Hilton on Park Lane launches meeting packages

Inspiration will come easier for delegates at the London Hilton on Park Lane, following the launch of its new meeting offering Creative Hubs. The spaces, which include a full service desk, are a result of increasing demand for mobile, connected and inspiring working environments for business guests. Other features include complimentary Wi-Fi, stationary and access to the hotel’s business facilities, as well as a continuous catering service that includes coffee, tea, sweets and biscuits throughout the day. A small meeting space for up to five people, The Huddle, is available to be booked two weeks in advance, while the Hot Desk, designed for up to two people, can be booked 48 hours in advance. Rebecca Payne, director of conference and events, London Hilton on Park Lane, said: “It’s exciting to be able to offer our stunning conference rooms, the Atholl, the Nelson and the York, in a modern and convenient way to guests, travellers and Londoners.” Located in the heart of Mayfair, London Hilton on Park Lane has 453 guest rooms and 56 suites, all with views over Hyde Park and Knightsbridge.

Strada introduces alcohol-free options

Venue operator Strada has celebrated its alcohol-free drinks menu by raising £13,000 during dry January. The company, which has 39 venues, donated £1 for every alcohol-free drink purchased last month. The money was presented to Alcohol Concern in a de-alcoholised drinks reception at its More London location. The alcohol-free menu, including a Cabernet Sauvignon (2013) Arroyo Vista Chardonnay (2013) Birra Moretti’s ‘Zero’ beer, and the Codorniu Zero Alcohol Sparkling Wine, will continue to be served across its locations.

Good old-fashioned service

Hotel employees at Cober Hill Hotel and Conference Centre are drawing on Victorian etiquette to help inspire better manners in the wider community. The Scarborough hotel's new initiative, Campaign for Courtesy Ambassadors, will invite delegates to sign up for the initiative when attending events at the hotel. “Our staff receive many compliments from guests and we are certainly seen as a very friendly and happy team. However, we do see in society many examples of poor behaviour and manners and this initiative is designed to remind us that there is a way to provide a polite and helpful service that will be recognised,” said general manager Lyndsay Chamberlain. The hotel has also joined the National Campaign for Courtesy.

Natural History Museum has six appeal

London’s Natural History Museum has added six new event spaces, with an emphasis on quirky drinks and dining options. The rooms; North Hall, Waterhouse Way, Images of Nature, Whale Hall, Volcanoes and Earthquake gallery and Earth’s Treasury have been made available for unusual dining experiences, quirky drink receptions, exhibitions and product launches.
Spaces in the museum’s Waterhouse building - Waterhouse Way, North Hall and Images of Nature - feature high rising archways as well as complete fossils of prehistoric sea animals. Of these, Waterhouse Way can accommodate up to 250 guests for dinner or 400 for a standing reception. Meanwhile, in the Darwin Centre, the Images of Nature gallery can be used for intimate dining experiences from 10 to 80 or standing receptions for up to 200 guests. All the spaces are available now with the exception of North Hall and Waterhouse Way, which are opening their doors from January 2017.

A cool change for Ice Pavillon

The Kulm Hotel St. Moritz has announced a £5.4 million refurbishment of its adjoining Ice Pavillon, led by British architect Lord Norman Foster. The Swiss-based pavillon, standing between the hotel's main building and one its restaurant Chesa al Parc, has an outdoor ice rink, which converts to tennis courts in summer. The two-story Ice Pavillon, built in 1905, will undergo significant refurbishment beginning March 2016 to save it from its current state of disrepair. Changes include the remodelling of the grandstand, from which spectators will be able to watch events on the ice, or alternatively to act as a stage to hold open-air events. Heinz E Hunkeler, CEO of the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz and Grand Hotel Kronenhof, said: “This is a very exciting development for the Kulm Hotel, significantly expanding our facilities, while demonstrating the Niarchos family’s ongoing commitment to the Engadine community and its investment in the vitality of the valley.”

Lord's launches open day

Lord's Cricket Ground will launch a meetings and events open day to show off its venue capabilities. The iconic venue, capable of hosting up to 1,000 people, will open its doors to event organisers on 26 February. Those interested in attending will be offered a time slot for an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a member of the events team before being taken on a full visit of all event spaces and treated to a light breakfast or afternoon tea. Zoe Ward, MCC Meetings and Events Sales Manager, said: “The open day is a great opportunity for potential clients to see what’s on offer first hand and also to meet with our team. From the grandeur of the Long Room in the Grade II* listed Pavilion, to the modernity and style of the J.P. Morgan Media Centre our venue boasts a variety of spaces, many with great views of the pitch." For more information contact

Luxury HQ arrives in Cheshire

High-end meeting rooms will be included in a 1,800 sqm development in Cheshire. The Colony in Wilmslow will comprise three buildings of stylish office space as well as small meeting spaces for discreet conversations and a 20-capacity boardroom, surrounding a central courtyard. The development also features Cheshire’s first Private Business Members Club, named the HQ. High speed Wi-Fi is included, while there is also a bar/terrace area and private dining facilities.

New Sofitel packages set for take off

Sofitel London Gatwick has launched new Park, Rest & Fly packages in association with lounge operator No1 Lounges. The packages will let guests travel through the airport with extra ease, speed and comfort. The 4, 8 and 15 day packages include overnight accommodation at the hotel, secure parking, fast track access and entry to No1’s airport lounges. General manager James Berry said: “The partnership allows us to extend the premium travel experience we provide for our guests from the moment they park their car to the time they board the plane.”

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