Mon dieu! Mondrian opens on South Bank

Mondrian London has opened its doors at the iconic Sea Containers House, a former office building on the South Bank. The hotel boasts 359 rooms and suites, riverside views from almost every room, two bars, a restaurant with private dining rooms, a maritime inspired 56-seat cinema and a spa. Embracing the building’s heritage, Morgans Hotel Group’s first Mondrian hotel outside the US showcases a number of nautical features including a handcrafted copper hull sweeping from the entrance through the lobby into the heart of the hotel. The hotel also features six flexible meeting and event spaces with audio, video and telecommunications capabilities.

Happy Georgian Christmas at Sopwell House

Sopwell House has unveiled its Christmas packages for corporate guests. The Georgian country retreat in St Albans is offering a traditional festive menu between 1-23 December, with both lunch and dinner options available. Sopwell House is 20 minutes by train from St Pancras International and also offers excellent motorway links and free onsite parking. Christmas party nights can be arranged for up to 350 guests, all including a three course dinner, coffee, tea and mince pies, wine, Christmas crackers as well as entertainment and disco. Sopwell House also offers a special package for private parties for corporates in January.

Suite taste of success at Everton FC

Premier League football club Everton has unveiled stylish new event spaces at its Goodison Park home. The Liverpool-based club has refurbished three of its premier conference and banqueting suites, upgrading the décor and altering the layout to maximise space and increase seating versatility. Among the trio benefitting from a facelift was the The Alex Young Lounge, which can hold up to 300 people theatre-style. Goodison Park has a total of nine conference and events suites and Sodexo Prestige, which manages the conference and banqueting facilities at the stadium, offers a number of day delegate packages starting from £20.95 per person.

Get informed at the Science Museum

The Science Museum is enhancing its corporate events offering with a new permanent exhibition, Information Age, launching on 25 October. Covering a total area of 2461 sqm, the new gallery will be the largest exhibition space in the museum and will be available for corporate hire, accommodating a maximum capacity of 492 guests for standing receptions. The gallery will feature more than 800 objects that celebrate the history of information and communication technologies, including a striking six metre high aerial inductance coil which was once part of the most powerful radio transmitter in the world. Evening hire of Information Age starts from £8500.

Keeping up with the Joneses in Shoreditch

The Jones Family Project, a multi-faceted independent restaurant and bar in Shoreditch, is available for corporate hire and Christmas bookings. Able to accommodate up to 200 guests at a seated dinner or 500 guests within the whole venue, The Jones Family Project is suitable for events from private dinners and awards ceremonies to corporate events and private parties. Menus can be tailored with bespoke themes, signature colours or personalised cocktails. The venue is available in its entirety or, for more intimate affairs; it offers private areas in its Ground Floor Bar, Orange Room and Green Room, as well as semi-private areas on The Tree Table and the Pop-Up Table.

Regus to open centres in two new locations

Regus is to open its second and third business centres in Leicester and Aberdeen respectively to meet growing demand for flexible places to work. The new centre in Leicester opens mid-October and features an attractive top-floor terrace overlooking the city, just a short walk from the train station. The Aberdeen location will open later in the year at the rapidly expanding ABZ Business Park next to Aberdeen Airport. Both centres will provide a range of fully-equipped workspace options and business services, including a business lounge, part-time and Virtual Offices, serviced offices, meeting rooms and video conferencing.

Latest phase of £2.3m revamp at ACC Liverpool

ACC Liverpool has completed the latest phase of its two-year refurbishment plan. The recent developments at the venue, home to BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena and, from next year, Exhibition Centre Liverpool, include the redesign of the BT Convention Centre’s galleria and central atrium. New facilities such as organiser offices and meeting rooms have been added, including a new boardroom facility sponsored by E.ON. The coffee shop - now known as 1207 Coffee, after the year Liverpool was founded - has also undergone a complete refurbishment and expansion, offering a coffee blend unique to ACC Liverpool, thanks to in-house caterers Centerplate UK. Other changes include an increase in the capacity of the cloakroom, new furniture in public areas and updated technical equipment.

High time for upgrade at Highlands resort

Macdonald Aviemore Resort in the Cairngorm National Park is to invest more than £1 million in its Academy Hotel and Aviemore Inn accommodations as the four-star resort aims to position itself as Scotland’s leading leisure and conference destination. The work will see 108 bedrooms within the Academy Hotel and up to 80 bedrooms within the nearby Aviemore Inn upgraded from January next year. These latest development plans come just months after the resort completed a £1.6 million investment in bedroom refurbishments at the Highlands Hotel, where 98 bedrooms were restyled to executive standard. In July the resort also opened the 1500 sqm, £600,000 Aviemore Activity Centre.

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