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Secret garden by the water for summer - News & Trends Secret garden by the water for summer

Kings Place’s in-house restaurant, Rotunda, has just opened up a secret garden for events. Located just alongside Regents Canal, the space offers outdoor bars and seating, barbecue food and even giant chess.

Football-free tables at Bleeding Heart - News & Trends Football-free tables at Bleeding Heart

For some, the World Cup is a nightmare. That's why from 12 June to 12 July Bleeding Heart will offer a two-course fixed-price menu at football-free tables in both its Tavern and Bistro. Priced at £15pp and £18pp, respectively, diners will even get a complimentary third course.

Party Trend: The 70s - News & Trends Party Trend: The 70s

Trends are cyclical: it’s only a matter of time before they pop up again. This year it’s the turn of the 70s, so dig out the disco ball and don your platforms.

Post-flower show drinks at Barts - News & Trends Post-flower show drinks at Barts

The team at Barts are excited about the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show – its even created a special cocktail for the occasion. Those who fancy a tipple after getting their botany fix will be pleased to know that they’ll be able to do so in the reopened Cuban garden.

The rise and rise of smoked food - News & Trends The rise and rise of smoked food

The restaurant sector's smoking addiction has been habit-forming for the events industry too.

Why sustainability makes good business sense - News & Trends Why sustainability makes good business sense

With companies sharpening up their CSR policies and looking for more sustainable ways to do business, event organisers need to be more eco-aware. Even small changes can make a big difference.

10 of the best summer party themes - News & Trends 10 of the best summer party themes

From a quirky vintage circus to a lively music festival we bring you the 10 hottest summer party themes for 2014

New PDR menu at Stripbar & Steak - News & Trends New PDR menu at Stripbar & Steak

The head chef over at the Malmaison Hotel’s in-house restaurant has created a brand new menu for its private dining room. Diners can order from the menu on the day, with three-courses costing a tasty £65pp.

Complimentary race tickets for bookers at Newbury - News & Trends Complimentary race tickets for bookers at Newbury

With the horse racing calendar starting to get busy, the Berkshire racecourse wants to show off what it’s got. To prove it means business, the team is giving away two complimentary race day tickets to planners who book a viewing of its facilities.

Gifts for bookers at Gloucester Road hotel - News & Trends Gifts for bookers at Gloucester Road hotel

Rydges London Kensington is feeling generous. The hotel tells us it’s planning to reward bookers by giving away an Apple TV to anyone setting up events worth more than £3,000, an iPad mini to those who spend over £5,000, and a MacBook Air to big event spenders (£12,000+). Bookings must be made before 31 July and the events have to take place before 31 August 2014.

Hospitality at the Ryder Cup 2014 - News & Trends Hospitality at the Ryder Cup 2014

With Europe defending its trophy this autumn, Gleneagles is the chosen venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup. The biennial event will take place from 23-38 September and offers a multitude of options to hospitality bookers.

Lord’s launches bicentennial celebrations - What's New: Hospitality Lord’s launches bicentennial celebrations

To kick start its 200th anniversary, Lord’s has announced that a 350-capacity marquee – located on the ground’s outfield – will be available for exclusive hire this October. On 5 July, a commemorative match will also be played.

Private hire at Staffordshire country house - What's New: UK Venues Private hire at Staffordshire country house

Weston Park can now be hired exclusively when booking for a minimum of 15 delegates. Lunch, dinner and overnight accommodation are included, along with a cookery demo and tours of the grounds, all for £235pp.

Join the V&E sales team - account director - News & Trends Join the V&E sales team - account director

We are currently searching for an account director to join our highly successful Venues & Events team. Excellent renumeration, varied work, plus plenty of fun opportunities await successful candidates. Click here for more details.

PenniBlack Catering at London Fashion Week - News & Trends PenniBlack Catering at London Fashion Week

PenniBlack Catering has announced it’ll be laying-on canapés at London Fashion Week this spring. For those organising events there’ll be three packages on offer: Bronze will include hand-delivery of favourites like Roquefort and roast fig to your event, while, for something a little more indulgent, the Silver package will offer the likes of baby venison and puff pastry pies prepared onsite by a chef. While each of the packages will include fizz, the Gold package has extra panache, offering Taittinger Brut Reserve NV Champagne for guests – very stylish indeed. Prices start at £27.50.

The London Kitchen to cater at new UK venue in 2014 - News & Trends The London Kitchen to cater at new UK venue in 2014

The Grade I-listed flight-testing warehouse will open its doors for events in 2014. As the largest wind tunnel in Great Britain, up to 350 guests will be able to enjoy the venue’s vintage military furniture and food prepared by caterer The London Kitchen. A 30ft mahogany wood blade used in the early days of British aviation will no doubt capture the imagination, while guests will even be able to explore the control cabin of an aircraft.

New hot rum bar at Floridita  - News & Trends New hot rum bar at Floridita

In time for winter, Wardour Street’s Floridita has opened a hot rum bar in its subterranean Rum Shack. Decorated with reclaimed wood, barrel tables and snug blankets to boot, it’ll serve a range of cocktails, including a Barbados Toddy and a Hot Spiced Tai. Yum.

Winter rates at Heritage Motor Centre - News & Trends Winter rates at Heritage Motor Centre

Until 31 March next year, the motoring museum is offering DDR packages at £32pp. Conference and meeting room hire is included, as well as all food and drink. Delegates will even get free access to the museum itself.

New hotels opening in Switzerland - News & Trends New hotels opening in Switzerland

Bookers looking to entertain clients this winter should consider Switzerland. A host of four and five-star hotels are opening across the country in December, including the Hotel InterContinental, Davos, the Chedi Andermatt and the W Hotel, Verbier, all of which are located in and around the Swiss Alps. If you want to be a little closer to town, there’s the Sheraton Zurich or the Crowne Plaza, Geneva. Alternatively, you could go all out, with the Gstaad Palace – it’s got its very own nightclub!

Clove Club launches Typhoon Haiyan appeal - Restaurant and Bar News Clove Club launches Typhoon Haiyan appeal

Shoreditch restaurant The Clove Club is leading an appeal for aid to support victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines last Friday leaving thousands feared dead.

The London Kitchen heads east - News & Trends The London Kitchen heads east

The UK event caterer has launched a brand new franchise in the gulf region Ii conjunction with a Kuwaiti-based company. Located in Ardiya, Kuwait, The London Kitchen Middle East will set up its base at a facility comprising 2,700sq m and will share the same food philosophy, menus and relaxed style as its UK counterpart. 110 full time staff, including 40 chefs, will be employed to focus on weddings and corporate events.

10% discount from Say Fromage - News & Trends 10% discount from Say Fromage

The photo booth company is offering 10% off all weddings and private parties held in October and November 2013. The deal includes a host, six hours of use, unlimited prints and direct access to Twitter and facebook.

Restaurant Roundup: autumn 2013 - News & Trends Restaurant Roundup: autumn 2013

Our pick of the top new destinations for group dining.

Party trend: foraging - News & Trends Party trend: foraging

With edible gardens and pick-your-own popping up across town, catering in 2013 is going back to its roots.

3D holographic technology unveiled at 8 Northumberland - What's New: London Venues 3D holographic technology unveiled at 8 Northumberland

As the first UK venue to partner with holographic technology provider Musion, 8 Northumberland Avenue is inviting event organisers to check out its newly-installed 3D holographic experience today. The new technology can be used in a range of ways, adding an eye-catching visual element to events at the venue – planners can make CEOs disappear, and even bring famous people to the stage for a live show. Hourly demonstrations have been taking place since the 21 September, with today's showcase being the last. Advance booking is required. Email the venue for details.

News & trends: rising damp - News & Trends News & trends: rising damp

Waterlogged fields, a sea of umbrellas and cancelled events set a soggy tone last summer. Britain is getting wetter – make sure rain doesn’t sink your event

Party trend: Take a Bite - News & Trends Party trend: Take a Bite

Right now, it's all about The Big Apple. From slider sandwiches to warehouse design, London's event scene is taking note. Yank your party into shape with these top tips

Party Trend: Top of the Pops - News & Trends Party Trend: Top of the Pops

Popcorn has found its cool. Everyone from top chefs to fashionistas are digging in.

New bands for events  - News & Trends New bands for events

Entertainment agency Vitali Music has just signed two new acts. The female-fronted Woman flies the flag for power ballads, belting out classic crowd-pleasers like Black Betty, Sweet Child of Mine and Walk this Way, while the acoustic trio Vegas Girls will have your guests dancing to energetic mash-ups of songs by the likes of Faithless, Groove Armada and Moby.

Anyone for table tennis? - News & Trends Anyone for table tennis?

Ping pong is so hot right now even world leaders are playing it. With its sociable nature and group-friendly vibe, it’s no wonder table tennis is set to become an event staple.

We love… Cube cakes from Harrods  - News & Trends We love… Cube cakes from Harrods

This week we’ve been lusting after these bijoux cakes from Harrods and think they’d make a delicious addition to any party. Part of Harrods' new bakery range, they come in six flavours, including caramel sponge, pistachio and chocolate, and cost £3.50 each.

What's Cooking - Jelly Breaking the Mould - News & Trends What's Cooking - Jelly Breaking the Mould

Spotted at London Fashion Week, on The Fat Duck’s menu and at a myriad of celebrity parties, jelly is no longer the stuff of children’s birthdays.

Party Popper - iTab by Touch2View - News & Trends Party Popper - iTab by Touch2View

Interactive technology at exhibitions is all the rage right now and the latest product to launch is the human-size iTab by visual specialists Touch2View.

What's Cooking - Bubble Food - News & Trends What's Cooking - Bubble Food

Bring a little bit of elBulli to your event with the new molecular party menus from Bubble Food

Best of British - News & Trends Best of British

We predict that this summer’s party season will be all about home-grown entertainment

Event Issue - Olympics - News & Trends Event Issue - Olympics

The 2012 Games are creeping up on us. Anyone who’s planning to organise an Olympics-themed event should be aware of the issues they face. And no, we don’t mean the rumoured ‘Great Portaloo Crisis of 2012’…

Tired of Turkey? - News & Trends Tired of Turkey?

Check out these tasty alternatives to turkey & avoid festive food fatigue

Club Class - Mini Features Club Class

From champagne lounges to gourmet restaurants, it’s VIP service all the way as nightclubs across town compete for 30-something business. Mike Fletcher reports on the rise of the grown-up clubber

Event Issue - Up in Smoke - News & Trends Event Issue - Up in Smoke

Earlier this year, the eruption of an unknown Icelandic volcano brought Europe to a standstill. Eve Pertile asks what the event industry has learnt from the ash cloud crisis

'You Rock!' - Party Trend Feature on Guitar Hero - News & Trends 'You Rock!' - Party Trend Feature on Guitar Hero

Two words are keeping music fans like Annica Wainwright hooked on GuitarHero. Here, she makes the case for using interactive games at events

Event Issue - Reap What You Sow  - News & Trends Event Issue - Reap What You Sow

Companies that invest in events during a financial downturn emerge stronger once the shoots of recovery start to break through. Here are a few of the reasons why...

Event Issue - Twitter - News & Trends Event Issue - Twitter

Valuable business tool or five-minute fad? Mike Fletcher gives us the lowdown on the latest social networking phenomenon

Summer Parties - News & Trends Summer Parties

It's been a long winter. Wake up your workforce with a summer party. The Square Meal Venues & Events team shows you how.

Square Meal's Christmas Clinic  - News & Trends Square Meal's Christmas Clinic

Are this year’s party plans causing you pain? Fear not. Whatever the symptoms of your Christmas crisis, we’ve got just the right remedy to ensure full health is restored. Click through for a thorough consultation on everything from quick-fix catering ideas to a foolproof prescription for getting groups into clubs. You won’t need a second opinion!

Party Trend - Russia - News & Trends Party Trend - Russia

As oligarchs flood into London, it’s no wonder the wintry ambience of Russia is shaping up to be 2008’s coolest Christmas party trend

Party Trend - Karaoke - News & Trends Party Trend - Karaoke

Karaoke is back – and this time it’s cool. The Japanese singalong machine has moved out of the pub corner and into sleek private rooms, attracting corporates and celebrities alike. Not tried it recently? It’s about time...

Party Trend - Brazil - News & Trends Party Trend - Brazil

From samba beats to tropical cocktails, summer is all about Brazil, the hottest party trend of 2008. Just leave the thong and roller blades at home

Event Issue - Smoking Solutions - News & Trends Event Issue - Smoking Solutions

As the smoking ban settles in for the long term, Louise Troy finds that venues are thinking up imaginative ways of coping with the changes

Party Trend - Ice - News & Trends Party Trend - Ice

Forecasts of a scorching summer are presenting event organisers with a new challenge – keeping cool. What better way than by adding some ice into the mix?

Event Issue - Going Green - News & Trends Event Issue - Going Green

With such a myriad of ‘green’ packages and promises on the market, going eco-friendly can be a confusing and costly process. But small changes can reduce your environmental impact without draining your budget, says Louise Troy

Party Trend - Comedy - News & Trends Party Trend - Comedy

With a host of quirky new acts springing up, finding ways to get your guests chuckling has never been so easy. Jessica Holland does the circuit

Event Issue - Insurance - News & Trends Event Issue - Insurance

With the corporate manslaughter law coming into effect this spring, event insurance can no longer be avoided, warns Louise Troy