All aboard – for the West Middlesex IAT Thames cruise

boat-trip-1The enterprising IAT West Middlesex Branch organised a Thames boat trip event one Friday evening in late June – a fitting reward after everyone’s hard working week. Datesand sponsored this event and as the company’s national sales executive, I thought it only correct that I attend (to make sure everything went to plan of course!).

The boat departed on the dot at 6pm. On going aboard we received a free glass of champagne which was swiftly followed by the arrival of a number of jugs of Pimms. This beverage seemed entirely fitting for the leisurely cruise in the beautiful Summer weather.boat-trip-2 Attendees were from facilities across London – including Imperial, QMUL, Kings College London, CRUK and UCL. There were approximately 30 delegates including representatives of a number of suppliers. The industry job titles ranged from Facility Directors to Animal Techs which once again showed the real value of these social events. 

The evening was fantastic, the weather perfect and the alcohol extremely appropriate. This boat takes travellers to all the key tourist attractions such as Big Ben, the London Eye, the Shard and London Bridge. We returned on time to dock at 8pm after a highly successful event which everyone really enjoyed. Once back on terra firma we went to a pub in Kings Cross to compare notes on the evening – and for one last drink before calling it a night. 

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