Nyetimber gives local flavour to i360 Sky Bar

Sparkling wine producer Nyetimber has been announced as the naming partner of the Sky Bar at the new British Airways i360 in Brighton. The Nyetimber Sky Bar, located inside British Airways i360’s aerodynamically designed glass pod, will glide up to 138m for 360-degree views of Sussex. Customers will enjoy Nyetimber’s Classic Cuvee sparkling wine and other drinks from the South Downs region. British Airways i360, designed by London Eye creators Marks Barfield Architects, is currently under construction on Brighton beach and will be the world’s tallest moving observation tower when it opens this summer. Nyetimber’s English sparkling wine, produced in West Sussex, will also be available in the attraction’s 400-seat restaurant the Belle Vue.

Marriott pours the champagne for pop-up bar

A new pop-up cocktail bar is adding some fizz to meetings and events at London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square. The service will see bartenders blend a new cocktail every 25 seconds, offering guests a choice between two signature blends; G2 and Pomegranate Fizz. Alternatively, event organisers can design a cocktail to suit their event, with the mixologists serving up to 500 cocktails on the night. The 217-room venue is capable of hosting up to 500 guests in its ballroom, one of the largest pillar-free spaces in London. London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square launched Meetings Imagined in April 2015 following a trial period, which is an online conference and events tool designed to help planners visualise and plan their event.

ExCeL London Hospitality launches

ExCeL London and its official caterers Levy Restaurants UK (LRUK) have launched a new catering brand as part of the ongoing redevelopment of restaurants in the venue. The partnership, ExCeL London Hospitality, will deliver a modern spin on venue hospitality, promising to put food and drink at the heart of the visitor experience. The brand will offer food and drink services including gala dinners, bespoke event restaurants, stand catering, and retail catering both in-hall and in ExCeL’s central Boulevard. It comes after large-scale developments at ExCeL's retail outlets over the past twelve months, with new American-style restaurant and bar The Bridge, and its linked express Burgers & Dogs. Spring / summer 2016 will see ExCeL opening a number of new restaurants, including white label units which can be themed and tailored to individual event audiences and a sports bar. James Mark, executive director at ExCeL London, said: “The launch of the new ExCeL London Hospitality brand reflects ExCeL’s vision of food and drink as an integral element in achieving successful event outcomes.” ExCeL also opened a new entrance to Custom House station, built as part of the Crossrail project, this week.

Penthouse unveiled at Hilton London Bankside

A sleek new design suite has been unveiled at Hilton London Bankside. Created in partnership with London-based architect and interior designer Dexter Moren Associates and interior design practice twenty2degrees, the cutting-edge Penthouse Suite is a stylish finishing touch to the hotel which opened in October last year. The Penthouse has the look and feel of an elegant and spacious city apartment, filled with contemporary art and with views of the Tate Modern and The Shard. The one-bedroom suite has a large living area, a kitchen and dining area, a spacious bathroom, walk in wardrobe and a 30m2 private roof terrace. The 292-bedroom hotel also has an executive lounge and 11 meeting rooms, along with a ballroom that can accommodate up to 700 guests.

Event space reopens at The Science Museum

The Science Museum in South Kensington is making its blank canvas event space, the Wellcome Wing Basement, available for exclusive hire once more. The space, which was has previously been used by clients including BT and EDF Energy, can accommodate up to 400 guests for conferences, product launches, fashion shows, exhibitions and experiential events. It was offered for private use for the first time last year and will become available again from November 2016 to November 2017. The Wellcome Wing Basement can be used exclusively or as a separate area for breakout sessions, exhibitions and drinks receptions in conjunction with other spaces at the museum including the IMAX theatre, which is located within close proximity. Jodie Guilford, event sales manager at the Science Museum, said: “We are delighted that the Wellcome Wing Basement is once again available for corporate events. We used the space in this way for only a few months last year and the demand we experienced has resulted in us re-launching the space for our corporate clients. It is a very versatile and flexible blank canvas space meaning the options for clients are endless.”

Coffee house percolates new meeting space

Covent Garden-based artisan coffee house The Black Penny has unveiled a new meeting space for intimate or VIP gatherings. The Seminar Pit can accommodate 12 attendees for small meetings, presentations, lunches or breakfast meetings, surrounded by 19th Century features and a large sharing table for banqueting. The capacity is increased to 18 when paid out theatre-style. Wi-Fi and music/audio speakers are free, while there is a £60 fee for projector and screen hire. When the meeting is accompanied by a food and beverage spend, the £50 per hour hire fee is waived by the venue.

Tee off for Golf Month at Luton Hoo

A five-star hotel, golf and spa club is celebrating National Golf Month by launching a series of corporate golf activities. Luton Hoo is offering corporate guests to experience its 7,107-yard, par 73, 18-hole course - one of the longest in the UK - in a number of packages, including a Demonstrational Clinic involving group tuition on how to improve technical ability on the driving range. Other choices include a Putting Clinic for beginners as well as a Putting Competition where certificates are provided for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Mark Bierton, country club manager at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa said: “With such fantastic golfing facilities right on the doorstep of our function and meetings rooms, it made sense for us to create a suite of add-on golf activities for corporate event bookers. We get a lot of enquiries about golf when people come to view the facilities and plan their event at Luton Hoo but very rarely are all delegates keen or accomplished golfers. With the new activities we have something for golfers of all levels, from complete beginners to seasoned pros.”

Hilton brings Hampton brand to Glasgow

Hilton’s mid-range brand Hampton by Hilton has opened its first property in Scotland. The Hampton by Hilton Glasgow Central, managed by Kew Green Hotels, offers 88 guest rooms in the heart of the city, a short walk from attractions such as The Royal Concert Hall and Buchannan Street shopping, while the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre campus is also nearby. Décor takes its inspiration from the local area, while facilities for business travellers include a 24-hour fitness room and a 24-hour convenience hub with a selection of snacks and drinks.

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