In true Smart Friends style, the details of our amazing weekend were kept under wraps for maximum surprise! At times surprises can be disappointing or even intimidating, but leading up to this event we had nothing but excited jitters. Then we got the itinerary and realised Smart Group and Moving Venue had pulled out all the stops. They did not disappoint!

Day 1

We landed in Amsterdam and made our way down to the river where, would you believe it, a live band was waiting to greet us. Or rather, we should say, serenade us on our arrival. We hopped on our own private boats complete with band, food and free flowing drinks for two hours. What better way to be welcomed into the city of ancient canals than by boat…

Then we headed to our stunning hotels to freshen up and get ready for the evening.


It was great to see Soho House in another country. Since opening 40 Greek Street in 1995, Soho House now includes 33 Houses in 14 countries, with more openings in Europe, Asia, and North America on the horizon. The hotels truly offer a gorgeous concept and to be staying in Soho House on the banks of the Amsterdam canal was just dreamy.

After taking a little stroll around the hotel, I could see its gorgeous event spaces – from interconnecting events spaces to private dining rooms and even took a peek at their screening room. Did I mention they have a gorgeous spa?

To Dinner!

We headed to dinner for a stunning 4 course meal where the theme was ‘dress in orange’. A live pianist accompanied the evening beautifully. It was so wonderful to catch up with like-minded professionals, build relationships and actually even talk shop for a little while! As the pianist played all of our favourite song, we made the most of it and danced the night away.

Day 2

The next morning we grabbed breakfast and readied ourselves for what would be a serious highlight of the trip. We made our way for a sneak peak on board the highly anticipated ocean Diva!


On arrival we were greeted with immersive cocktails and were blown away by this stunning venue! We can’t wait to see it arrive in the UK.

The London boat will be the first revolutionary C02 neutral event venue on the River Thames.

Spanning across three decks, this unique blank canvas venue provides clients the ability to host sensational events on the river, whether static or sailing, in the heart of the City.

Over 2,625 m2 of unimpeded event space. The venue boasts capacity for 500 for dinners and 1,500 for receptions, with its spacious and flexible event spaces, indoors and out.

From drinks receptions to presentations, gala dinners and awards ceremonies, this luxurious venue is equipped to deal with it all.

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After the visit we then headed to the Harbour Club for lunch. Of course, in true Smart style, there was a Dj already playing, getting us in the mood for another wonderful catch up with some fabulous people.

Not just a Taxi back

Never ones to do things by halves, our hosts arranged for all of the guests to travel back to the hotel on rickshaws!


After a quick freshen up and a chance to get our glad rags on – it was time to head over to dinner. Tonight, the theme was pink or blue, and the group looked marvellous as we strolled down the streets of Amsterdam. We walked the short distance across the bridge to our very own private restaurant where we enjoyed amazing food, company, a saxophonist and of course, a DJ to continue the party.


So a whirlwind of activities, laughs, colour, music and boats, our Smart Friends trip was coming to an end. The final morning we headed downstairs for brunch – but there was one last treat waiting for us. After a fun-packed couple of days, what better to finish off our trip than with some relaxing massages before making our way to the airport.


Thank you Smart Group, London’s leading events and hospitality provider and Moving Venue, London’s leading venue caterers, for the most incredible trip!

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