Jungle all the way at the Barbican

The Barbican’s new Jingle in the Jungle party package is a Christmas offering set to go with a swing. The jungle themed celebrations will take place in the Conservatory, a hidden tropical paradise in the heart of London that is home to more than 2,000 species of tropical plants, trees and fish. The venue’s floodlighting and glass roof enable all year round use for drinks receptions for up to 650 guests, with the adjacent Garden Room providing space for dinner and dancing. Guests can also enjoy private dining on the terrace overlooking the tropical treetops of the Conservatory. The package can include acoustic musicians, DJs and dancing, finger food, a free bar and a cocktail on arrival.

EEF Venues completes £120k Grange change

EEF Venues has completed a £120,000 refurbishment project at its Woodland Grange conference centre in Leamington Spa. The venue’s lounge and bar areas have been given new flooring, lighting, décor and furniture. This latest project follows last year’s £1 million capital investment in the refurbishment of bedrooms and bathrooms at the AIM gold accredited venue. The coffee lounge features a new Autobar bean-to-cup coffee station, while dropped lighting levels, lower ceilings, luxury fabrics and retro-style seating have been installed to create a chilled environment. The 114-bedroom venue also features a health suite which includes a jacuzzi, gym and sauna.

Daytime discount at Imperial War Museum

IWM London has just reopened after a stunning refurbishment by Foster + Partners, and in order to reacquaint event planners with the space, Peyton Events is offering a 10 per cent discount on all daytime bookings. IWM London offers a range of spaces, from a 200-seater cinema to galleries and a new roof terrace, making it an innovative venue for conferences, receptions or gala dinners. The discount applies to all bookings between October 2014 and November 2014, and is offered on day delegate rates only. The offer is available until 30 November 2014.

Time for a tea party at the Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House has extended daytime access to its unique spaces with the introduction of Tea at the Royal Opera House. Taken in the light, elegant Paul Hamlyn Hall, with its vaulted Victorian ironwork ceiling and bespoke floral screens, Tea at the Royal Opera House can be used for continuing networking opportunities post-meeting, over sandwiches, scones and pastries. Company of Cooks, sole caterers at the Royal Opera House, has created a series of teatime delicacies to suit all dietary requirements. In December and January, Tea at the Royal Opera House will be designed around the Royal Ballet’s production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Stylish makeover for Reading apart-hotel

House of Fisher has unveiled a stylish new look at its central Reading City Wall House apart-hotel. The company has spent £500,000 revitalising the property, with two new Superior and Twin apartment types now available. The newly configured living rooms have been finished with a new colour palette, soft furnishings and wall-mounted televisions. Each newly-fitted kitchen is equipped with new energy-saving accessories. Bathrooms have been refitted with luxury tiling, wall-to-wall mirrors and power showers, while each apartment also has new LED lighting throughout.

Exclusive Hotels unveils £1m of upgrades

Exclusive Hotels and Venues has invested £1 million in its conference and events facilities across the past six months. An extensive refurbishment at the Royal Berkshire, Ascot has seen the full refurbishment of nine meeting rooms, while at Fanhams Hall in Ware and The Manor House, Castle Combe, bedrooms have been given a contemporary update. South Lodge near Horsham has a new video conferencing suite, and Lainston House in Winchester’s 17th century Dawley Barn has been completely renovated, with larger doors to accommodate more events. Finally, at Pennyhill Park in Surrey, developments include a brand new screening room for breakout sessions and intimate company presentations.

Gleneagles Arena set to be smash hit

Hot on the heels of hosting a successful Ryder Cup, The Gleneagles Hotel has announced plans for a new 2,500 sqm event space – The Gleneagles Arena. Located within Gleneagles’ 850 acre estate, as part of its Activity School complex, the Gleneagles Arena will transform one of its current equestrian arenas into a modern and versatile event space, which also doubles as a 4-court indoor tennis centre. Due to launch in spring 2015, the new space has capacity for 500-2000 guests and is designed for conferences, exhibitions, product launches, concerts and team-building events.

HIC's catering services get revamp treatment

Restaurant Design Associates (RDA), based in South Tyneside, has worked with Kudos caterers, the on-site partner of Harrogate International Centre (HIC), to refurbish a number of the venue’s catering sites. RDA has renovated the retail outlets in HIC’s 1835 sqm Hall B and the 1853 sqm Hall C, as well as fully refurbishing the venue’s multi-purpose 225 capacity Kings Suite. RDA’s £275,000 contract involved the fitting of new floors, ceilings, new shop-fitted counters and fabricated counters, decoration, new equipment, new prep kitchen, and mechanical and electrical installations.

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