Whats Hot & Trending March 19


WHO – Grantley Hall, North Yorkshire – OPENING SPRING 2019 

WHAT – High quality meeting retreat.  Senior management heaven 

WHY – Sheer luxury, beautiful surroundings, superb food and relax! 

Tipped to be one of the UK’s top luxury hotel launches in 2019, Grantley Hall, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and close to the A1M is set to be the place to go if highend event venues are what you are looking forWith over 300 years of history, the multi-million pound project is where 17th century heritage is set to meet 21st century sophistication.”  Forty-seven rooms are planned with no less than seven drinking and dining options!  Those attending senior management meetings andother incentive events may well have a problem returning to business matters.  A member of the prestigious association of hotels and restaurants Relais & Châteaux, we like the ‘Grantley Academy’, an on-site learning and development programme where clearly #serviceisthesecret. With wellness and wellbeing key for organisers of meetings and events, the beautiful North Yorkshire setting and tranquil grounds will ensure business and pleasure do mix. Plus, just down the road is the famous UNESCO World Heritage site Fountains Abbey a must visit whilst staying.  For more information got to: www.grantleyhall.co.uk 


WHO – Brighter Spaces, London 

WHAT – Small consultation, therapy & general meeting facilities for 2- 10 people 

WHY – Design friendly, pay by the hour online.  Great for wellness and wellbeing 

A clever niche venue concept. Very much a home away from home for therapists, coaches, wellness professionals and anybody looking for a cost-effective small meeting solution. Go online, search for a room and book by the hour or for as long as you want. A generous 48-hour cancellation policy helps for last minute changes of plan.  A personal concierge/reception service makes everyone feel immediately welcome. Carefully considered interior design produces an informal, yet professional environment which feels a cross between a hotel, office and your own home.  The workspace rooms have flexible layouts thanks to easily moveable furniture.   A small kitchen facility allows organisers to prepare light refreshments or order in to make life easier.  Check out Brighter Spaces current special offer. By signing up online and creating an account (no commitment) you’ll receive a free hour of room rental.  For more information, including a handy video intro, go to: https://www.brighterspacesuk.com/how-it-works/ 

Brighter Spaces - Meeting Room
Brighter Spaces - Islington
Brighter Spaces - informal


WHO – Fairmont St Andrews, Scotland  

WHAT – 14 meeting rooms. Extensive event space. Golf a given 

WHY – Prestige, quality, service. A must for any high profile or secure conference.   

Scotland’s largest hotel event space is undergoing a complete refurbishment as part of Fairmont St Andrews’ continuing multi-million-pound investment.  Work at the multi award winning hotel is due for completion in Spring, with 3000sq metres of event space including the Ballroom and 14 flexible meeting/event rooms being fully renovated catering for between 10 and 600 delegates.  The stylistic changes to the event space will draw inspiration from the surrounding countryside with coppers, greens and blues reflective of the hotels famed position sitting on the peninsula overlooking the historical town of St Andrews. The aim quite simply is to “bring the outside in.” Famous for its’ fabulous golf courses The Torrance and The Kittocks, the five-star Fairmont St Andrews has also hosted some of the world’s most important politicians and powerbrokers as a venue for both the Northern Ireland peace talks and a G20 Summit.  Shortlist a given for any prestigious or high-profile conference or event.  For more information go to: www.fairmont.com/st-andrews-scotland/ 


WHO – Hilton Bankside, London 

WHAT – The world’s first sensory meeting/board room?  Much more than a gimmick 

WHY – Inspirational, creative technology, mood lighting and fragrant air! 

The brief to designers Bompas & Parr was simple.  Design a multi-sensory, world leading meeting room to stimulate creativity.  And they’ve only gone and done it!  From flooding the room with scented air at the push of a button to specially curated objects designed to increase productivity, mood-improving lighting installations and refreshments designed to recharge physiologically, every detail is based on the science and psychology of fruitful human interactions and innovation. The Agora Suite  named after the ancient Greek word for ‘gathering place’ – has an emergency creativity button.  Once pressed, a jet pushes out cool air to wake the individual up scented with flavours such as lemon oil, peppermint and cinnamon, research proven to enhance creativity.  Technology is not forgotten in the shape of a 75-inch screen which allows seamless, wireless connection and communication with guests’ own devices, ending the misery of connection difficulties often experienced in meeting rooms.  A scattered ideas wall has been designed for guests to pin up creative outputs using magnetic terrazzo style pieces also doubling as a whiteboard to jot down notes mid-brainstormtea and refreshment area completes the picture, guaranteed to boost performance thanks to Ginkgo which increases blood circulation in the brain and Kelp which contains folic acid to improve memory 

And there’s more – check out the following Links:  


Bristol’s oldest hotel has major refurbishment of event and break out areas: https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2019/02/07/bristols-historic-marriott-royal-hotel-completes-refurb/  

De Vere Cranage Estate meeting makeover:https://www.conference-news.co.uk/news/de-vere-cranage-estate-unveils-ps200k-refurb 

If you go down to the woods today:  https://www.conference-news.co.uk/index.php/news/down-new-forest-new-events-space-stirs 

Big space coming to West London:  https://www.citmagazine.com/article/1524982/major-new-3000-capacity-venue-called-exhibition-open-westfield-london