Kings Place unveils sleek new Gallery Room

Kings Place Events is opening a brand new space, the Gallery Room, at the beginning of May. The luxury room will have a capacity to seat 40 guests for dinner and up to 60 for theatre-style presentations within a sleek, modern surrounding. The Gallery Room is situated on the mezzanine level of the King’s Cross arts venue and will boast marble flooring, a 75” plasma screen and hi-spec IT capabilities, an inbuilt cloakroom and dramatic, modern lighting suitable for corporate branding. Business development director Priya Taylor said: “Whether it’s corporate dining, all day boardroom meeting or a small conference, this new room will be a must for those wanting something extra special in central London.”

Thames Rib Blast set to wow at Trinity House

Trinity House, the elegant home of the General Lighthouse Authority opposite the Tower of London, has teamed up with preferred caterers palette and powerboat charter company Solent Rib Charter to offer a new senior corporate management team building package. The experience starts with a light breakfast, followed by a thrilling Thames Rib Blast on the river. The boats can accommodate up to eight guests each and while the duration of the ride is flexible, most opt for a two-hour Blast through central London and/or to the Thames Barrier and back. Participants then return to Trinity House for a champagne lunch.

Take a virtual look at Austria Center Vienna

A new 3D room-planning tool allows event planners to bring possible set-ups to life right from the start at the Austria Center Vienna. The virtual reality space-planning tool means organisers can change the seating layout, increase the advertising space allocated to lead sponsors or add the final touches to stage designs. MD Susanne Baumann-Söllner said: “By looking at the event from different angles, we are in a position to use our experience to guide the process from a much earlier stage. It also lets us offer our assistance in a number of other areas such as developing and positioning custom spaces for sponsors’ advertising, integrating the new digital signage system, putting together innovative catering solutions and designing networking spaces."

IET London tops off refurbishment

The new roof terrace at IET London: Savoy Place, which boasts panoramic views of London, will be open for meetings and private events for up to 200 delegates from October. The flagship venue has been closed since July 2013 but IET London has now moved into the final months of its £30 million refurbishment. Other key improvements include an enlarged riverside suite, a 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. IET London: Savoy Place will open its doors for internal events on October 16, with the venue fully opening on 1 November 2015.

Cheltenham welcomes 235,000 racegoers

Cheltenham Racecourse and Jockey Club Catering delivered 34,000 hospitality meals over the Cheltenham Festival. The four-day event, said to be worth £50 million to the local economy, welcomed 235,000 racegoers to the grounds, which were home to 23 marquees - including the longest triple deck structure in Europe as well as eight Guinness bars, 60 mobile catering units, 240 private boxes and chalets, nine restaurants and 34 temporary kitchens, all erected four months prior to the event. Cheltenham Racecourse is currently undergoing a £45m redevelopment that will see the creation of a new five-and-a-half storey grandstand in time for the 2016 Festival.

Melville Castle teams up for new partnership

Team Challenge Company has announced a new partnership with Edinburgh country house hotel and luxury event venue Melville Castle. The 32-bedroom castle sits within 50 acres of landscaped gardens on the fringe of Scotland’s capital. The hotel will now offer bespoke leadership development programmes, conference breakout sessions and high end evening entertainment such as Corporate Gameshows, Fun Casino Nights and Murder Mystery Dinners. Corporate teams booking the hotel can make use of four meeting rooms with capacity for 100 guests as well as a range of breakout rooms, a 250-capacity marquee, free Wi-Fi throughout and parking for 80.

The O2 and Madame Tussauds join H&J portfolio

Harbour & Jones Events has secured six new listings at London event venues for 2015, including Building Six at The O2 and Trinity House. Merlin Events also brings its complete portfolio of venues: Madame Tussauds, SEALIFE London Aquarium, Stardome 4D and The London Dungeon, with the capacity to for cater for parties of up to 1,000. Lucy Mears, sales and marketing manager for Harbour & Jones Events, said: “I’m really pleased that Harbour & Jones Events is listed to cater at these exceptional London venues. Our clients are benefiting from our ever-growing portfolio and we’re delighted to be able to meet the demand with these impressive event spaces.”

March deals on offer at Tatton Park

Tatton Park is offering special deals for those booking meetings in the next few weeks. The Cheshire venue is providing free bacon sandwiches and breakfast pastries on arrival for planners booking meetings for 10 or more delegates before the end of March. Organisers can also benefit from 10 per cent off the standard day delegate rate when booking two or more dates for a meeting this year.Tatton's largest indoor meetings venue is the Tenants’ Hall, previously Lord Egerton’s private museum, which can hold up to 400 guests theatre style or 350 for dinner. Lord Egerton’s Apartment is a self-contained suite of rooms overlooking the Italian Terrace with stunning views of the parkland, suited to boardroom meetings, private dining or drinks receptions.

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