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Historic venue modernises technology


The 600-year-old Lumley Castle Hotel is combining tradition and innovation, having launched improved WiFi access to corporate clients. The Durham venue has increased its connectivity, giving guests guaranteed internet speed and an individual, secure password for the duration of their meeting or conference. Businesses can also display their website or event agenda on the landing page when WiFi is accessed, strengthening their branding. Lumley Castle Hotel is launching the online facilities by offering discounted meetings or seminars in September and October. The 73-bedroom hotel has 11 conference rooms, some dating as far back as the 14th century, and can accommodate up to 150 delegates. It also has a helipad and offers a variety of team building activities and entertainment.
 

Luxury hotel to be built in Kuala Lumpur


Jumeirah Group will build a 190-room luxury hotel and 273 premium residences in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, in a development set to transform the city's skyline. Jumeirah Kuala Lumpur hotel and Jumeirah Living Kuala Lumpur will be set within three towers, which will be connected by a retail podium. It will be within short distance of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, along with Petronas Twin Towers and Maxis Tower. Construction will start early next year and is due to be finished by 2021. The residences will be located on the lower floors of the tower, while the hotel will occupy the upper floors, offering spectacular views across the city. The hotel will feature a fine dining restaurant, lounge and bar and a wellness facility comprising a spa, fitness club and swimming pool. “Kuala Lumpur is both a travel and business destination to many. We believe our hotel and residences which lies in the heart of a bustling city with close proximity to the many landmarks of Kuala Lumpur is a gem to travellers,” said Dato' Othman Omar, CEO of Oxley Malaysia, which signed the agreement with Jumeirah Group.
 

Green Room available for private hire


The National Theatre is opening up its popular Green Room restaurant for private hire for a limited time. The space, ideally situated behind the National Theatre on London’s vibrant South Bank, is available from 28 September 2015 to 24 February 2016, for functions of up to 200 guests. Set within a sustainable urban garden, the Green Room boasts an eclectic décor that pays homage to its close relationship with the National Theatre, including props from iconic productions such as the chair from One Man Two Guvnors. The restaurant, bar and garden were created by local social enterprise Coin Street Community Builders, together with the National Theatre, in December 2014 to utilise a piece of unused land. The Green Room is a temporary structure and will run for five years, until the site is required for permanent development.
 

Rail museum offers new take on afternoon tea


The National Railway Museum is celebrating the great English heritage by offering traditional afternoon tea packages aboard its beautifully restored 1965 carriage. Coinciding with national Afternoon Tea Week, the Leaves on the Line campaign will feature a Yorkshire-themed menu, highlighting the locally sourced ingredients. The railway-themed venue is available for exclusive hire and can accommodate 33 guests across the two Countess of York carriages. As part of the campaign, guests will also be able to try a selection of Taylors of Harrogate Fine Leaf Teas in a number of free tasting workshops on Tuesday 11 August and Thursday 13 August. Afternoon Tea Week runs until Sunday 16 August.
 

Hotel Collection launches festive packages


The Hotel Collection is getting an early start on Christmas celebrations, having launched party packages at three of their venues. The Walton Hall Hotel (pictured), near Stratford-upon-Avon, will take guests back in time with a number of themed events, including An Evening With The Mafia, a 1920s-inspired Great Gatsby evening and a Masquerade Party. All packages include a three-course meal and entertainment. Meanwhile the Hinckley Island Hotel, in Leicestershire, has partnered with Free Radio, to offer a DJ to host the event. The package also includes four-course dinner, competitions and prizes. Finally the Shrigley Hall Hotel in Cheshire will give guests a red carpet welcome for a fire and ice party. Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner in a lavishly decorated room, filled with flames, snowflakes, icicles, an ice bar and fun photo boards to capture the memories.
 

A quintessentially British experience


Blending a rich past with contemporary charm, MGallery's new Castle Hotel Windsor will give guests a walk through time when it opens next month. Guests will be able to observe Windsor's Changing of the Guards, a quintessentially British experience that shows centuries of tradition and history. The hotel, which will open following a rebrand from Mercure, provides the largest event space in Windsor of up to 400 seated guests, in a total of 12 conference rooms. The 108 bedrooms include five suites, and all feature plush bedding, bathrooms and quirky design references to the hotel's past. Chambermaid bells have been included in the hotel's restaurant, one of the small details that give guests a glimpse into the past.
 

Luxe addition to Ho Chi Minh City


The ‘unapologetically’ lavish Reverie Saigon will open on 1 September. The 286-room property is set in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1. The Leading Hotels of the World portfolio has been seven years in the making, and features incomparable views of the storied Vietnamese city and the Saigon River. The exterior exudes sleek contemporary appeal while the interior is a picture of extravagance, from rooms and suites individually appointed by the finest Italian decorators to public spaces both dazzling and whimsical. “With this hotel, we have tried to create an experience of accommodation that is so singular, so splendid and so unexpected in the one-time Pearl of the Orient that the hotel becomes a place that stays with guests long after they’ve checked-out,” said Herbert Laubichler-Pichler, the Austrian general manager.
 

London venue unveils pre-opening exhibition


IET London: Savoy Place will unveil a futuristic exhibition including digital walls and a digital chandelier as part of its pre-opening programme. The London venue, due to open in the autumn, will showcase the innovations, which have been designed and built by MET Studio London. The digital chandelier and video walls will be able to be personalised for large events and will connect to live comment feeds and events portals. The showcase will also include full-height sculpture displays in the stairwells and a show wall featuring 100 engineering ideas that changed the world. The event space will hold more than 600 delegates in two auditoriums. Along with the engineering exhibition, other key improvements include a new roof terrace, cutting-edge technology, an enlarged riverside suite, brand new second lecture theatre, state of the art boardrooms and a ‘sesame lift’ at the front of the building, enabling the stone steps to retract automatically for wheelchair access.
 

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