Whats Hot & Trending June 19

Bringing you the latest on new venues, venues offering something just that little bit different, others which are hitting the refurbishment trail and those that simply have a story to tell!  And don’t worry, if we’re giving you the heads up on venues that aren’t available to review just yet, they soon will be! 

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK  

WHO – Novotel London City South Hotel, London SE1 

WHAT – Four great small meeting rooms from 10-100 delegates 

WHY – Amazing service, thought through meeting space, nice touches 

The Novotel London City South is the first property in the UK to role out the New Meetings at Novotel concept. Space has been cleverly designed with flexibility and delegate wellbeing very much in mind to not only meet modern day meeting expectations but also to create an inspirational working environmentThe main meeting rooms have been designed with a clever mix of natural wood and steel.  Warming green and yellow colours emphasise the abundance of natural light which flood each room, supported by the latest in LED downlighters to create a genuinely uplifting experience.  Innovative catering points including a SMEG fridge, whilst at a touch of a button on the single control panel the lighting, sound and temperature can all be controlledDelegates can recharge those batteries in the informal communal area which thanks to the green nod to nature provides a vibrant focal point for opportunities to relax or socialise whilst marvelling at the old model cars, posters and retro telephones from the 1970sA wide selection of drinks is always available with a food focus on local food heroes from nearby Borough Market offering an excellent flexitarian menu choice.  The “Service from the Heart” campaign is very much in evidence amongst all staff with a tailored, personalised and flexible approach to clients. Big shout out to Lili and Guillaume in Food and Beverage and meetings coordinator Macarena who genuinely believe that #serviceisthesecret 

JUST THAT LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT… 

WHO – Evolution Dome 

WHAT – Temporary Inflatable Conference & Event Structures for 2-800 delegates 

WHY – Because of the ‘Wow’ Factor and the great event solutions they offer 

Can’t find the right venue?  Either too large or too small?  Perhaps the space simply doesn’t fit the purpose of your event. Well Evolution Dome’s range of inflatable structures may just provide the solution with even the ability to create a venue totally from scratch! Strong and tough, the domes can be installed on grass or hard standing, or alternatively at exhibition centres and event venues. Complete flexibility provides the event organiser with several options to design a unique environment which really does create the Wow Factor for a conference or event.  Unique and visually striking the Dome’s come in a variety of sizes from small pods to facilitate 1-2-1 meeting all the way up to 800 capacity theatre style.  Modern and contemporary in appearance, the Domes are enhanced using LED light systems to offer a full-colour wash and with high ceiling heights create an airy and comfortable environment. Larger structures provide ample space for projection screens and AV equipment and with no supporting trusses or poles mean that delegates always have a clear view of the speaker or stage.  Plus, the air walls absorb sound and noise allowing several structures to be placed closely together, without the worry of noise over spilling into the session next door.  Evolution Dome’s – a great idea, guaranteed to leave a memorable impression. 

MORE THAN A LICK OF PAINT  

WHO – MacDonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham 

WHAT – 16 meeting rooms from 2 to 500 delegates 

WHY – Great inhouse meeting room technology in a prime city centre 

The four-star Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham City Centre has unveiled the first phase of a £750,000 renovation of its meeting and events spaces. The investment marks the repositioning of the hotel’s conference facilities to become a standalone multi-purpose events venue. So far, a total of 16 meeting rooms have undergone refurbishment to refresh the interiors and install the latest technology. Rooms have been fitted with 75” flat-screen LCD screens and state-of-the-art ClickShare connectivity. Designed to encourage collaboration, the technology allows delegates to connect their devices to the main presentation screen and share content at the click of a button.  The renovation project represents a significant move to modernise The Burlington’s facilities for business guests as the hotel targets becoming the number one multi-purpose events space in Birmingham with the new offering.  

STORY TO TELL 

WHO – Tewksbury Park, Cotswolds 

WHAT – K9 Meeting Package – allowing dogs to join their owners at meetings! 

WHY – An absolute must for all dog lovers who can’t bear to be parted 

Tewkesbury Park, set in 165 acres of majestic parkland and commanding views of the Cotswolds countryside and beyond, is the perfect spot for a stroll, a stay and now a high-powered meeting with your four-legged friendRecognising the trend for more and more of us to not only take our pooches on holiday, but also to the office, the team at Tewkesbury Park have created the K9 Meeting Package, allowing dogs the flexibility to join their owners in a meeting. This hotel has clearly taken dog-friendliness to the next level with doggy rooms having floor-to-ceiling glass doors, opening directly onto the hotel’s grounds, allowing dogs to pop out whenever nature calls.  

Ideal for small groups of 20 or less, the K9 Meeting Package includes:  

  • A day’s meeting in the Duke of Gloucester Suite, including; stationery; still & sparkling mineral water; fruit bowl; AV equipment.  
  • Morning refreshments to include tea, coffee and Danish pastries  
  • Two-course buffet lunch 
  • For delegates with dogs – a welcome pack in a dog-friendly Just Right room with doggie treats, a luxury Hunt & Wilson dog bed, suggested walks and tailored information 
  • Accommodation for all other delegates in a Touch of Classroom  
  • Three-course dinner   
  • Cotswolds breakfast, with a sausage or two for the pooches  
  • Dog-sitting facilities including walking/sitting for the duration of the meeting if required.  

And if that wasn’t enough, for long walks the undulating grounds and circular Deer Park Trail mean four-legged friends will be in doggy heaven – as will their delegate owners