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...Out-Of-Office Activities

Date: 12.08.11 Category:

“Thank you for your message. I am currently out of the office. For urgent issues, you may reach me at the nearest [golf course] [bowling alley] [karaoke bar].”

For those of you fed up with the barrage of out-of-office replies this month, an activity-based office outing is a great way to boost team morale (and to escape the influx of mail constantly reminding you that you're not in Ibiza).

For a staff meeting with a difference, there are conferencing facilities at both City Golf and the Kingpin Suite at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes – perfect for a team bowling and brainstorm session. To spur on some healthy competition among colleagues, head out of London to Bisley Shooting Ground for an afternoon of shooting and fresh country air. And if you're looking for somewhere to let your hair down, book a private karaoke booth at Lucky Voice where you can wail, scream, moan and warble about the Summer of '69 rather than the usual office politics.

For a low-key staff picnic, Picnic2U can deliver delicious hampers to the office, packaged for easy transportation (and consumption). MELON on the other hand, can organise corporate picnics in the park and regardless of scale, will take care of everything: food, wine, tables, chairs, bunting, you name it. If your picnic is in Hyde Park, inject some culture into your outing by visiting the Serpentine Gallery to see Michelangelo Pistoletto's latest exhibition. I would however, advise going before the first bottle of wine is popped.

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Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

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Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

Bowling alley

"Bloomsbury Lanes is for exhibitionists who want to bowl, sing, drink and dance."

Basement of Tavistock Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1H 9EU

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Bisley Shooting Ground

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Bisley Shooting Ground

Corporate hospitality

"Combine wonderful service and a relaxed setting with a competitive and seriously fun activity by putting some lead in the air..."

Bisley Camp, Brookwood, Woking, Surrey GU24 ONY

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Lucky Voice

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Lucky Voice

Karaoke bar

"If it’s a party of uninhibited fun or a midweek pick me up with friends you need, head to Lucky Voice without delay."

52 Poland Street London W1F 7NQ

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Picnic2U

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Picnic2U

A food delivery company

"No fuss, no mess, no compromise - Picnic2U offer picnics for all occasions and events."

Unit 3, 8 Gorst Road, London NW10 6LE

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MELON

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MELON

A party organiser

"Adopting a creative and strategic approach to planning perfect private and corporate events."

1A, 51 Nevern Square, London SW5 9PF

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Serpentine Gallery

Serpentine Gallery

Museum / gallery

"Rightfully named by The Observer as the most beautiful gallery in London."

Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA

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