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Events with an Italian flavour at TOZI


Italian restaurant TOZI, based in Victoria, London, is now available for full or part private hire. The main restaurant, featuring retro Italian photography and rustic wooden furniture, can seat up to 100 guests. Meanwhile a private dining area can accommodate up to 18 guests and features a vintage Fiat 500. TOZI specialises in cicchetti, small plates for sharing, typical of the Veneto region. Cicchetti feast and drinks packages start from £32 per person, with wine masterclasses and cooking lessons also available.
 

Dive into Molitor, Paris' chicest new hotel


Art Deco hotel the Molitor, in Paris, has been synonymous with poolside chic since it opened in 1929. Famed for its two swimming pools (a 46m outdoor pool and a 33m indoor pool with glass roof), it closed in 1989 but reopened earlier this year as a five-star hotel and event venue. Its 124 rooms offer views of the summer pool through their porthole windows, and the Molitor is home to a Clarins spa, the largest spa in Paris. It offers three meeting rooms, for up to 113 delegates, or the rooftop terrace overlooking the Eiffel Tower can accommodate up to 700 guests for outdoor events.
 

Birkwood Castle set for £7m renovation


A Gothic castle in Scotland which has been closed since 2001 is set to undergo a £7 million renovation and reopen as a hotel in April 2016. Hotel operators and property developers Envestco has confirmed plans to convert dilapidated Birkwood Castle in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire. The firm aims to transform the former children's hospital into a boutique hotel which will be a major destination for weddings, conferences and special events. Complementing the castle's transformation will be the redevelopment of the 86-acre estate, with secluded plots to be transformed into delightful woodland holiday chalets.
 

Jumeirah Lowndes brushes up on Art Movement


The Art Movement has joined forces with Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London's Belgravia as the new home for the art consultancy group's artist in residence programme. Due to launch on 27 November, the programme will showcase some of the world's finest contemporary artists in the lobby of the hotel and the Lowndes Bar & Kitchen restaurant, where guests can view and buy the art. The first artist to showcase work in the series will be Chuck Elliott, a contemporary British artist who has exhibited his work in the UK, New York, Amsterdam and Hong Kong, with past commissions including work for Miuccia Prada, Yohji Yamamoto and Nike.
 

Twickenham kicks off makeover for World Cup


Twickenham Stadium has completed a revamp of its West Stand conference and hospitality facilities, as part of the Rugby Football Union’s £76 million investment to upgrade the stadium ahead of the World Cup tournament in 2015. Four of the stadium's VIP suites have been given a facelift, including new technology infrastructure and the addition of new floor-to-ceiling windows to maximise views of the hallowed Twickenham turf. Access to the stadium’s popular conference rooms, the Spirit of Rugby room and Member’s Lounge (pictured), has also been modernised with a new guest entrance. And, in addition to a new range of furniture throughout the event spaces, new bar areas have been built in the Council Room and Ante Room of the President’s Suite and the Member’s Lounge bar expanded.
 

FAB! launches Cossington Park as events venue


FAB! Events has launched Cossington Park in Somerset as a countryside retreat for events and private parties. The elegant period English home and luxury cottage near Bridgwater has been owned by the same family for 400 years, and is set in 22 acres of wonderful gardens and grounds. Andrew Wright, MD of FAB! said: "As a company known for delivering high-end events we are delighted to be working with Eddie Hoare, the newly appointed chief executive, who has added Cossington to Hedsor House in his portfolio of events venues. Together we will add our expertise to help craft memorable events for our clients."
 

Tylney Hall’s storming new Chestnut Suite


Luxury Hampshire country house retreat Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens has refurbished its popular Chestnut Suite. Delegates will now benefit from new furnishings, lighting and sound as well as a complete redecoration and new cloakroom facilities. The suite features ceiling beams fashioned from trees that fell during the great storm of 1987and can cater for up to 120 people. The suite has a separate reception, bar and catering facilities, along with a private terrace and access to gardens. Since the suite was built in 1989, it has played host to a private dining function for the England Rugby World Cup squad in 1991 and the British Lions team in 1997.
 

O2 unveils VIP area after £2.6m facelift


The O2 has revealed its new VIP area, the American Express Invites Lounge (AEIL), following a £2.6 million refurbishment. The new-look lounge, which was designed by Brighton-based Platform Group, was unveiled to guests at an exclusive event on 3 November. VIP membership of the arena is £4,500 per person, and includes 10 shows annually, guaranteed access to every show with the best seats in the house, entry to the revamped lounge and a dedicated account manager.
 

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