Edinburgh hotel to give profits to surgeons

Following record occupancy numbers, Ten Hill Place, Scotland's largest independent hotel- and the only hotel whose profits go to charity, has expanded. The hotel is increasing to 129 rooms-close to a 70 per cent increase on its current 77 rooms – which will make it Edinburgh’s largest independent hotel. The expansion has sensitively renovated neighbouring Hill Place buildings in the heart of the old town, which are currently owned by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) and were previously used as offices and by academics. Operated by the college’s commercial arm, Surgeons Quarter, the hotel has grown in popularity year on year – helped by an impressive 88 per cent occupancy rate. Scott Mitchell, commercial director of Surgeons Quarter, said: “In turn, our expansion will give us a greater platform to generate the profits that go directly towards improving lives for surgical patients all around the world – including those in areas of conflict and extreme poverty."

Sandown Park launches comedy club

Sandown Park Racecourse, part of The Jockey Club, has announced that the first of its new, monthly 1750 Comedy Club shows will launch on Saturday 15th September 2018. Taking place in Sandown Park’s Esher Hall, the monthly comedy nights will see attendees belly laughing at some of the UK’s upcoming and established stars. The first night will showcase comedians Angela Barnes, Pete Firman, Ian Stone, who have all recently performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Erich McCelroy will compère.

Pergola Olympia to open

As part of a £700 million overhaul of Olympia London, roof top space Pergola Olympia will open in September. Set on the rooftop in botanical gardens, it will be a year round networking and socialising space offering food and drink. Conceptualised and delivered by Incipio Group, Pergola Olympia London will accommodate three independent restaurants and a bar all surrounded by glass walls, ceiling and heating, providing stunning views over the capital from the West London setting. The new offering is set to be hugely welcomed by event organisers, exhibitors and visitors as it directly responds to their feedback calling for more entertainment options and diversity of restaurants onsite. Open from 27th September, Pergola Olympia London holds capacity for 500 people

Nyungwe House Resort to open in Rwanda

The One&Only Nyungwe House resort, on the edge of the Nyungwe rainforest, in the dramatic mountainous landscape of Rwanda’s southwest, will start welcoming guests on 1st October 2018. Set within a working tea plantation, alongside one of the largest and best-preserved montane rainforests in Africa, One&Only Nyungwe House promises a once in a lifetime experience. Surrounded by jungle views, guests will be able to trek with chimpanzees, or discover the endangered Mangabey monkeys. Conservation and support for local communities is of the utmost importance at One&Only Nyungwe House. Experiences include the opportunity for guests to participate in Umuganda - a nationwide initiative in Rwanda in which locals spend the last Saturday morning of every month working in the local community, giving back in some way, from developing infrastructure to environmental protection.

Arora Group aims high with new opening

Arora Group has entered the final stage in the two-year construction of its two linked Heathrow Terminal 4 hotels. The dual-branded property, Crowne Plaza London – Heathrow Terminal 4 and Holiday Inn Express London – Heathrow Terminal 4, boasts a total of 761 bedrooms and forms one of the largest hotel openings in the UK this year. The hotels are a three minute walk to the terminal building and when finished in October, will be the largest hotel complex directly connected to a British airport terminal. Andrew Brown, the opening GM for the two hotels, joined the Arora Group in 2014 and was previously GM at Macdonald Hotels, Q hotels, De Vere Group and Trust House Forte Group.

Twickenham ready to unveil East Stand

Twickenham Stadium is preparing to unveil its transformed East Stand. Among Twickenham’s new venues will be the ‘East Wing’, which offers a contemporary space reminiscent of a private members club, alongside four private terraces with both pitch-side views and outdoor access. It has four individual private dining areas that can accommodate up to 30 guests for a relaxed lounge environment or formal private table setting and 800 covers for the whole restaurant. Another addition to Twickenham’s portfolio is The Gate, which offers a chop-house style restaurant. In total the venue will be unveiling over 6,700sqm of contemporary event space and the team is excited to work with clients on new and exciting concepts. The space will be available for hire from December.

The Bath Arms at Longleat unveils refurbishment

The Bath Arms, near Warminster, has revealed substantial refurbishments which has seen the venue’s country accommodation undergo a total transformation.
Situated within the Longleat Estate, the country pub with accommodation has undergone a two-month revamp with complete refurbishment of its eighteen rooms and modernisation of all its bathrooms.The Shepherd Room can host meetings and events for eight to 50 delegates. Auditorium Style (up to 50), Banquet Style (up to 50), Hollow Square Style (up to 25), Classroom style (up to 30) or U-Shape Style (up to 20).

Lord’s Harris Garden now available

Lord’s Cricket Ground has re-launched its historic Harris Garden, which is situated behind the world-famous Lord’s Pavilion and offers glimpses of the turf. The rose garden is now available for outdoor receptions and incentive pursuits, from croquet to lawn bowls, making it the perfect location for an al fresco party.The Harris Garden reopens following work to protect and enhance the natural beauty of the space. The flint wall along the back of the garden has been exposed, displaying a dedication to Lord Harris, while the flowerbeds have been replanted with an array of tropical flowers and plants native to India, Pakistan and Australia, honouring the teams against which England has been playing cricket this year.

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