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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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With edible gardens and pick-your-own popping up across town, catering in 2013 is going back to its roots.
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.
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
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
Popcorn has found its cool. Everyone from top chefs to fashionistas are digging in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bring a little bit of elBulli to your event with the new molecular party menus from Bubble Food
We predict that this summer’s party season will be all about home-grown entertainment
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’…
Check out these tasty alternatives to turkey & avoid festive food fatigue
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
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
Two words are keeping music fans like Annica Wainwright hooked on GuitarHero. Here, she makes the case for using interactive games at events
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...
Valuable business tool or five-minute fad? Mike Fletcher gives us the lowdown on the latest social networking phenomenon
It's been a long winter. Wake up your workforce with a summer party. The Square Meal Venues & Events team shows you how.
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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
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...
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
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
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?
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
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
With the corporate manslaughter law coming into effect this spring, event insurance can no longer be avoided, warns Louise Troy