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Lancaster London

The Lancaster London has spent £10m on a major refurbishment project to renovate its banqueting venues and install new commercial kitchens. The 10- week refurbishment project – which is due for completion in early September - will transform the hotel’s Nine Kings Suite and Westbourne Suite, which can host receptions for up to 3,000 people. Work also includes remodelling the entrance foyer and putting new carpets in the pre-function area. In Nine Kings Suite, 18 drop-glass chandeliers will be retained and refurbished. The room will feature colour changing elements and dimmable controls have been detailed to create a modern and flexible system for any style of function taking place. Low energy LED lighting will also be installed in the banqueting spaces. The carpets, marble skirting and wall-panelling will all be replaced in the Westbourne Suite, too.

Borderway Exhibition Hall

Carlisle’s new multi-million pound Borderway Exhibition Hall has now opened. The facility is the result of a £1.1m investment by local company Harrison & Hetherington. The 900 sqm exhibition hall has the capacity to cater for up to 500 people theatre-style. It has large electric roller doors for unloading and loading and there is also a viewing gallery, portable seating for a minimum of 200 people and built-in PA system. An adjoining area can seat up to 150 delegates conference-style and 120 for dining. There are also a number of breakout rooms and smaller meeting areas available and full on site catering facilities including a dedicated restaurant area. The hall is located less than half a mile from the mM6 motorway.

The View, Tower Hill

Event caterer, Moving Venue, has secured a contract for a new Christmas and summer event space in Trinity Gardens overlooking The Tower of London. The View will be available from November with an emphasis on fine dining with views of the Tower. Inside, the space has the feel of an interior garden with a canopy of trees, dappled candle light, sparkling glass, all reflecting the atmospheric surroundings of the illuminated trees in the garden. The transparent structure can cater for up to 500 guests for an event. It is also suitable for client entertaining, launches and awards.

Trinity Park

Trinity Park in Ipswich has launched a new off-road four wheel drive course. The conference and events centre has added the attraction in response to a rise in demand for team building events. Delegates have the opportunity to experience an exciting drive in a Land Rover over undulating and rough terrain overseen by a four wheel drive expert. For a limited period Trinity Park is offering a free one hour test drive on the course. Call 01473 707119 or see

Royal Scots Club

The historic Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh has completed a £1.5m refurbishment and extension programme. The project included creation of a bar and lounge area, installation of a lift and the newly developed Princess Royal Suite, which can seat 200 people theatre style and 160 for dinner. The Royal Scots Club also has 23 individually designed en-suite bedrooms, some with scenic views to Fife or overlooking private gardens.

Seaton Hall

Historic Seaton Hall, near Whitby in Yorkshire, has converted adjoining courtyard buildings to create a homely venue for business meetings and events. The properties –which combined can sleep 21 delegates - boast wireless broadband, extra plug sockets and flat screen televisions making them suitable for intimate seminars and presentations. Larger groups can also make use of Seaton Hall’s great hall and four additional bedrooms.

The Stafford London

The Stafford London by Kempinski has unveiled a redesigned lobby, lounge, restaurant and 24 refreshed guestrooms following a £6m renovation. New restaurant 'The Lyttelton' is named after the hotel's historical residents Lord and Lady Lyttelton and serves rustic British cuisine in a 'casually elegant' atmosphere. Meanwhile, new-look guestrooms feature new bathrooms, carpets, furnishings, air conditioning and entertainment systems.

Hotel Indigo Liverpool

Hotel Indigo Liverpool, a 151-bedroom boutique hotel, has opened in the heart of Liverpool’s commercial district. Located on Chapel Street, the four-star hotel features a 130-seat Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill. Bedrooms are themed around the city’s cotton trade history and include rainfall showers, media hub and LCD TV, complimentary mini-bar and free Wi-Fi. Opening rates start at £89 for bed and English breakfast.

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