London PizzaExpress Restaurants For Groups

June 27, 2014 12:20 pm

The summer months see so many groups from all sectors out on the road… on hen & stag weekends, school & sports tours, inbound trips, corporate summer socials.  A busy busy time for group organisers!  It goes without saying that there isn’t a sector that doesn’t focus heavily on the glorious capital city of London.

The PizzaExpress Central Reservations team @ GAB has popped together a round-up of some of the most popular PizzaExpress restaurants in London for group bookers

Top 10 London PizzaExpress For Adult Groups

Bankside (South Bank / Globe Theatre)

Bow St (Covent Garden)

Bruton Place (Mayfair – Bond St / Oxford St)

Charlotte St (West End – Oxford St / Tottenham Court Rd)

Dean St (Soho), Haymarket (West End – Leicester Square)

Kings Rd (Chelsea / Kensington), St Martins Lane (Covent Garden)

The Strand (West End – Charing Cross)

Wardour St (West End – Leicester Square / Shaftesbury Avenue)

Top 10 London PizzaExpress For Junior Groups

Some of the West End sites (above) are equally as popular for student & sports groups.  These sectors also spread their wings further afield to:-

Baker St (Madame Tussaud’s)

Byward St (Tower of London)

Hampton Court

High Holborn (Covent Garden)

Millbank (Westminster),

Pimlico (Westminster)

Royal Festival Hall (London Eye)

Southampton Row (Russell Square)

Victoria (Westminster)

Whiteleys (Bayswater)

Brand New PizzaExpress Spitalfields!!! – Opening its door for business on Friday 20 June 2014 – a welcome addition to the PizzaExpress London portfolio, at Old Spitalfields Market.  Brand new PizzaExpress Spitalfields has a basement level for 50, making it an ideal option for groups.

For meal enquiries in London, or questions about London PizzaExpress locations (over 60!), please contact the team on 0161 212 1017 /

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Milano Restaurants – PizzaExpress’ Irish Cousins

May 2, 2014 3:08 pm

The GAB team team is keen to give a shout out to Milano – the Republic Of Ireland’s very own brand of PizzaExpress.   Milano restaurants offer something for everybody, just like PizzaExpress does… for hen & stag parties, for school/student tours, for pre-theatre, for adult tour groups, for corporate dinners and events

As you would expect, Milano restaurants can be found in the prime locations of key Irish destinations:-


Dublin – city centre = Clarion Quay, Dawson St, Grand Canal, Temple Bar – outskirts/suburban = Blanchardstown, Dundrum, Dun Laoghaire, Haddington Rd, Ranelagh





Set menus for groups are available, and are essentially identical to PizzaExpress.  The major difference is naturally the currency – Euros of course for the Republic Of Ireland, not £££s sterling.

Pizza making parties are equally in demand in the Emerald Isle as they are across the PizzaExpress UK estate!

Kids pizza making @ E16.95

Adult pizza making @ E29.95

Milano restaurants are more than worth bearing in mind for those based in Ireland or going to Ireland.  Being sister brand to PizzaExpress offers assurance of the same warm welcome, friendly service, and best loved Italian cuisine.  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any queries whatsoever about Milano restaurants, on 0161 212 107 /

Milano Clarion Quay Milano Limerick

Pizza Making Parties At PizzaExpress & Milano

March 28, 2014 1:48 pm

Who is pizza making for?

Quite literally anybody who relishes the nation’s best loved pizza!

For dab hands and kitchen liabilities alike, pizza making is a great talking – and baking – point for all sorts of personal celebrations.  Birthdays… hen & stag parties… reunions…

Pizza making literally flies of the shelves in the corporate sector.  It fits the bill perfectly for something fun to do on a work’s night out – or at an a more serious team building level.  An additional string to the PizzaExpress & Milano bow is private meeting and conferences facilities in key destinations – including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Liverpool, Dublin.  This presents the opportunity for companies to incorporate pizza making in to a meeting or event.

Pizza making for the little ones is fast becoming THE birthday party of choice for under 10s.  It’s pretty attractive for mums and dads, too – no sandwiches trodden in to carpets, or washing up to do afterwards!

Which PizzaExpress & Milano restaurants offer pizza making parties?

Each and every PizzaExpress in the UK and Milano in Ireland offers pizza making parties.

What times are pizza making parties available at PizzaExpress & Milano restaurants?

It’s highly unlikely that restaurants can offer availability across the middle of Saturday nights – the busiest time of the week.  This is where pizza making really differs from dining – it takes twice the space and twice the staff.  Here’s a ‘rule of thumb’ simplistic way to plan pizza making:-

Lunch –   Ideal time slots are as soon as the doors open from 11.00am.  This sounds silly early – it’s not.  It doesn’t entail eating at 11.00am.  There’s the fun and games to be had first.  Therefore, an 11.00am start would mean eating at approx. 12.15/12.30pm (dependent on group size) – a great activity and meal in one fell swoop!

Dinner – A similar scenario as lunch.  For example, a 4.00pm start would mean eating at approx. 5.15/5.30pm (dependent on group size).

Available time slots differ dramatically – dictated by the size and shape of each individual restaurant, and it’s trading patterns.  If your first choice restaurant is unavailable at your requested time, we will source the next best site for you.  Simply direct your enquiries to the GAB team – 0161 212 1017 /

What fun and games are included in pizza making?

  •  Know Your Dough
  •  The Biggest Tosser
  •  Pimp Your Pizza
  • Calzone Challenge
What’s the damage for pizza making parties?

Adult Pizza Making Parties @ £21.95 at PizzaExpress UK and €29.95 at Milano Ireland

Kids Pizza Making Parties @ £11.95 at PizzaExpress UK and €16.95 at Milano Ireland

Exceptional Event Venues In London

March 14, 2014 12:54 pm

GAB is wild about Gondola Group’s Exceptionsvenues in London.  They really are on a need to know basis for group dining and event organisers.  We all automatically think of PizzaExpress as Gondola Group’s key brand.  But these restaurants and venues are called Exceptions because they offer something exceptional, over and above the PizzaExpress restaurants we know and love.

Gourmet Pizza London & Winchester – The London restaurant is situated at Gabriels Wharf on the South Bank overlooking the water, (a 5 minute walk from Waterloo Station).  It offers a vibrant atmosphere and delicious menus for group dining up to exclusive venue hires.  The Winchester restaurant serves up award winning food in an amazing Cathedral side location, with an intimate private dining room for 14.

The Wharf London – Beautifully set on the South Bank’s river walkway, The Wharf is the one for clients looking for traditional seasonal English fayre instead of pizza.  In fact, pizza isn’t even on the menu!  The Wharf is an easily accessible 5 minute stroll from Waterloo Station, split over 2 floors, both with their own terrace areas.  The 45 capacity 1st floor can be used exclusively for larger group dining – or the entire venue can be closed out for private use.

The Yard London –   This restaurant / venue enjoys a great vibe in the heart of funky Shoreditch, close by Old Street Station.  It’s a converted fire station and retains many quirky original features.  The super private dining and event space seats 45, or up to 90 for mix and mingle finger food events.  The Yard is famous for its yard length pizza.

There are also a few PizzaExpress Exceptions sites that are far from standard high street products:-

PizzaExpress Dean St Soho – Its historic basement level Jazz Club below the restaurant is available for group lunches, pizza making parties, and exclusive daytime event hires for up to 110.

PizzaExpress Kings Road (The Pheasantry) – Close to Sloane Square, it’s been a royal household, a Russian ballet school, and home to Eric Clapton over the years.  Below the restaurant is an airy club room for group lunches, pizza making parties, and exclusive daytime hires for up to 90.

Furthermore, dinner & show packages are available at PizzaExpress Dean St & Kings Road upon request.  These rates aren’t set rates – they depend on individual show prices.

Fresh ideas for you to think about when planning forthcoming London itineraries and events.  For more information and rates, simply ask the Central Reservations team @ GAB – 0161 212 1017 /

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My time at GAB – by Rob Green

February 28, 2014 10:43 am

I’m required to complete a work placement at an organisation of my choosing for the final year of my Business Management & Leisure degree at Manchester University.  The GAB team kindly stepped up to the plate for 4 weeks.

From my very first day, I’ve been made extremely welcome.  It took me no time at all to adopt the positive and efficient style of working of the GAB team.  I’ve been given a wide range of interesting and thought provoking projects to complete.  It’s been enjoyable and enlightening for me to contribute positively to a multitude of varied projects.

One of my favourite responsibilities has been posting to GAB’s social media pages.  A struggle at first, because I kept falling foul of Twitter’s 140 character limit!  This taught me the value of sending out a message succinctly.

I’ve also been involved in marketing planning for one of GAB’s key clients, PizzaExpress.  The opening of a brand new PizzaExpress Skipton, and the re-opening of PizzaExpress Harrogate after a transformation – both happening in March 2014.  I was tasked with researching and analysing the local areas.  It tested my attention to detail, and taught me how to efficiently gather relevant information.

I was lucky enough to accompany Charli to a meeting at PizzaExpress Harrogate, as she planned their re-opening activity.  It was invaluable for me to experience first-hand how the in-depth preparation we’d done paid off.  It was particularly gratifying to see my research assisting Charli with the plans.

The office has been hive of activity over the past 4 weeks.  Big thanks to Charli, Judith, Emma and Catherine for always dedicating time to help me when they had a whole host of other things to do!  During my time with GAB, I’ve learned a huge amount about the industry as a whole, in a friendly and supportive working environment.


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