Lounge about at The Cannon

SACO The Serviced Apartment Company has unveiled The Lounge, a new communal area at its lifestyle aparthotel The Cannon in London. The new space features a 24-hour reception, cosy fireplace, plush sofas, complimentary tea and coffee, a library and a large communal table for guests to work on their laptops using the free Wi-fi. The Lounge reflects the overall ethos of The Cannon, which is intended to create a balance between modern design and a warm ambience to bring a sense of familiarity.

MARITIM expands presence in China

German hotel brand MARITIM has announced it will open two hotels in China next year. The new build hotels will open in Hefei (July 2017) and Hangzhou (December 2017), with each featuring a distinctive interior inspired by the local culture of the region. Located in the capital and largest city of the Zhejiang Province, the MARITIM Hotel Hangzhou will offer 300 bedrooms and suites, three restaurants, conference and event facilities and a leisure complex. The MARITIM Hotel Hefei is located in the capital of Anhui Province, and will feature 335 rooms two restaurants and a German bar. Mark Spivey, director of international sales at MARITIM Hotels, said: “We are pleased to be able to further develop the MARITIM brand in China as we prepare to open two new hotels in the country in 2017. The Chinese market is hugely important to MARITIM Hotels. As one of the world’s largest economies and a renowned international business destination, expansion in China is an integral part of the company’s strategy, bringing our ‘meetings and accommodation under one roof’ philosophy to more major cities in this vast country." The two new properties add to the three current hotels in China; MARITIM Hotel Shenyang, MARITIM Hotel Changzhou and MARITIM Hotel Wuhu

Stormont brings updated look to Belfast

Belfast’s Stormont Hotel has unveiled an updated suite of meetings and event rooms. The Hastings Hotels-owned property's new Confex Centre boasts nine versatile meeting rooms, a dedicated ground floor reception area and revamped technology. Ten of the centre’s rooms are described as purpose-built executive meeting rooms. Each room has been fitted with an LCD television, integrated AV power sockets, storage areas and a fridge stocked with soft drinks and mineral water.

Heineken Box sure to beer hit for Euros

As the UEFA European Championship 2016 kicks off, Late Night London and Heineken are launching temporary event spaces that promise a summer football experience to remember. The Heineken Box, located at Amber Bar and Tiger Tiger London, allows people to enjoy the action in a Heineken VIP zone. Each room contains table football, table tennis and large screens to watch the games. There will also be endless stocks of beer in fridges for groups to share, or groups can opt to receive their own draught Heineken from self-serving taps. The rooms are available from Friday 10 June and packages start from £25 per person.

Baltimore hotel to reflect bygone era

A bygone 1914-circa dance hall in Maryland, America is being converted into a luxury hotel, which will feature a restored grand ballroom when it opens early 2017. The former Recreation Pier in Fells Point will transform into the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, which has been carefully designed to pay homage to the property's rich history. The hotel, the company's first property on the east coast of America, is slated to open on the vibrant waterfront of Fells Point and will have almost 1,000 sqm of event space. Alongside the ballroom, it will house a three-meal restaurant, whisky bar, outdoor pool with cabanas and a bar and grill. The 128-room property has been designed by BHC Architects with interiors by Patrick Sutton Design.

To the Manor reborn in the New Forest

Inspire delegates with sweeping views of the picturesque New Forest at the recently-refurbished The Barn at Burley Manor. Grade II-listed country house Burley Manor has undergone a £1.8 million revamp, including a “re-imagining” of The Barn as a meetings facility, featuring brick chimneys, a beamed, vaulted roof and rustic oak tables. With capacity for up to 100 delegates, hire of The Barn comes with free Wi-Fi, an LCD projector and screen, flipchart and stationery box, plus a dedicated events coordinator. For residential events, the hotel’s 40 bedrooms have been given a new boutique feel and all public areas have been revamped.

Mediterranean vibes in Tunbridge Wells

A new Mediterranean-themed bar and dining venue is opening later this month in Tunbridge Wells's historic Pantiles District. The 75-cover restaurant, L'AMORE, is situated at the forthcoming One Warwick Park and specialises in Mediterranean small plate dining with a distinctive Italian flair. The menu is being driven by executive head chef Marco Goldin, who will take diners on a tour of the Mediterranean with a collection of delectable mini morselsa. Goldin said: "For me L’AMORE is about taking the best fresh foods and natural products to create dishes that look amazing on the plate without pretention or unnecessary gimmicks.” Open throughout the day for breakfast, pre dinner drinks and cocktails through to a la carte dining, there will also be two additional locations to facilitate informal dining overseen by Goldin, the guest lounge and Snug and the alfresco Terrace.

A fine specimen at the Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum has refurbished its Flett Theatre with a clean look and updated AV equipment. With capacity for 209 attendees, the lecture theatre is ideal for small conferences and seminars, with easy access to the adjacent Earth Hall, for an evening drinks reception for up to 400, or dinner for 200. AV facilities now include in-built microphones, an LCD projector, HD cameras, blu-ray and DVD playback for film screening, wireless and lapel microphones as well as audio playback. The theatre is the museum’s only event space open during the day, and includes a private foyer for registration and refreshments, ensuring it is a self-contained event space.

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