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Lucky Voice's third regional outpost has opened in Brighton (tel: 01273 715770), right in the heart of The Lanes. Singing takes place over three floors, in seven private karaoke rooms each hosting between eight and 15 singers. A cocktail bar on the lower ground floor is open to all and the venue is open to 2am each night.
West Sussex-based South Lodge Hotel has been awarded ‘Hotel of the Year – Group’ at the 2009 Caterer and Hotelkeeper Cateys Awards. Part of the Exclusive Hotels group, the hotel recently enjoyed an £8m refurbishment and has 21 function rooms, alongside innovative chef's table The Pass.
Two of the venues in the SIV (Sheffield International Venues) Conferencing and Events brand have been hailed as the safest in the country following a leisure industry assessment, receiving the top scores in the QLM's Leisuresafe certification scheme. City Hall Sheffield scored 90% and the English Institute of Sport Sheffield 88%. Read more about these venues and others in our Sheffield and South Yorkshire feature.
Calcot Health and Leisure Ltd, owner of boutique hotel Calcot Manor has bought Barnsley House and The Village Pub, near Cirencester in Gloucestershire. The Grade II-listed hotel had entered administration in May, so it's good news that a fellow Cotswolds neighbour (with 16 miles between them) has taken over the 18-bedroom property, with conference facilities and a cinema.
What better way to unwind and relax after a long day of meetings than by enjoying a few beers and a barbecue by the river? So head for Richmond, where The Bingham has created a £115 per person package, which includes a day of meetings and a delicious evening barbecue in the hotel's riverside gardens. Up to 150 guests can be catered for.
The Bath Priory’s Garden Spa will be reopening this September following a complete refurbishment, with four new treatment rooms, an indoor swimming pool, sauna, elliptical steam pod and a gym. Guests will be able to enjoy the hotel's beautifully landscaped gardens through large glass windows in the gym and pool area. Read more about spas in our comprehensive spa guide, both online and in our current summer magazine.
QHotels’ Ashford International Hotel is now just 37 minutes from central London following the opening of the new South Eastern bullet train preview service, the UK's first ever high-speed train. The service will run between Ashford International, Ebbsfleet International and St Pancras International and will become fully operational on 13 December. The preview service currently runs three morning peak services from Ashford International to St Pancras International and three peak services in the evening.
Bedfordshire venue Wyboston Lakes has launched 14 newly refurbished training rooms at its award-winning venue, the Robinson Executive Conference Centre. New carpets and a fresh colour scheme provide a backdrop for unobstructed sightlines and spacious working areas, alongside free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning.
Stoke Park has various tempting offers to entice you to the Buckinghamshire hotel and golf club. In August, book a minimum of 10 24-hour conference packages and receive one free. In September, book a Christmas party for a minimum of 30 guests and the organiser will receive an SPC Facial and use of the Pavilion facilities for two people. Finally in October, book a Tuesday afternoon golf package and receive a complimentary bacon roll upgrade.