There’s watching live sport, and then there’s watching live sport from the cordial warmth and comfort of a hospitality area. As anyone who’s ever been hosted within the corporate confines of Twickenham Stadium or Wimbledon’s All England Lawn Tennis Club will attest, an invitation to the spiritual homes of England rugby and tennis is not the sort of invitation you turn down, especially when the food and drink is included.
As the official hospitality partner of both Twickenham Stadium and The Championships, Wimbledon, as well as a host of cricket grounds, Keith Prowse knows a thing or two about entertaining guests at top-level sporting events. With stadiums and grounds having reopened, we asked the first name in corporate hospitality which events provide the best experiences to share with clients and colleagues.
England Rugby Autumn Internationals, 6, 13 & 20 November 2021
Where: Twickenham Stadium
Ahead of the Guinness Six Nations, which kicks off in February, England will host three formidable opponents during November’s Autumn Internationals at Twickenham Stadium. First up, on 6 November, Eddie Jones’ men will face off against Tonga, a team that’s announced 10 uncapped players within its 40-man squad. Next up, on 13 November, England will take on two-time World Cup winners the Wallabies, before welcoming current World Cup champions South Africa on 20 November. Book a pitch-side seat to see England’s freshest faces try to impress their new boss.
From £299 pp, keithprowse.co.uk
Guinness Six Nations, 26 February & 12 March 2021
Where: Twickenham Stadium
England will be looking to redeem themselves this winter after a disappointing 2021 Six Nations campaign saw them finish in fifth place, with just two wins. On 26 February, they’ll play host to Wales at Twickenham Stadium, a team that will be feeling confident having secured the previous championship, narrowly missing out on a grand slam. Ireland’s Johnny Sexton will be looking to inflict some damage on the home nation when he lines up against England on 12 March. The fly-half and Irish captain scored 65 points during the last Six Nations, the most of any player, taking his tally of international points to more than 900.
From £749 pp, keithprowse.co.uk
The cinch Championships, 13-19 June 2022
Where: The Queen’s Club
The Queen’s Club, one of the world’s oldest tennis institutions, has been hosting grass court tournaments since 1890. Next year, the cinch Championships will return to the Barons Court-based club once again, as the sport’s most accomplished men do battle in the singles, doubles and wheelchair tournaments. The cinch Championships are considered a key indicator for Wimbledon, with 25 of the previous 27 Wimbledon champions having competed, including Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
From £395 pp, keithprowse.co.uk
The Championships, 27 June – 10 July 2022
There’s nothing quite like Wimbledon, even if you’ve been to tennis’ other three major championships. The atmosphere, the location, the facilities – they all combine to make the world’s oldest tennis tournament a truly unforgettable experience. Keith Prowse is the official hospitality partner for The Championships, and for 2022 will be launching a brand-new, hospitality package called The Treehouse. Intricate roaming plates and a twist on traditional afternoon tea will provide guests with a completely unique dining experience, while two Michelin-star chef-patron of Restaurant Story, Tom Sellers, will be devising a menu dedicated to British produce. Wimbledon might be nail-biting enough on television, but nothing comes close to being at the event in person.
From £670 pp, keithprowse.co.uk
Cricket, multiple 2022 summer dates
Where: Edgbaston, The Kia Oval & Lord’s
The England cricket team will be looking to redeem themselves against India next summer, as we host the World Number 2 team for a series of one-day internationals. Domestically, the T20 Vitality Blast tournament will make a welcome return, with nine northern county teams competing against nine southern county teams for a place in the final at Edgbaston. This year’s Finals Day was an all-southern affair between Sussex Sharks, Kent Spitfires, Somerset and the Hampshire Hawkes. Will the northern counties fare any better next year? As the official hospitality provider to the Kia Oval and Edgbaston, Keith Prowse can offer the best seats in the house, whichever format of cricket you prefer.
From £259 pp, keithprowse.co.uk