Five rooms open in Ember London

Ember London is opening five unique rooms for corporate and private hire. Each space has its own independent identity and bespoke design features, providing guests with a personal experience for any occasion. Able to accommodate up to 70 guests at a seated dinner or 150 guests within the whole venue, the venue is the perfect space for any sort of corporate events. The venue can be hired in its entirety or, for more intimate events, one of its five rooms can be booked individually. The biggest area in Ember London is the Main Bar, which is designed for dining and complete with a DJ booth for after-hour partying. Its décor evokes the venue’s industrial past, with exposed pillars, warm leather booths and marble and rustic wood top tables.

Twickenham updates online booking system

Twickenham Stadium has launched an online box booking system following an eight-month website revamp. The new system will offer clients the ability to book one of the 150 executive boxes at the stadium on a non-match day up until two working days before the event takes place. Customers will be able to order lunch and refreshments at the same time with all payments being taken at the time of confirmation. Chris Morris, MD at Twickenham Experience, said: “We’ve invested significantly in optimising our online presence with this new website so it is fantastic to finally be able to launch it alongside all of its new features.”

Marriott opens new hotel in Santa Monica

The iconic Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade is the setting for Courtyard Marriott's newest hotel, Courtyard Santa Monica. The 136-room hotel - which opened last month - features a beach themed décor, second-story pool, spa, fitness centre and on-site restaurant Waterman’s. The hotel also takes full advantage of modern hotel tech including media pods, complimentary Wi-Fi and a business library for corporate stays. As well as being steps away from the famous pier, the hotel is also ideally located in accessing downtown L.A., with the new Metro Expo train located opposite. It means visitors can be in the city centre within 15 minutes. Alternatively, a citywide Breeze Bike Share programme offers a more active transportation choice, with more than 500 bikes stationed across 75 locations.

Major events catered for at Kerry Hotel

The largest ballroom in Hong Kong will be unveiled as part of the opening of the anticipated Kerry Hotel. The five-star resort, set to open its doors late April, is located on Hung Hom Bay with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking Hong Kong's famous Victoria Harbour. It features 546 rooms and a number of event spaces, including alfresco, that can accommodate 120 (cocktail) or 60 (banquet). The ballroom itself can be divided into four rooms and can hold 100 banquet tables. The Kerry Hotel also boasts a junior ballroom with space for 25 tables, and 17 meeting rooms.

Prague Congress Centre updates tech offer

Advanced self check-in systems and the latest in delegate registration has been introduced at Prague Congress Centre. The centre says the new facilities are in response to clients' demands and to lead the way in modern trends for major venues. It has introduced self check-in kiosks to ensure the smooth arrival of delegates, while a sophisticated application helps create invitation cards. The system also monitors the activity of attendees and updates their movements online. Another tool Prague Congress Centre has introduced is a new module organiser system that collects and distributes presentations to conference halls. The system also helps prepare or adjust conference programmes and displays information on monitors in front of conference halls, as well as send out information to participants. Milan Svoboda, Prague Congress Centre AV technology manager, said: "In Prague Congress Centre we try to provide our clients with the most comfortable solutions to help them organise their event. We want them to have a feeling that organising a congress, conference or a culture event can go smoothly and effectively, that they have received top quality services from us and that they will gladly come back."

Cambridge hotel opens up Trinity Room

Luxury boutique hotel, The Varsity Hotel & Spa, has unveiled its Trinity Room for corporate and private hire. The light and spacious room provides an inspiring environment, with a large window showcasing the breath-taking views of Cambridge and its beautiful architecture, making it the perfect backdrop for business meetings, team away days and corporate presentations. The Trinity Room, located on the first floor of the hotel, is able to accommodate up to 26 for conference or dining table seating and up to 50 theatre seats, with a maximum capacity of 60. Dining options at the boutique hotel are well catered for with SIX - a panoramic bar and restaurant located on the sixth floor of the hotel, providing 360-degree views - and The River Bar Steakhouse & Grill.

Giant Robot opens up to private events

A Giant addition to the capital's events offer has been launched by Street Feast at Crossrail Place Canary Wharf. Giant Robot, a new street food arena, can host events for up to 500 guests with panoramic views of Canary Wharf. The venue welcomes some favourite street food traders including; Yum Bun, BOB’s Lobster, Thunderbird and a new addition, Little Jose. The venue also features a 360 degree Island Bar serving cocktails as well as a 38-tap container bar serving draft beer. Giant Robot will begin taking corporate enquiries from May 2017. Emma Howe, sales and events director at Street Feast, a subsidiary of London Union, said: "We’re beyond excited to bring Street Feast to Canary Wharf. The area has several traditional event spaces to hire so this will bring a new dynamic to the area. We’ve had a fantastic 18 months introducing event bookers to Hawker House and Dinerama."

Bateaux Windsor sets sail

A new floating restaurant has weighed anchor to give diners spectacular views of one of the UK’s oldest and prettiest towns. Bateaux London, a provider of restaurant cruises on the Thames in the capital, has added to its fleet with a new, sister company; Bateaux Windsor. It offers a chance to dine in luxury within sight of Windsor Castle, in a glass sided, hand crafted river boat. The vessel is available for private hire and offers scheduled lunches, afternoon teas and Sunday lunches. Each cruise lasts 75 minutes to two-and-a-half hours, with lunch featuring three courses and dinner offering five. Samantha Hart, director of sales and marketing, said: “Melody is giving visitors old and new the chance to view this pretty and historic town from an entirely new perspective – from the river. Not only can they enjoy picturesque scenery throughout their cruise but they can do so while sampling superbly cooked food created by our highly experienced chefs. We launched Bateaux Windsor at the beginning of April and have been overwhelmed by the interest from tourists and residents alike. The feedback has been fantastic and we look forward to being a key contributor to the area’s restaurant scene and to its tourism sector."

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