Team away days are a great way to improve and reinforce a positive culture in an organisation, however large or small your company may be. They can help new team members connect with each other and get to know each other better, improve communication, help build trust, and provide some well-deserved time to relax, which is essential when you’ve all been working hard.
If you’re heading up to London with your work team or planning a special team day away soon, there are some fantastic things you can enjoy, to help bring you closer together and make sure you have a great day out. With great value London hotel packages on offer right now, it’s the perfect time to plan an away day to treat your team to something special.
Cocktail making classes
Definitely an activity to leave until the working day is over, cocktail making classes can be a fun and creative way to bring a team together. Plus, there is the advantage of getting to enjoy some delicious cocktails too, in some of the most stylish spaces in the city.
There are all kinds of cocktail classes on offer all over London, and you’ll be able to find the right kind of session for your team. Whether you’re looking for a small, intimate class that is tailored for a small group of people or want to hire out a bar for an exclusive session for a larger collection, there is plenty to choose from.
If you’re staying at the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch, it’s worth checking out the famous TT Liquor bar, for their wide selection of cocktail classes. There are all kinds of sessions on offer, to suit various experience levels – from fun, all-levels sessions where you’ll be guided on how to make some easy and tasty cocktails by their in-site experts, to the more advanced and challenging molecular cocktail class. Ideal for those who may be more technically minded or love to play with equipment, this two-hour session will immerse your team in the deeper science behind cocktails.
After all those cocktails, you’ll want to make sure that your team can enjoy a good meal, so be sure to check out some of the excellent restaurants near Finsbury Square to head to afterwards.
Bowling is the perfect way to channel a little healthy competition, while still ensuring everyone gets to enjoy a fun and relaxing day out away from the office. It’s even better when you get to combine a few hours of fun in the lanes with delicious food and drink to enjoy while you catch up with your colleagues.
A short distance from the Montcalm hotel Shoreditch on Brick Lane, the stylish All Star Lanes provides the perfect venue for a laidback team away day. With its characteristic 1950s Americana atmosphere, it’s a great place to leave aside any work-related stresses and enjoy an awesome game instead. With a delicious menu of classic American food and cocktails to enjoy, you can relax in style, and there’s even karaoke to indulge in afterwards if you’re feeling confident.
For a challenging and exciting team away day, head out for a unique adventure across the capital with a specially designed treasure hunt. Not just for kids, city treasure hunts are a great way to help teams bond and learn more about each other, as you work to bring out each other’s strengths, communicate effectively and laugh together.
You can find a variety of specially designed treasure hunts, tailored to different locations and activities across the city, as well as the needs and skills of your team. In The Hidden City offer challenging, immersive experiences that take team members across the capital, with clues sent to your phones as you explore galleries, pubs, museums and more while uncovering all kinds of physical and mental puzzles and clues. A great way to connect and bond together, it ensures that all members of the team have to get stuck in order to win a prize at the end.
The classic team away day is often a high-intensity physical adventure day, but these have evolved from long and tedious days of getting cold and muddy in the woods somewhere. Instead, you can now find a variety of excellent adventure days in the city, that combine a variety of different skills and activities to ensure that all team members can play up to their strengths, and have a rewarding day out.
The Crystal Maze takes the format of the classic TV game show and brings it to life to fantastic effect. Just as in the original TV version, your team will be led through a maze of different zones by the eccentric Maze Master, where you’ll have to solve puzzles, answer riddles, test your physical skills and endurance, and of course, dive into the iconic Crystal Dome at the end, before scooping up your prize. There’s also a great Maze Bar to enjoy some well-deserved drinks to relax with, after all that challenging work.
Shuffleboard has been around for centuries, dating back to the sixteenth century as a popular pursuit amongst all classes. But it’s enjoying a surprising resurgence of late, and taking over the city as a great team activity to enjoy with colleagues and friends, to help blow off steam after a tough day. while shuffleboard is a fairly physically relaxed game, don’t be surprised if it sparks some serious competition between players, as the buzz of winning can soon get addictive!
There are a number of shuffleboard bars around the city, including the stylish London Shuffle Club on Ebor Street in Shoreditch. With six indoor lanes and a weather-proof outdoor terrace, there’s plenty of space for all of your team to have fun, with a great bar stocking craft beers and classic cocktails. It’s also conveniently close to restaurants near Finsbury Square, where you can pop up for a celebratory meal afterwards.