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Prime Scottish cuts are matched to an international wine list at this independent City steakhouse. What really helps Silk & Grain stand out in a crowded market is its Mezzanine dining area, suspended above a ground-floor Bar where another house speciality – the barrel-aged cocktail – keeps the atmosphere lively. An exclusive-hire options means groups can gather downstairs before settling in for three-course ‘Feast’ menus up top (chicken, fish and veggie options are all available on request).
Silk & Grain
Hidden in the basement of creative hub the Tea Building, beneath East London’s coolest pizza parlour, Pizza East, Concrete is a minimalist event space that morphs into a nightclub at weekends. Quiz
and literary nights are popular in the week, as are pizza-making classes and live music. Available to hire in its entirety from Sunday to Wednesday and on Thursday to Saturday from 6pm to 9pm, the
venue can accommodate lunches and dinner parties for up to 80, or receptions of 275. As you’d expect, the catering majors in Pizza East’s acclaimed pizzas, but there’s a good range of antipasti
too. There’s a full DJ booth with great AV kit, and the bar staff mix a mean cocktail.
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The Brewery is a collection of distinctive spaces that play host to anything from exhibitions and conferences to glitzy award ceremonies, Christmas parties and fashion shows. The standout space is the versatile Porter Tun, one of the largest unobstructed rooms in London. The two-storey Sugar Rooms overlooks an attractive courtyard via arched windows and connects with the King George III room. Quality in-house catering is another bonus.Venue review of The Grubstreet Author
For the months of June to August, the City venue’s courtyard will be transformed into a secret summer garden for events. This year, the space will be double the size of previous years, able to hold up to 800 guests for parties.
This popular central London venue occupies a distinctive mid-century modernist building, with event spaces that range from small, hi-tech meeting rooms to the striking 1950s Congress Hall. The latter offers a sprung-wood floor and glass ceiling, which fills the room with natural light. Besides conferences and exhibitions, it’s a good fit for product launches, awards dinners and fashion shows. Excellent AV facilities include HD 3D projection.
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Set in an attractive Elizabethan property, Langshott Manor is surrounded by a quaint medieval moat. Its Gallery overlooks a secluded garden, while the Boardroom offers access to a private deck. In the oldest part of the hotel, St Peter’s has a log fireplace and oak beams, with views of the grounds and terrace. The venue works well for exclusive-use events: the Mulberry restaurant can host dinners and serves as a fetching meeting space.Information on Alexander Hotels & Utopia Spas
Opposite the MediaCityUK complex in Salford Quays, this arts and entertainment hub houses three adaptable theatres, a range of event spaces, a bar and restaurant. The landmark building also has space for the world’s largest collection of LS Lowry paintings. On its fourth floor, the glass-walled Compass Room has its own balcony, while Pier Eight is a flexibile choice for functions. Head to the North and South Rooms if yours is a smaller meeting.
With a programme featuring international singers, comedians and theatre companies, Belfast Waterfront is firmly established as one of Northern Ireland’s leading venues for entertainment. The main
auditorium plays host not only to award-winning performers but also large-scale conferences – it holds over 2,000 people for both business and arts events. Projection facilities, full audiovisual
co-ordination, infra-red receivers for those with hearing difficulties and wheelchair access are all available. Alongside the main auditorium are 14 comfortable meeting rooms, exhibition facilities
and a studio seating up to 380. The in-house catering team can organise cocktail and canapé receptions, banquets and breakfast meetings, though there’s also an on-site restaurant with views of
Belfast and the River Lagan for more casual bites. A hotel next to the Waterfront provides accommodation with ample parking facilities.
The Mermaid’s River Rooms are located next to Blackfriars station on the north bank of the Thames. After a refurbishment in 2013, the upper and lower levels are now styled with an open-plan layout, contemporary furniture, LED lighting and dark wood floors. Panoramic windows span the length of the spaces, framing views of the Thames, including the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and The Shard. Popular for receptions, private events, dinners and Christmas parties, the spaces are self-contained, and can be hired individually or together. For late-night dancing, the Queenhithe can be booked until 2am.Venue review of Weddings at The River Rooms
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River Rooms at The Mermaid
Don’t be deterred by the deceptively unassuming entrance. This Grade II-listed building is one of the most prestigious and talked-about venues in Sheffield. The 500-capacity home of the Hallamshire
Company of Cutlers (the only livery hall outside London) celebrates the distinguished face of Sheffield’s steel-making past throughout a series of imposing hallways and grand ballrooms. With a wide
sweeping main staircase, marble busts, enormous chandeliers and beautiful wood panelling, its richly decorated rooms create an impressive sense of occasion. The Main Hall is the most atmospheric
space, with room for up to 320 guests for dinner, while the Drawing Room, Goodwin Room and Osborn Room can accommodate 150, 50 and 20 delegates for meetings. Located in the centre of the city
opposite the cathedral, the hall is easily accessible from the M1. Kudos is a listed caterer at this venue.
As well as hosting the 378th prestigious annual Feast Sheffield, the Kudos venue’s head chef, Jamie Whiteley, has received a World Master Chefs Society medal. The event celebrates the skills and
promise of industry professionals and was attended by Deputy PM Nick Clegg.
This Grade I-listed tea clipper ship – the world’s only surviving model – operates as a venue on the Greenwich riverside. In a feat of engineering, Cutty Sark has been suspended so guests can dine and entertain beneath her copper-clad hull. Elsewhere, the ’Tween Deck exhibition space can be used for receptions, intimate dinners or as breakout space. The main deck has superb views, while the mahogany-panelled Master’s Saloon is great for VIP dinners.Venue review of National Maritime Museum
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Taberna Etrusca channels classic trattoria style, with textured white walls, tiled floors and a timeless feel. A courtyard catches the sun in summer – it’s a pretty setting for barbecues and drinks receptions. Right next to St Mary-le-Bow church, the restaurant’s popular for wedding receptions. Authentic Italian food in charming surroundings makes it a popular choice for private and corporate parties. The entire venue can be hired for evenings and at weekends.Information on Etrusca Restaurants & Events
Built in 1884 as a French chateau on the Thames, Whitehall Court now houses the Royal Horseguards Hotel and its One Whitehall Place conference and events centre. Highlights include the Gladstone Library – which is much as the old prime minister left it – and its interconnecting Reading & Writing Room, with fine Thames views. Originally a billiards room, the Whitehall Suite offers high ceilings, lots of natural light and more rivery vistas.
The Royal Horseguards Hotel
Bafta 195 Piccadilly is the home of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts, whose centrepiece – as you might expect – is its state-of-the-art cinema. With world-class projection and AV, including a Prysm video wall and 4K laser projection with Dolby 3D capabilities, your visuals will look and sound impressive. Breakfasts, board meetings, multi-day conferences, receptions and banquets can all be arranged. Bafta 195 Experiences can include film make-up artistry.
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The Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante chain brings the authentic taste of Spain to London. Each of the group’s locations (in St Botolph Street, Lime Street and Dulwich’s Lordship Lane) is available
for private hire, providing an upbeat atmosphere with Spanish music, good-quality tapas, Catalan specialities, sangria, beer and an intriguing Spanish wine list. The traditional sharing approach to
eating lends itself well to group events and Barcelona regularly hosts departmental parties and private celebrations. There is capacity for receptions of up to 200, but each location also has
plenty of smaller areas, including a mezzanine floor for 75 at St Botolph Street.
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Tucked away in a garden square off London Wall, the red-brick Barber-Surgeons’ Hall occupies one of the City’s prettiest locations. Its centrepiece is the wood-panelled Great Hall, a bright space with elaborate ceilings and huge windows. The Reception Room, Court Room and Charter Rooms are just as well turned out and show off artefacts from the livery company’s long history. A terrace overlooks peaceful grounds and a medicinal garden.
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Donnington Valley is an impressive hotel, conveniently located two miles from the M4 at Newbury. It has 111 individually designed bedrooms and 10 meeting rooms, holding between 10 and 160
delegates. The largest of these, The Cromwell, is the most recently refurbished and is equipped with a private bar. The hotel is suited to both large and small meetings, including training courses,
and overlooks the greens of its own challenging golf course. Its award-winning WinePress Restaurant serves up locally sourced dishes in an informal atmosphere and sits alongside a 50-capacity
private dining room. The venue also hosts teambuilding activities, and can organise quad biking and laser clay pigeon shooting off site. To ensure it really makes its mark as a group destination,
the hotel offers a large health club and award-winning spa complex which has an 18m pool, a gym, a sauna and several treatment suites.
Donnington Valley Hotel & Golf Course
Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Madness of King George and The Avengers all used the beautiful Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich as a backdrop. On the site of the birthplace of Henry VIII and
Elizabeth I, the college contains many remarkable areas for entertaining, including the Painted Hall with its stunning baroque ceiling, the atmospheric Undercroft and the Upper Hall, which is a
great platform for presentations and speeches. The former Quarters of the Admiral President is an elegant, stand-alone Georgian building with views over the river. Other facilities include a
skittles alley, a private pier and spacious grounds that can accommodate large marquees.
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Established as the Apothecaries’ Garden in 1673, this is London’s oldest botanical garden. Its walls now shelter around 5,000 different medicinal, herbal, edible and otherwise useful plants. Hire the garden today and your money is ploughed back into its fertile soils. The options for private events include the Gallery; an outdoor awning; a marquee on the main Garden Lawn; or you can give yourselves the run of the Lower Lawn. Evening events, including candlelit canapé receptions, can be arranged.
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The setting for the 2010 Ryder Cup, Celtic Manor was voted Europe’s Golf Resort of the Year 2011 and offers three championship courses. Purpose-built for the Ryder Cup, the Twenty Ten poses a spectacular challenge for all standards of golfer with a sting in the tail at the 18th. More than golf is catered for, with 400 luxury bedrooms, six restaurants, a luxury spa and an award-winning convention centre on offer.Latest news
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One of the ancient Inns of Court, Middle Temple stands apart for its unspoilt main Hall, featuring 16th-century heraldic panels, stained-glass windows and a splendid hammer-beam roof. The cosier Prince’s Room comes with an original fireplace and oak-clad walls, while the Queen’s Room has generous garden views (its lawns make a fine spot for summer drinks). Board-level meetings work well within the stained-glass confines of the Parliament Chamber.Venue review of Middle Temple Garden
Middle Temple Hall
Located within half an hour’s drive of central London & Heathrow airport in what was once the heart of Royal Windsor Forest, the Grade I-listed Great Fosters is a genuinely distinctive
property. Dating back to 1550, it boasts immaculately preserved Elizabethan architecture, a 15th-century Tithe Barn, internationally renowned gardens & a choice of event spaces. 2008 saw the
opening of the self-contained Coach House, which has three bespoke meeting rooms, a conference lounge & 22 bedrooms. The beautiful Orangery, with its tall arched windows & adjoining
conservatory, is another secluded space, surrounded by 50 acres of gardens. Main house reception rooms are characterised by Jacobean chimney pieces, antique furnishings & fine art, while 44
bedrooms range in style from the traditional to the contemporary. Both the intimate restaurant & Tithe Barn provide stunning backdrops for dining.
This beautiful Victorian mansion is set amid 186 acres of landscaped Sussex countryside, with pristine lawns, secret gardens, lakes and woodland trails through Ashdown Forest. Popular with weekenders (there’s golf, tennis, a gym and a spa on site), the hotel is also serious about corporate events, offering modern facilities and sharp service to complement the grand façade and its stately surrounds. Fifteen suites and syndicate rooms cater for conferences, banqueting and wedding receptions. The hotel’s Anderida Restaurant, which can be hired together with its cellar of fine wines, maintains an excellent reputation.Venue review of Warren Weir
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Drawing inspiration from its history as a covenant, the Sussex hotel has given it’s Mary Towneley Lounge a makeover and is now available as a breakout space for delegates to use during meetings
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Built in 1789, Stoke Park became the UK’s first ‘country club’ in 1908 and has offered first-rate hospitality ever since. James Bond has played a round on its championship golf course (in both Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies) and there’s world-class tennis each year with the Boodles championship. Nine function rooms offer fine views of its Capability Brown grounds. For special occasions, the Fountain Room looks across a private terrace to a fine water feature.
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Built as a country retreat in 1840, Norton House feels much further away than a 20-minute drive from the centre of Edinburgh. Unlike hotels in the busy city, this four-star property can afford to spread out, occupying 55 acres with space for one of the area’s top spas. For large events, the Ballroom holds up to 300 for a conference and the adjacent Oak Room can be used as a breakout space or for drinks receptions. The Gathering is a self-contained conference centre with six meeting rooms. Dining options include a fine-dining restaurant and the modern brasserie and conservatory lounge. Edinburgh Airport is 10 minutes away.Restaurant review of Ushers Restaurant at Norton House Hotel
Norton House Hotel & Spa
In the middle of the Thames, between Surbiton, Kingston
and Hampton Court, the island of Raven’s Ait offers the
convenience of a London location with the tranquillity of
the countryside. Weddings, Christmas parties and other
special occasions can all be catered for and whatever
the event, there’s a launch to bring you and your party
to this private island. There are meeting spaces for any
size of group from 20 to 400. With the Thames at the
end of the garden, you can break out into activities like
boat racing at any stage. When it’s time to eat, bookers
can take advantage of the 320-capacity Marquee, or the
three smaller spaces for groups of 12 to 150.