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De Vere Wokefield Estate completes £20m refurb


De Vere Wokefield Estate, near Reading, has unveiled its £20 million refurbishment, which includes a complete restoration of its historic Mansion House and a refresh of all meeting spaces, to bring them in line with the company’s Smart Space meetings concept. The property offers event spaces for everything from intimate meetings to events of up to 500 guests. The Mansion House’s spaces include the Lincoln Suite – an old chapel; The Old Lounge, with an original fireplace; Mortimer, with views of the gardens and the Maple Suite, which features an extensive balcony overlooking the grounds and lake, providing a scenic break-out area. The estate is also home to Wokefield Place, a dedicated on-site conference centre that boasts 51 meetings spaces, including the refurbished 400-capacity Wokefield Suite and the recently launched 150-capacity Canary Suite.
 

New ibis Styles London Ealing to open soon


AccorHotels has announced that a new economy brand hotel ibis Styles is to open in Ealing, London, this summer. Ibis Styles London Ealing continues AccorHotels’ rapid expansion of affordable, accessible and stylish hotels. Located just five minutes from Ealing Broadway underground station, it will offer 120 cinematic themed rooms and will feature ibis’ unique guest welcome initiative, where guests are greeted on arrival by staff with room keys in hand and linked to the ibis online fast check-in and check-out service via smartphones.
 

Free use of Moneypenny Suite at The Courthouse, Cheshire, for charities


Following the successful launch of The Courthouse in Knutsford last summer, the historic venue has unveiled the Moneypenny Suite for events of 10-80 people. The venue is offering complimentary use of the Moneypenny Suite for all registered charities with its day delegate packages starting from £30 per person. It is ideal for private dinners, training, conferences and events. With capacity for 300, the Court Room offers larger capacity for events and banqueting.
 

Preview video for Science Museum’s new events space


The Science Museum in South Kensington has produced a first-look video of its new events space, Illuminate, which is due to open early 2019. The museum will team up with caterer Moving Venue and AV partner White Light to offer event packages to clients. Illuminate will be available for daytime and evening hire for up to 400 for dinners and conferences and 450 for receptions. A panoramic window will offer stunning views of London and natural daylight.
 

Tivoli Hotels & Resorts to add Tivoli Évora Ecoresort to Portuguese portfolio


Tivoli Hotels and Resorts has announced its first property in the historic city of Évora, in the Alentejo region of Portugal, joining the brand’s other properties in Portugal, Brazil and Qatar. The Tivoli Évora Ecoresort, scheduled to launch later this year, will be a nature retreat, located on the plains of Portugal’s south-central Alentejo region, just a five-minute drive from the historic centre of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a one-hour drive from the capital Lisbon. As part of a refurbishment programme, a new villa with nine guest rooms and a private outdoor swimming pool will be added to the resort. The Ecoresort will also include a spa, indoor swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath and fully equipped fitness room.
 

Somerset House launches additional DDR packages for up to 60 guests


A set of 18th century rooms, which were once home to the Navy Board for overseeing British Naval affairs, can now be hired for the first time as a day delegate rate package at Somerset House in London. Somerset House has launched new Navy Board Rooms packages in response to demand for smaller conferences. The three flexible rooms can be used for a variety of purposes and have a capacity of 60 theatre-style. These event spaces offer guests spectacular views across the River Thames together with flexible catering and breakout spaces.
 

Brighton’s Amex Stadium scores at industry awards night


Brighton’s Amex Stadium scored a hat-trick of successes at the Stadium Experience awards recently. Not only was the Brighton & Hove Albion stadium chosen to host the 2018 ceremony, but its catering and events partner Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events scooped two gongs during the course of the evening. The awards recognise the efforts and dedication shown by the catering, conference and events teams at every football and rugby stadium across the UK and Ireland. The Sodexo PV&E team saw off competition from football clubs such as Southampton and Chelsea to be named Best Stadium Events Venue for ‘consistently displaying exceptional venue facilities and outstanding guest experiences’. It also won the Best Digital Enquiry Award following a mystery shopper-style email enquiry. The event was the 14th annual awards organised by Stadium Experience, and this year 70 football and rugby clubs were nominated for awards, with 25 stadium venues scooping at least one of 39 gongs across 13 categories.
 

Renaissance Paris Vendome refurb unveiled


The Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel has been unveiled following a multi-million euro transformation of its guest rooms and public spaces. The intimate 97-room hotel is located in the heart of the historic 1st arrondissement and is inspired by the fashion designers and jewellers that have had their salons in the neighbourhood, contrasting 18th century style with contemporary design. The hotel’s buzzy Le Studio lobby lounge will host locally-inspired events to showcase emerging talent in music and the arts, while the newly created venue L’Atelier is a blank space for clients to create tailored events, from co-working hub to showroom, and private dinners to pop-up exhibitions.
 

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