A feast of options from Smith & Wollensky

Smith & Wollensky is preparing for summer with a host of event packages and a brand new event space in the heart of London’s West End. Featuring American steak, seafood, wine and cocktails, and with entertainment varying from celebrity DJs to learning the art of Sabrage, the new venue - the first Smith & Wollensky to open outside the US - is offering a feast of options. Event options being offered to organisers include a classic Summer Sabrage Party, a Summer Cocktail & Seafood Feast with Celebrity DJ’s, and a number of incentive options. The format allows guests to discover a two hundred year old tradition that saw cavalry officers in the French army slice the cork off a Champagne bottle with a sabre. The venue is available for exclusive use. Nathan Evans, operations director at Smith & Wollensky, said: “It’s going to be a brilliant summer for us and we’re up for a big celebration and for companies that want to celebrate with us. We’ll have our world renowned, award winning steaks, gorgeous platters of seafood on tiered, iced packed salvers, and a range refreshing cocktails, and wines; all served alongside contemporary music and truly unique entertainment.”

Chester hotel upgrades meeting spaces

The Chester Grosvenor Hotel has capped off a milestone by carrying out a refurbishment of its event spaces. The Northern hotel, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015, has redesigned its suites and boardrooms to enhance corporate events. The Eaton Suite, suitable for drinks receptions, exhibitions and meetings, has been redecorated with light wallpaper and handmade mirrors and a new lighting scheme which gives a light atmosphere. Upgrades have also been carried out on the Westminster Suite, capable of holding meetings with up to 350 people, the 250-capacity Belgrave Suite and the Aldford Suite and Aldford Boardrooms. The Chester Grosvenor also offers Michelin star dining at Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor restaurant, along with La Brasserie and bar. The hotel is one mile from Chester train station and 45 minutes by road from Manchester and Liverpool international airports.

Leeu expands to the Lakes

South African boutique hotel group Leeu Collection has acquired its first UK property, Linthwaite House. The acclaimed Lake District Hotel is the group's first venture out of South Africa, adding to its portfolio of Leeu House, Le Quartier Francaise and the forthcoming Leeu Estates due to open June 2016. Linthwaite House was originally built as a country house in 1901 and has been independently owned for 25 years. It has 30 rooms and a restaurant. Leeu Collection MD Hector de Galard said: "Linthwaite House is a perfect fit for Leeu Collection and the first step in expanding the Leeu Collection footprint internationally. It strengthens Leeu Collection’s position in the hospitality sector and underlines our determination to create exceptional retreats, not only in South Africa, but around the globe."

Turkish hotel joins MARITIM family

The four-star Saray Regency Hotel in the holiday resort of Side has changed hands to become MARITIM Hotel Saray Regency. The 381-room property, located in the Turkish Riviera, has finished refurbishments and reopened this month under the German hotel brand. The MARITIM Hotel Saray Regency boasts a choice of 11 bars and restaurants including a Turkish teahouse, Turkish grill restaurant and beach snack bar, while all rooms feature a contemporary bathroom, private balcony with garden or pool views and free Wi-Fi. Director of international sales at MARITIM, Mark Spivey, commented: “The Turkish Riviera has long been popular with British holidaymakers and we are delighted to open a hotel in this exceptionally beautiful and peaceful area of Turkey. The Saray Regency has a great reputation and a privileged location close to the beach. We are looking forward to further enhancing the facilities and services at the hotel so that it is immediately recognisable as part of the MARITIM family.”

Iconic sights top for team building

London's attractions are featuring in a new set of corporate team building packages being launched by Merlin Events London, at the Riverside Rooms. The packages include a day of activities and priority entry to two of the attractions, including the London Eye, London Aquarium, London Dungeon, Madame Tussauds and more. Bookers will have exclusive access of the Riverside Rooms, located at County Hall on the South Bank, and food will also be provided to delegates for the day, catered by Food by Dish. Gareth McTiffin, marketing and events manager at Merlin Events London, said: “Being in the heart of bustling London, the Riverside Rooms is brilliantly accessible for clients and companies traveling into and across London for work. The Riverside Rooms is our only corporate venue available for hire throughout, so it is well suited to away days and team building activities. The combination of security and exclusive venue access allows delegates to engage, work and entertain, along with passes to some of our most popular attractions, meaning delegates are able to enjoy the best of both worlds.”

Northern hotel shares celebratory spirit

Still revelling in its first few days of operation, Sunderland's newest hotel is spreading the festivities by offering event packages for companies with their own achievements to celebrate. The new Hilton Garden Inn, Sunderland - which opened on Thursday 28 April - will offer room hire at either the Stadium of Light or nearby National Glass Centre, as well as appearances by SAFC ambassadors and professional photography to capture the event. All delegates will also receive complimentary canapés and sparkling wine on arrival, with added incentives on offer at the 141-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn, Sunderland for those who wish to extend their stay. David Moses, general manager, SoL, said: “The launch of the new Hilton Garden Inn, Sunderland is a major milestone for us and we wanted to be able to share that joy with other businesses that may have their own reasons to celebrate, such as staff awards or a corporate anniversary.”

The O2 unveils knockout event space

A new heavyweight for the meetings market has been unveiled, as The O2 launches its exhibition I Am the Greatest: Muhammad Ali as a new space for corporate events. The exhibition holds over 100 artefacts that explore Muhammad Ali’s incredible rise from humble beginnings in Kentucky to becoming the three times heavyweight champion of the World. Clients hiring the ‘I Am The Greatest: Muhammad Ali’ exhibition will be able to enjoy a private viewing of the exhibition and a reception or dinner in the unique event spaces – the Dressing Room and the Ring Room. Becci Thomson, business development manager at The O2, said: “The Muhammad Ali exhibition is a fantastic addition to our event spaces at the venue. Currently it is welcoming thousands of visitors throughout the day, eager to learn about this great man’s life and work. Combining the exhibition with a corporate event package is a perfect evening out for clients and we look forward to working with them to create a unique and informative event experience.”

Restorations ahead for Three Horseshoes Hotel

A North East hotel is being restored to its former glory following a £200,000 investment. The Three Horseshoes Hotel in Sunderland is about to embark on its owner's second phase plans to fully restore it, after it was bought in 2015 by Tavistock Hospitality and turned into a brewery tap for the company's brew house in Durham. The seven upstairs rooms will all be refurbished with work expected to be complete by mid-May. Jonathan Graham, operations director of Tavistock Hospitality, said: "The Three Horseshoes is in an enviable position, with fantastic road links making it an ideal base for both leisure and business guests. While we focussed our initial efforts on transforming the downstairs area into a bar and restaurant, we are keen to get the entire site operational as soon as possible."

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