Built by architect John Gibson in the mid-19th century, this striking City venue lends its neoclassical charm to business events and parties. The Main Hall, with its marble columns and crystal chandeliers, is a natural choice for formal dinners and Christmas parties; it also doubles as a popular place to host trade shows and conferences. The art deco-style Garden Room is a relatively modern edition, and opens out onto a spacious outdoor space.
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.
Amberley is one of Britain’s most famous luxury hotels, and with good reason. The 19-bedroom property, situated in the rolling South Downs near Arundel, dates back to 1100 and the reign of Henry I.
Enclosed by a 60ft high medieval wall, it is well suited to private conferences, particularly those requiring tight security – there’s even a portcullis gate. Meeting rooms include the Great Room,
which can accommodate 40 among its tapestries and suits of armour, and the more intimate King Charles Room for groups of up to 12. There is a tree house, which can be hired exclusively, and
delegates can relax on an 18-hole putting golf course, tennis courts or the croquet lawn. More unusual teambuilding activities – such as medieval axe-throwing – are also available. Guests will be
well wined and dined at Amberley’s acclaimed restaurant, which has three AA rosettes.
In 130 acres of countryside, Chewton Glen is located on the edge of the New Forest, a few minutes’ walk from the sea. Among this five-star hotel’s guest rooms are 14 luxury Treehouse Suites in the forest canopy. For conferences, the clutch of function rooms range from classical to contemporary. Within the grounds are a tennis centre and golf course, and teambuilding activities can include culinary masterclasses: TV chef James Martin has a cookery school here.Venue review of Treehouse Suites at Chewton Glen
Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa
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.
A celebrated society restaurant since the 1920s, Quaglino’s has seen some famous feet descend its statement staircase. It was revived by Terence Conran in the power-dining 90s, and is now part of the D&D London stable. It’s well suited to large dinners or receptions, while smaller groups can choose between two striking private rooms that overlook the main space. Not unlike the clientele, the food is international with a luxury twist.