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Hall 1 is a brand new exhibition space at Farnborough, the Birthplace of British Aviation. It has 20,000 sqm of flexible event space, 91 toilets and 3,500 free parking spaces. https://www.farnborough.com/
The Star of Bethnal Green has undergone a total refurbishment, with brand new seating areas, including a gypsy caravan hidden under the stairs, bespoke lighting and a brand new upstairs bar area. There is also a private karaoke room with bespoke wallpaper and a stage.
Jidori has opened in London’s Covent Garden (there is one already in Dalston). The Japanese restaurant is spread over three floors of a Georgian terrace on Catherine Street with a design that takes inspiration from the vibrant restaurant and bar scene of Tokyo, where the streets are a maze of tiny drinking dens and restaurants split over multiple levels.
Groups can hire out entire floors of the restaurant, including the Karaoke room on the lower ground floor which will seat parties of 8 or more people (up to 12) featuring a communal dining table designed exclusively for the restaurant by Artist John Booth. http://www.jidori.co.uk/
Moxy, Marriott’s design-led hotel brand which opened at London ExCeL last March and in Stratford this January, has announced it will open 5 more UK properties by mid 2018. These will be in Edinburgh, Glasgow, York, Bristol and Southampton http://moxy-hotels.marriott.com/en
Moxy London Stratford (pictured below) offers a Lobby Living Room, Library, Business Corner, Lobby Bar and affordable guest rooms designed to appeal to Millennials.
Wondering if my clients will book me in here next time I’m on site! Fingers crossed. It looks fab!
Warren House, a Grade II-listed Victorian country house in Surrey, has revealed its new-look London Room following a £300,000 renovation. The London Room can host up to 100 guests for a reception and has been redesigned to make it more modern, lighter and brighter. New conference equipment and air conditioning has been installed. http://www.warrenhouse.com/
The Jones Family Kitchen is opening in May in Belgravia’s newest development, Ecceleston Yards (a hub for independent businesses and creative talent). The 90 cover restaurant features an outdoor courtyard terrace (60 covers) and will specialise in steaks and cocktails. http://jonesfamilykitchen.co.uk/
The East and West Wings at Somerset House in London, primarily used as exhibition spaces, are now available for private hire over the summer months. For the very first time, hire of these two spaces will include an outdoor section of the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, where guests will be able to experience a large-scale installation featuring over 100 mirrors. The mirrors reflect the light of the sun through Somerset House’s famous fountains to make shapes appear. These will change throughout the day depending on the sun’s position.
The East Wing accommodates up to 300 for a standing reception and the West Wing 150 pax. The West Wing consists of 19 separate spaces which can be adapted for a multitude of uses, whilst the East Wing consists of various interlinking rooms. www.somersethouse.org.uk
De Vere Selsdon Estate, in Croydon has unveiled the results of its £5 million refurbishment. The project includes the creation of a new restaurant, Burr & Co. coffee shop, orangery and reception area; as well as the full refurbishment of 54 bedrooms and six event spaces to “create a hotel that marries 21st Century style and comfort with stunning original Victorian features.” A further 96 bedrooms will be refurbished in the next phase of works. devere.com/DeVereSelsdonEstate
The new Kensington Palace Pavillion replaces the Orangery whilst it’s being refurbished. It offers a purpose-built, glass-fronted space overlooking the famous sunken garden and can accommodate for 800 standing or 300 for a seated dinner. Read more here: https://www.hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace/hire-a-venue/the-pavilion/#gs.zLCu0gs
Science Gallery is a new events space at King’s College London billed as being a place “where art and science collide”. Spanning three floors, the gallery offers a variety of spaces hosting from 20 to 500 guests, including a lecture theatre, a first-floor gallery, the intimate Studio for up to 80 and the reimagined Guy’s Courtyard, which will provide an outside event space for up to 500. https://london.sciencegallery.com/hire-celebrate
Hardwick Hall Hotel at Sedgefield, County Durham, has completed refurbishment of its bar and lounge area (pictured) and 120-capacity Boyne Suite.
The four star hotel, which is in the picturesque setting of Hardwick County Park, has 50 bedrooms and a number of other event suites and meeting rooms, including a large marquee available during the summer, which can hold up to 1500 people. https://hardwickhallhotel.co.uk
Japan House is opening on London’s Kensington High Street sometime this year and will feature exhibitions and events. There’s limited information so far but you can see the concept video and sign up for their newsletter here: https://www.japanhouselondon.uk/
IHG’s Hotel Indigo brand has opened a new property in Durham city centre. The property is set in a stunning Grade II-listed former university building and features 83 bedrooms across three different room types. Hotel Indigo Durham also features the Rotunda bar, Tinderbox Espresso Bar, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill and a meeting room seating 80 people.
The Hotel Indigo brand plans to open three more UK properties this year: Hotel Indigo London - 1 Leicester Square, Hotel Indigo London - Aldgate, and Hotel Indigo Stratford-upon-Avon. https://www.ihg.com/hotelindigo/hotels/us/en/durham/mmedh/hoteldetail
In September, the nonprofit that looks after Royal Yacht Britannia will open a 23-room floating hotel in Leith’s historic port. The hotel will occupy Fingal, a 237-foot ship that first launched in 1963.
Following a multi million pound restoration, Fingal’s luxe Art Deco rooms all boast a bespoke look. Eight have private balconies, and one a Presidential Suite featuring a deck big enough to host a cocktail party for 80.
There will also be a ballroom in the old hold, and a hallway through the former engine room that lets you observe the original mechanics. On the top deck, will be a cocktail spot inspired by the bar at London’s Langham Hotel and a restaurant celebrating “the Scottish larder”. https://www.fingal.co.uk/
My kind of place!
That is a really impressive venue.
Where do you keep findings these?
I get sent press releases