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What's New: London Venues — September 2008

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Archives for September 2008

St James's Reopens with Michelin Chef - What's New: London Venues St James's Reopens with Michelin Chef

Reopening this week is St. James's Hotel and Club (tel: 020 7316 1600) following an 18 month refurb. Dating back to 1892 (when it opened as a gentlemen's chamber for the aristocracy), the elegant townhouse has four very stylish private dining/meeting rooms, catering for up to 120, and with Michelin-starred German chef Dieter Müller at the helm, food will be faultless.

Hang on to Summer in the City - What's New: London Venues Hang on to Summer in the City

We've found a way to hang onto summer all through the winter, by booking a private party at the Leadenhall branch of Revolution (tel: 020 7929 4233). It's all thanks to the Real Sunlight Machine. Long popular with the Swedes, it produces incredibly realistic (and totally harmless) rays of light and heat. The Revolution guys can lay on a sandy beach, palm trees and loungers to complete the experience. If popular, Revolution plan to roll it out across their 55 vodka bars nationwide.

Reopening for Just St James - What's New: London Venues Reopening for Just St James

Delightfully grand restaurant and bar Just St James has emerged from a summer makeover looking completely revitalised. The soaring ceilings, ornate chandeliers, spiral staircase and funky glass lift all remain, but the dining area has been moved and raised to ensure a pleasant view of St James below, and a new lighting system makes the space brighter. Host a drinks reception in the exclusive new Clicquot Lounge on the Gallery Level or take over the restaurant, holding 120.

New Restaurant for St Pancras - What's New: London Venues New Restaurant for St Pancras

Following the launch of the glamorous St Pancras Champagne Bar earlier this year, restaurant, bar and private dining room St Pancras Grand (tel: 020 7870 9900) is following hot on its heels. With specially created menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as an all-day menu, food is proudly British and seasonal, with a strictly European wine list. Private dining for 10 is the perfect way to welcome your visitors off Eurostar.

New Events Venue in Covent Garden - What's New: London Venues New Events Venue in Covent Garden

Covent Garden has a new dedicated meetings and events space right by the Piazza. Formerly the Theatre Museum, The Flower Cellars (tel: 020 7170 9133) is a great blank canvas space, with two floors of event space holding up to 250 on the ground floor and 750 on the lower ground, with bare brick and whitewashed walls. The Hospital Club Events Company will oversee bookings and events.

My Square Meal - What's New: London Venues My Square Meal

We've launched some snazzy new features on our website which means you can create your own profile and start building your own mini Venues & Events guide. Create your own lists (say, 'Christmas party ideas' or 'Private dining venues') or build up a list of favourite caterers and party planners, and there's even the capability to email the list to your colleague. For more information click here, or if you’re raring to go, simply login with the box on the left (you may need to register if you don’t already have a Square Meal account).

In Fashion at May Fair Hotel - What's New: London Venues In Fashion at May Fair Hotel

London Fashion Week has started and this year's official hotel is the May Fair. If you're a fashion junkie, hang out in the lobby this week, where designers, supermodels and buyers will be holding court. The hotel has all the right credentials, with the largest private screening room in town, and the Crystal Room, boasting the biggest Baccarat chandelier in Europe.

Kings Place Open for Business - What's New: London Venues Kings Place Open for Business

Kings Place is now open for business in King's Cross, with all sorts of flexible spaces up for hire, including London's first new concert hall in London since the Barbican in 1982, holding up to 420, or there's the Battlebridge Room overlooking Regent's Canal, for up to 330. Two art galleries make attractive drinks reception spaces and there's a private dining room for up to 20.

VR5 at The Egg - What's New: London Venues VR5 at The Egg

Though the likes of The Cross, Canvas and The Key have closed in King's Cross, The Egg is still going strong and has opened a new top floor, VR5 (tel: 020 7609 8364). It's a very funky space, holding 275 for a party, and has its own entrance and smoking terrace, along with some rather adventurous light projections.

Sing for your Supper - What's New: London Venues Sing for your Supper

At last an alternative to Sarastro: Le Bel Canto has just opened in the City. Already a big hit in Paris, it's essentially a programme of live opera, sung by professional singers and accompanied by pianists, alongside excellent three course dinners. Great for a private party for up to 160 or tables within normal service for up to 30.

V&E Show Seminars Live on Web - What's New: London Venues V&E Show Seminars Live on Web

We were delighted by your feedback from our show seminars last week and due to popular demand, we've put all our presentations online for you in PDF format. Click through to read and download!

Square Meal V&E Show Boasts 14% Visitor Increase - What's New: London Venues Square Meal V&E Show Boasts 14% Visitor Increase

We were thrilled to welcome over 7,000 of you to Old Billingsgate on 17 and 18 September for our fourth annual Venues & Events exhibition. Another resounding success, we had a huge number of new exhibitors and some great new features such as the Square Meal Canapé Cup; our 'insider knowledge' seminars were also more popular than ever. It's encouraging to see that even in what was a terrible week for the financial sector, we managed to buck the gloomy news with a 14 per cent increase in turnout too.

Canapé Cup Winner Announced - What's New: London Venues Canapé Cup Winner Announced

This year's V&E show saw the launch of The Square Meal Canapé Cup competition. 10 catering companies and venues with affiliated caterers all submitted delicious entries but the winner was Sodexo Prestige with its buttermilk and rosemary sweetcorn fritter, peppered confit rabbit with apple glaze and watercress puree. Second place went to The Cinnamon Club and the-recipe came third. Congratulations to all involved!

America Square Open for Business - What's New: London Venues America Square Open for Business

America Square in the City is now open for business. With an original piece of 2,000-year old Roman Wall running through it, extensive meeting spaces include seven meeting rooms, seating from two to 200. The venue is run by Cavendish Conference Venues and will be the fourth addition to their existing three West End venues.

Delve inside earlier archives for August 2008 or browse through newer archives for October 2008.