London venues climb aboard Priava Cloud

Cloud-based venue management software company Priava has announced a number of leading central London venues have moved from the premise-based Events Perfect solution to Priava Cloud. Designed to add value and a rapid return on investment to venue owners and operators, Priava’s new purpose-built enterprise venue and event management booking system incorporates event logistics, catering, equipment and resource requirements. Venues that have moved to Priava Cloud include Drapers Hall, The Congress Centre and 8 Northumberland Avenue.

Here's a fort - new venue in the Solent

No Man’s Fort; a man-made island in the middle of the Solent, will open its doors in November after undergoing an extensive renovation. One of three forts owned by AmaZing Venues, the location will be available for overnight stays, corporate events and meetings from November. Built between 1867 and 1880 to protect Portsmouth from Napoleon III, the redeveloped fort features 22 bedrooms and will be able cater for events for up to 200. Other developments include two helicopter pads, a nightclub, laser tag, games rooms, snooker room, meeting space, rooftop pool, lighthouse, gallery restaurant, wine bar and spa facilities with signature sea salt treatments.

Iconic venue back on the map in Mayfair

Quaglino’s, the iconic restaurant and late-night venue in the heart of London’s Mayfair St James’s, is set to reopen its doors in October following a full-scale, multi-million pound renovation. The redesign by Russell Sage Studio will see the signature sweeping staircase, balcony bar, main restaurant and mezzanine private dining rooms elegantly restored, along with the addition of a glamorous central cocktail bar and a stage for intimate live music performances. Art deco touches will remain, alluding to the era Quaglino’s was first established. The restaurant will feature a contemporary European menu and can cater for 500 standing and 250 seated.

Swimming in the sky at Shangri La

London now boasts the highest swimming pool in Western Europe following the opening of the infinity Skypool, 52 floors above ground level, in the Gong bar at the Shangri La Hotel at The Shard. The Skypool offers a tranquil escape for hotel guests by day, before the separation screens are drawn back as the sun sets and it becomes a unique addition to London’s highest bar, Gong. From 8.30pm onwards Gong guests can enjoy poolside glamour while they sip on signature creations from the dedicated cocktail bar. The 30-cover poolside area can also be hired exclusively.

Remember, remember - fifth off in November

Companies booking meetings to take place in November 2014 in any of MARITIM’s 37 German hotels will benefit from a 20 per cent discount. The discount will be applied to all hotel services for the event including room hire, overnight accommodation, food, beverages and equipment hire. MARITIM is Germany’s market leader in conferences and events, holding hundreds of meetings in its 37 German hotels annually. Delegate package rates start from just €43 per person per day before the discount is applied, and MARITIM’s professional event team can cater for anything from two to 10,000 delegates.

Picture perfect at the Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is giving organisers the chance to take guests up close and personal with some of the world’s most exciting creatures at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Officially launching on October 23 and running to August 30 2015, the world-renowned nature photography exhibition can be used exclusively as a stand-alone event space or combined with a conference, meeting or company social. The museum welcomes organisers to create their own bespoke package using either the iconic Hintze Hall or out of this world Earth Hall in conjunction with the exhibition. The museum can cater for any event requirements from standing champagne receptions with canapés to sit down three course dinners.

Mayfair hotel's new gin-centive offering

Recognising the trend for tea infused alcohol, vintage-inspired drinking parties and the consistent demand for afternoon tea, Duke St James London has launched “G & Tea” a brand new afternoon tea experience combining two of the most recognised British traditions: the afternoon tea and the gin and tonic. Accompanied by a range of delicious afternoon tea treats, the “G & Tea” concept uses Beefeater gin infused with dried black tea leaves to offer a new twist on the traditional afternoon dining experience. The brainchild of Dukes’ food and beverage manager Robert de Vivo, the quirky afternoon tea experience can be enjoyed by guests in the elegant drawing room or conservatory area, overlooking the hotel’s tranquil courtyard garden.

Get into the festive spirit at Alton Towers

A sparkling Christmas season is in store at the Alton Towers Resort. This year’s themes include the Roaring 20s Christmas Ball, available for exclusive hire or shared party nights, with a feast in the Art Deco-themed ball room, then chic cocktails and entertainment, or why not check out the return of the popular Caribbean Christmas parties, complete with steel band? Event planners seeking a more traditional festive gathering can escape to the Secret Garden Restaurant for a four-course festive meal and carol singers. Packages start at £29 per person.

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