Newest hotels and venues welcoming Londons visitors, delegates and guests
Inspirational Venues & Events has been hard at work discovering the newest and most exciting venue openings for 2018. It’s always a challenge finding that “something new” or “unique” which greatly influences attendance from the “right calibre” of delegates you ideally want to attract to your events. Whether your event is for an internal, supplier or customer engagement affair we’ve found that great venue selection creates more interest and in turn drives excellent attendance. Naturally the venues that are “new” or the “talk of the town” become the most attractive options for this very reason.
Our team of event specialists have selected the newest venues in London we think our valued clients will eagerly be looking to book for their upcoming events. As one of London’s leading venue finding agencies we take a look at these venues from a conferencing, event and private dining perspective.
Should you have any questions, would like to arrange a site visit or we can check availability for your next event we’d love to hear from you.
4 STAR HOTEL IN ALDGATE, CITY OF LONDON
The perfect hotel choice for both business and leisure travellers that offers stylish and contemporary accommodation for the most discerning guests to enjoy, relax, party and refresh.
This 13-storey hotel with 267 rooms including suites boasts modern architecture and design; alongside two restaurants, 24 hour gym, 4 meeting rooms and a destination rooftop terrace bar with a panoramic view of London’s most iconic skyline.
Dorsett City has 4 meeting rooms fully equipped with the latest multimedia technology and wireless Internet connectivity, with the added functionality of combining rooms to fit larger capacities. All meeting rooms have the flexibility to be set up in many different styles to cater to every guests needs with service to match.
A maximum of 60 delegates in a cabaret style set up
Elevate to the 14th floor of Dorsett City Hotel in Aldgate and experience the breathtaking views of London’s most iconic skyline. Explore the rooftop terrace and cast your eyes upon the fantastic views of Tower Bridge, the Shard, the Walkie Talkie, the Gherkin and more.
The Rooftop Bar – Jin Bo Law is the “jewel in the crown” we’d say as this space can be hired exclusively and is perfect for summer events, drinks receptions or post conference networking.
Opening – May 2018
L’oscar’s past is as intriguing as its future…
Built between 1901 and 1903, in a style coined “Edwardian Free Baroque”, it was the London headquarters of the Baptist Church. Architect Arthur Keen mixed ‘Wrenaissance’ style with Arts & Crafts influences, working with some of the best artists and craftsmen of the time to create much of the exterior and interior design: ornately plastered ceilings, carved fireplaces, oak panelling, and finely worked plaques.
Sadly, the building’s fourth floor was damaged by a bomb in World War II. Later, the church’s congregation dwindled and by 1961, there were just 12 worshippers in the chapel on a Sunday morning. It closed to churchgoers soon afterwards and the building was bought by London Transport before its ‘miraculous’ revival began in 2012 with many of its features beautifully restored by master craftsman from across the world.
The management team also remain thankful to both English Heritage and Camden Council for their expert assistance in guiding the sensitive restoration of the building.
While original biblical Doulton terracotta panels still line the walls, simple pleasures are amplified with bespoke scents by Roja Dove, and leather and velvet-draped walls, as L’oscar now celebrates a more sensual devotion. Uniquely sophisticated, the hotel sits in the heart of London’s Southampton Row, within a whisper of the city, Theatreland, Soho, and the West End.
L’oscar London offers a truly unique private dining and events experience. Located in a lovingly restored Baptist church house, in the heart of Bloomsbury historic Holborn, L’oscar London is a small hotel with a grand personality. Close to the city, the theatre land, Soho and the West end L’oscar London is inspired by the history of the Bloomsbury set, the Edwardian free baroque design of the building and theatrical traditions of the area. Designed by the world renowned Parisian interior designer Jacques Garcia, the hotel presents a seductive style with a hint of irreverence, and towards decadence, a touch of the risqué. All with impeccable levels of service.
There are two exclusive private dining and event spaces. The Committee Room and The Library.
The Committee Room: Located on the first floor, it features an original fireplace, a vaulted hand plastered ceiling and a terracotta plaque carved in 1903. The formality of the oak panelled walls is wonderfully offset by the large, playful peacock painting, the Lalique bird lights and the bespoke furnishings. Size: 76 sq with a fixed table
Number of attendees : Dinner for between 25 to 30 guests and cocktail receptions for up to 50 guests
The Library: Housed within the Grade II Listed building, located on the second floor, the Library offers a breath-taking level of craftsmanship. Guests are surrounded by exquisite oak panels and glass cabinets on the lower level of the room’s four sides and large original arched windows appear above. A highly decorated ceiling and an original Arts & crafts fireplace provide additional delightful details.
Number of attendees: Dinner for up to 80 guests, Cocktail receptions for 120 guests or Classroom style for 72 delegates.
Get ready to be spellbound by Belmond Cadogan Hotel. Anticipate a new standard of style at this historic Sloane Street gem, reopening its doors at the end of 2018.
With a colourful history, Belmond Cadogan was once home to Lilly Langtry whose affair with King Edward VII caused waves amongst the British establishment and public and also the location of author, playwright and poet Oscar Wilde’s infamous arrest. Now undergoing careful renovation, it will soon emerge as a sumptuous sanctuary that honours its rich heritage.
Whilst its 19th Century façade will remain, works will include underpinning to form a new sub-basement, reconfiguration from 64 keys to 54 and a redesign of the roof area which will see Belmond Cadogan transformed into a superior 5-star hotel. With its incredible heritage, unrivalled location and contemporary classic design, Belmond Cadogan will be renowned for its understated glamour and unique character, as well as for its standards of excellence in service and hospitality.
MORTIMER HOUSE (already open)
Housed in a majestic six-floor Art Deco building in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia, Mortimer House provides a new experience for those who wish to create, work and unwind in equal measure. Founded upon a philosophy of providing holistic balance in work and life, it is intended to satisfy the needs of both the head and the heart. Intuitively designed team offices, meeting rooms, event spaces, living room, terrace, studio and gym effortlessly meld mid-century design touches with the classicism of the original building, providing an intimate membership experience.
Mortimer House is also home to ground floor restaurant Mortimer House Kitchen, which is open to the public and serves exceptional Mediterranean cuisine.
The meeting rooms at Mortimer House range in character from the unpretentious and relaxed to the timelessly sophisticated, and all of them offer the option of having bespoke menus delivered at any time of day from one of our many purpose-built kitchens. All of the meeting rooms and event spaces at Mortimer House benefit from exceptional natural light and warm hospitality.
GALLERY & LOFT The penthouse-style Loft & Gallery at Mortimer House is a vibrant and flexible event space with natural light flooding in from large Crittall windows. The Loft & Gallery play host to a programme of thought-provoking events for our members that explore the holistic philosophy key to the vision of Mortimer House.
London’s most literary neighbourhood…
The Principal London is a Grade II* listed landmark building that occupies the eastern flank of Russell Square in Bloomsbury. The recent opening of the 334-room hotel has restored the original grande dame to her former glory while administering a shot of adrenaline to the heart of London’s most literary neighbourhood.
The hotel is steeped in history, the Frederick Hotels Company having first opened its doors in 1898. Lavishly appointed and boasting a striking terracotta exterior – with four British Queens guarding the entrance – it was always intended to be a home to glamour and indulgence. Inside The Principal London, striking, contemporary interior designs by Tara Bernerd & Partners and Russell Sage Studio pay homage to the building’s illustrious history whilst providing stylish form and function for the modern traveller.
The opening of The Principal London has created a hub not only for its guests but also for Londoners who have a passion for great food, fabulous cocktails and memorable nights in the city. It will offer a variety of spaces for drinking, dining and partying that will – much like PRINCIPAL hotels themselves – be distinct from each other and unique in their offering.
Meetings & Events
The original hotel ballroom has been restored as part of the £85 million refurbishment and has its own private entrance on Bernard Street. The ballroom has a double-height ceilings, original features, and windows the entire length of one wall, with a mezzanine gallery that overlooks the main room. It holds up to 450 guests for a reception and up to 220 guests for a social celebration or event requiring a dance floor.
On the lower-ground floor of the hotel, eight additional meetings and events spaces can accommodate up to 100 delegates. All of them have natural daylight, and they have been designed and decorated to match the aesthetic you will find throughout The Principal London.
At a glance
- A Grade II* landmark hotel occupying the eastern flank of Russell Square.
- Charles Fitzroy Doll’s original ballroom, lovingly restored, with space for 450 people.
- Eight additional meeting and event spaces.
- Next to Russell Square Tube on the Piccadilly line, with direct connections to King’s Cross and Heathrow.
- Nearest car parks are Brunswick Centre (WC1N 1AF) or Bloomsbury Square (WC1A 2RJ).
Blue Bird – White City (just opened)
THE HISTORY BEHIND BLUEBIRD CAFÉ
Bluebird is a Chelsea landmark of 20 years – an iconic restaurant in the heart of the Kings Road. Bluebird sits at the forefront of London’s restaurant scene, and is committed to delivering the best of British. The venue is made up of a relaxed Café & Courtyard on the ground floor with a more refined Restaurant & Bar on the first floor. April 2018 marks the beginning of the Bluebird Café expansion as the celebrated Chelsea restaurant & café spreads its wings to open at the Television Centre – Bluebird Café, W12 will be at the heart of a regeneration that will open this iconic location to residents, diners & revellers for the first time in its history.
BLUEBIRD CAFÉ, WHITE CITY
The Bluebird Café has spreads its wings to the Television Centre, White City, one of London’s hottest new developments. Taking the buzz and familiar charm of the café at the original Bluebird, this new sister will bring a chic, all-day drinking and dining destination to West London. A relaxed and stylish destination with a beautiful terrace, perfect for everything from power breakfasts to leisurely elevenses and working lunches. In the evening Bluebird Café will evolve into a restaurant and bar – a place for guests to let their hair down over wine and cocktails or have dinner with friends.
Opening out onto the piazza, surrounded by the BBC, Bluebird White City is an ideal venue for informal exclusive hires offering an up and coming prime London location with expertise like no other in making a great party! The lovely outdoor terrace is a perfect location for arrival drinks and both the Chef and the Events Manager are at hand to make your culinary dreams come true, for an event to remember.
- 100 Guests Seated lunch or Dinner
- 200 Guests Standing Reception
Please feel free to get in touch to further discuss your event or venue requirements and our team of venue finding specialists look forward to being of service ! Warmest regards from all the Inspirational Venues & Events Team! Posted April 2018