Opening Reception and Orientation
May Fair Hotel | Private Dining Room
Remarks from His Honour Brian Barker, CBE QC, retired judge and Common Serjeant of the City of London
Guest Program participants can select one of two options for Monday's activity.
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Legal London Bake-off
Bakers, it's time to dust off your soggy bottoms and prove your baking skills.
Experience the thrill of competitive baking how it was meant to be – outdoors in a tent! Just like your favorite British Baking show, you will have the unique opportunity to bake a scrummy confection.
We depart the May Fair Hotel at 9:00 am via the Tube to a secret location located just outside London. Paired in teams of two, you and your partner will be assigned a fully equipped baking station complete with all the ingredients and instructions for the recipe. The competition requires you to make all edible decorative elements that make your bakery item more visually interesting.
An expert Head Baker and her team will be on-hand during the bake to help you out, as well as judge the final results. This is a timed competition that blends customized personal instruction with your own culinary creativity and perhaps a little luck.
We round out the day with a light lunch and a chance to sample everyone's creations. On your mark, get set, BAKE!
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Experience and learn the Art of Butchery first-hand from one of London's most acclaimed independent butchers. These knowledgeable and friendly local butchers are ready to de-mystify the process to the uninitiated.
Upon arrival, guests will be received into a traditional butcher's shop for introductions and a welcome drink. You will jump right into the proper way of preparing poultry including de-boning and portioning a whole chicken. Next, you will learn how to break down half of a hog in preparation of making sausages. You will learn how to de-bone a larger animal, how to remove the skin, make the correct cuts, mincing, stuffing and linking the results into sausages. Guests will also learn about animal husbandry and will learn how to identify various cuts of meat.
After preparing your amazing sausages and marinated chicken, you will get to feast on all your hard work in the outdoor garden. A working lunch if you will, the butchers will fire up the BBQ to demonstrate the best grilling methods as you enjoy the benefits of your newly learned skills.
Program participants can select one of two options for Tuesday's activity.
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hampton Court and Wildlife Photography in Bushy Park
Hampton Court, a Tudor palace meant to rival Versailles, is synonymous with the grandeur and scandal of Henry VIII's royal court. Immediately north sits Bushy Park, the second largest royal park that has an incredible range of wildlife including deer, which still roam freely through the park just as they did when Henry VIII used to hunt there. Each a truly memorable experience in their own right.
Departing by train, we arrive prior to the public opening, ensuring exclusive time in the palace where we will meet the palace's footmen and shire horses. Our knowledgeable guides will take us on a private tour where we will experience the majestic splendor of the palace and its gardens followed by a light lunch within a private apartment within the palace.
After lunch we hunt for wildlife – of sorts – with our cameras. Our wildlife photographer will show how to photograph deer, swans, geese and herons in one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in London. He will show us how to approach wildlife and get the best possible photographs with any type of camera, including your mobile phone.
We arrive back home by 5:00 pm in plenty of time to for dinner or a show in the West End.
10:30 am – 4:30 pm
The Falconer Experience
Located in the Oxfordshire countryside, a unique and very special experience awaits. Guests will be transferred by a small coach about an hour outside London to a private estate known for breeding and training birds of prey. Throughout this activity, the emphasis will be “hands-on” and will give you a chance to fly as many different species of raptors and learn all about how they are adapted for their lives in the wild. Your session could include flying hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, vultures, buzzards and more.
In addition to the falconry experience, we have also arranged for an archery demonstration and laser clay shooting as noted below. A two-course lunch with wine will be served between activities.
The golden chance to put on the glove and have ago at the sport of kings with a selection of birds of prey flying to and from you under expert guidance of a falconer, not only will you be very hands on, but you will also learn about their lives in the wild.
Once a way of providing food for the table, then a tool of war and now a sporting pastime shared by millions all over the world, archery is the pursuit of perfection finding that one good shot and repeating it again and again. We not only guide you through shooting at a range of targets but offer a history lesson with our extensive collection of bows from around the world. Ever wanted to fire a cross bow? Now's your chance.
LASER CLAY SHOOTING
A high-tech take on the traditional format, laser clay pigeon shooting is a challenging, rewarding and exhilarating experience! If you're looking for competitive team building activities, this popular event will hit the mark. Teams compete to hit as many flying clays as possible and put their marksmanship skills to the test.
We leave Wednesday open for our guests to explore London's unique neighborhoods and attractions on their own. Guests are welcome to join the participants at The Supreme Court in the morning. Participants will also have the afternoon free.
1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution
In the afternoon, we will join the entire Legal London group to see Witness for the Prosecution, Agatha Christie's gripping short story of justice, passion, and betrayal adapted to the stage. Its unique courtroom staging in the debating chamber of the London County Hall makes this an immersive production that is sure not be missed.
The matinee showing is 2 hours and 15 minutes in length, including a 20-minute interval plus the opportunity to participate in a post-show Q and A session no longer than 20 minutes after the show has concluded.
No guest activities are planned for Friday morning or afternoon, in anticipation of the Reception and Gala Dinner at the iconic Palace of Westminster, in the House of Lords' Peers Dining Room. Cocktail attire is encouraged for this evening's event.
For more information about the Guest Program, please contact Jennifer Clark at (415) 848-7811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Guest Program activities are subject to change.