Lodge a booking at Putney hotel

The Lodge Hotel in Putney, west London, has expanded to add 25 new guest rooms, and a new 167 sqm events space. With capacity for up to 200 guests, the events space is set to launch in July, alongside the additional bedroom and restaurant Hide & Seed. New Superior Garden rooms have been given an ‘urban chic’ design and will feature king size Hypnos beds, bespoke furniture, air conditioning, garden views, sleek bathrooms with power showers, and free Wi-Fi. Meanwhile, the building’s exterior will boast reflective rain screen cladding, solar panels and sedum roofing to promote ecological benefits.

Centerplate takes catering to new heights

Brighton's new 162m-high observation tower and events venue has appointed Centerplate to manage and develop its catering and hospitality offerings. The i360, due to open in summer 2016, will offer facilities for conferences and corporate events for up to 800 guests. It will also include a heritage tea room and a beach-level brasserie for up to 400 guests with menus developed in partnership with MasterChef: The Professionals winner and former Sussex Young Chef of the Year Steven Edwards. Eleanor Harris, CEO of the Brighton i360, said: “I am delighted to be working with Centerplate, who have proved that they can cater well for thousands of visitors at top attractions across the country."

Kameha Grand opens its doors in Zurich

The doors are now open at the Kameha Grand Zurich Hotel, Autograph Collection's first property in Switzerland. The hotel offers a range of 245 rooms, including six business suites, 11 individually designed themed suites and a King Kameha suite, alongside flexible event rooms that can accommodate up to 960 people. The property features Swiss-inspired architecture in spaces such as the Kameha Spa, Puregold Bar and two gourmet restaurants. The forests, meadows and ponds of the Glattpark surround the hotel, offering more than 128,000 sqm of space including jogging trails, beach volleyball, basketball and the Kameha Lake – the largest freshwater lake in Zurich.

Kings Place unveils sleek new Gallery Room

Kings Place Events is opening a brand new space, the Gallery Room, at the beginning of May. The luxury room will have a capacity to seat 40 guests for dinner and up to 60 for theatre-style presentations within a sleek, modern surrounding. The Gallery Room is situated on the mezzanine level of the King’s Cross arts venue and will boast marble flooring, a 75” plasma screen and hi-spec IT capabilities, an inbuilt cloakroom and dramatic, modern lighting suitable for corporate branding. Business development director Priya Taylor said: “Whether it’s corporate dining, all day boardroom meeting or a small conference, this new room will be a must for those wanting something extra special in central London.”

Thames Rib Blast set to wow at Trinity House

Trinity House, the elegant home of the General Lighthouse Authority opposite the Tower of London, has teamed up with preferred caterers palette and powerboat charter company Solent Rib Charter to offer a new senior corporate management team building package. The experience starts with a light breakfast, followed by a thrilling Thames Rib Blast on the river. The boats can accommodate up to eight guests each and while the duration of the ride is flexible, most opt for a two-hour Blast through central London and/or to the Thames Barrier and back. Participants then return to Trinity House for a champagne lunch.

Take a virtual look at Austria Center Vienna

A new 3D room-planning tool allows event planners to bring possible set-ups to life right from the start at the Austria Center Vienna. The virtual reality space-planning tool means organisers can change the seating layout, increase the advertising space allocated to lead sponsors or add the final touches to stage designs. MD Susanne Baumann-Söllner said: “By looking at the event from different angles, we are in a position to use our experience to guide the process from a much earlier stage. It also lets us offer our assistance in a number of other areas such as developing and positioning custom spaces for sponsors’ advertising, integrating the new digital signage system, putting together innovative catering solutions and designing networking spaces."

IET London tops off refurbishment

The new roof terrace at IET London: Savoy Place, which boasts panoramic views of London, will be open for meetings and private events for up to 200 delegates from October. The flagship venue has been closed since July 2013 but IET London has now moved into the final months of its £30 million refurbishment. Other key improvements include an enlarged riverside suite, a new second lecture theatre, state-of-the-art boardrooms and a ‘sesame lift’ at the front of the building, enabling the stone steps to retract automatically for wheelchair access. IET London: Savoy Place will open its doors for internal events on October 16, with the venue fully opening on 1 November 2015.

Cheltenham welcomes 235,000 racegoers

Cheltenham Racecourse and Jockey Club Catering delivered 34,000 hospitality meals over the Cheltenham Festival. The four-day event, said to be worth £50 million to the local economy, welcomed 235,000 racegoers to the grounds, which were home to 23 marquees - including the longest triple deck structure in Europe as well as eight Guinness bars, 60 mobile catering units, 240 private boxes and chalets, nine restaurants and 34 temporary kitchens, all erected four months prior to the event. Cheltenham Racecourse is currently undergoing a £45m redevelopment that will see the creation of a new five-and-a-half storey grandstand in time for the 2016 Festival.

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