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Where to watch the World Cup: exclusive hire - Venue News & Ideas Where to watch the World Cup: exclusive hire

It might be in Brazil, but corporate groups can get their own slice of World Cup action here at home.

Register now for a free meal at V&E Live 2013  - Venue News & Ideas Register now for a free meal at V&E Live 2013

Visitors can choose to book either a free breakfast or lunch (courtesy of Office Diner) when they register for Square Meal Venues & Events Live. Held at riverside venue Old Billingsgate on 18 and 19 September, the exhibition will be spread across five floors packed with more than 300 venues and event suppliers.

Check out the show preview here or in the summer issue of Square Meal Venues & Events magazine

Troxy wins the Kerrang! Awards - Venue News & Ideas Troxy wins the Kerrang! Awards

The East End venue will host the Relentless Kerrang! Awards for the first time this year. The music mag’s awards take place on 13 June and are to be hosted by Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and Anthrax's Scott Ian.

Private hire available for ‘David Bowie is...’ at the V&A  - What's New: London Venues Private hire available for ‘David Bowie is...’ at the V&A

The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the singer’s career. ‘David Bowie is...’, due to open on 23 March, will bring together more than 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography and set designs from the past five decades. The space will be available for private hire, and viewings can also be built into events in the Dome, Raphael Gallery and outdoor courtyard.

IndigO2 picks new caterer - Venue News & Ideas IndigO2 picks new caterer

Bubble Food has been added to the approved supplier list at IndigO2. The caterer will serve up its trademark molecular-inspired food in The O2’s intimate sister venue (reception capacity: 1,500).

Free package upgrades in the City - Venue News & Ideas Free package upgrades in the City

Party Ingredients is offering a free upgrade on its City Classics day delegate package for those who book in February. All-inclusive prices start from £59pp.

1 in 10 goes free at the CWR - Venue News & Ideas 1 in 10 goes free at the CWR

The historic Churchill War Rooms is offering one free guest with every 10 at all events booked for February and March. The underground venue can be hired exclusively for up to 400 people.

Cheese and wine competition - Venue News & Ideas Cheese and wine competition

2013 marks 30 years of business for Chester Boyd and to celebrate its birthday the caterer has teamed up with cheese makers from Wales and Surrey to create the Red Chester 1067. The 3kg wheel will accompany a bottle of wine, jar of chutney and a selection of biscuits as part of a one-off prize. To be in with a chance, go here, and say whom you’d invite along to your perfect wine and cheese evening.

Peckforton Castle  takes on Land Rover  - Venue News & Ideas Peckforton Castle takes on Land Rover

Peckforton Castle has taken over the Cheshire-based Land Rover Experience. Corporate teambuilding events can be combined with meetings and an overnight stay in the castle.

Win a nine-course tasting menu for six - Venue News & Ideas Win a nine-course tasting menu for six

Hot new Japanese restaurant Wabi London is offering V&E readers the chance to win a nine-course tasting menu for six, plus the opportunity to design their own meal with executive chef Scott Hallsworth (ex Nobu).

Win dinner and a suite at South Place Hotel  - Venue News & Ideas Win dinner and a suite at South Place Hotel

South Place Hotel is offering the chance to win a night in Suite 610, complete with Champagne, dinner for two at Angler and more. Click through for details.

Deals at The Deck - Venue News & Ideas Deals at The Deck

The rooftop venue at the National Theatre is offering bookers the chance to hire the space for £2013 at over 50% off. The flexible space works for indoor, outdoor or combination events, with great views across the Thames.

Royal approval for CH&Co - Venue News & Ideas Royal approval for CH&Co

Event caterer CH&Co has been granted a Royal Warrant of Approval from HM the Queen. The Warrant recognises that the catering group has been of service to the Royal Household for over five years. Well done to the team!

Free meeting room hire at Ascot - Venue News & Ideas Free meeting room hire at Ascot

Ascot Racecourse is offering free room hire for those who book a meeting for 8–20 people in January, February or March. Packages start from £35pp.

Further refurbishment for Rockliffe Hall - Venue News & Ideas Further refurbishment for Rockliffe Hall

Five-star resort Rockliffe Hall is currently undergoing a £200,000 renovation project, refurbishing its 19th-century Old Hall and flagship restaurant Kenny Atkinson at The Orangery.

Stereophonics at Cheltenham - Venue News & Ideas Stereophonics at Cheltenham

Cheltenham Racecourse will play host to the Stereophonics, who will perform to a 4,000-strong crowd on the 21 March 2013. Tickets are on sale now.

Editorial vacancy - Venue News & Ideas Editorial vacancy

Square Meal Venues & Events is looking to recruit an editorial assistant to work across its printed and online publications. lick through for details on how to apply.

New year in the sky - Venue News & Ideas New year in the sky

This NYE Altitude will guests panoramic views from four floors in London's tallest Thames-side building. Entry starts at £145pp and includes entertainment, a cocktail reception, a buffet and Champagne at midnight.

ISES Talks Entertainment at Floridita - Venue News & Ideas ISES Talks Entertainment at Floridita

November’s ISES Talks event took place at Floridita on Wednesday night. This month’s theme was entertainment, with members of the International Special Events Society invited to the Soho restaurant for a spot of networking and cabaret. While guests mingled over Floridita cocktails, Troli Dolis kept them stocked up with ‘in-flight’ snacks. Read more about the event and our own top 10 tips on booking entertainment for events

Venues & Events magazine is online - Venue News & Ideas Venues & Events magazine is online

Our latest glossy volume, Venues & Events Autumn 2011, is out now. Don’t worry if your copy hasn’t arrived yet, as the full 200 pages can also be flicked through in this online magazine. Inside, you’ll find all the freshest London, UK and International news, the lowdown on hospitality at the 2012 London Olympics, a step-by-step guide to Christmas party organising – plus a further 37 pages of seasonal news and ideas.

New event furniture from Velvet Living - Venue News & Ideas New event furniture from Velvet Living

Furniture rental company Velvet Living has launched a new range. Among the products are Linear Light Bars & Infinity Seating, both of which can be slotted together & the Tic Tac collection pictured here.

Event wishes come true at The Wells - Venue News & Ideas Event wishes come true at The Wells

Highly regarded Hampstead pub & restaurant The Wells has been doing good business with its three upstairs private rooms – so much so that from July they will come with a dedicated events team & be branded as The Wells Upstairs. All the rooms, the largest of which can seat 34, will come with AV equipment, flipcharts & free Wi-Fi, & will be available for corporate groups from 8am to 6pm.

Twilight drinks at Pewterers' Hall - Venue News & Ideas Twilight drinks at Pewterers' Hall

Book a post-meeting or conference canape package at Pewterers' Hall for July & all your guests can enjoy a glass of wine on the house.

Go East - What's New: London Venues Go East

One of Canary Wharf's top events venues, East Wintergarden, is hosting an open day on Thursday 27 January from 12 till 7pm, with catering by Ampersand. MORE.

Royal Rock - Venue News & Ideas Royal Rock

The International Live Music Conference, with over 1,000 of the world’s leading live music industry figures, will be taking over Kensington’s Royal Garden Hotel from 11-13 March.

A Gesture of Good Food - Venue News & Ideas A Gesture of Good Food

Fancy enjoying food cooked by London’s best chefs & supporting the Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes and ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity, all at the same time? Then book a table at the Square Mile Salute, at Guildhall on Thursday 10 February. Albert Roux, Jason Atherton & Prince Albert of Monaco’s personal chef (among others) will be cooking & there’ll also be a charity auction (with Jeremy Clarkson assisting the auctioneer), with prizes including a holiday on Necker Island, Richard Branson’s private Caribbean retreat & a three-night stay at the Fairmont Monte-Carlo during Grand Prix weekend. Tables of 10 are £3,500 + VAT.

Cashmere & Carry - Venue News & Ideas Cashmere & Carry

At Soho's Aqua London, Monday night is ‘Liquid Cashmere’ night on its heated roof terrace. Wrap up in cashmere blankets & tuck into a Kyoto Toddy & a warming menu.

Look & Learn - Venue News & Ideas Look & Learn

If you attended last summer’s Events Summer School, organised by Off to Work Training, you’ll be pleased to hear that its follow-up takes place next week, on 11 & 12 January, at Church House Conference Centre in Westminster. There are plenty of classes, including an events PR session overseen by Andrew White, MD of Triggerfish, a photography for events seminar led by pro snapper Simon Lane, & a panel discussion on ‘How to Develop Your Career in the Events Industry’. For more information, call 020 7381 8222 or email [email protected]

Happy 100th Birthday Town Hall Hotel & Apartments - Venue News & Ideas Happy 100th Birthday Town Hall Hotel & Apartments

We had a good look around the Town Hall Hotel & Apartments last night in honour of its 100th birthday celebrations. The party also marked the official launch of the Bethnal Green venue's multi-million pound refurbishment. Stand-out spaces include the Council Chamber & the De Montfort suite, which mix original Edwardian features with designer furniture and newly-commissioned works of art. We were especially impressed with the innovative kitchen space in the studio rooms & the fact that every suite has its own resident rubber duckie.

Blue Fin Surfaces  - Venue News & Ideas Blue Fin Surfaces

Thursday night saw the long-awaited launch of the award-winning Blue Fin building’s event spaces. A select crowd of event planners were given a tour of the Sodexo-run venue, on the 10th and 11th floors, which encompasses several meeting rooms with cutting-edge AV, a beautiful wine-tasting room, a kitchen space for cooking demonstrations or ‘open-kitchen’ dining, and a variety of reception areas, including the stunning Wintergarden. The 96-seat theatre was a particular highlight, with red leather chairs and a cinema-quality sound system.

3D Video Mapping: coming to an event near you soon - Venue News & Ideas 3D Video Mapping: coming to an event near you soon

The Ralph Lauren store on Bond Street became the canvas for a cutting-edge digital projection display on Wednesday night. Awestruck crowds watched as the building was deconstructed, rebuilt & shaken about over eight minutes. Models, polo ponies & bottles of aftershave appeared to leap out of the stonework, in an early example of 3D Video Mapping created by event designers Drive Productions. The technology is in its infancy & still hugely expensive, but Drive say costs will fall rapidly. To see what all the fuss is about, view the show HERE

Business as usual at Altitude 360 - Venue News & Ideas Business as usual at Altitude 360

Wednesday’s little kerfuffle over university tuition fees might have caused problems for Conservative Party Central Office, but it’s had no impact at all on Millbank Tower and the Altitude group’s five event spaces. The Altitude 360 team are keen to point out that the protests took place at Millbank 30, which is a separate part of the Millbank complex from the Millbank Tower (where Altitude is based), and all scheduled events are going ahead as normal.

Square Meal's Venues & Events exhibition 2010 - Venue News & Ideas Square Meal's Venues & Events exhibition 2010

FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2010)... Our award-winning Venues & Events exhibition returns to Old Billingsgate on 22 and 23 September for the sixth year running. Last year the show attracted 7,000 PAs and event professionals and this time around it is set to be even bigger. Visitors can look forward to unprecedented networking opportunities, the Bitesize Seminar Programme, the famous Canapé Cup, the Complimentary Café and Fizz For Events tastings. Read on to see the full seminar programme and register for your free ticket.

A Taste of the Montagu

Who says Monday nights are boring? Last night the team at the Hyatt Regency London The Churchill pulled out all the stops, showing off the Montagu’s chef’s table to a handful of lucky readers. No glass wall or screens here, just front-row seats for the kitchen action, so guests were able to watch chefs preparing seven excellent courses – foie gras terrine with brioche, apricot purée, port reduction and candy pistachios and grilled Dover sole with sauce Meuniere were just two of the highlights – and pitch-perfect wine pairings completed the experience. For more about Chef’s Tables in London, the UK and further afield, check out our definitive organisers’ guide in the autumn issue, out in October. Click here to view a few pictures of last night’s event.

GlastonBrewery Rocked! - Venue News & Ideas GlastonBrewery Rocked!

Square Meal Venues & Events rocked GlastonBrewery on Wednesday night. The festival-themed event saw The Brewery transformed into a mini Glasto, complete with grass floor in the Porter Tun room and a silent disco on the mezzanine. Major Major, the first band to be signed to Somerset’s Glasto, got the crowd on their feet but it was the live band karaoke that brought the house down. Branded glasses and staff t-shirts helped set the scene and food was served from wok and hot dog stations (‘fryin’ all the time’). For more pictures, see our Twitter page.

Join the V&E editorial team - Venue News & Ideas Join the V&E editorial team

Square Meal Venues & Events is looking to recruit an editorial assistant to work across its high-traffic website, quarterly magazines and annual guide. If you’re an intelligent, sociable and fun-loving team player with good organisational skills and sharp writing, click through for more details on how to apply.

Win Music Festival Tickets - Venue News & Ideas Win Music Festival Tickets

Square Meal has teamed up with carbon-neutral car insurer ibuyeco to offer the chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to the fabulous Cornbury Music Festival in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. Acts include KT Tunstall, Paul Simon, Beverly Knight and Crowded House. There are also five pairs of standard tickets up for grabs.

Fashion Shows at Royal Ascot - What's New: Hospitality Fashion Shows at Royal Ascot

Racing's most fashionable event is launching a special fashion-themed hospitality facility. The Bessborough Restaurant at Royal Ascot will put on shows by top designers including celebrity miliner Philip Treacy and queen of British fashion Vivienne Westwood.