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Roll up for exclusive theatre showings


For one week only – 11-16 August 2014 – the National Theatre’s rooftop events venue The Deck is lifting the curtains on its pop-up summer cinema club. The week will feature exclusive screenings of James Corden’s Tony Award-winning performance in critically acclaimed comedy One Man, Two Guvnors and Dion Boucicault’s Victorian comedy, London Assurance with Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw. Tickets are available from 7 July for the showings at The Deck, which offers spectacular views of London’s skyline from its panoramic terrace. The venue is available for hire and can cater for up to 150 guests for a standing reception or up to 80 seated for lunches and dinners.
 

Summer fun at the British Library


The British Library is encouraging planners to get out of the office and into the sunshine with a brand new summer offer. From 1 July to 23 July, the London venue is offering a 25% discount on all meetings and conferences bookings. The British Library boasts state-of-the-art conference facilities that allow natural light to enter the space, as well as a large outdoor terrace. The terrace offers the opportunity to make the most of the sun’s rays and reward staff with a freshly prepared barbecue or drinks reception. All prices are excluding VAT.
 

Discover hidden gems with QHotels


QHotels is offering visitors the chance to discover the UK’s hidden gems with personalised advice and tips on what to see and do in each hotel region. The award-winning hotel group has local experts on hand at each of its 21 UK hotels to offer guests insights into the area’s lesser-known attractions. The scheme has been launched to provide guests with the chance to visit locations off the beaten track or find out about local events or exhibitions taking place during their visit. The hotel group’s guest focused approach was recently recognised when it was voted the top UK Hotel chain by independent watchdog Which?
 

Starwood expands with dual hotel in London


Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is expanding into London with the development of a dual hotel in East London. Scheduled to open in early 2017, the connected Aloft and Element hotels will be built at Tobacco Dock within easy reach of The City, Canary Wharf and the capital's attractions. The 251-bedroom Aloft London Tobacco Dock - which will offer four meeting spaces - will be the second Aloft hotel in London and third in the UK, while Element London Tobacco Dock, which will feature 77 studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites, will mark the debut of Starwood’s eco-wise brand in the market.
 

Meet in Victorian splendour at Clevedon Hall


Clevedon Hall, a Victorian mansion in Bristol, is being re-launched to the corporate market after undergoing refurbishment and being taken over by new management. It offers six event spaces, including the Great Hall, which can accommodate 150 people seated and the panelled Grand Library (120 pax theatre style) which connects to the glazed orangery where coffee breaks are held. There are also a small number of uniquely furnished bedrooms, while catering is provided by in-house firm Parsnip Mash. The venue also boasts extensive grounds and parking spaces. A grand opening is set to take place later this year.
 

National Theatre pops up with event offering


The National Theatre’s stripped-back Temporary Theatre becomes available for a limited period as a pop-up events space, prior to its relaunch as a drama venue in spring 2015. The theatre, on London's South Bank, is taking bookings for corporate events between 15 September 2014 and 28 February 2015. The Temporary Theatre’s exterior offers an innovative space to event planners for product launches, conferences, drinks receptions or seated dinners; it has a standing capacity of 200, seats 70 guests for dinner and accommodates 185 for a conference.
 

Let the light in at Royal Opera House


The Royal Opera House (ROH) has a rare opening for hire of its Paul Hamlyn Hall on 24 July. The venue can only host 12 large events a year because of its busy performance schedule, and the hall can help shed light on conferences and meetings with its huge glass-vaulted ceiling, which features special glass panels designed to cut glare and overheating during the warmest months of the year, and maintain warmth during the winter. “We all know that daylight has beneficial effects on our sense of wellbeing and productivity, so why do we so often compromise the success of events by holding them in basement venues?” said Moya Maxwell, the ROH's head of commercial programming.
 

Chicheley is newest member of De Vere Venues


The relaunched Chicheley Hall will be celebrating joining the De Vere Venues portfolio by hosting a Great British Garden Party on Thursday, 19 June. Tucked away in 80 acres of grounds, Chicheley Hall in Buckinghamshire is a Grade I-listed mansion with 48 bedrooms. It has nine meeting rooms, the largest of which, Wolfson 1, can accommodate 100 delegates. Regarded as one of the finest examples of early 18th century architecture, it’s an impressive setting for any event – from conferences and meetings to private functions.
 

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