QEII-Conference-Centre_2014Westminster venue revamps for events

The QEII Centre has undergone a £12m refurb. Carpets, lighting and even staircases have been replaced while modernising the venue. There’s now more space for meetings and conferences, too.

1408_Ace Hotel London Weddings 1Ace Hotel opens for events

One year after opening, the Shoreditch hotel has opened its new seventh-floor event spaces. Bookers can expect 10 flexible rooms including the 70-capacity 100 Room, which has double-sided knock-out views.

National Theatre pop upNew pop-up space at National Theatre

Bookings are now being taken for events at the Southbank venue’s Temporary Theatre. Formerly The Shed, the space will be available to hire from 15 September 2014 until 28 February next year.

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Grand-Harbour-HotelA new look for the Grand Harbour Hotel

The four-star venue in Southampton has re-opened following a £4m refurbishment. Among its new event spaces is the Mayflower Suite, which will hold up to 500 delegates for a conference.

Hedsor HouseHedsor House expands accommodation

As of 2015, guests who hire the Buckinghamshire stately home exclusively will be able to take advantage of 13 brand new bedrooms. Each will offer views across the venue’s 100 acres of parkland and the River Thames.

Celtic Manor - lodgesCeltic Manor launches new lodges

The Welsh resort has opened 10 new lodges in a major £4.3m development. Each luxury cabin can accommodate up to eight guests and all 10 structures overlook the resort’s famous golf course.

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Interview: V&E meets Michael Eavis

The V&E team met Glastonbury festival's legendary founder for a site tour and a chat. We talked about what changes the team made in the run-up to this summer's event and why it remains the hottest ticket in the UK festival calendar.


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Cirque du Soleil KoozaKooza at the Royal Albert Hall

Cirque du Soleil will begin its 30th birthday celebrations in 2015 with its latest production, Kooza. Private boxes – all with a dedicated waiter – are available for groups of four, eight and 12 and include dinner and fizz.

1406_Barclays ATPTennis finals come to The O2

The Barclays ATP World Tennis Finals will return to The O2 on 9-16 November. Match Hospitality and AOK Events will be hosting corporate packages in the newly designed hospitality lounge for groups of 50 and up.

Lord's Lord’s launches bicentennial celebrations

To kick start the cricket ground's 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.

Interview: Tom Kerridge at Ascot

The V&E team dug out its finery and headed west for day two of Royal Ascot. There to meet us was Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge, who told us about cooking for people in hats and whether we’re likely to see him catering at other big events in the future.

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New hotels opening in Switzerland

Hotel Intercontinental Davos

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!