November 2018

Our suppliers work tirelessly throughout the year, so, as a way of showing our appreciation, we hosted our annual Suppliers’ Awards Night in London last week. Our Hawaiian-themed do had butlers in the buff, hula girls and even a magician, plus free drinks all night. Needless to say, things got very messy…

2018 has been a busy old year at LNOF. We’ve been hard at the graft doing what we do best, sending thousands of stags and hens off on their travels, celebrating their final days as singletons. Whilst they’re there, they’re staying in some of the very best accommodation on the market and taking part in awesome activities, from the bucket list tickers to the downright hilarious and everything in-between.

But, none of this would have been possible without our fantastic suppliers’ hard work, dedication and relentless cooperation. So, as it’s the end of the season, we threw a huge party in London’s iconic Sway Bar, to say thanks to each and every supplier for making this all possible. It was time for our suppliers to switch off, kick back and have a good time… and with a free bar, that wasn’t too hard.

We kitted Holborn-based venue, Sway Bar, out with inflatable palm trees, flamingos and bananas, and everyone who arrived was given a Hawaiian lei to get into the tropical spirit. Before long everyone was swaying to the music and limboing like pros.

Before the shots had chance to take hold, Matt had some pretty big stuff to announce – the awards. At LNOF, we’re big on loyalty and we don’t like to chop and change suppliers willy nilly, which is why we make such a big deal of a 10 year partnership. And this year, joining the X Club after a decade-long relationship, was our friends at Plan A.

Plan A's representatives with LNOF's MD, Matt Mavir, collecting their award

Next up was the award for the Best Overseas Supplier. This category saw some tough competition, with some of the best suppliers we’ve ever worked with being nominated. But there could only be one winner, and that was Ultimate Stag.

Ultimate Stag's representatives with LNOF's MD, Matt Mavir, collecting their award

Another fiercely contested category is the Best National Supplier, with some of our biggest UK suppliers on the shortlist. However, they’re massively passionate about what they do, they really care about their activity and they go to great lengths to make sure that everything is delivered perfectly to our groups, so the winner could only be Sashay Dance.

Sashay Dance's representatives with LNOF's MD, Matt Mavir, collecting their award

The independent suppliers supply us with consistently dependable activities across multiple locations, and really work their hardest to add that spark to the customers’ weekends. With that, the Best Independent Supplier Award of 2018 went to Vaulkhard Group.

Matt announcing awards to crowd

Next up was the Best Accommodation Supplier Award, which, when you take into consideration that we work with over 800 hotels, apartments and hostels, is a pretty massive deal. With a brilliant, friendly team behind them and in in-house nightclub, having hosted us for many a fam trip to Dublin, the winner of this award has to be Harcourt Hotel.

Matt announcing winner of best accommodation

The penultimate award is the prestigious Most Innovative Supplier. Things are changing in the stag and hen world faster than ever before, meaning that it’s only the most adaptable who will survive. So, it was with great pleasure that we announced the dynamic and exciting Xtreme Events the winner of this category.

Matt presenting the Most Innovative award to Xtreme Events

Finally, it was on to the biggie, the Outstanding Achievement Award. This was the much coveted award that everyone wanted their hands on, which was won last year by Stag Republic. The nominees this year were a real cut above the rest, including Ultimate Stag, Prague Weekends, Sashay Dance and Revolution Group, but the overall winner, announced accompanied by a fanfare and gold confetti cannons, had to be… Ultimate Stag.

Matt presenting the Outstanding Achievcement award to Ultimate Stag

As you may expect, many a celebratory drink followed, and continued long into the wee hours of the morning. Until the next time, possibly in another location… watch this space.

Want to see everyone get progressively more drunk as the night wore on? It's all right here in our gallery:

 A cinema board with Last Night of Freedom on Some LNOF badges on the table Two LNOF members of staff at the supplier party LNOF team in London Two team members blowing up an inflatable willyMagic Barry showing us his tricks Garry talking to a woman Some people at a party wearing leis A A girl getting her make-up done Garry with his make-up on Exterior of Sway Bar LNOF sign Mal talking  Andrew talking to a supplier  The singer, Dan, warming up Sway Bar in London hosting LNOF's party Sean and xTreme events Three members of the LNOF team Dan singing in Sway Bar People socialising in Sway Bar A man wearing a lei Two girls and a man in Sway Bar People having magic performed on them in Sway Bar People having their picture taken, wearing props  An action shot in Sway Bar Two LNOF team members A group photo in Sway Bar Two people wearing leis A man getting his picture with the hula girls Magic by Barry performing his magic tricks A man wearing a flat cap staring into the camera Some suppliers looking at the camera Some girls getting a photo with a butler in the buff Two men dancing and wearing leis  A man wearing a lei, looking at a girl's chest A woman looking shocked whilst looking at a man A man pulling a funny face at the camera Some girls drinking and sitting down Three people talking in a club The side profile of a man in a hat The side profile of a man with a lei around his head Three men wearing leis and drinking A girl smiling into the distance  Garry getting shots from the butler in the buff A man trying to take a bottle cap off as another man smiles Two men, a girl and a Hawaiian shot girl Two girls talking in a club and wearing leis A man holding his arm up at the camera Two girls and a massive inflatable penis Two men laughing in a club An LNOF team member and a supplier from Amsterdam Garry giving a speech Matt starting his speech The crowds in Sway Bar A man holding an inflatable willy Matt with Plan A in Sway Bar Managing Director, Matt, with Ultimate Stag in Sway Bar Managing Director, Matt, with Sashay Dance in Sway Bar Sashay Dance's Sarah giving a speech LNOF MD, Matt, giving a speech Managing Directors, Matt and Garry, with Xtreme Events in Sway Bar A man with some glitter paint on his face Two men and a woman in a club A guitar player singing  An otherwise empty dance floor with a girl and man walking across on top of an inflatable penis A man putting his face into the tip of an inflatable willy Some men at the bar ordering drinks A man wearing a lei, talking to a smaller man A girl and a boy talking on the dancefloor with a palm tree in the background  A man doing the limbo with an inflatable penis in the background

About the Author

Blonde bombshell. 90s Hip Hop star. Avid fan of teacakes, flat caps and dominoes. A keen Royalist. Has been known to darn maternity pants before a large meal.

Sadly, Sarah no longer works for LNOF, which is a huge shame because she was an absolute legend and we miss her every day 💔

Sarah Main

Ex Content Writer

Last Updated - 07/03/2024

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