Historic hotel unveils fresh new look

The eighteenth century Mercure Burton Upon Trent, Newton Park Hotel has undergone an extensive refurbishment. The renovation includes the transformation of the four-star hotel’s public spaces as well as the redesign of the William Morris Suite, which can accommodate up to 160 guests for a sit down dinner. The suite, which overlooks eight acres of landscaped gardens, has been redecorated in soft lilacs and gold, but retains its original oak paneling and grand chandeliers. The original conservatory has also been refurbished and is now licensed to hold civil ceremonies.

A new look at new convention centre

The Vox Conference Centre, which is opening at Resorts World Birmingham in spring 2015, has released its first fly-through video to show prospective clients how the new venue will look. The Vox Suites 1-5 will provide flexible conference and banqueting space that can be combined or divided to accommodate any type of event, from a small seminar for just a few people to a banquet for 850 or a conference for 900 delegates. Nick Waight, MD for group convention centres, said: “At the Vox you are guaranteed the best of all worlds: brand new conference and banqueting facilities, managed by our experienced team who have been successfully delivering events at the ICC for 23 years, all within Europe’s first fully integrated leisure and entertainment complex.”

Aquarium new on the venue menu in Kyoto

Kyoto is continuing to grow its offering with the news that Kyoto Aquarium is newly available to the conference, events and incentives market. Located in Umekoji Park, the aquarium is surrounded by parkland and can be hired out for evening events such as product launches, receptions and gala dinners. Guests can eat in front of the aquarium’s impressive main tank, or walk around and take in the whole aquarium. The venue boasts a 1,500-seat dolphin stadium, while smaller spaces can accommodate from 80 to 350 people.

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.

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