New and Refurbished UK Event Venues 2018/2019

(Belinda Booker) #21

Set to open any day now is the brilliantly named Monkey Island Estate, which lies on a picturesque island in the River Thames in Bray, Berkshire. The two grade I listed heritage pavilions which form the property have been completely restored and renovated by YTL Hotels. Set across seven acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, Monkey Island Estate features 27 luxury guestrooms and three suites.

Accessed only by footbridge, boat or helicopter, the hotel is ideal for high end events where privacy is required.
Event spaces include the “stately and spacious” Ballroom, the “graceful” River Room and more intimate Boardroom.

(Abena P) #22

Love this thread!

(Melissa Saunders) #23

Just came across Swingers - The Crazy Golf Club! Crazy golf meets speakeasy nestled behind the Gherkin and you can hire all or part of the venue for groups of 12 up to 600
Find out more here:


(Melissa Saunders) #24

The Original Events Company are launching a temporary events venue - Immerse - in Highbury & Islington - opening next year and consisting of an exhibition hall with 9 x break out spaces totalling 2840 sqm. As well as hosting their own events, Immerse is available for hire and the organisers are keen to hear from anyone with ideas that may suit the space.

(Belinda Booker) #25

Thought that was a picture of me for a second!

(Belinda Booker) #26

Searcys at The Gherkin has unveiled five new private dining, meeting and events spaces. The rooms, named Alto, Cirrus, Stratus, Cumulus and Nimbus, offer spectacular views of the capital and can accommodate from 18 to 100 guests. The spaces come equipped with multiple screens, lapel mics and docking stations, as well as an on-site engineer.

  • Prices from £350+VAT to £4,000+ VAT room hire
  • Between £500 to £8000 minimum spend

(Belinda Booker) #27

Wales is to get its own international convention centre, opening in the grounds of Celtic Manor Resort in Newport in June 2019.

An £83.7m joint venture between Celtic Manor Resort and Welsh Government, the ICC Wales will accommodate 5,000 delegates and include a 4,000sqm pillar-free main hall, a 1,500-seated auditorium, 12 flexible meeting rooms, a double-height glass atrium and a 2,500 sqm outdoor plaza.

(Melissa Saunders) #28

Wow! Go Wales!!

(Dewi) #29

Sadly for us in North Wales, Manchester or Liverpool is the go to place for convention centres.

(Belinda Booker) #30

Will the new facility make a big difference to the sort of events Wales can attract, do you think?

(Dewi) #31

It will drag events away from Cardiff, Newport and even Bristol. Wales as whole wouldn’t benefit from having this venue.

(Melissa Saunders) #32

Interesting. I don’t really know the events landscape in Wales.

(Dewi) #33

Transport links play a big part in how Wales works and plays. All links run east-west, so us in north Wales see Liverpool and Manchester as the go to cities. Liverpool is known as the capital of north Wales.

(Belinda Booker) #34

That’s a shame. But it may lead to the city winning some big, international association meetings, which could have a positive economic effect?

(Dewi) #35

I believe it will have the opposite effect because the venue will be outside the cities of Cardiff and Newport and will only benefit the owner of the Celtic Manor resort.

(Belinda Booker) #36

That would be a real shame. I got another press release today, which said they’ve already confirmed The Association of Corporate Treasurers Annual Conference and the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference - “expected to bring in around £10 million to the local economy in South Wales.” I guess time will tell…

(Belinda Booker) #37

The 131-bedroom Last Drop Village Hotel and Spa in Bolton has completed a £3m refurbishment, encompassing bedrooms, bathrooms, lobby and grounds. Located on the edge of the West Pennine Moors, the hotel has a range of event spaces, able to accommodate from 1-700 delegates, offers complimentary Wi-Fi and over 400 free car spaces.

(Belinda Booker) #38

Hard Rock Hotel London will open near Marble Arch next Spring. The 1,000-bedroom hotel, located within the former Cumberland hotel, will feature two bars, a 370-seat Hard Rock Cafe, Rock Spa and a Rock Shop selling merchandise.

(Belinda Booker) #39

The 4* Mercure London Watford Hotel has unveiled its newly refurbished Halliwell Suite. The event space can hold up to 200 guests and features its own private entrance with a grand sweeping staircase, a fully-serviced bar, a large dance floor and air conditioning.


(Belinda Booker) #40

Gonville & Caius College has unveiled plans for a new events space right in the heart of Cambridge.
Acropolis At Caius is a 2,150 sq ft marquee structure that will be located in the attractive gardens on its West Road site, adjacent to the Cavonius Conference Centre.

The venue is named Acropolis for its intriguing architectural shape and multiple glass sides
around its linked hexagonal structures. Available from July 2019 for a 15-month period, it can accommodate up to 140 on round tables for dinner, up to 100 cabaret style and 180 theatre style.

An Open Event is being held on Wednesday 11th July from 4.00-6.00pm to introduce the concept of Acropolis, where existing and potential clients can talk to the Conference Team and sample drinks and canapes.