Historic hotel undergoes extensive revamp

The historic 57-room Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel in Surrey has undergone an extensive nine-month redesign across its public spaces. The hotel showcases Mercure’s new lobby concept, based on “la table d'hôtes”. The revamp features décor touches throughout that pay homage to past guests, including John Keats, Jane Austen, William Wordsworth and Lord Nelson. In addition, the hotel now boasts eight meeting rooms catering for between four and 220 people. The Tithe Barn is the biggest of the event spaces, originally built in 1600 and moved to Burford Bridge in 1934. Its vaulted ceiling is said to have been built from timber taken from the galleons of the Spanish Armada.

Civic centre opens up to corporate clients

Mansfield Civic Centre is opening its doors to corporate clients looking for a spacious and versatile meeting place. The centre’s Lindhurst Rooms is a unique space, which can be hired either in its entirety for large scale events or divided to accommodate smaller meetings, receptions and breakout groups. Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, which manages conferences and events at the Lindhurst Rooms, has unveiled full and half day delegate packages. Alternatively, event organisers can choose to build their own, off-plan, event package. The 450-capacity Lindhurst Rooms has a private bar and dancefloor, while the Civic Centre itself provides free parking for up to 100 vehicles.

L'Atelier opens doors to event planners

The multi award-winning restaurant L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in the heart of London’s theatre land is available to hire for both corporate and personal use. L’Atelier will offer the opportunity to have exclusive access to its Michelin star kitchen and Le Salon Bar. Options include the choice of private access to the 65-capacity La Cuisine, the 100-capacity Le Salon Bar and rooftop terrace or exclusive hire of the entire restaurant. Counter-top displays can be personalised to suit individual events and bespoke menus and cocktails tailored to particular themes. Awarded ‘Chef of the Century’ by the Gault Millau guide, Joël Robuchon’s restaurants have garnered a total of 25 Michelin stars – more than any other chef in the world.

Off-roading on the cards at Hedsor House

Live event specialists M&MR and Hedsor House have joined forces to offer corporate 4x4 experience days at the Georgian country mansion in Buckinghamshire. The new partnership will see guests given the chance to enjoy the mile-long off-road track, which runs through part of the house’s 100 acres of historic parkland, as either a standalone experience or as part of a wider team-building day. Hedsor House’s ballroom can seat 180 theatre-style and has French doors opening onto the gardens, while the Grand Hall can host private dinners for up to 140 people. Cocktail parties for up to 400 can be staged and the grounds provide a stunning setting for marquees.

Have a suite stay in the Sussex countryside

Luxury hotel Alexander House in Sussex will officially unveil 19 new suites next week following a £2.5m investment. Located in a new building next to the original 17th century hotel, the five-star Cedar Lodge suites have their own concierge and reception. Spread over two floors, each 57 sqm suite offers a separate dining area, two-person bathtub and private balcony or terrace. Meanwhile, the 100 sqm Duplex Garden Master Suite features a separate lounge and cloakroom, and floor-to-ceiling windows, which lead out onto a private terrace with countryside views. The new suites can be booked from September.

A way to take stress out of meetings?

A North Yorkshire hotel is helping guests enjoy a more relaxed stay - by introducing Mindfulness Moments. The 28-room boutique Old Lodge Malton, which features an antique wood panelled boardroom, wants to take the stress out of business meetings by encouraging business and leisure travellers to explore mindfulness, which is a way of calming and connecting yourself, improving your awareness and shutting out negative thoughts. “We provide the space where people can take advantage of our stress-free environment and especially the extended lawned gardens that are just perfect for easing anxiety," said hotel director Tracey Holroyd.

Have a ball at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

The Westminster Ballroom has been revamped to hold 2,000 delegates at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London. The hotel on the South Bank has introduced a new style of layout, increasing its capacity by 150 for a theatre-style set-up. The extension follows an increase in requests for holding large-scale meetings at the venue. “We have reviewed our reception and event areas following the increase in demand and client feedback and now offer space for a higher delegate capacity and tailor-made parties with exclusive entertainment zones," said general manager Daniel Pedreschi.

Kew Gardens unveils fine specimen for events

Kew Gardens has made a new venue available for private events. The Marianne North Gallery houses 832 paintings depicting more than 900 species of plants, all created by Marianne North, a Victorian explorer and artist. The gallery was originally opened in 1882 and has now been beautifully restored. The standalone venue is available for evening drinks receptions for 80 guests or seated dining for 50, catered by Blue Strawberry. Upon special request the neighbouring Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art may also be used for larger events.

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