Europe’s largest escape room comes to London

Europe’s largest escape room venue, Locked In A Room, has opened at ExCeL London, alongside the venue’s meetings and training facility CentrEd at ExCeL. Teams are locked in a room and tasked with solving a series of tests, puzzles and clues in order to escape. With 13 themed rooms available over two identical formats, Locked In A Room can cater for large groups, allowing participants to compete against 12 other teams in a head-to-head challenge. James Rees, executive director of ExCeL London, said: “We believe we can offer delegates something truly unique, combining training or a smaller meeting with a fun, interactive team building experience that’s unlike any other.”

A slice of Devon at London ExCeL

ExCeL London has introduced Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Deli as a permanent fixture at the venue, following a successful pop-up earlier this year. The deli is part of a £15m investment by ExCeL London Hospitality. River Cottage Deli gives ExCeL visitors an opportunity to enjoy homemade, sustainable and organic dishes, made using local, seasonal produce for which the influential Devon based restaurant is renowned. Steven Lamb from River Cottage said: “Sharing our passion for sustainable food integrity and the consumption of local, seasonal organic produce is what underpins the River Cottage experience.”

Lausanne welcomes the Nestlé Museum

Lausanne Tourism & Convention Bureau has announced the official opening of the Nestlé Museum – Nest - to complement the region’s meetings and events offering. The visitor centre, located in the Swiss town of Vevey in Lake Geneva, opens to mark the food giant’s 150th anniversary. Nest houses event spaces for up to 500 delegates for meetings, seminars and evening receptions. It offers a private area for large events in the Piazza, three meeting rooms in the Villa, the Mezzanine for cocktail or evening receptions and private hire of Café Henri. Vevey is the birthplace of Nestlé, and delegates will be able to walk in the footsteps of Henri Nestlé and other inventors who shaped the famous Swiss brand.

Cameron House unveils results of £3m refurb

Scottish five-star resort Cameron House has revealed the results of a £3 million refurbishment, saying it is the first stage of a year-long multimillion-pound renovation. This initial phase has focussed on revamping the food and beverage offering along with the Loch Lomond hotel’s other public spaces. Cameron House boasts five dining options, including Cameron Grill – the venue's fine dining establishment - which has been refreshed with new interiors. The restaurant has appointed a new chef and sommelier, and added a new menu and wine list to complement the new surroundings. Elsewhere, the public spaces - including the swimming pool and meeting rooms - have been upgraded most notably with four statement chandeliers giving the reception a brighter, lighter feel. "This work represents the start of an exciting multimillion-pound investment," says resort director Andy Roger. "We feel the changes celebrate the resort’s setting and bring a new level of luxury to our offering. Our new-look interiors match the warmth of our hospitality, and with more spaces for visitors to sit, press pause and enjoy a taste of Scotland, the feedback from our guests has been overwhelmingly positive."

New Hilton hotel opens in Glasgow

The 300-room of DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central has opened following an £11 million refurbishment. The property has become Hilton's 16th hotel in Scotland, and has been fitted with "world-class" conferencing facilities. These include The Grand Ballroom, capable of holding up to 1,500 people, along with 12 meeting spaces which all have natural daylight. Guests can unwind and refresh at the hotel’s heated pool, sauna and steam rooms, before dining at the property’s restaurant, Brisket. Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton said: "The sophisticated property offers close proximity to a number of top attractions, including the SSE Hydro arena, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and major nearby businesses. Beyond this, DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central offers guests the welcoming comforts and hospitality that travellers can expect from DoubleTree by Hilton, starting with the presentation of a warm, Chocolate Chip Cookie at check-in, a symbol of the kindness that makes a stay with us so memorable."

Events go Canalside in Birmingham

A brand new contemporary events space has opened in the heart of Birmingham. Overlooking the city's waterways, Canalside is a flexible venue that can host groups between 50 and 400. The venue has sliding doors which open directly onto the canal towpath and is suitable for all types of corporate events. Jonathan Peek, general manager at Canalside, said: "We’re absolutely thrilled to be opening such a stunning venue that will transform Birmingham’s events scene. There aren’t many venues that can call themselves a blank canvas but Canalside really can. It’s a truly flexible and dedicated events space which has been specially designed to allow guests to put their own stamp on their events. Combine that with exceptional food, all delivered by a highly experienced and creative team, there really is no other place like Canalside in the city."

Rocco Forte to make it two in Rome

A renovation and upgrade is taking place at Rome's Hotel De La Ville to turn it into a Rocco Forte Hotel. The 192-room hotel, located at the top of the Spanish Steps, will be reduced to 105 rooms when the refurbishment work finishes at the end of 2018. It comes after the group announced ambitious expansion plans, with Sir Rocco Forte saying he intended to double the number of hotels in the group over the next five years. He said: "It has been a long standing ambition of mine to have a second property in Rome so I am delighted to be working with the prestigious Reale Group to launch a new hotel in the heart of the city. The success of our existing hotel, Hotel De Russie, has shown that Rome continues to be a highly attractive destination for both the business and leisure travellers and we are very confident of the long term growth prospects of the city."

Well Met weaves history into new venue

Well Met Conferencing, the conferencing office for Leeds Beckett University, is set to open its newest venue, Cloth Hall Court, in summer 2017. The venue has been designed with the building’s textile heritage in mind and will serve as a conference centre for corporate events, as well as being the new Yorkshire premises of The Institute of Directors (IoD). Cloth Hall Court boasts a maximum capacity of 300 delegates with four floors of conference space, along with superfast WiFi and VIP parking on-site. Kate Davis, Well Met’s head of business development, said: “We are confident that our newest venue will meet the demand for high quality, flexible event space in the centre of Leeds.”

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