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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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February Newsletter

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The year is settling down now and looking to be a busy one with lots of new hotels opening and changing hands.  London continues to be a popular location for meetings and conferences and there has been an increase in bookings for Europe and worldwide.

The award for the venue sending us the first Christmas 2018 brochure goes to the Mermaid in London (standing Christmas Receptions from £92.00 per person.)  So if you’re already thinking about your end of year celebrations let us know!

And while we are talking about awards…

We are pleased to announce that we were presented with 4 awards at the prestigious AIEA annual awards dinner in January.

The Welcome—for being the agency that hotels find the most welcoming!

Golden Cheque book—for the independent /small agency that has placed the most business

Agency of the Year—voted for by Hotels

Personality of the year—presented to Sylvain—voted for by Hotel and Agent members of the AIEA

Resort World Birmingham NEC has a lot to offer including 50 shops and a casino.  More importantly for us the Genting Hotel has 182 luxury bedrooms and suites as well as an Apartment, Penthouse and Vortex Arena offering space for meetings for up to 30 people.

Le Meridien Barcelona is an historic building in Las Ramblas offering 231 bedrooms and suites and 7 meeting rooms for up to 126 delegates.  The hotel has a lounge bar, cocktail bar and restaurant and with restaurants and bars close at hand the location is great if you want to eat out.

Grand Hotel Brighton is a stunning hotel with a fabulous location.  Ideal if you have delegates coming in from Gatwick or central London but want to offer an English seaside venue.  The hotel has 201 beautiful bedrooms and flexible meeting space for up to 750 delegates in theatre style (additional bedrooms are available in other hotels which are a short walk away).

And just a little further out you will find Hunton Park Hotel in Watford.  It is a lovely Queen Anne mansion house set in 22 acres of landscaped grounds, perfect for team building activities and meetings for up to 120 in cabaret style.  With 61 bedrooms, 8 further meeting rooms and an indoor pool the hotel is ideal for small—medium meetings.

Richmond Hill Hotel is an independently owned hotel located just 16 minutes from central London by train but with the advantage of more competitive rates, onsite parking, and the lovely Richmond Park at the end of the road.  All 15 meeting rooms have natural daylight and there are 142 beautiful bedrooms.

We often get communications from hotels and venues that have had last minute cancellations or have gaps in their business that they need to fill.  These often result in excellent rates.

We have had some great offers for venues and hotels in Birmingham, Liverpool and London.  Just give us a call with details of what you are looking for and we will try to match you up with some of these offers.

January Newsletter

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We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable time over the last week or so and we look forward to a fabulous 2018 full of exciting conferences and events in venues that are old favourites as well as some new or improved hotels.

Sylvain will be out and about over the next couple of months so if you would like him to call in to discuss your plans for the year ahead or the possibility of our help to negotiate rates please do let me know.

There is plenty to look forward to this year including lots of new hotels and venues opening up.  Here are just a few of them.

New to London is the Vintry and Mercer offering 92 bespoke bedrooms, a Mediterranean restaurant, cocktail bar, roof terrace, 3 meeting and event spaces and a gym.  All due to open early this year.

Principal London, due to open soon, is an imposing grade II listed building in Bloomsbury offering 334 bedrooms, a Ballroom for up to 450 delegates with 8 additional meeting rooms as well as the Palm Court, Fitz Bar and Neptune Restaurant.  It will be wonderful to have this restored landmark back on the list of top hotels in London.

In the late summer the South Bank will see the opening of Bankside a sleek, 6 storey new glass building packed full of unique design pieces offering a trendy, 161 bedroom, design hotel in this vibrant part of London.

Hawkstone Hall in Shropshire is a sprawling 18th century country mansion set in 88 acres of grounds.  It is due to fully open in the late autumn when the 40 suites and bedrooms will be added to the impressive meeting spaces, gilded ceiling public areas and private chapel.

The Langley, Buckingham is planned to open this summer and is set to be a luxurious 41 bedroom boutique hotel.  Surrounded by 500 acres of grounds it has accommodation across the main house, the 18th century stables and brew house.  There will be a fitness centre and fine dining in the signature restaurant.

Both Hyatt and Four Seasons have added to their family of hotels with brand new ski properties which opened in December.

Hyatt Centric La Rosiere has panoramic views of Mont Blanc and the Tarentaise Valley offering 69 bedrooms, spa, bar, restaurant and 6 meeting spaces.

Whilst the Four Seasons Megève also with views of Mont Blanc, has direct access to Mont d’arbois slops.  This hotel has 55 bedrooms as well as 2 restaurants (one Japanese), bar and a spa.

Once the $15m renovation is complete in late 2018 the Athens Marriott will open to be the only Marriott currently in the city.  The hotel was formerly the Metropolitan Athens and will have 366 guest bedrooms as well as large meeting spaces, restaurants and bar.

Dixon London isn’t due to open until February 2019 but is definitely worth a mention.  The hotel will consist of the converted Grade II listed, 1906 magistrate’s court and police station along with a new build to the rear.  It will provide 193 much needed bedrooms as well as conference facilities and a restaurant.

December Newsletter

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There are some great options for meetings and conferences to the South of London that can work out more cost effective than holding your event in the city centre.  A couple of hotels that have come to our attention recently are the Crowne Plaza Felbridge which has just been re-branded following a £3 million refurbishment.  The hotel offers 116 bedrooms and meeting space for up to 500 delegates in theatre style with 8 additional meeting rooms.  There is also a restaurant, bar health club and spa.
The East Sussex National Resort is located near Brighton and offers 104 bedrooms and meeting space for up to 600 delegates.  There are 2 championship golf courses, spa, health club, restaurants and bars and the outside space makes it an ideal venue for team building activities including motorised vehicles.
A collection of three hotels all on the stunning the 400 acre private Farncombe Estate just outside Broadway in the Cotswolds.  There is ample space for external team building activities.  Each venue is individual styled each a little different.  The Fish Hotel has 67 comfortable, contemporary bedrooms across 3 buildings (the Farmhouse, Outhouse and Stables) a restaurant with terrace, and conference and meeting facilities for up to 120 delegates.  Foxhill Manor offers total luxury and is perfect for exclusive use with its 8 stunning bedrooms, a screening room, drawing room, dining room, bar, gardens and a pantry full of goodies. The property comes with a private chef and a dedicated host butler to take care of all your needs.  The Dormy House has 98 individually designed bedrooms, 3 cosy lounges, a choice of places to dine, semi-private dining rooms, gardens, golf and now a fabulous Spa.  House Spa, with its 16m infinity pool, gym, thermal suite and treatment rooms, is available for use by guests at Foxhill Manor or Dormy House properties.  The perfect place to relax.

But if you are looking for a venue in London…

The Mermaid, London has re-launched their River Room after a comprehensive refurbishment that has seen the ceiling height raised, pillars removed and the bar relocated.  This is a great venue for meetings, gala dinners and of course Christmas parties.

The new Residence Inn London Bridge is now open with apartment style accommodation comprising a separate bedroom, living area with workspace and fully equipped kitchen complete with fridge, microwave, hob, oven dishwasher and cookware.  A complimentary hot breakfast is served every morning and there is also a fitness centre, laundry facilities, “Grab and Go” Market in the lobby and complimentary wifi throughout. Perfect for those wanting extra space or for longer stays.

Bath

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The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath is a beautifully appointed town house hotel with 45 luxury bedrooms and meeting space for up to 50 delegates in cabaret.  The hotel has a lovely garden, Spa and Bath house in which to relax and unwind. The Dower House Restaurant offers award winning cuisine from head chef David Campbell. Due to its size, the hotel is an excellent option if you are looking for exclusive use for a group of 45.

I know we have already mentioned the arrival of Apex Hotels in Bath, but we wanted to celebrate the fact that they are now fully open!  The High-tech event space can hold up to 400 people and they are offering unique street food boxes from their deli for delegates’ lunches.  Definitely one to consider for your Christmas party in the South West!

There is so much to see and do in Bath that a local tour company has put together some great corporate off-site activities such as – a visit to a gin distillery or local craft beer brewery, a visit to a local blacksmith with a demonstration, a ‘bake-off’ competition or ‘curry-off’, a tour of local film sites in Bath and the Cotswolds or simply an off-site dinner.  Added to that, the world famous Bath Pump Rooms and Cathedral and the option to visit Longleat for some team building and the possibilities are endless.

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