s a starting point to your communication problem and a great way to relax with your colleagues… you can thank us later.

Need a little bit more information? Click here to find out more and we hope to be ‘hunting’ with you soon.

5 THINGS THAT MAKE A GREAT CHRISTMAS PARTY

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December has hit and that can only mean one thing. It’s the party season! You can feel the festivities starting to begin, the advent calendars are out, the Christmas trees are decorated, and the party invitations are piling up. It really ‘tis the season to be jolly, and we love it.

So, with the party season upon us it got the Big Smoke Events thinking. What really makes a good Christmas party? Because let’s face it we have all been to plenty that have been average, were you left early giving a pathetic excuse like “my dogs sick”, just so you didn’t have to take your turn on the karaoke machine. So, we have established 5 things that make a GREAT Christmas party and you should defiantly follow a few.

Number 1 – PLENTY of Food and Drink (and throw some alcohol in there too).

There is nothing worse that arriving to a party and all the food has gone and there is barely any alcohol left! Over order if the party is for a large group and any leftovers can be office treats on Monday.

Number 2 – Christmas Theme

It only comes around once a year and secretly people love digging out their Christmas jumpers and Santa outfits. So, whether you decide to include a disco filled with Christmas songs or enough mince pies for everyone, it defiantly adds to the festive fun, but I would advise avoiding the mistletoe.

Number 3 – Add an extra touch of sparkle

When you put the effort in people will notice and trust me it will be worth it. Why not try adding little extra things that will go a long way. Perhaps hiring a photographer, making goodie bags, or even simple things like having a cloak room will make all the difference, and really will make your Christmas party great.

Number 4 – Plan transportation

This might seem simple or obvious to some, but it is often forgotten. Making your Christmas party easy for your guests really is the fire on top of the Christmas pudding. It makes everyone’s day or night much easier, reducing any stress for things like parking or getting lost, certainly, something to include.

Number 5 – Always include a fun activity

These really get the party started and bring everyone together for some festive fun. It doesn’t matter what entertainment you’ve got, it’s always better to have something planned than nothing at all. It will be something to talk about the next day and will always put a smile on your guests faces. So, whether you choose one of our Christmas filled scavenger hunts or a magician for your party entertainment, it will defiantly make your ‘do’ a great one!

WHAT IS OUR TOP 5 LONDON LANDMARKS?

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London. It is one of the most historical cities in the world and certainly has the landmarks to prove it. Whether you go into central London every day or never stepped foot in the city, you can’t deny the landscape that London has to offer. We have got some pretty impressive sights to see, new and old, that simply take your breath away, and you can’t blame that on the cold! People come from all over the world to see places like Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. Even when I walk across the Jubilee bridge I am still taken back by the cities hustle and bustle beauty. It’s hard to not act like a tourist in your own city when it looks like that!

So, this got us at the Big Smoke Events thinking… What London landmarks are our favourite? And which ones do we think you can’t miss out on when you are taking part in the new tourist scavenger hunt, (which is a crime not to experience, even if you are a “Londoner”). So, listen up, grab a pen a paper and start scribbling as we tell you our top 5 landmarks, which you must see and what you will see, but in no ordinary way, on our tourist scavenger hunt!

First up is St Paul’s Cathedral. A place not to be missed, with a historical story and impressive architecture you will want to make your way there. But can you un-jumble the letters and solve the puzzle to lead you to this unmissable location?

Our next must see is The Horse Guards Parade. If you can catch them in formation what a day it’s been for you, and whilst you witness what these grounds have to offer, why not tick the next challenge off your list and high five a man in uniform… their certainly will be plenty around.

In third place are the Houses of Parliament. Where all Britain’s decisions are made and whether you agree with Mrs May or not, it is still a brilliant place to explore. Even if you do end up dancing in front of one of the guards to get a score out of 10. (include photo)

What is next you ask? Well its none other than The London Eye. You might not have time to take a ride in one of the pods, (as it moves at a snail’s pace). But you do have time to pretend to swim in front of the Thames and admire the London Eye whilst you do it. (include photo)

Our last but certain not least London landmark is Buckingham Palace. This famous building is on everyone’s bucket list. And if you are a royal fan like me, it’s a chance to try and catch a glimpse of the Queen as you pose for an awkward family photo outside her home! (include photo)

So, there you have it our top 5! Now with that list you are set to explore and ready to book onto one of our tourist scavenger hunts! Why wouldn’t you? You’ll be mad if you missed it!

To find out more follow us on Instagram to see all these challenges in action!

EXPERIENCE THE APPRENTICE WITH US

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It’s back on our screens and as addictive as ever. With 11 candidates still remaining we can’t wait to see what happens next, well, I can’t wait to witness the next argument between Kurran Pooni and another team player. Will it be his time to go this week?

Every year when the apprentice comes around I find myself thinking ‘I would like to give this a go’, and although I may crumble at the first hurdle, as I am not one for confrontation, I still think it would be fun to see how far I got. Wouldn’t it be fun to compete against others, race across town to complete the challenge, try to work as a team, which always seems impossible for some people on the show, and testing every candidate’s aptitude. Well, hang on a minute, this all sounds very familiar, it sounds like the Big Smoke Events Scavenger Hunts! I mean we may not have Lord Sugar at the other end of the table, threatening to fire you, but we do allow you to escape the boardroom and head outside. We encourage your competitiveness, your speed to complete all 30 challenges and your natural ability to work within a team.  We all know our favourite episode is where the teams run around the city like headless chickens look for the best bargain for a list of unknown items. Finding a kilo of cane sugar, bargaining for a fish, and other such items, which are not too dissimilar to some of our bucket list challenges. Your chance to experience the apprentice can finally happen (kind of). Oh, and it gets better we offer a fantastic prize, something that you can wear proudly around the office, simply reminding everyone that YOU are the WINNERS!

Although the rest of the UK may not see your fantastic skills your colleagues defiantly will. With a memorable award ceremony that you can keep forever, your day will be remembered as if you were on TV. Let us make your apprentice fantasy become reality and book one of our scavenger hunts today!  

We hope you enjoy tonight’s show, but will your favourite be fired this time?

LET THE CROWD FOLLOW YOU

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“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” R. Reagan

Not everyone can be a leader, but everyone knows the importance a strong leader brings to the table. We have seen it throughout history. Individuals who have changed the way people act and their attitudes to situations. The impact people have when they take a position of leadership is so powerful it should never be wasted. You may have already experienced great leadership and seen the changes for yourself, if you haven’t, well, all you need to do is pick up a history book to see the follow-on effect. This is why employees who possess leadership skills are so important within companies. It is a prized quality to have!

You only have to do a quick google search to realise the potential a strong leader can bring to your company. Encouraging such a skill brings more than just a motivated workforce, you’ll start to see increased productivity and maximum efficiency across your employees. Communication skills will increase, as effective leaders break the boundary between hierarchical levels, encouraging a growing confidence throughout any workforce. Behind most successful companies are strong leaders, it’s the key to success. But how can you develop this skill across your team? Not everyone is a natural leader who can charm the entire office as soon as they enter, some need a little push in the right direction.

This is where we come in. Our scavenger hunts are a fantastic way to encourage and demonstrate leadership skills within your employees. From organising their team, to constructing a plan to complete each challenge. It’s a brilliant way to spark the leadership skills you are looking for. Now you might think we are a little bias, but you can see for yourself just how highly we are recommended and how effective an activity like this could benefit your company, also its pretty good fun! So, if you want to see a change enquire today to find out what we can do to help.

WE ARE LAUNCHING OUR TOURIST SCAVENGER HUNT ON THE 17TH NOVEMBER 2018

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Big Ben to your right, Westminster Abbey up ahead and only 30 minutes left to dance in front of a stranger in front of the London Eye, squeeze into a black cab and make it to Buckingham Palace to pose for an awkward family photo! It’s not every day you get to see the London landmarks, and probably not every day you get to do our wacky challenges (if you do we want to know your secret!) So, we thought it was time to combine the two, creating the ultimate TOURIST SCAVENGER HUNT, when else could you say you did all that in one day?  

So, let us announce that the Big Smoke Event’s tourist scavenger hunt is launching on SATURDAY 17th NOVEMBER 2018! How exciting! We have created a partnership with the lovely Sohostel* and will be starting and finishing the hunts from there every Saturday from 13:00 – 16:00. It is a brilliant way to see what London has to offer, whilst having a laugh, and racing around to complete all the challenges in 2 hours. And, that’s not even the best part! You can take come along to our tourist hunts even if you are a solo traveller, travelling in a pair or you make up a whole team, you can all get involved. In fact, it is a great way to meet new people, and don’t worry about any awkward silences you’ll be closer than ever after you try and squeeze into the smallest space you can find – quite literally closer than EVER!

We would love to see as many people as possible attend the launch on the 17th, it is going to be HUGE! So, whether you are a solo traveller, travelling with a group of friends or perhaps you already live in Britain, but you just want to see the famous sights of London, you are all invited to attend the launch!

Free your diary’s grab your trainers and come on down to Sohostel on Saturday 17th November 2018. You won’t regret it, we promise! To book tickets head to Design My Night or contact us and we will be happy to secure a spot for you!

We can’t wait to be scavenger hunting with you soon and introducing you to London Town!  

*Sohostel Address - 91 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3SY

IT'S TIME TO GET SPOOKY WITH THE BIG SMOKE EVENTS

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Picture this. I’m leaving to go to a Halloween party in 10 minutes and I still didn’t have a costume! Everyone was ready to go as either a witch, devil or a cat (who would have thought they were scary!), and I had nothing! Now with 5 minutes to go I decided a ghost would have to do and I threw a white bed sheet over my head and off I went. It was the best idea I’ve ever had, and I realised just how much I love Halloween.  Although we may have grown out of trick and treating, and it might not be acceptable to ask our neighbours for free sweets anymore (heartbreakingly). Halloween is still just as fun and we at The Big Smoke Events never miss out on a fun opportunity. So, grab your brooms, devil horns, cat ears and bed sheets and get involved in one of our spooky scavenger hunts. We don’t disappoint and promise to give you a Halloween to remember, as you hunt across London to complete the dare devilling tasks that await you this Halloween!

Don’t worry our scavenger hunts won’t give you nightmares but they will provide you a fun alternative to any Halloween celebration you may have done before. So, if you feel like it is for you enquire now and find out our availability.

Happy Halloween!