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 / judith@gabconsultancy.co.uk

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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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Our favourite places to GAB

February 24, 2014 3:17 pm

Gail’s Artisan Bakery – a new discovery for GAB, Gail’s Artisan Bakery offers over 30 different types of freshly-baked bread. We’re spoiled for choice!

PizzaExpress – an old favourite of ours, we love the atmosphere in PizzaExpress restaurants, and the menu has something for everyone.

The Experimental Cocktail Club, Central London – a delicious selection of unique cocktails are available to be enjoyed in the most stylish of surroundings.

Manchester’s Northern Quarter is a vibrant area of central Manchester, with countless shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. The Northern Quarter is always lively, making it great for a night out or a lunch-time coffee.


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GAB’s favourite hospitality marketing & PR campaigns at the moment…

February 7, 2014 3:30 pm

Joey Essex going gold! – As part of PizzaExpress’ ‘Golden Dough
Ball’ competition, TOWIE star Joey Essex recently painted himself head to
toe in gold! This sparkling display is representative of the quirky prize; a
golden dough ball worth a whopping £5,000!

London tube strike provides clever marketing opportunity – The
current tube strike has caused chaos in London.  However  PizzaExpress has
capitalised on the disorder by offering customers 40% off their food bill as
a ‘reward for making it into work’. This tongue-in-cheek promotion will
undoubtedly cheer up many frustrated commuters

Nando’s takes to Twitter  – Manchester United star Adnan Januzaj
was reported to have spent just £18 whilst on a recent date.  The restaurant
chain has used Twitter to post a picture of a £50 gift card, stating that
‘the second date’s on us’. This simple yet humorous post has been
‘retweeted’ by over 21,000 users, and emphasises the power of social media.

January sale at Gusto – Bar and restaurant chain Gusto offered
50% off food bills for all customers throughout January. This fantastic
promotion enabled even the most cash-strapped customers to eat out during
the annual January austerity.  This offer will have undoubtedly led to a
rise in popularity for the restaurant brand, at a time when all bars and
restaurants have plenty of seats to fill.

Some hospitality marketing & PR campaigns are ingenious and eye-catching.
Yet there is still a sense that simple discount offers are just as
effective today as they have ever been.  As the saying goes, if it isn’t
broken, don’t fix it!

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New Look PizzaExpress Restaurants in January 2014!

January 10, 2014 10:12 am

A new year is always the ideal juncture to see the new in and the old out.  PizzaExpress certainly can’t be accused of failing to seize the annual opportunity!  Several lucky restaurants are being treated to rejuvenating facelifts in January.  Better still, each transformation will be celebrated with a whopping 25% off for the first month of reopening – for selected contacts only, of course!

Derby – A classically designed, light and airy restaurant, situated in the historic Cathedral Quarter.

Esher – A high street restaurant institution known and loved across Surrey. It offers dishes made from the finest fresh ingredients, in beautiful surroundings, with friendly and efficient service.

Tonbridge – This riverside restaurant neighbours the Castle and its grounds. It is light and airy, with a friendly and inviting atmosphere. It boasts a large courtyard garden, and a balcony that overlooks the river for special al fresco dining.

Wimbledon Village – Set over two floors, this restaurant has a warm and friendly atmosphere, and a first floor terrace for the summer months. It stands in close proximity to Wimbledon Common and the world famous Wimbledon Tennis Courts.

Worcester Park – A new, contemporary style restaurant situated on the main High Street. This open plan and naturally lit family favourite offers al fresco dining for 24, and a buzzing, informal atmosphere, especially in the evenings.

You are really missing a trick if any of these restaurants are your locals and you don’t get in touch with the PizzaExpress team at GAB!  25% discount vouchers for you to print out and use are awaiting when you do.  What are you waiting for? Drop a line to Catherine Sharpe on catherine@gabconsultancy.co.ukPizzaExpress Esher PizzaExpress Tonbridge PizzaExpress Wimbledon Village