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June Newsletter

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We visited some lovely hotels last month and had even more presentations from hotels from around the world visiting us in the office.  Here are just a few that we have come across.  If you think they might work for an event that you are considering, please do get in touch and we can send you more information.  If you would like to share some of your hotel experiences, we would love to hear from you.

Karen recently visited Abu Dhabi and visited the Yas Hotel (soon to be the W).  The meeting space, gym and many of the bedrooms, overlook the racing circuit.  There is also a top floor pool, and with sun loungers, it is the perfect place to relax.  Karen ate in the Amici, which is an Italian Restaurant and was really impressed. 

One Aldwych has reopened.  This stunning luxury London hotel has been refreshed, reimagined and completely redesigned and we think the results are stunning! As well as the beautiful bedrooms there is a choice of dining options from the modern British Indigo Restaurant to the Spanish inspired Eneko Basque Kitchen, health club (with pool) and 4 meeting rooms for up to 60 delegates including a plush screening room for 30.

Tanya visited Fawsley Hall last month and had a very enjoyable stay.  “The Spa was great, food was delicious and all of the staff that I came in contact with were really helpful and friendly.  We did a gin tasting afternoon tea which was a lot of fun and something a bit different.”

Are you looking for a special venue in the West Country?

Clifton Observatory is in a very special location and, as well as the indoor space which can seat up to 75 in theatre style or 60 for a seated dinner, it has a Roof Terrace which can hold up to 120 for a standing drinks reception and has incredible views overlooking the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Avon Gorge.  Perfect for a summer event!

We visited Cricklade House Hotel recently and the one thing that really stood out was the friendly attitude of the staff.  The overall feel was homely and welcoming.  The hotel has 45 bedrooms, many of which have been given a makeover with new furniture. The public areas are also currently being refurbished with new furniture arriving soon and we all felt that the outside space (30 acres) would be perfect for summer events and team building.

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May Newsletter

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As we move into the summer our thoughts turn to ways to make the most of the nice weather.  We have had several requests for Corporate Fun Days as companies treat their staff and families to a fun filled afternoon or evening.  So, we thought we would highlight some great activities that we can organise for you and an idea of the costs involved.  There are options for all group sizes.

Once we know where and when you want to have your fun day, we will contact some suitable venues to get the costs for ground hire and catering.  We can also look at accommodation costs, at the venue or locally, which can be offered to your guests as an optional extra so that they can make a real day of it!   Here is a pick and mix menu of some activities and approximate costs

£500.00 to £700.00 each

Sumo Suits

Balloon Artist

Face Painter

Bouncy Castle

Crazy Golf

Funfair Stalls

Human Football

Archery

Segways

Air Rifles

£700.00 to £900.00 each

Photobooth

Falconry

Gundogs

Duck Herding

Laser Clay Shooting

Inflatable Obstacle Course

Over £900.00

Wipeout

Bungee Trampoline

Water Walkers

Climbing Wall

Zip Wire

Stilt Walkers/Jugglers

Adult fairground rides from £3000

These approximate costs are per item and are excluding VAT, there may also be a delivery charge depending on your venue and potentially a management fee to co-ordinate the activities depending on how organised you want the event to be.

This sort of event lends itself to fantastic catering options such as BBQ’s, Hog Roast, Ice cream carts, Popcorn carts, as well as Pick and Mix Sweet stations.

And don’t forget that venues can be dressed too.

Here are some venues that might be suitable for an external event

The Walled Garden, Beeston Fields is a lovely venue, best on weekdays as they are busy with weddings at the weekend!

Easthampstead Park  has recently been refurbished and they are looking to create 76 new bedrooms in addition to the 29 currently available.  Set in 60 acres of grounds there is enough space for even the largest of events.

Eastwood Hall has 36 meeting rooms as well as the outside space, including this large terrace area. There are 150 bedrooms for those wishing to stay over.

Sporting venues often hire out their outside space for events and we’ve found Racecourses offer an excellent mix of indoor and outside space for any numbers.  Windsor racecourse has outside catering facilities too.

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April Newsletter

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What a beautiful Easter weekend!  I hope you enjoyed some time off and have come back to work fully refreshed.

Here are some lovely hotels and venues that I hope might interest you and some ideas on how to make the most of your events budget.

What is the purpose of a meeting or conference?  There is always an agenda to follow, an exchange of information and ideas but more than anything it is a chance for delegates to get to know each other.

A great way to do this is during breaks and at the end of the meetings.  Many hotels offer themed breaks to get the delegate talking such as strawberries and cream in Wimbledon week, or ice creams outside on hot days.

If your event spans a couple of days an evening of fun can build a rapport between delegates that will continue once back at their desks, so make the most of the summer with a BBQ, jugs of Pimm’s and some classic activities.  Venues can often provide outdoor games such as Giant Jenga, Connect 4, Draughts or Croquet and if you want more can always bring in additional activities such as a coconut shy, bucking bronco, hook a duck or duck herding and if you want to step it up to another level we can add a full on fair-ground!

We love 30 Euston Square in London.  The State rooms offer excellent meeting space and the roof terrace provides the outside space for refreshing breaks, with complimentary garden games.

We had a presentation from the Royal Museums Greenwich this month which offers a variety of spaces for all types of events, with space in the Planetarium, the Museum or the extensive grounds for numbers from 10 to thousands and all just a stone’s throw (or a boat ride) from central London.

Tewkesbury Park has a Pizza oven and BBQ area outdoors with space for team building activities.

“Time is Money”.  Even a simple meeting can take a couple of hours for the venue searching, calls and emails so by having the nexusvenue team do the venue searching for you we will free up your time for other things saving you money in the process.

We always get the best rate available at the time of booking and if you are looking to accommodate a group or have an event enquiry, we will negotiate with the venues to try to get you the best space and maximum inclusions within your budget.  The larger your booking the more we can negotiate for you so please let us know what we can do to ensure the venues fit your requirements.

Two New Brands to keep an eye out for…

Moxy Hotels are a Marriott Brand found worldwide but relatively new to the UK with hotels at London Excel, Heathrow and Stratford, with Bristol, Southampton, York and Birmingham opening by 2020.  these hotels are bright and fun with their own individual style. 

Voco Hotels are popping up all over the place! These are new additions to the IHG family (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Intercontinental) and as they have a unique quality that doesn’t quite fit in with their recognised brand’s they are becoming Voco Hotels.  This will include Voco Oxford Thames, Voco Oxford Spires, Voco St Johns Solihull and Voco St David’s.

We are here from start to finish, the more information you can give us before we start our search the better, if there are some hotels or venues that you think might work, let us know so we can get quotes from them and can find others to give you a choice.

We know requirements often change, so let us know which venues are unsuitable, we can release them and send more options.  Nexusvenue doesn’t get paid if the event doesn’t confirm through us, so we will do all we can to find something that you love.

Here are some venues that we booked recently that you loved…

We always have good feedback for Tylney Hall as they put a strong emphasis on service.  Nothing is too much trouble and the team are on had if plans change during an event.

Stratford Manor offers really good value for money with a team dedicated to ensuring the smooth running of your event.  Food and service are always of a high standard too.

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March Newsletter

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The sun is up, and the daffodils are out so it can only mean one thing… Time to book this year’s Christmas party? (Well, it’s always good to get it booked in early) but more realistically, if you are planning a Summer Event now is the time to get it organised.  There are some stunning venues in the UK with outside space for team building activities and BBQ and many London Venues now offer roof terraces for private functions, but these do get booked up very quickly.

As soon as you know what you are looking for give us a call, whether it’s for the UK or internationally and we will come back with some great options for you.

Hyatt Regency—The Churchill is a 5-star luxury hotel in Central London with 440 luxury bedrooms.  The refurbished rooms offer advanced technology including international plug outlets, bedside USB ports, walk in Jet Shower and a Japanese TOTO toilet.  They also have 11 meeting spaces and a newly refurbished restaurant, The Montague Kitchen.  They are currently offering special rates for the Spring.  Contact us if you have an enquiry that might fit here.

Brandon Hall Hotel and Spa located in Warwickshire, offers good facilities for middle of the range meetings and accommodation.  They are currently undergoing a £2.5m refurbishment and have  already completed 16 bedrooms.  There is a total of 120 comfortable bedrooms, 14 meeting rooms and space for a private dinner for up to 200 people.   Once the bedrooms have been refurbished the upgrade will continue into the meeting rooms and public areas.  Set in 17 acres of grounds it is also an excellent option for outdoor team building activities.

Marriott are revitalizing many of their properties with “Redesigned Marriott” taking a new approach; transforming bedrooms, reinventing fitness on the road and creating public spaces designed for relaxing, connecting and recharging, revolutionizing the way they provide service by adapting to the needs of their guests.

Pictured here is the Greatroom at London Heathrow Marriott with free Wi-Fi, comfortable seating and a cocktail bar.  Bedrooms now have walk in showers in the place of a bath, open wardrobes so nothing is left behind, and flexible work surfaces and seating so you can work and relax the way you want.

Soon after its opening night last month, we visited the Vintry and Mercer in the heart of London and were very impressed with the food and beverage outlets.  “The Roof Terrace is an amazing space to relax over dinner or for a private function with views across London from St Pauls to the tip of the Shard.   And I really like the library meeting room with a world map on the ceiling” said Sylvain.  The 92 bespoke bedrooms and suite offer good facilities with prices starting from £250.00 per night.

The Jaz Hotel in Stuttgart is a 166 bedroom hotel within easy reach of the centre of Stuttgart next to the shopping Mall Milaneo.  We have booked accommodation here and found the hotel very helpful and efficient.  They also have the Rhythms Bar and Kitchen, Wolfram Bar and Terrace as well as meeting space for up to 180 delegates.  The whole hotel is contemporary, bright and fresh.

Caesars Palace Dubai is now open with 12 restaurants and bars, 10 event spaces, stunning outside space, private beach, spa, 79 suites, 416 bedrooms and 80 apartments.  An extensive property full off glitz and glamour that we would love to book for your next event.

Palazzo Montemartini Rome dates back to 1881 and was launched under its current name at the end of last year.  The hotel retains many of its original features and elegance whilst being enhanced with modern technology.  There is one meeting room (the infinity room) which can accommodate up to 180 people as well as a spa, restaurant, and lounge bar.

Nobu Hotels are popping up all over the place and one to watch out for is the 259 bedroom Nobu Barcelona which is due to open later this summer.  As with all Nobu hotels you can expect effortless style and laid-back luxury.  They will also offer meeting space and of course a fabulous Nobu Restaurant, in this hotel located on the 23rd floor with panoramic views over the city.

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October Newsletter

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October, the time of crisp bright mornings, log fires and comfort food.  There are some truly lovely hotels in the UK that can offer all this as well as meeting space, accommodation and team building activities so there is no excuse not to get out and enjoy this stunning time of year.

As well as country hotels we have also included news on hotel name changes and refurbishments to keep you up to date.

Not sure if you’re going to be having a Christmas Party this year?  If you need to get your team together for a meeting before the end of the year, why not combine the two to make the most of your time and save money too.

We recently had a presentation from a hotel group that has high end, properties all around the world from Australia to Canada and London to the Philippines.  Each hotel has its own style, with a firm focus on quality of facilities, food and service.  The smallest hotel in Paris has just 101 bedrooms and the largest is in Pudong with 952 bedrooms.  They have plans to double their number of properties from 102 to 200 worldwide.

We visited this very special venue in central London this month and were very impressed with the variety of space on offer.  The building is Grade II listed and there are a couple of stunning rooms for receptions of 70/80 or private dinners for 28/50 (pictured here) but they also have a large hall for up to 300, a fixed tiered amphitheatre for 107 and a variety of other spaces which have the latest technology.

International Winter Trips are a great way to incentivise colleagues or to show clients that they are appreciated.   We have lots of contacts around the world who can help you organise Skiing trips in top destinations.  We can organise additional activities such as snowmobiles, fishing, frozen waterfall climbing or dog sledging in Sweden as pictured here.  Or if you would rather hold on to the sunshine for a little bit longer there are lots of countries still offering long days of sunshine, local culture, water sports and shopping.  We can organise the flights, transfers, hotels, activities and dining experiences to fit your requirements and budgets.

Everyone knows that Airport hotels provide somewhere for a great night’s sleep before jetting off on your holiday but have you considered using them for your next big conference?  They have good rail and road links, plenty of parking are modern, well equipped and have a variety of space for all types of events, as well as having enough bedrooms for all your delegates.  Pictured here is a Heathrow option but there are lots of Airport Hotels in the UK and internationally.

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September Newsletter

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What’s Unusual …

Ever wondered what goes on at the Zoo after closing?  Well how about a formal dinner at the Aquarium surrounded by an underwater world or a Garden Party and BBQ among the wildlife, with a self-guided walk in the twilight through the exhibits.  Pictured here is a European Zoo that offers just that.  If this is something that appeals, name your country, we’ll see what we can find for you!

Fancy trying the world’s longest zipwire? Reaching speeds of up to 150kph and traveling 1680m above sea level it’s not for the faint hearted and would definitely be an unforgettable experience.  This activity is in UAE and we would love to book it for you but there are smaller, tamer versions in the UK if you want to have a go closer to home.

Great venue in Warwickshire for a day conference, exhibition or team building.  It is set in 600 acres of grounds, with indoor facilities for a theatre style meeting for 800.  At the end of the year they will be opening a 48 bedroomed hotel too.

What We Can’t Avoid …

 

Christmas is coming, and venues are filling up fast.  If you are organising a conference or meeting in December, please do bear this in mind as a lot of hotels will be booked up in the evenings.

And if you are looking to book a Christmas event, we can book joiner parties, private events and activities such as masterclasses, ball pools and other team building style options for your end of year celebration.  Please note that we are unable to book space in a bar or tables in restaurants (but can book exclusive hire!)  Whatever you are looking for do get in touch.

How about a party package that includes a glass of prosecco, sharing food platter, 2 hours of unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks, a cocktail and time to play in the glowing ball pit!

City centre bars are often open to private hire for larger numbers.

Fancy a festive meal with a murder?  Who Sleighed Santa is a murder mystery by professional actors, on offer at a stunning hotel along with a delicious festive private dinner for 60 or more guests.

What You Thought …

This stately home rose to the occasion when we booked a residential meeting with 1 days’ notice.  They handled the booking with great professionalism and the guests all said that they were very well looked after.

We had great feedback for a summer BBQ that we booked in the South of England.  The weather was fantastic which really helped.  The BBQ was amazing and the summer fete style activities (Cork shooting, Coconut Shy and Hook-a-duck) really hit the right note.

This hotel is just outside of London and we have used it a lot.  The grounds worked really well, alongside the meeting room for a Summer party for 400.  A fabulous time was had by all and we look forward to booking it again.

We don’t normally blow our own trumpet, but we had a lovely email from a client who we worked with for many years who moved on to other things.  “It’s been a great pleasure working with you! Very fast, professional, friendly, effective and flexible – thanks for all your support during my years here.”    Lovely to hear.

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July Newsletter

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July 2018

Introducing the all new nexusvenue newsletter!

We are mixing things up a little with, not only a new look, but also with a new way of introducing venues.  The same fabulous pictures and vital statistics but with only a hint as to which venues they are.  Can you guess?  Do feel free to send us the venues names and we’ll let you know if you’re right!

Not all venue finders visit hotels and venues but we think this is really important, so will highlight any that we have seen ourselves.  And if you think you would like to hold an event in any of these properties, get in touch and we will contact them on your behalf.

What’s New …

Now fully open after a multimillion pound refurbishment that took several years, this central London landmark is set to become a favourite amongst meeting organisers and those who are looking for relaxed luxury in “the place to be seen”. Whether it’s a drinks reception for 450 or a board meeting for 8 this hotel is set to impress!

Only a short walk from Swiss Cottage this London Hotel is outside the congestion zone and offers a good mix of meeting rooms, with natural daylight and state of the art technology, the largest of which can accommodate up to 350 people in theatre style.  There are 311 bedrooms including the sleek King Suite pictured here, a gym, indoor pool and Italian Restaurant.

If you’re looking for something new in the heart of England this airy, lakeside venue could be a good option.  The one open space can hold up to 400 delegates or can be split into two. The venue is supported by 2 hotels on site for all your accommodation needs (358 bedrooms in total) and any breakout rooms that you might need.  And there is outside space too.

What We Saw …

We have covered this before but at last Sylvain got to visit this stunning estate in the Cotswolds which consists of 3 properties, Hilly huts, tree houses, an alfresco deck, and soon to be added Hideaway huts.  Everything is very on-trend with soft Scandic style decoration throughout.  Not for those light on budget but if you are looking for a special venue, away from distractions, all this could be it!

This hotel, just outside Windsor, that we have mentioned before was used by a small group for a meeting, dinner and accommodation.  They said that the setting, the food, meeting room and bedrooms were all very nice and the event went very well.   Having visited this one myself I have to agree!

What You Thought …

London can be very expensive but travel a little out of the centre and you can find hotels with great facilities at reasonable rates.  We had very positive feedback for a hotel in Chiswick, that has featured in a newsletter previously, so will be happy to put it forward again.

Incentive trips are always a lot of fun and sometimes it’s good to have an extra pair of hands onsite to ensure that everything runs smoothly.  A weekend in a Mediaeval Castle with a knight’s school and a crusader challenge, dinner in the castle and accommodation in a wooden cabin were the order of the day and Sylvain was there for the whole event to make sure no-one got left in the dungeons!

May Newsletter

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We are all hoping that we have finally put the winter weather behind us now as we move on towards the summer and better weather.  Summer is a great time to get together with your colleagues for meetings, team building or just for dinner.  Here are some hotels and ideas that may be of interest to you.

Andaz Liverpool Street has a lot to offer from the 7 bars/restaurants including a Japanese restaurant, English bar and wine lounge, to the 15 meeting rooms offering a selection of traditional, modern and unique spaces such as the show kitchen and the Temple.  The hotel is far from your regular corporate option and in a great location.

Looking for somewhere a bit different for your next residential conference?

Have you considered holding your event in a forest location with your guests housed in their own woodland cabins just a short walk to a central conference room?  These are getting more popular and as a result more choices are becoming available.  Conferences can be booked at Centre Parcs around the country as well as Forest Holidays but there are other options too such as Hothorpe Hall and Woodlands near Leicester.  Here you will find 23 bedrooms over a number of eco-friendly buildings nestled around a meeting room for up to 60 people and if you need more space the Hall has an additional 10 meeting rooms (including a stunning chapel) and 55 further bedrooms.  Similar possibilities are available around the country.

Clayton Hotel Chiswick is a cleverly thought out hotel offering good value for money and the feel of a London venue without the London prices.  The meeting space and public areas have largely been positioned around the double height atrium giving natural daylight despite some of the rooms not having windows to the outside.  The hotel has 227 bedrooms and 8 meeting rooms, the largest of which can cater for up to 330 delegates.

We have had details of summer packages at Warbrook House a grade 1 listed mansion set in 130 acres of gardens.  The Marquee is ideal for summer events as is the Garden Suite and their packages include Pimms or prosecco, BBQ or Hog Roast!  Bring on the Sunshine!

Latimer Estate in Buckingham has just undergone a £7m refurbishment and now looks beautiful.  There are 28 meeting rooms all with super-fast Wifi.  The largest room has a maximum capacity of 240. The 205 bedrooms, restaurant, bar, brassiere and outside space make it an excellent choice for large residential conferences.

Here is some feedback from clients that we have booked events on behalf of:

We had very good feedback for Hallmark Hotel Mickleover Court.  “The staff were phenomenal, we were all really impressed with the hotel and facilities.”

Excellent feedback for Hilton Sandton in South Africa.  We were told that the staff were all very good, friendly and professional and that they would definitely use this hotel again if they go back to South Africa.

Private Dining

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We are often asked to organise private dining, not just for grand gala dinners but also for more intimate gatherings of around 20 people.

Hotels usually have suitable meeting rooms and outside London these are often the best option.

Within London there are lots of restaurants that have private dining rooms or chef’s tables that we can book for you and if your event is very big we can also look at booking the whole restaurant exclusively for you which works really well for a dinner of around 100.

If you are looking for something a bit more than just dinner for groups of 20 people or more in London there are activities which we can book for you too.  Options include cocktail making, escape room experiences, Thames river trips, London eye, cookery activities, wine/gin/whiskey tasting, or for larger groups, private bowling could be an option!

These activities can be booked any time of year and can be a great way to start your Christmas festivities if booked far enough in advance.

Featuring Galway

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On the western edge of Ireland, Galway is a lively cosmopolitan city, steeped in culture, rich in folklore, famed for its cobbled streets, quaint shops & charming restaurants. Galway is known as the cultural capital of Ireland and is renowned for its vibrant lifestyle, numerous festivals and events.

There is a wide variety of unique and flexible venues within a 5 mile radius of the city centre with hotels offering meeting space for up to 800 delegates for the big conferences and smaller character options for more intimate meetings or incentive trips.

For delegates travelling from outside Ireland there is a choice of 3 international airports; Shannon, Ireland West Knock and Dublin offering daily flights from the UK, Europe, Middle East and North America.

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