The Value of Company Away Days with Merlin - Merlin Venues

The Value of Company Away Days with Merlin

08 April 2024

Interviewing, hiring, onboarding – it’s quite the process! When it has proved successful, and you’ve got the right person for the job it’s time to help your new team bond! Keeping your staff happy, challenged, and motivated to do their best requires proactive involvement from senior management.

So, how do you do that? Well, one of the most effective ways to show staff you value them and boost employee morale is to take them away from the day-to-day and host an off-site, team-building event.

Boost your company culture and employee happiness 

Before you start planning a team-building day, it’s important to decide precisely what you want to achieve from the event: recognising employees, boosting morale, pushing comfort zones, and thanking staff. Away days have a long list of potential benefits and whatever you want to achieve, Merlin magic can help!

Our venues provide immersive experiences to bring a team together, and we guarantee you’ll walk away feeling closer than ever – whether that’s out of fear from the London Dungeon or from partying with Harry Styles and the Beckhams at Madame Tussaud’s!

Reconnect at Riverside Rooms

Riverside Rooms Christmas Party

Looking for a London venue with unrivalled views of the River Thames? Riverside Rooms is perfect for a daytime event with bright open spaces and a traditional sense of occasion. This Grade II listed venue is an excellent space to kick off your company away day. The three interconnecting spaces can be set for meetings, networking, lunches, dinners, games or whatever your heart desires.

From £82.00pp, Riverside Rooms provide state-of-the-art conferencing facilities for a daytime team event followed by an evening of fine dining and dancing – or you can switch it up and move into another of our magically interactive venues for the evening, how does dinner under the ocean sound? Sea Life London is here for that…

Take your Squad Underwater to Sea Life London

Dining at SEA LIFE London Aquarium 

With a breathtaking atmosphere, Sea Life London is perfect for dreamy dinners and dazzling drink receptions. Who wouldn’t want to go to an event that also had sharks? Count us in! Your team will be mesmerised by over 500 extraordinary species of marine life and enjoy all the photo opportunities in the Ocean Tunnel, Shark Walk and Atlantic Cove!

From just £99.00pp and with the incredible available add-ons of interactive divers, rangers and a DJ – this venue is always a huge hit. Don’t worry about talking points, the sea creatures will do that for you! 

Team Building at London Dungeons

Team Building at The London Dungeons

You might have fabulous offices with lots of natural light and a brilliant canteen, but familiarity can take its toll on creativity. This is why away days are crucial to re-energise staff and get those creative juices flowing again. Here at Merlin, we think if you’re going to go to the effort of taking your entire team out of the office for the day, you may as well make it a truly spectacular event.

One of the most thrilling and immersive experiences in our portfolio of iconic London attractions is the London Dungeons. From just £120.00pp, your team will navigate through London’s dark and murky history – a surefire way to bring everyone closer together. It will also push your colleagues out of their comfort zones, give them something to talk about for weeks after and break down barriers between departments and hierarchies within your business. 

Memorable Moments at Madame Tussauds

Queen For A Day at Madame Tussauds 

Is thanking and celebrating your star staff a top priority? The red carpet welcome at your own Madame Tussauds evening is a fabulous option! It’s the perfect event space for special employee recognition and unforgettable moments. Rub shoulders with A-list Hollywood celebs and indulge in incredible food and drink to fit the occasion.

From only £92.00pp, our London venue on the Southbank lends itself perfectly to glitzy awards ceremonies. The VIP feel within Madame Tussauds will go a long way to show your employees how much you value them, which can only contribute towards creating a happy workplace.

Sip Cocktails with Shrek and friends!

Shrek's Adventure Black Tie Party

Located within County Hall on London’s Southbank, Shrek’s Adventure! is particularly popular for teams looking to experience the glorious nostalgia of DreamWorks. You will be joined by Shrek and other beloved characters including KungFu Panda’s PO and the animals from Madagascar too! If you’re looking to offer a light-hearted, whimsical event to give staff a chance to let off steam and become big kids for the evening, this is the best venue in London for you.

Dancing, cocktails, bowl food and immersive entertainment, what more could you need for an unforgettable bonding experience? With pricing starting from only £120.00pp, Shrek’s Adventure is the perfect choice to show your team members your commitment to giving them a fun work-life balance.

Unique Venues for your next team event

Inject a little Merlin magic into your next away day with one of our unique entertainment attractions. As well as offering your colleagues an unforgettable night, for every guest booked into an event at a Merlin experience we donate £1 to either the SEA LIFE Trust or Merlin’s Magic Wand. To get in touch with our events team, just call them on 020 7587 0224 or drop them a line at


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