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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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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.

Everyone was staying in the Tower Hotel by Tower Bridge in London, and the rooms in the newly refurbished floors of the hotel met with general approval. The breakfast on Saturday morning was spoilt for some by having to queue due to some bright spark in the hotel group’s management deciding to close the biggest dining room, but fair dues to the staff in the hotel, it was opened again for the next morning when the bulk of our party were in residence.

Although some people had flown down from Scotland and been transferred in from Heathrow on Friday night, most people were arriving independently on Saturday. Oh, at this point I should probably mention that Justin had somehow managed to arrange Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester, and an evening reservation at the Alain Ducasse Michelin 3 star restaurant at the same hotel for a few of the guests on the Friday. Returning to the Saturday, some people had chosen to spend some free time on their own in London, but during the afternoon we organised and led various excursions to The Shard, the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and Borough Market, which all seemed to go down well.

Saturday evening began with everyone assembling in the hotel lobby for transfers to the London Eye in old-fashioned London Routemaster buses. Timing was always going to be critical, what with the vagaries of London traffic and the physical task of getting eighty people into four private capsules together with drink and glasses, but aside from a bit of standing in the cold all went pretty smoothly, for which we must in no small part thank the staff at the London Eye. Then it was up into the sky for a thirty minute “flight” taking in London by night, accompanied by several varieties of Champagne based cocktails. The lights of the capital city shone brightly for us on this clear and thankfully rain free evening.

Then it was all back on to the Routemasters for the short journey up to Wardour Street in the heart of Soho and a night of Cuban and Latin American music, dancing, food and drink. El Floridita was founded in Havana, and referenced by Hemingway, and in 2004 the London version was opened on the site of the old Marquee Club. So, all off the buses, down the stairs and outside of a Mojito (or two) before sitting down to eat.

Our party had a private dining area with its own dance floor – in the run up to the event it had seemed likely we would need to install a stage, and Justin and his tape measure had been virtually living there, but in the end it was not needed.

After the cocktail reception, places were taken for dinner, the food was served and the wine flowed…and flowed. Thanks to Thomas of Floridita for being on the ball all evening. The bands onstage were excellent, playing infectiously lively music, and pretty soon our dance floor was seeing some use. In between the live music, the in house DJ also played some great tracks, and the evening sambaed along nicely. In fact some of the other patrons of Floridita made occasional inadvertent forays to samba on our dance floor, not knowing it was private. It was all very good-humoured, and our client’s Chief Executive discovered his hidden talent for being a bouncer (far better than the easily distracted yours truly) until a female security officer came along and showed us how it was really done.

Staggered (in some cases quite literally) return trips in the Routemaster followed, and quite amazingly everyone was accounted for and back at the Tower hotel by about 2.30am. Curiously I was witness to some of the earlier returnees inviting their later colleagues to carry on the merriment at the hotel, although a few hours later at breakfast they denied this and were sure it had been the other way around…in any case, temptation was not resisted, and apparently things went on for a bit.

Nevertheless, all of the group from Scotland made their transfer to the airport on Sunday, and others surfaced at various times during the morning. It seems that a good time was had by all, so that’s pretty satisfying.


St Pancras Station, London

Kings Cross Station, London

St Kathrine's Dock, London

Alan Ducasse restaurant at the Dorchester, London

Champagne afternoon tea in the Promenade Room at the Dorchester, London

Borough Market, London

St Paul's Cathedral, London

The Tower of London

The Shard Building, London

London Eye at night - Thank you Alex - excellent idea.


Black and white images courtesy of Lauren Moir and Karl Porter - many thanks guys.