Eight New & Unique London Bars & Restaurants

Keeping on top of new venues can be a challenge, and nowhere is this truer than in London!

 

We’re often asked for new and unique venues, particularly bars and restaurants, so we asked our wonderful venue finding team for their top picks from London’s diverse portfolio. Here we share with you eight rather distinctive options that are either new or just a little bit different for you to consider…

 

Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden

Petersham Nurseries brings nature and elegance to the heart of Covent Garden. This is a second, central London site for the original destination restaurant in Richmond, and the home shop, garden shop/florist and delicatessen is already open. The Petersham will serve British-Italian food while La Goccia’s menu will focus on food cooked on the grill or in a wood-burning oven. Both restaurants, due to open soon, will open onto a courtyard, where you can expect laid-back glamour and plenty of floral influences.

 

LIBRARY

Eclectic design set in the heart of London’s theatreland, Library is a hub for creativity and innovation drawing particular inspiration from literature, theatre local community and sustainable design. Available to hire to members and non-members this venue provides six fantastic spaces for everything from product launches to fashion shows, book clubs to celebrations.

 

Temper Restaurants

The brain child of chef Neil Rankin, Temper Restaurants are unique BBQ and open fire pit restaurants with a focus on New World wine and innovative cocktails, created in house. They cook everything in front of your eyes using only wood and charcoal in a huge open kitchen fire pits in the middle of the room. Current Restaurants in Soho and the City have private spaces which can be used for intimate dinner parties or evening events, and will be joined by a new restaurant in Covent Garden, due to open May this year.

 

Ballie Ballerson

Ballie Ballerson is a ball pit cocktail bar with one million balls, retro sweetie cocktails and fabulous food; it is the ultimate adult playground. This Shoreditch venue provides masses of space and nostalgic hedonism with unparalleled photo opportunities, and can accommodated up to 500 guests for an event; perfect for parties, product launches and lots of fun!

 

Horatio Street Social Club

Horatio Street Social club is a basement cocktail bar and social club located beneath The Nelson’s Head in Shoreditch. This speakeasy is run by a pair of barkeeps who worked at the award winning cocktail spot Callooh Callay. Available for private hire this nautical club rotate their cocktail menu with their artwork, giving a completely different feel to the venue on a monthly basis.

 

Bluebird Café White City

Bluebird’s Café in Chelsea is opening up its doors at Television Centre, White City in April. Taking the buzz and familiar charm of the café at the original Bluebird, this new sister will bring a chic, all-day drinking and dining destination to West London. Exclusive hire for 70 seated guests and up to 150 standing guests with a cosy heated terrace, this venue will be a perfect spot for impressing clients and colleagues.

 

The Spread Eagle

As of January 2018, The Spread Eagle became London’s first vegan pub; all their food, drinks, fixtures and fitting are plant based and sourced sustainably where possible. One of East London’s oldest pubs, its large and beautiful space makes it the perfect spot to host events of all shapes and sizes.

 

Swingers West End 

Swingers West End is the second site for the crazy golf, bar and street food destination, located on John Prince’s Street near Oxford Circus. Opening this month this venue is themed around the glamour of 1920’s English Riviera and combines all its elements including two 9 hole crazy golf courses and four bars to create an incredible social experience. Totally unique and outrageously fun, this is an ideal venue for a host of occasions ranging from team building to client entertaining.

 

These are of course only a snapshot of what’s available! If you are looking for new London bars or restaurants for your next event and don’t know where to begin, do give our expert team a call on 02476 369720 or email us.

 

 

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What’s in it for me? Five reasons to call Conference Care

If you regularly have to find venues for meetings and events as part of your day to day role, chances are you’ve learned a few tricks along the way. Perhaps you’ve nurtured some great relationships and contacts in the Industry, perhaps you have a tried and tested list of venues that ‘work’ for you, or maybe you’ve got years of experience and are confident you get the very best deals…

Or maybe not!  Whether you are a seasoned event planner, or have just had something thrown at you last minute why enlist the help of a venue finding agency? We spoke to Krishan Pankhania, our New Business Manager for five reasons to call Conference Care:

 

1. Time is money

Just because you are perfectly capable of calling around venues, or googling your potential choices doesn’t mean you should spend your valuable time doing it!

We all know how easy it is to waste time scrolling through pages and pages of information so why not save time and allow us to conduct your search while you focus on other pressing tasks? Within 24 hours of providing us with your brief, you’ll have a customised list of venues that are perfect for your event, are available, with relevant costs. This is particularly helpful if, as many events are these days, your lead time is short and you are pushed to get results fast.

 

2. Ok, money is money!

Ultimately a lot of choices in venue finding come down to cost, and Conference Care can not only help you stay within budget, but help you achieve the very best value for money in the process.

We are proud of the relationships we have with venues, many of which have been built right from when the company was founded over 20 years ago, and will harness these to work in your favour. We also have the buying power of all of the business we conduct, which ensures that with every booking our clients benefit from negotiated rates, cost savings and flexible terms, even cancellation fees. There is no charge either for our venue finding services – bonus!

 

3. Two heads are better than one

You may have years of experience under your belt, but that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from a whole team working on your behalf! Our professional Events Consultants provide award winning, impartial, expert advice from start to finish, and from the outset you will have a dedicated point of contact to guide you. Need to negotiate minimum numbers? No problem. Unsure about hidden costs? We’ve got it covered.

 

4. Creative venue options

By tapping in to the knowledge of our extensive team you can find out about new and interesting venues, venues that are due to open which you have not yet heard of, or amazing refurbishments of a once tired option. Our team are out and about visiting venues all the time and can actually tell you what a venue is like, how it compares to the pictures on its website and what feedback we have received about it from our diverse portfolio of clients.

We have a global reach with over 160,000 venues worldwide and cover everything from the quirky to the sublime, from a barn in the middle of nowhere to a lavish five star city centre hotel – the choice is yours. We can even accompany you on site visits once you have shortlisted your favourite options (see our blog – the secret to successful site visits for more advice on this).

 

5. One stop shop

The advantage of using Conference Care is that not only can we help you with your venue finding; we’ve got a few other tricks up our sleeve too. Should your event grow arms and legs we can help you with team building activities, accommodation, incentives, motivational speakers, private dining, restaurants and audio visual solutions. We even have a dedicated Event Management team who can assist you with onsite event support, delegate management, logistics and event registration sites. Simply let us know what you need and you can pick and choose exactly what’s right for you and your event with ease.

 

What’s not to love?! Call our friendly team on 02476 369720 or email us on sales@conferencecare.com and see how it could work for you!

 

 

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Blog: Scotland; where ideas become legend?

Our Scotland Sales Hub at Pitreavie Business Park, Fife, opened as a direct result of the high volume of business we conduct north of the border; did you know around 30% of our business is generated from our Scotland based clients?

However it is increasing in popularity as a destination for meetings and events for our clients outside of Scotland too; clients in the Retail, Association and Education sectors have all been looking to Scotland for their events due to the quality and scope of venues, as well as value for money.

VisitScotland’s first social medial campaign especially for Business Events, Legends, was designed to showcase Scotland’s knowledge economy and give organisations worldwide reasons why they should choose Scotland as their next events destination, so we thought we’d take a look at what’s new and share with you what’s so special about it.

With its unique geography Scotland is like a global village – you don’t have to travel very far from the main cities to find unique venues and locations; castles, mountains or even ships are all within reach. Great transport links into the country by road, air and rail make the country really accessible and the recent investment into the trams in Edinburgh ensure travelling from Edinburgh International Airport into the city is fast and easy.

The country doesn’t just rely on its rich history to offer venues with a wow factor. New spaces such as The Cow Shed in Crail, which opened in 2016, provide original features and a truly unique setting to which clients can add their own personality for a range of events. On the other end of the spectrum The V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum, is due to open on the 15th September this year and promises to offer a range of atmospheric settings for unforgettable events.

V&A Dundee

Glasgow, with its edgy urban culture, has had new office spaces popping up everywhere and venues are hot on their heels; the studio chose The Studio Glasgow for its first Scottish location back in the summer of 2016, and the new Radisson RED Glasgow, which is due to open in April this year, will be another stylish addition to the city and will have a fabulous large rooftop terrace and bar.

Artist’s impression of the Red Sky Bar, Radisson RED Glasgow

Edinburgh has seen a huge growth in new venues; The Ivy on the Square was the first Ivy to open outside of London in November 2017, the brand new five star Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square also opened at the end of last year and Brewhemia, the city’s largest restaurant and bar opened directly opposite Waverley train station boasting five separate areas across two floors to choose from.

Brewhemia, Edinburgh

There are more new venues and developments planned for Edinburgh too; the Edinburgh Grand, 50 luxury serviced apartments are due to open later this year and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts have announced plans for their fourth property in Europe to be built in the former Royal High School in 2020. The Edinburgh St James, from the luxurious W Hotels brand, is also to be part of a major redevelopment in 2020.

Scotland really is the land of the diverse, or indeed of legends – the venues we have mentioned only scratch the surface of what is available! If you would like more information about these or any others for your next event please do get in touch with the Scotland Team on scotland@conferencecare.com or call us on 02476 369729.

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60 Seconds with Event Management

Conference Care deliver over 100 event management projects each year through our fantastic Event Management team. Lindsey Smith gives us an insight into her life as an Events Manager…

My first event:

A media client’s training roadshow was my first event management experience. With so many events running simultaneously in multiple locations across the UK it was a case of sink or swim, and I absolutely loved it.

The event I’m most proud of:

A corporate garden party with classic British food, London taxis, photo booths, live Karaoke band, stalls, funfair rides and bungee volleyball. Both a celebration and a farewell our brief was to completely transform their onsite normal working environment into something fun and vibrant. It worked brilliantly; the event looked and felt like another world entirely, despite the great British weather!

My most disastrous event:

Although the client was blissfully unaware, a high profile VIP international event for one of our long standing clients was incredibly tough behind the scenes. There were multiple challenges throughout the event from suppliers, to logistics to the venue. Fortunately, we had contingency plans for our contingency plans!

My next big event:

One of our retail manufacturing clients has their sales conference in the New Year. They really enjoy showcasing their products in innovative and creative ways – last year we had 700 delegates crawling through tunnels into ‘Alice in Wonderland’ rooms to discover new products, a carnival theme for the gala dinner and some fantastic fitness themed goody bags so I am excited to go one bigger this time.

My fantasy event:

I’ve always enjoyed the energy of musical theatre and Broadway shows so I would love to organise something like a talent show or the Royal Variety Performance.

An event I wish I could have attended:

Occasionally it happens that you pour your heart into an event and then you have to hand it over – it is always disappointing to miss those. Looking back I wish I had attended the 2012 Olympics, it was a great year of sporting events and sadly I missed the lot!

If you would like more information about onsite venue management, event liaison, registration sites, speaker support of exhibition management please call us on 02476 369720 or email sales@conferencecare.com.

 

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The X Factor; independent venues USPs

Venue Representatives at the #CCMiniExpo

Conference Care is often asked who the largest venue group is that we work with. In fact the biggest group may surprise you – it is not a global hotel chain, but independent venues. Around 35 – 40% of our clients’ business each year takes place in these fantastic venues, from bars to castles, academic venues to boats, and part of maintaining our high standard of service is ensuring we stay up to date on what’s hot and what’s new.

One of the key factors to our success as a business is communicating openly and working in partnership with venues, so in 2012, we started a series of mini expos specifically to connect and build relationships with key independent venues. Events were so beneficial to both our team and the venues who attended (and of course subsequently our clients!) that a programme of events now take place every year.

This week’s expo began (after the all-important cup of coffee) with a brief overview of the company’s history by Director Andrew Deakin followed by an open and honest Q&A session. One of the recurring points which came up during the discussion was how venues can stand out when working with a venue finding agency; in a competitive market what is it that gives them the X Factor when responding to an enquiry? Team Manager Jayne Turnor said that it’s always important to highlight at the start what really sets you apart from the crowd; the trend to seek something innovative, unusual and unique continues – unless we know a venue’s unique selling points we can’t share them with the client!

With that in mind, here is a snapshot of things you might not know about the venues who attended this week…

 

University Arms, Cambridge

The oldest hotel in Cambridge is currently undergoing building work to transform the University Arms Hotel. The work is led by John Simpson, a world leading architect whose previous projects include Buckingham and Kensington Palace! The venue will reopen in 2018…

Trinity Park

Set in 350 acres of parkland, Trinity Park is a unique, purpose built conference and events venue. Home to the Suffolk Agricultural Association, not only does Trinity Park host the Suffolk Show each year, but all profits from their commercial activities are ploughed back into supporting the Association’s charitable programme.

Oxford Abingdon Hotel

This venue is currently undergoing a 12 million pound refurbishment programme. Due for completion by October 2018 it promises to make the hotel one of the most modern hotels in Oxfordshire, it will reopen as the Hilton Garden Inn Abingdon Oxford.

Ellenborough Park

Ellenborough Park is the only five star hotel in Gloucestershire. Set in 90 acres of land it is a historic hotel with meeting facilities for up to 120 delegates; an indulgent 15th century country estate which has evolved into a 21st century retreat.

Revolution Bars

The Revolution Bars group has over 70 venues across the UK with five new openings this year. Every venue is different with the majority being listed buildings such as churches, post offices and banks.

The Caledonian Club

This private members club brings a little bit of Scotland into the heart of London. Adjacent to Hyde Park corner, the club offers an amazing array of malts, stocking a selection of over 80 whiskeys.

Deer Park Country House Hotel

Set in 80 acres of grounds is this 18th Century Georgian mansion. A micro cider producer, they also have a gin distillery, a tree house and can even pick you up from the station in one of their eight classic cars…

Cameron House

A beautiful five star resort set on the banks of stunning Loch Lomond, Cameron House not only offers spectacular views, but also has its very own sea plane and cruiser!

The SSE SWALEC

Famous for hosting some of cricket’s most prestigious events, their true strength lies beyond the boundary; here you are guaranteed a truly warm welsh welcome…

Conference Aston

Birmingham’s largest residential Conference Centre, Conference Aston has 163 bedrooms and 27 conference spaces. It is also home to a fantastic sports centre complete with Birmingham’s oldest working swimming pool, beautifully set in original Victorian features.

KCOM Stadium

Home to Hull City & Hull FC this venue has been part of Hull’s City of Culture celebrations this year. The stadium offers free tours of the venue as part of meeting packages over 20 delegates and you can even utilise their changing rooms as a meeting space.

Harbour Hotels

A collection of contemporary southern hotels, each hotel features award-winning restaurant concepts, the ‘Upper Deck Bar & Restaurant’ and ‘The Jetty’. The Southampton Harbour Hotel is a stunning contemporary hotel with a striking super-yacht design and rooftop destination bar.

Countrywide Hotels

A diverse portfolio of individual venues in key locations across the UK, the group includes Victoria Warehouse; a historic, flexible and completely unique space perfect for corporate events with an industrial urban edge.

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For more information on these or any other venues do feel free to give our expert team a call on 02476 369720 or email us sales@conferencecare.com.

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