New and Refurbished UK Event Venues 2018/2019

(Belinda Booker) #61

Hotel Indigo Dundee, which opened this summer, has been named as Scotland’s best hotel in the Sunday Times’ Top 100 Great British Hotels.

Set in a 200-year-old former mill, the chic four-star property offers 102 bedrooms and in-house restaurant Daisy Tasker, which features industrial interiors and nods to Dundee’s history in the linen trade.

The hotel also offers a “cool” room for small meetings and private dinners of up to 30 people.

(Belinda Booker) #62

Soho’s iconic Roundhouse has undergone a full £1m restoration and will reopen as Soho Residence on November 28.

Spread across three floors at 83-85 Wardour Street, the venue has capacity for 350 people and offers two spaces available for private hire - the Basement Club, which features festoon lighting and big screen imaging, and the First Floor Gin Parlour, which has high ceilings, tall windows and snug sofas in sumptuous fabrics.

(Belinda Booker) #63

For anyone searching for the perfect venue for their event, I’ve just put together a guide (with help from venue managers and event organisers). It covers topics like:

  • Finding a venue that fits with your event theme and ethos
  • Using a blank canvas venue
  • Getting venues for free
  • How to negotiate the best deal
  • Building a relationship with venue managers

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(Belinda Booker) #64

Catering giant Searcys has been appointed to re-launch The Treehouse at The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland as an events space.

The iconic Treehouse is one of the largest wooden structures in the world with a cafe, meeting room and restaurant high up in the trees, yet with full disabled access. Searcys brand-new series of hospitality packages for the venue will showcase the seasons and focus on the home-grown products. The menus and packages are being designed for weddings, corporate and private events at The Treehouse (65-120 guests) or The Pavilion (200-500 guests).

The Alnwick Garden is home to a dramatic Grand Cascade water feature, the largest Tai Haku Cherry Orchard in the world, the walled Ornamental Garden, Bamboo Maze and the famous Poison Garden, designed to drive awareness of the dangers of harmful and illicit drugs. It is also the only visitor attraction in the UK with a “drop-in centre” for the lonely.

(Belinda Booker) #65

Award-winning boutique hotel brand Dakota is coming to Manchester.

Dakota Manchester will open in May 2019, bringing some of the largest hotel bedrooms and suites in the city. Located close to Piccadilly Station, Dakota will have 137 bedrooms, including 27 suites, the largest of which being the penthouse suite, named the ‘Grand Deluxe’.

The hotel will also feature a grill brasserie, a cocktail lounge with champagne room and a cigar garden.

(Belinda Booker) #66

Meliá Hotels International has announced the opening of its third hotel in London. It has acquired the Rydges Kensington London and will rebrand it as the Meliá London Kensington Hotel after a full renovation in Q1 of 2019.

The property is located close to Kensington Palace, the Royal Albert Hall and Imperial College. It has 81 rooms, a restaurant, a bar, meeting rooms and a wellness area. The renovation will include the creation of an open plan lobby and restaurant space, creating a dynamic social hub within the property, as well as updating the MICE facilities.

(Belinda Booker) #67

The Cow Hollow Hotel is new in Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter. The boutique hotel - a converted textiles warehouse - has just 16 bedrooms but oodles of character. It is described as “high-tech but with a touch of colonial Victorian majesty”.

Rooms featured battered brick walls and railway sleepers up-cycled as bed frames. The Plantation Bar is said to offer one of the best spirits and wine lists in the city, as well as complimentary prosecco, snacks & antipasti every evening.

Cow Hollow has recently been named Budget Hotel of the Year by The Times, with rooms starting at £99.


(Belinda Booker) #68

A Laura Ashley branded tea room has been launched at The Chace Hotel, Coventry.

The venue is tastefully decorated in signature Laura Ashley style, featuring selected products from Laura Ashley’s home furnishing and accessories ranges. The Tea Room overlooks the hotel’s landscaped gardens, and ample free parking is available for visitors.

On the menu are traditional afternoon tea favourites, updated regularly by Pastry Chef, Chris Murrow. Prices start from £20 per person. The Tea Room can be booked for group celebrations.

(Anna Peters) #69

SUMMER VENUE 2019. Excited to be launching The Secret River Garden, a gorgeous new space for summer 2019. Nestled among the wild garden and woodland, with views of the River Thames, two elegant marquees will be installed for selected dates offering clients everything they will need for their summer event. This space is perfect for summer parties, away-days and AGMS with a difference.

(Belinda Booker) #70

Looks beautiful!

(Belinda Booker) #71

St Helens Coastal Resort, a new luxury coastal resort, will open on the Isle of Wight in May 2019. The secluded retreat will feature three-bedroom Premium Lodges with hot tubs and a private roof terrace and two and three-bedroom Superior Lodges. A selection of luxurious caravans will also be on offer.

St Helens Coastal Resort enjoys private beach access and also features a laidback licensed eatery and a pool.

(bmt Promotions) #72

Gorgeous building! I like it so much…

(Belinda Booker) #73

The five-star Macdonald Randolph Hotel in Oxford has unveiled a new-look grand ballroom after a £100,000 refurbishment.

The hotel has invested in customised carpets and wallpaper featuring the Acanthus leaf, as well as three chandeliers, which are exact replicas of those on the Titanic. The event suite can accommodate up to 400 people, making it the largest ballroom in Oxford. The suite also boasts its own private bar.

The venue has a further four function suites, and can accommodate between six and 400 delegates.

(Tamara K) #74


Writing from a new event spaceIron Bloom at Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch, London,
from the founders of the Looking Glass Cocktail Club, which has been running for the
past 7 years.

We will be doing all sorts of events at Iron Bloom, from photoshoots, exhibitions,
brunches, cocktail masterclasses, meetings & pop-ups, as well as club nights & parties.

Please let me know if you have anything coming up that would be interesting to talk about.

_Iron Bloom comes to you in a new light this year _

_Boasting high ceilings, industrial design and the perfect layout for all kinds of events, Iron Bloom is the perfect location for you. _

_Iron Bloom is now operating by appointment and private hire only. Give us a call and see how we could help you execute your perfect event. _

_Unlike many event spaces in the area, Iron Bloom has a fully specked cocktail bar and commercial kitchen finished to a very high standard. _

Iron Bloom is the proud owner of a 4K Martin Audio sound system, complete with DJ equipment, so whether you are hosting a product launch, photo shoot or a rave we have you covered.


(Belinda Booker) #75

Looks like a great space, Tamara. Do you offer minimum spend hire? What’s your capacity?

(Belinda Booker) #76

Vintry & Mercer opens next month in the heart of the City of London. A two minute walk from London’s Cannon Street station and Mansion House tube, the hotel will offer 92 boutique bedrooms and three intimate meeting and event spaces:

The Library seats 14 people and features an enormous ceiling map, reflecting London’s history as a trading entrepôt (pictured below).

The Drawing Room can accommodate 8 people seated and draws on the history of the hotel’s location in its design — wine red walls and a bold map of the city. It can be interconnected with the Library for larger dinners or drinks parties.

The Music Room has eclectic teal blue wall panels decorated with iconic British album covers, suitable for meetings of up to 10 people.

(Tamara K) #77

Hi Belinda,
yes we do - dry hire is £2000, minimum spend £6000.
Are you working on any events at the moment? Maybe just in general, you can come around, we can show you the space and chat?

(Belinda Booker) #78

Thanks Tamara, I’m not organising anything at the moment, but thought other members might find the information useful :relaxed:

(Belinda Booker) #79

The co-founders of social networking site Bebo have taken over a historic North Devon pub, with plans to create a leisure resort in the village of Woolsery.

The Farmer’s Arms, a Grade II listed, thatched roof pub and restaurant, has undergone a major renovation and is now open.

Michael and Xochi Birch are now working on creating a hotel set within a Grade II listed Georgian manor house and four guest cottages located in the village centre. The project also include rejuvenation of the
Woolsery Fish & Chip Shop and The Village Post Office and Shop – all set to open in 2021.

(Belinda Booker) #80

Butlin’s will unveil a £40m pool at its Bognor Regis resort in April. The area can be hired for private pool-side events during selected days from November to March (when Butlin’s is closed to leisure business).

The new building, which will be able to accommodate almost 1,000 guests, will feature seaside and fairground-themed rides and interiors as well as a wave pool.

The pool can also be enjoyed by delegates staying at the resort during residential conferences or used for team building activities. Other facilities on-site include a traditional fairground, archery, crazy golf and ten-pin bowling.