January Ideas for AGMs, Partners Conferences & Residential Meetings

London is due to be a busy place this year! especially with the Rugby World Cup on top of the usual fabulous events that block out the meeting space and accommodation around the UK! Now is a good time to start planning and booking those AGM’s, Partners Conferences and Residential meetings to ensure you get the right venue! Here’s a few ideas…

Foxhills Hotel & Spa, Surrey

Foxhills-SurreyA 70 bed Country Club and Resort, set on a picturesque 400 acre estate (fabulous for team building) just 20 minutes from Heathrow. Meeting rooms accommodate from 4 to 160 delegates. After a pleasurable meeting, guests can take their pick from a fantastic range of leisure facilities including: two championship eighteen-hole golf courses, one nine-hole par three course, eleven tennis courts, four swimming pools, a luxurious Health Spa not forgetting a range of different dining options from informal hog roasts to gala-esq dinners! 10mins from Woking Station (Which is just 20mins on the train from Waterloo).




Runnymede Hotel Egham Surrey

Runnymede-EghamJust 10 mins from London Heathrow Airport and 40 mins from central London. With 13 meeting rooms, 10 syndicate rooms, two riverside restaurants and one award-winning spa, your delegates can reinvigorate their bodies as well as their minds. The private mooring opens up another world of possibilities. From brainstorming boat trips to dreamy drinks receptions and fabulous BBQs on the riverbank… conversation bubbles along and people re-engage as people, not just colleagues.
Facilities and services to your brief for anything from 2 to 160 delegates. There’s natural daylight in every meeting room, fully controllable air-conditioning, flexible space, the latest technology at your fingertips, networking spaces and fantastic formal or informal food.

*Special offer from January to April – 24 hour rates from £249 inc VAT PLUS one delegate goes free for every ten booked!

Coworth Park, Ascot

Coworth-ParkCoworth Park is a 70-room luxury country house hotel and spa set in 240 acres of picturesque Berkshire parkland just 45 minutes from central London and 20 minutes from Heathrow airport.

All event spaces are equipped with the latest in conference technology and cater for a wide range of events, from private board meetings to lavish dinners for up to 100 guests.







*Special Offer
Group rates (6 or more rooms) from £205.00 per night including full English breakfast and excluding VAT at 20% (£246.00 inclusive of VAT) and for any new group enquiries – complimentary Champagne reception on arrival for events taking place between January and March 2015.

Four Seasons Hampshire

Four-Seasons-HampshireFrom business conferences to incentive breaks and luncheons, Four Seasons Hampshire has the technical facilities, expansive space and a great range of group activities to make you event memorable!

*Special offer – One comp guest room with 25 paid guest rooms, one accommodation upgrade to a suite with 25 paid guest rooms. Valid until the end of March.







Lainston House Hotel, Winchester

Lainston-HouseLainston House, Winchester – A 50 bed quaint, traditional hotel 55min from London on the train. Accommodates up to 200 delegates (reception). Ideal residential group is 35-50 people (exclusive use). Our Team said – “Amazing food, spacious bedrooms, modern bathroom facilities with a personal touch surrounded by stunning grounds”.








Cliveden House Hotel & Spa, Bershire

ClivedenPerfect location for business meetings, conferences, and client entertaining but is also ideally located and is an excellent venue for tailored activities and team challenges. 8 Private spaces for up to 250 guests! Taplow (2 miles away) and Burnham (4 miles away). Trains go to/from London Paddington and take approximately 35 minutes.
*Special Offer – 2 for 1 Meeting Offer – Buy one 24 hour rate and get one free at Cliveden House.






Looking for something further a field? Try Dolce, Chantilly France

Dolce-ChantillyIn the heart of Chantilly’s forest, close to Paris, the conference centre of Dolce Chantilly infuses serenity for the exchange of new ideas.

Dolce Chantilly’s expansive Conference Centre is comprised of more than 2 000 m² (22, 000 sq. ft.) of dedicated convention space, with 23 meeting rooms organized around an airy, welcoming Atrium. The 9 main conference rooms accommodating up to 300 people and the 14 breakout rooms all feature ample natural lighting, ergonomic seating, individual temperature control and the most advanced audio-visual equipment available, including video conferencing and wireless high speed Internet access. Not forgetting the fabulous golf course!

January New Openings


Hotel – M by The Montcalm Shoreditch

MontcalmOpening March 2015

Located in the heart of London’s trendiest area, Shoreditch, the hotel is in close proximity to many of London’s coolest boutiques, restaurants, bar and markets. The hotel has a dedicated events floor with an abundance of natural daylight and a maximum capacity of 250 persons. Hotel.







Mercure London Hyde Park Hotel

MercureOverlooking a peaceful garden square in elegant Paddington, Mercure Hyde Park Hotel is A 2 minute walk from Paddington Station and 5 minute walk from London’s iconic Hyde Park. A charming, classic English style Town House, the Hotel has a popular bar and 78 comfortable rooms, designed with the contemporary/traditional British feel.







Sky Garden

SkyGNow Open!

We mentioned in our November newsletter about this stunning venue! We popped in last week to take a look around. A very interesting space and would certainly work for large numbers!








Kings Cross – New development brings in the big names!

King's-CrossVinoteca – opening in February 2015 at One Pancras Square
The popular wine bar and eatery will open a 90-cover restaurant at the gateway to King’s Cross. Vinoteca is inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy. The restaurant focuses on high quality, characterful wines and simple, yet imaginative food.

D&D London – German Gymnasium – due to open late 2015.
Sitting in a prime spot between King’s Cross and St Pancras Stations, the German Gymnasium is a beautiful Grade II listed building. The ground floor will house a 150-cover brasserie and bar with outdoor terraces seating up to 70. The mezzanine will house a smaller restaurant and elegant dining room overlooking the brasserie below.


Jamie Oliver Group – opens Spring 2015
Plans are to lease space in the Fish & Coal Buildings and Wharf Road arches. The western end of the Fish & Coal Building will be a pub with a roof conservatory and outdoor roof terrace overlooking Regent’s Canal. The upper floors will become the “creative centre” for the Group, with offices and test kitchens, while the lower level arches will form part of a new restaurant.

Granger & Co – opening in Seven Pancras Square, Spring 2015
Popular chef Bill Granger brings a slice of his Australian approach to the restaurant scene at King’s Cross. His infectious joy in good, fresh food means promises an unmissable culinary experience.

Waitrose is opening an £18 million food and wine shop and cookery school at King’s Cross
The 29,000 sq ft food and wine shop and 3,000 sq ft cookery school will open late 2015. The store is being developed in the Grade II-listed Midland Goods Shed.

Cubitt House Group – opening The Lighterman in Canalside Pavilion at Granary Square
The 3-level Pavilion sits on the banks of Regent’s Canal. The outside terraces taking full advantage of the panoramic views over the canal and Granary Square with its famous fountains.

Notes Coffee – Opens Spring 2015
The specialist coffee shop and music venue opens at One Pancras Square.

Kimchee – opening early 2015 at Two Pancras Square
The Holborn-based Korean restaurant is coming to Pancras Square. Koreans BBQ is the staple at Kimchee, with an open-plan kitchen serving delicious meat and fish dishes.

Regent Street Cinema, London – Opens April 2015

Regent-StreetThis historic venue has remained closed to the public for the past 34 years. In April when it reopens, it will be available to hire for events such as private screenings and product launches for up to 200 guests.









AC by Marriott Copenhagen Bella Sky

Bella-SkyOpened Dec 2014

The Bella Sky Hotel Copenhagen joined the Marriott Family as the first AC by Marriott Copenhagen Bella Sky! This is an amazing MICE property & offers some phenomenal meeting space (48 rooms in total, max cap 260 people). The hotel features 812 bedrooms, 4 restaurants and 2 bars including the Sky Bar not forgetting the spa and 24 hour fitness centre! Certainly one to watch in 2015!





Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel


The 250-bedroom hotel, currently known as the Hoteli Dubrovacka Rivijera d.d, will become the brand’s fourth property in Croatia. It houses one of the largest conference facilities along the Croatian Adriatic Coast with approximately 1,000sqm of meeting space. There will also be a Sheraton Shine Spa, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, and a tennis court.






JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Italy

JW-MarriottOpening March 2015

Located on the private island oasis – Isola delle Rose (Island of Roses) – this fabulous luxury retreat is a 15min boat ride from St Marks Square. Features include: 266 guestrooms, 14 meeting rooms (max Capacity 380 delegates), a rooftop swimming pool (touting terrific views over Venice), full-service spa (with a hammam and outdoor treatment cabanas), cooking school and wine academy, and several restaurants and bars.






Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

Mandarin-OrientalOpening Spring 2015

The group’s first resort unfolding outside of bustling Marrakech in a landscaped patch of olive groves fringed by the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Bunk down in one of 54 private riad-style villas, trimmed with pools, hot tubs, open-air showers, and private areas for sunbathing and alfresco dining. The remainder of the palatial resort includes five on-site eateries and a spa equipped with a traditional hammam, while Marrakech’s legendary walled medina quarter is just a five-minute drive away. Meeting space: A range of spacious reception rooms available for meetings, weddings and events plus 20 hectares of landscaped gardens with a capacity to host parties and receptions of up to 1000 guests.

November Ideas for Christmas Year-End Functions

Chiltern Firehouse – Marylebone

Chiltern-FirehouseThis unique venue is a stunning accomplishment led by world renowned hotelier André Balazs. He’s a big name in the industry with the super-trendy and ultra-swish Chateau Marmont in Hollywood and The Mercer in New York among his portfolio.

With “chef curator” and Michelin-starred chef Nuno Mendes, this is indeed an exclusive venue which requires much forward planning to secure a reservation. Private dining for up to 12 guests is available.


Sketch London – Mayfair

Sketch-LondonSketch is a complex and an exquisitely unique site. Conceived by French master chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mazouz, it has attracted unprecedented media reaction for its myriad food, drink and entertainment styles since it opened in December 2002.

With 6 separate venues within the complex, ranging in capacity from 24 to 500 guests, this stunning venue has the exclusive wow factor for this years Christmas party. Whether it be for a private dinner or champagne reception Sketch has some selected dates for the 2014 year end events.

Circus – West End

Circus“Ladies & gentlemen, boys & girls, crazy cats and acrobats – welcome to Circus… Is it a restaurant…? A bar…? A cabaret? YES! A triumphant trio of all three!!”

Circus is an innovative combination of cocktail bar and cabaret restaurant set in vibrant Covent Garden, in London’s West End. For private events this unique venue can accommodate up to 140 guests for a seated dinner and up to 300 guests for a cocktails & canapés reception. The show must go on! Over lunch and dinner their fantastical Circus troupe will be on show to amaze and entertain.

Kettner’s – Soho

Kettner'sGorgeously glamorous, Kettner’s today boasts an all-day Brasserie, Cocktail and Champagne Bar and eight Private Dining Rooms available for hire. The Grade II listed building retains much of the original architecture, creating an intimate, homely feel, whilst a recent refurbishment has lovingly restored the space for a modern audience. Don your finest, (or your favourite old cardigan,) and drink, dine and revel at Kettner’s this year.



Gordon Ramsays’ MAZE – Grosvenor Square

Gordon-RamsaysA fusion of taste and style, the combination of French and Asian influsence offers a unique tasting experience. Michelin star service and award winning menus with classic cocktail offerings!

From lunch celebrations and group dinners, to the Kitchen Table Experience and private dining – Maze offers a number of chouces to host your Chritmas party including four stunning Private Dining Rooms which can accommodate anything from 8 to 40 guests. With a bit of forward planning you can also hire the venue exclusively for up to 100 guests seated. Prices start from £45 inc VAT for a 3 course dinner (Christmas Themed) based on a minimum of 20 guests.

Home House – Portman Square

Home HouseHome House is London’s most exclusive private members’ club. Occupying a terrace of Georgian townhouses in elegant Portman Square in the heart of London, members and guests enjoy the splendour of 18th Century architecture and the opulence of neo-classical design in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere; it’s a true Home from Home. A few selected dates are still available for both lunches and dinners during the festive period with maximum numbers of up to 80 guests seated.

November New Openings

We’ve been busy sourcing all the “inside info” on the latest venue openings both nationally and internationally.


Sky Gardens

SkyGOpening January 2015

Three dedicated events spaces are planned on Levels 35, 36 and 37 as well as two restaurants and a private dining room. The capacities range from 16 to 250 guests with the option to hire the entire venue accommodating 450 guests.

Level 35 – Sky Pod Bar

A contemporary bar serving an all­ day menu from breakfast through to light bites in the evening. The space transforms into a destination bar at night serving classic cocktails and craft ales in a chic environment that offers 360 degree panoramic views of Central London.

Level 36 – Darwin Brasserie

All day casual dining. An accessible brasserie offering classic European cuisine using the finest seasonal ingredients. The concept is inspired by nature and the setting is modern and stylish. A semi-exposed kitchen and large bar provide food theatre.

Level 37 – Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

A chic restaurant that exudes traditional charm and taste with a modern twist. Serving the finest seafood from responsibly caught sources as well as seasonal game, meat and vegetarian dishes. The atmosphere is akin to the finest members clubs, smart but informal with a highly personal touch. The restaurant includes a private dining room with 18 covers.

Brand Exchange

BrandEOpening November 2014

New Private Members Club. If you are looking for stylish surroundings to do business, the Brand Exchange is a recently renovated, grade II listed building, steeped in history, character and elegant architectural features. Located on Birchin Lane, just a stone’s throw from Bank Station.

Brand Exchange accommodates boardrooms and flexible events / conference space for up to 75 guests, available to hire for a variety of functions from meetings and private screenings to forums, workshops and press launches.




Mondrian, London


Opening January 2015

Located in the vibrant South Bank area within iconic Sea Containers House. From all public areas, Mondrian London’s restaurants and bars are set to become destinations in their own right.

Facilities Include:

  • 316 Rooms & 43 Suites
  • Rooftop Bar & Terrace
  • Private Dining
  • Meeting & Event Space
  • Private Screening Room
  • Agua Spa



ETC Marble Arch

ETCOpening January 2015

Situated on Edgware Road just minutes away from Marble Arch Station and Bond Street.​ With over 22, 000 sqft of space spread over 3 floors, the venue will offer contemporary designed, high quality training and meeting rooms and a restaurant and lounge.​ Freshly prepared food will be served onsite by chefs from a theatre style kitchen.








The Movenpick, Istanbul Golden Horn

MovenpickOpening January 2015

Offering a contemporary ambiance that echoes the magic of Istanbul’s past. Will feature 136 spacious rooms with panoramic waterfront views, a gourmet restaurant, state of the art meeting rooms for up to 200 delegates and a rejuvenating spa! Only 40 minutes from Ataturk airport.








The Knickerbocker, New York

KnickerbockerOpening February 2015

Registered as a New York City Landmark since 1988, the legacy of The Knickerbocker returns to the southeast corner of 42nd Street overlooking Times Square, revealing an elegant, luxury lifestyle hotel offering guest rooms and suites, a fitness center, a 2,200 square foot event space for up to 250 guests, a ground level grab-and-go café, signature restaurant and bar, and a 7,500 square foot rooftop bar and terrace with unrivaled views of New York City’s effervescent skyline.






Kempinski House of the Rising Sun, Beijing


Opening November 2014

Located an hour from Beijing Airport. With 306 bedrooms, One ballroom, 12 meeting and board rooms and ample out-door event space including an 18 hole golf course amidst beautifully landscaped natural gardens plus a stunning SPA. Certainly worth the trip!








Dolce Q – Center, Chicago

DolceOpening January 2015

Q Center becomes Dolce’s first conference hotel in the Chicago area and its third property in the Midwest. It is conveniently located just 35 miles from O’Hare, Chicago’s largest airport.Features include: 1,042-guest rooms and suites, 150,000 sq. ft. of meeting space certified by IACC, 118 meeting rooms, Two Conference Dining Rooms, a Café, and Two on-site bars plus a fitness centre.