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Visitors to the Merlin Entertainments London Eye can now experience what it’s like to soar high as a bird over London’s dramatic skyline, as the iconic landmark unveils its pioneering 4D Film Experience. Already offering unrivalled views of London, the £5m bespoke cinematic addition to the attraction will now provide another way to experience the city. Pre-flight, visitors will watch the first ever 3D aerial footage of London as well as witness London's New Year’s Eve fireworks. Boasting more 4D sensory effects than any other attraction in the UK, visitors will feel as if they are really there, with wind in their hair, snow falling at their feet, the floor shaking & even a sense of smell.
We're liking the makeover which has just been unveiled at Waterloo Brasserie. The venue says it's going for a 'more arty look and feel' and they've definitely achieved it in the 80-capacity bar and lounge area, where cool black-and-white photographs line the walls (rotating art exhibitions will be on display throughout the year). There's a new menu too, for sit-down dinners of up to 130.
This week sees the launch of Gaucho Charlotte Street (tel: 020 7580 6252) at the quieter top end of Fitzrovia's buzzing Charlotte Street. A modern tasting room, along similar lines to that at the Gaucho O2, makes a great private hire space alongside a contemporary bar and 150-cover restaurant, all of which are available for private hire. Gaucho’s signature cowhide decor and crystal chandeliers feature throughout, while the menu is a mix of the famed Argentinian beef and freshly prepared fish and shellfish.
Conference organiser's favourite the Royal Lancaster Hotel has changed its name to the more punchy Lancaster London. Everything else stays the same at the popular Hyde Park hotel, which features one of the largest conference suites in London, catering for up to 3,000.
Kensington’s Royal Garden Hotel has completed another rung of its refurbishment ladder with the October launch of The Palace Suite, boosting conference capacity to 550. The 4,935sq ft room will be subdividable and will have its own pre-function area and breakout rooms close by. 10 additional function rooms have also been refurbished.
Think Silver Fleet on the canal and you get the idea of new waterway venue on the water (tel: 020 7586 6666). The bespoke barge (the largest on London’s canals) is currently moored in Primrose Hill but come October it will moving up to Paddington Basin for drinks receptions and private dinners of up to 20. The white-walled vessel, with its own kitchen and luxurious bathroom, is flexible enough to cater for all requests.
The first ballroom in London to have Michelin starred cuisine on its menu, the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square is making the most of its maze connections by launching a new banqueting menu created by the restaurant’s executive chef, Jason Atherton.
Groups of 24 or more can now enjoy a new afternoon tea menu in the cosy Library Bar at The Cinnamon Club. Showcasing a selection of modern Indian delicacies, the delicious menu features dishes such as Bengali spiced crab, spiced cottage cheese and pickled cucumber, and kathi kebab rolls, as well as the obligatory scones and pastries.
It was great to see you at our Venues & Events Exhibition last week. Despite the recession, many of you are clearly still booking events, as our visitor numbers were up on last year. Office Diner fed more than 5,000 people in our ever-popular café, while also managing to come second in the Canapé Cup challenge (Cinnamon Kitchen was voted overall winner). The new Fizz For Events sessions were also a great success, as were our new pink bags, which have been spotted since all around town. See you next year!