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What’s the point of Sports Hospitality anyway?

Let’s be honest about things; when a client or a supplier accepts an invitation to spend the day with you at a major sporting event, they are not coming primarily for the pleasure of your company. That is not to say that they do not enjoy your company, but would they leave their family or their workplace to spend a day with you under different, less entertaining circumstances?

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A way of thinking...

Did you know that there exists a philosophical approach behind our success?

Did you know that a hell of a lot of careful thinking goes into every event that we deliver? We believe that this is why, after more than two decades, we are still in business and have long standing and trusting relationships with our customers. 

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Six Nations Championship 2018

Centred right to left: Ireland's Mick Galway and Templeton's Justin Kelly. 
Just some of the Irishmen working hard at Twickenham on St Patrick's Day.


As the 124th edition of the tournament commenced, with the bonus point system still in swing, all eyes were on the team who could not only dominate the Six Nations Table but also attain the Triple Crown and Grand Slam, ensuring them an additional 3 bonus points.

Ireland had denied England the Grand Slam and Triple Crown last year. Tensions rise in the wait to see if England could go all the way this year as defending champions.

Few would have missed out on the action this year. 

At Templeton Events, we always have a Director present at all times to ensure everything is set up correctly prior to the arrival of you and your party, and to ensure the day continues to run smoothly throughout. Towards the end of the event, we ensure that nothing has been accidentally misplaced or left behind and return it safely to its rightful owner. We also provide personalised table placecards so you can plan in advance where you would like guests to sit during your lunch. Templeton Events offers consistency from one event to the next.

The results of this year’s 2018 tournament were as follows:

1. Ireland – 5W 0L – 26 points - Grand Slam and Triple Crown Winners

2. Wales – 3W 2L – 15 points

3. Scotland – 3W 2L – 13 points

4. France – 2W 3L – 11 points

5. England – 2W 3L – 10 points

6. Italy – 0W 5L – 1 point

Top try scorer this year was awarded to Ireland’s 21-year-old Jacob Stockdale, scoring 7 tries in total,
followed by Italy’s Minozzi and England’s May, who scored 4 tries each.


Here’s how [most of] the tournament unfolded: 

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Six Nations Championship 2017

Manu Tuilagi not playing for England at the France match at Twickenham due to injury - chatting with Templeton's Robin Mays. 

2017 Six Nations Championship was certainly a notable one
For the 123rd edition of the tournament, the 2017 Six Nations Championship was certainly a notable one. For the first time in the Six Nations, this year saw the introduction of the bonus point system in which a team scoring four or more tries in a match were awarded an additional league table point. In addition to this, a winner of a Grand Slam (all five matches) would be awarded three bonus points as so to ensure a clear Championship win. 

England had won the Grand Slam and the Triple Crown last year in 2016 – could they muster up the same strength and determination and do it again?

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Japanese Food for Dummies


1. Make your way over to a quality Japanese restaurant or if you're in London try Kiku.

Kiku restaurant is a contemporary Japanese restaurant on Half Moon Street in Mayfair known across London as one of the most authentic of its kind. The design of the restaurant is minimalist and dignified, a clear reflection of Japanese culture. The rooms are long and narrow, plainly furnished with light wood with rattan screens that stop it being monotonous. As we entered, the staff greeted us with a friendly welcome, allowing us to change our booking and sit at the counter for a unique view of the food preparation.

For the first few visits to Japanese restaurants, it is good to go to the more high end examples as you will be looked after very well and likely to feel comfortable about the experience. Soon you will be a natural. Being more relaxed you will enjoy the atmosphere, the subtlety of the flavours and begin to experiment with the more unusual menu choices for example sea urchin (Japanese word "Uni" pronounced oo-nee).

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Greenray Group Team Event, Edinburgh

St Georges day was spent in a sunny Edinburgh for a large contingent of the Greenray Group and their partners.

We hope you enjoy our short film of the event.

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Close to you - What's it all about?

Bacharach Reimagined...

Effortlessly Cool...

A seriously fun evening with Templeton Events...

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Royal Ascot - Dress Code


So another Royal Ascot comes to an end, and not just any Royal Ascot, but one held in the Diamond Jubilee year of Her Majesty The Queen.


In many ways, it was arguably the best Royal Ascot ever - not just because of the above, but with the performances of Frankel and Black Caviar, Frankie winning the Gold Cup, and a Royal winner to boot (all of which I am sure you have already witnessed or read about), the racing managed to overshadow the fashion. And it is the latter that I would like to briefly touch upon...


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The art of giving back

Is the Art of Giving Back is Good Business Practice... 

Honest and trusting relationships with our clients...
I’m a firm believer in what goes around, comes around. We’ve always tried our best to practise good business karma, and I believe that it has helped us enormously in forging honest and trusting relationships with our clients.

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Wimbledon - Surprise and Certitude

An almost equal measure...

As usual, Wimbledon this year mixed surprises and inevitability in almost equal measure. In the Men’s Championship, Rafa Nadal went out early to the dreadlocked Dustin Brown, although this should not really have been such a shock as Brown had beaten him last year in Germany.

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9th March 2014

England 29-18 Wales

So Mr Gatland, it would seem that the boys beat the men…on reflection, the Wales manager may be regretting his pre-match comments, although it is doubtful whether England needed any further motivation than last year’s disastrous defeat in Cardiff. Actually, although that probably still rankled, one gets the impression from this England side that it is more about pride in playing any match for one’s country, and building for the future.

22nd February 2014

England 13-10 Ireland

I make no apologies for again starting a blog article by mentioning Brian O’Driscoll. This was the Irish legend’s final appearance at Twickenham, and he was equalling George Gregan’s world record of 139 international appearances. No doubt there was nothing the rest of his side wanted than to make his final season one in which they won the Grand Slam, and they could take a huge step towards that by beating England to win the Triple Crown today.

8th February 2014

Ireland win convincingly... Ireland 26-3 Wales

There was a lot of hype before the match about a supposed grudge between Brian O’Driscoll and Welsh coach Warren Gatland over the latter’s omission of O’Driscoll from the third Lions Test when Gatland was the Lions manager. One would like to think that BOD, apart from being one of the finest backs ever to play for Ireland or the Lions, had no such animosity, especially as Gatland’s Lions had convincingly won the third Test to clinch the series. Still, motivational tools are always handy I suppose. In the event, Ireland kicked and mauled their way to a very comfortable victory.

8th February 2014

If the match in Dublin was one-sided and a bit tedious, in comparison to this it was a rugby feast.

Scotland 0 – 20 England...

Before anyone accuses me of being too harsh, this is what Sir Clive Woodward wrote afterwards:

“For England, it was a case of job well done in trying circumstances. For Scotland, it was simply awful. Saturday was a sad day for Scottish sport and their rugby team have never been worse. That team would fail to beat a single club in the Aviva Premiership and a second-string England side would have won comfortably.”

Do you get the picture?

So, while James was looking after some of customers at the Six Nations rugby in Paris, we were managing a staff event for another of our valued clients. The Paris party were staying in a hotel approximately twenty metres from the hospitality facility, which was directly opposite the gate into the Stade de France that they would be using.

Back to us in London. This is the annual staff event for a successful and growing company who have been a client of ours for many years now, and there’s also something about an event for the workforce that makes one want everyone to enjoy themselves even more than usual.


Why Choose Rugby for Corporate Entertaining?

There are, of course, many different events that can be successfully used for corporate entertaining, and it is certainly not my intention here to try to pronounce upon which is the best – because there is no “best”; the choice of what to do will always depend on whom you are entertaining, and for what purpose. However, there is little doubt that international rugby fixtures are a very popular choice, far out of proportion to the number of people who actually play the game or follow it regularly at lower levels, and here I’ll attempt to explain a few of the reasons why.

"No need for a jacket and tie"

2nd November 2013

England v Australia, ten years after the RWC Final win – this game is very important with a view to Rugby World Cup 2015, where Australia and Wales are both in England’s group, from which only two can progress. Sir Clive Woodward thinks this game and the Six Nations match against Wales are England’s two most important of this season, as they need to get into the habit of beating these two sides.

I was recently asked what my favourite restaurants in London are and at the time I mentioned a few that I tend to use most regularly because of their proximity to my home. I am no Jay Rayner, but I use restaurants on a regular basis. London offers so many excellent choices, being asked to pick a favourite is a bit like being asked to pick your favourite grain of rice – mostly they are very good and the bad ones get noticed. When I have a London meeting, generally the location is relevant to the meeting agenda so I consider the area, the hotels and/or restaurants I have been to, or heard about. I also consider the client, the number of attendees and the message and image I am attempting to portray.

"Designing and delivering bespoke events"

By the end of the fourth day of the first Investec Ashes Test, three wickets in as many overs in the final session seem to have swung this enthralling match back in England's favour, as Australia chase the 311 they need for victory.The Templeton team were on hand to ensure that all went smoothly when our cricket fans needed refreshments. It was a scorchingly hot day, with the sun shining directly on us as we sat behind the bowlers arm, so rehydration required a pint of water for every pint of San Miguel or Pimms... Lunch was served quickly thanks to the resident caterers although I gather there was a shortage of apples which affected the presentation of the desert... never mind... the cheese board was spectacular!

Some thoughts from the 2013 championship

Wimbledon Bespoke VIP+London 溫布爾登網球包+倫敦

In the year that King Edward VIII abdicated, 1936, Fred Perry achieved his third consecutive victory at Wimbledon. Seventy-seven years later, in 2013 Andy Murray from Dunblane raised his game and beat the world No.1, Serbian Novak Djokovic in straight sets. Don't misunderstand me when I say straight sets - yes it was straight sets, however it was a tough battle in which Djokovic was not willing to hand victory over easily - methinks he'll be back... Of course Virginia Wade won the Wimbledon Ladies' final in 1977 - a fact that I have not heard in the recent media explosion. Thank you to Iain for the gentle reminder.

Earlier this week we were delighted to be working with a group of super smart people from Germany and Russia, who were based at The Dorchester on Park Lane. Before heading out for the day we assembled in the stylish hotel lobby, where all were in general agreement was that whilst the world's finest hotels can differ in style, The Dorchester is without doubt one of the best.

The Dorchester, London - A Bugatti, Maybach and Bentley among the cars standing at ease at the hotels main entrance