New and Refurbished UK Event Venues 2018/2019

Solent Hotel and Spa, near Southampton, has launched new function space, The Dorchester Suite.

The Dorchester Suite is an adaptable space suitable for boardroom meetings, theatre-style presentations or classroom set-ups of up to 35 people.

The Solent Hotel and Spa offers super-fast Wi-Fi and free on-site parking, as well as the new Meetings Genie, the on-call customer service button for optimum assistance throughout the day.

On Thursday 4 April, Solent Hotel invites guests to celebrate the launch of the new space at an open evening, from 6pm to 8pm. As well as experiencing the upgraded facilities and refreshed interiors, guests will enjoy samples of the Conference Café’s updated menu, from street food to buffet-style foods.

A new hotel brand, Inhabit Hotels, will launch in London this summer. Set in six Georgian townhouses off a quaint Paddington mews, Inhabit London will fuse Scandinavian design influences with traditional British heritage and touches of Eastern flair

The hotel will take a holistic approach to hospitality, with wellness‐ savvy staff, healthy food choices and a mind‐improving library. The atrium, a space with living walls at the heart of the hotel, will host regular fitness classes, yoga and guided meditation. The hotel also features 90 guest rooms and a café with all-day menu.

The hotel will be free of single-use plastics and partner with social enterprises such as Globechain, an online reuse platform connecting businesses, charities and people to enable reuse of unwanted and surplus items.

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De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, located in Covent Garden, has unveiled the results of a £700,000 refurbishment of its meetings and events spaces, bringing them in line with the company’s Smart Space meetings concept.

The 13 meeting rooms are now equipped with the latest AV technology, while free, super-fast Wi-Fi can be used by guests at any time. The rooms can accommodate meetings of various sizes, with The Covent Garden and Dorset rooms having a capacity of 80 delegates each, while the smaller Board Rooms (pictured) are ideal for more intimate meetings for up to 12 people.

Smart Space comprises nine service features designed to offer a highly responsive, personalised meetings and events service. The service includes everything from a live availability booking service and up to 1GB super-fast Wi-Fi to interactive displays and an on-site team of experts to help overcome any tech issues a client may face.

De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms also offers Showtime Rewards, a loyalty scheme to say thank you for corporate event business. With no minimum spend, and automatic rewards such as free cinema tickets, delegates will be able to enjoy benefits from their first event.

The refurbishment follows an overhaul of the venue’s Grand Hall, which can accommodate up to 750 people, with spectacular chandeliers, staging and AV technology available.

More De Vere news… De Vere Cranage Estate, located in Cheshire, has refurbished its meetings and events spaces.

The largest of the meeting rooms, The Stephenson Suite, which can accommodate up to 475 people, has had a top-to-toe refurbishment to create a light, modern and flexible space. The suite is now equipped with ceiling projectors, four built-in screens and a full PA system.

The Appleton Suite, in the original Mansion House, has been refurbished to maintain its traditional charm whilst bringing in 21st century functionality. With doors that open straight onto the attractive grounds, delegates can explore the gardens during breakouts. Free, superfast outdoor Wi-Fi can be used up to 100m from the building, with a maximum bandwidth of 100Mb available.

Yorkshire country house Grantley Hall is set to open as a hotel and wellness centre this summer.

The 17th century Palladian-designed mansion is located on the edge of The Yorkshire Dales, near Ripon, and once entertained Queen Mary and her daughter Princess Mary when they stayed there in 1937.

The 47-room property has undergone a multi-million pound restoration and will feature a fine-dining restaurant overseen by award-winning chef, Shaun Rankin, and several events spaces, including the Garden Pavilion, a contemporary venue for 180 pax located within the venue’s English Heritage-listed Japanese Garden. Event organisers can also take advantage of Grantley Hall’s beautiful grounds for marquee-based events.

An arty new hotel will open in Bristol this May inside a Grade II-listed former boot factory.

Artist Residence Bristol will feature 23 rooms, all displaying work by contemporary artists, plus a bar and restaurant. Like its four sister venues (in Brighton, London, Cornwall and The Cotswolds), the new hotel promises quirky spaces available for private hire.

Artist Residence Bristol is located in Portland Square, just five minutes from Bristol city centre.

This one opened late last year, but in case you missed it, here’s the low-down on the Bankside Hotel at One Blackfriars, London. The 161-room property, located close to the Tate Modern, is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection although it is independently owned.

The design-led hotel is committed to showcasing the work of British artists and even has a rolling “Maker in Residence” programme offering emerging artists a permanent space to work in.

Located on the ground floor of the hotel with direct access onto a communal courtyard space, the Makers hub will feature a schedule of rotating makers and a series of talks, previews and events throughout the year.

Of further note, is the fact that there is no single-use plastic across the property. Guests can fill jugs of chilled water - both still and sparkling - at service points on each corridor, and buy glass bottles of gin and wine from “boutique” vending machines.

There are three meeting rooms available for up to 200 people (pictured) and a “White Box” events space for up to 260 people. Private dining for 8-24 guests is available in Bankside’s ArtYard restaurant.

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Lincoln’s Inn - a society of barristers set in an 11-acre estate in the heart of London - is now taking event bookings for up to 400 guests.

Event spaces include the eminent Great Hall, opened by Queen Victoria in 1845 and recently re-opened by Her Majesty the Queen following 36 months of renovation works. With its high ceilings and stunning stained-glass windows, it can host up to 250 guests for dinner or 400 for a reception.

The adjoining Bench Rooms behind the Great Hall can be hired for arrival receptions, providing an opportunity for guests to meet and network before the main event.

For a slightly smaller affair, the wooden-panelled Old Hall, built in 1490, has an appealing Tudor grandeur, hosting events for up to 200 guests.

For a virtual tour of the venue visit https://eventvenues.lincolnsinn.org.uk/.

Somerset House has announced the launch of a new outdoor space that’s ideal for product launches and brand activations that aim to attract members of the public.

Lancaster Place is situated on the west side of Somerset House next to Skye Gyngell’s highly-popular Spring Restaurant by Waterloo Bridge, and as a result experiences a higher level of footfall than anywhere else on the site.

The 250 square metres of available space can now be used by event organisers for all kinds of brand activations, product launches and experiential marketing projects.

The “UK’s Sistine Chapel”, the Painted Hall at Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College in London, has reopened after an £8.5m restoration.

The two-year project has reversed years of decay and brought the hall’s magnificent painted interior vividly back to life.

The breathtaking 4,000 sqm space, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1705, is now available for private hire in the evening for corporate dinners, gala dinners, weddings and celebrations.

The maximum capacity for the Painted Hall is 400 guests. Dancing is not permitted but can take place in the Undercroft below. Food and beverage is provided by contracted caterer CH&CO.

Native Manchester, a new aparthotel, will open in Manchester this summer.

Located on Ducie Street, a two-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station, the hotel is housed inside a grade II-listed Victorian railway warehouse (previously The Place Aparthotel) .

Native Manchester features 166 luxury apartments, starting from a studio to a two-bedroom duplex penthouse apartment, which could make a good location for small drinks receptions (some suites also interconnect).

The hotel can be booked from 1 July, while a month later an all-day ‘hangout’ space CULTUREPLEX will open on the ground floor. It will feature a restaurant, bar, lounge, mini-cinema, BLOK gym and event spaces with terraces.

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel has unveiled the results of a multi-million pound restoration, capturing the 150-year-old Victorian heritage of the building .

All of the 4-star hotel’s 266 bedrooms, six meeting rooms and 20 breakout rooms have been refurbished. The hotel boasts some of the most spacious event spaces in Bristol, including the Grade II listed Victorian Palm Court room, which can accommodate up to 350 people.

The Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel also features a Miller & Carter Steakhouse, a fitness centre with an indoor pool and a day spa . The hotel is running a promotion offering 20% off meetings and events taking place between 1st January 2020 – 30th April 2020, when booked before 31st August 2019.

The Runnymede on Thames hotel in Egham, Surrey is offering a new corporate team building package and it’s totally crazy - I had to check the date of the press release wasn’t April 1!

Delegates can enjoy an hour yoga class surrounded by Shih Tzu puppies. A certified yoga teacher will take the group through the motions of yoga for beginners, where they’ll be joined by a pack of puppies - apparently to demonstrate how to perfect that downward dog :joy:

‘Pet Yoga’ is supposed to help delegates de-stress and improve their mood and it can be booked as part of off-site days or as an add-on to a meeting or conference. Would you consider having this as part of your event?!

Dreamland Margate in Kent is available for private take over. The retro amusement park and its 26 “chill and thrill rides” can be hired for events of up to 6,000 people.

Most recently it hosted a Camp Bestival takeover for the spring break, culminating in the Camp Bestival Easter Sunday Party.

Dreamland Margate also offers a variety of other events spaces including a 14,000 capacity giant outdoor event space, ballroom for up to 375 people, indoor roller rink for up to 800, a huge indoor Hall by the Sea, and 4 beach huts with their own bar, as well as other quirky smaller venues.

The Bonham Hotel in Edinburgh has undergone a multi-million-pound refurbishment.

All 49 bedrooms, the lobby, library and snug have been renovated alongside the launch of a new bar and restaurant.

The Bonham offers a range of meetings and events spaces, including The Event Room at the Bonham (40 pax), which features bay windows overlooking Drumsheugh Gardens. The adjoining Library (pictured) offers a private space for coffee breaks or drinks receptions.

The ornate snug, with it original wooden panelling, can accommodate up to 8 guests for a meeting or private dining. The Restaurant at the Bonham can also be hired for exclusive use for up to 70 guests.

The first DoubleTree by Hilton will open in Birmingham this autumn. It is being built on the site of the former Royal Angus in the Snow Hill area of the city. Part of the refurbishment includes the addition of two extra floors as well as a roof top terrace.

The hotel will have 186-bedrooms and will also include a Marco Pierre White branded restaurant called Mr White’s English Chophouse.

Shezan Aslam, the hotel’s managing director, said: “The arrival of the DoubleTree brand is hugely exciting news for Birmingham and is exactly what the city needs from both a business and tourist destination perspective. It’s regarded as being one of the world’s best four-star brands.

“Its location, which is close to the business district, means it is perfect for business people needing somewhere for meetings and to have a Marco Pierre White venue also on site also gives the venue added kudos for those looking for somewhere to stay and eat when visiting the city.”

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Award-winning Chinese restaurant Imperial Treasure in St James, London has opened three minimum spend private hire spaces.

Situated on the mezzanine level and overlooking the main restaurant in the Grade II listed building, the intimate rooms blend a French aesthetic with British architecture and Chinese cultural references.

Each room can be hired individually - The Ru Yi seats eight, whilst The Ji Xiang holds 10 and the biggest of the rooms, The Wan Shou can comfortably accommodate 14 guests around a single circular table with a giant ‘lazy Suzan’ taking centre stage. Rooms can also be joined seamlessly for larger private events and feature discrete audio-visual equipment.

The minimum spends are as follows:

The Ru Yi (max 8 pax) - £1,000
The Ji Xiang (max 10 pax) - £1,500
The Wan Shou (max 14 pax) - £2,000

Tasting menus start from £68pp and offer eight courses which showcase the inventiveness of the kitchen.

“Punk meets royalty” is the theme for the new nhow London opening in the capital later this summer.

It will be the first nhow hotel to open in the UK - the brand has four other properties , located in Berlin, Milan, Rotterdam and Marseille.

Located on 250 City Road, the property is on the fringe of buzzing Shoreditch and will feature 190 rooms, a restaurant, bar, gym, networking spaces and several meeting rooms. The Royal Garden Suite is the property’s most exclusive room, occupying the top floor of the hotel.

The vibrant design juxtaposes graffiti alongside unconventional images of past monarchs and London landmarks. Stand-out features including a Big Ben rocket sculpture in the lobby, tables featuring cockney rhyming slang and oversized gold bell lights, a reminder of the city’s famous church bells.

It is hoped nhow London will become a new hub for London’s creative community. The hotel is also focused on technology and will have its very own robot butler Henry.

Clown Fish Events has teamed up with Surrey Sports Park to offer exclusive team building events and company away days at their state-of-the-art facilities.

The venue’s large outdoor spaces will be used for big, multiplayer experiences like It’s a Knockout Around the World, Extreme Combat Games and Sports Day Races, while its indoor areas will be utilised for Clown Fish’s Gameshow Challenge and Game Zone Pro.

Clown Fish will be running a shared team building day on Friday 19th July, aimed at smaller companies and single departments or teams. For exclusive use, there will be two events per week throughout June and July.

Clownfish Events has pledged to donate £1 for every participant in a team building event at Surrey Sports Park. This money will be used to pay for wellbeing and mental health initiatives for University of Surrey students, helping to support the next generation of employees as they make their way into the workplace.

Birmingham will get a new purpose-built conference centre next year, featuring the largest pillar-free ballroom in the city. Bookable from September 2020, the new venue is being built as part of the “Eastside” development of the city alongside HS2, part of the “Knowledge Quarter”.

Eastside Rooms will feature a main space called the Affinity suite, which will be over 880 sqm, divisible, and able to accommodate up to 1200 delegates. It will be surrounded by 800 sqm of plenary, breakout, meetings, and events space. The new centre will be located next door to an Aloft hotel.