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November Newsletter

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Well, here we go again.  It seems to be two steps forward and three steps back as far as coronavirus is concerned but we have to keep positive and here at nexusvenue that is just what we are doing.  Generally, we feel there is an enthusiasm out there to get life moving towards normality as much as possible.  Here at nexusvenue the wheels keep turning and we have adapted to the new requirements of our clients to provide alternatives to the normal bookings.  In this newsletter we highlight some bookings that we have made this month that might be of interest to you.

Accommodation  -  Hotels or Apartments…

We all love a good, full-service hotel and there are many now open to take bookings with extra procedures in place to ensure the safety of staff and guests.  If you want to know more about these procedures, please do get in touch and we can talk you through what to expect.

As requirements change for businesses and their staff around the world, we have also had enquiries for apartments so that staff who are needed in the office daily but live out of town can have somewhere comfortable to relax with “home from home” facilities suitable for longer stays such as fully equipped kitchens, wi-fi and laundry facilities.  We can source these fully serviced apartments for you around the country, for any length of stay.

Meetings are currently smaller…

We are making bookings for meetings, mostly in the UK although, clearly, they are for smaller numbers.  Our clients are anxious for staff to have the opportunity to meet, to exchange ideas and just to see each other in person again rather than on a screen.  The good news is that hotels are now set up for these meetings, offering much more spacious meeting rooms, well-spaced seating and dedicated staff to ensure that everything you need is to hand. In fact this is a good opportunity to pay tribute to hotels and venues for the way they have worked incredibly hard to make sure that accommodation and meetings spaces are as covid safe as possible.

Virtually there?…

With this year’s events put on hold we look forward to 2021 and particularly the summer months.  We hope that, by the summer, restrictions will have lifted, and it will be a fabulous opportunity to get together for conferences, residential meetings, and summer parties.

Outdoor spaces, BBQ’s, DJ, live entertainment, fun team building—perfect for enjoying the sunshine.  I am sure the venues are going to get a lot of enquiries once things start to improve so don’t leave it too late.  Let us know if this is of interest to you and we can talk through options and put together some proposals for you as well as getting spaces on hold.

Next year?…

In the last newsletter we mentioned virtual events and we are pleased to say that we have had several enquiries relating to virtual dinners and Christmas entertainment which is very encouraging. Virtual meetings have always been around and with travel restrictions they have been an essential over the last few months.  When it comes to virtual events, we have some fantastic contacts who can put together all sorts of entertainment—great for after an online meeting or as a stand-alone party.

So, if you want to entertain staff or clients with an on-line hypnotist, mind reader, magician, pub quiz, escape room, murder mystery, “master of tasks”, cocktail making or even wine tasting—we have contacts who can organise it all for you.  We can even organise a full-on virtual Christmas party, complete with DJ, quiz, and entertainment boxes to be sent out to your guests prior to the event with party hats, props, crackers, drinks and snacks.  So many options—just let us know what takes your fancy and leave it to us.

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How should we make bookings now?

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Do you need to get together with colleagues or clients and aren’t sure how to go about organising it in these uncertain times?

Give nexusvenue a call or drop us an email and we can talk you through the changes that have been made in hotels and venues to ensure that every effort is made to ensure the safety of you, your delegates and their staff whilst providing quality meetings, catering and accommodation.

Not sure about the future?

We will make sure you have all the relevant information about cancellation policies to enable you to make the right choices for you.

Things may be a little different but there are many fabulous venues out there with teams just waiting to welcome you.

For more information just give us a call on 01793 739283 or email Hello@nexusvenue.co.uk

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February Newsletter

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We try to fit in as many hotel visits and presentations as we possibly can in order to get an up to date picture on the properties available for your conferences, events and incentives.   Here are just a few that we have spoken to or visited over the last month.
Enquiries are coming through now for summer events which means that hotels will be filling their spaces.  If you are planning a summer event, in the UK or abroad, please do let us know what you are looking for and we can send you some options to have a look at.
I recently visited 3 of the 4 hotels owned by Sarova and was very impressed.  I didn’t make it as far as the Abbey Hotel in Malvern but here is a little more information about the other three.
Sir Christopher Wren hotel in Windsor is an elegant, historic hotel with 133 bedrooms and 7 apartments for longer stays.  The largest meeting room can hold up to 65 delegates in theatre style and is supported by several smaller rooms for breakout space, meetings and catering.
The hotel incorporates three buildings in the heart of Windsor on the banks of the Thames and there is a patio area which has its own mooring making it ideal for a private drinks reception before boarding a river cruise for dinner.  A great base for a scavenger hunt around Windsor and I can definitely recommend the afternoon tea!
Just a short drive up the road is The Bull at Gerrards Cross.  Based around a 16th Century coaching house, it is deceptively large with 4 spacious meeting rooms which can hold up to 220 and can be split into 13 separate room.  There are also grounds for activities and beautiful gardens for outdoor dining.  The bedrooms are all spacious and well equipped, the upgraded rooms having a complimentary minibar.
Both hotels above are just outside London and well worth the journey if you want to get out of the capital.  But if you want to stay in London The Rembrandt in South Kensington could be the one for you.  This hotel was originally built as apartments for customers of Harrods and this is reflected in the spacious bedrooms.  All meeting rooms have natural daylight and there is also a pool and spa.  Located within easy reach of the Royal Albert Hall, London Museums and the West End it would be an excellent choice for incentive trips that include entertainment and free time.
All the staff at these Sarova hotels were very friendly and helpful, everywhere was spotlessly clean and the food was excellent, even the breakfast, which is often a challenge at peak times, would score 10/10!
We often say that we can book all your events whether you are looking for a meeting room for 2 or a     conference for 1000, close to home or abroad.  So, here are a couple of small homely hotels and some high capacity venues too!
Cowley Manor in the Cotswolds is a contemporary hotel with a big attitude!  The 31 bedrooms are spacious and the hotel itself offers an award-winning spa with indoor and outdoor pools, a restaurant for up to 100 guests and the 55 acres of grounds can be put to good use for team building activities.
The Cotswold House Hotel has just the right balance between modern and traditional.  There are 4 meeting rooms as well as the lounge, restaurant and garden where guests can get together.  There are 28 bedrooms in the hotel and if you need more the sister hotel across the road has another 28 rooms. 

Smallest of them all is Arden House in Stratford upon Avon which has a total of 10 double bedrooms.  Hire this hotel exclusively for residential board meetings or for an incentive trip. And if you want to mix things up, its big sister the Arden Hotel, a short walk away can provide additional dining options, access to river cruises, and pre-performance dinners for those attending a production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre over the bridge.

All 3 hotels can be hired exclusively which adds a real sense of luxury to a private event, ideally with plenty of advanced notice.

And then there are the big venues…

Reading Football Club Conference Centre is 30 minutes by train from London Paddington and has 32 meeting rooms. The largest space can hold up to 600 guests for a standing reception and the smallest are the executive boxes which overlook the pitch and can seat 10 in boardroom style.  The 2000 parking spaces make events that bit easier and the Voco Hotel which is onsite offers 201 bedrooms.

For International events, there are so many to choose from…

We recently booked the Epic Sana Hotel in Lisbon which has a massive capacity of 1000 for a conference with plenty of additional breakout rooms.  The hotel has over 300 bedrooms, a restaurant, bar, and from May to September a rooftop pool, spa and a bar which would be a lovely venue for a drinks reception for 100 guests.

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February Newsletter

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We are all settling into the new year now and looking forward to the summer ahead of us but before we do, you might be interested to know that many hotels still have space to fill for the first quarter of the year and as such are offering added incentives to booking with them.  These may include reduced rates, complimentary upgrades or a complimentary drinks reception.  Each hotel will have its own offers and we will make sure to let you know what is available in the venues that will work for your upcoming events.

There are so many different hotel brands, groups, chains and affiliations out there it is difficult to keep track of them, with new hotels, renovation news and offers being emailed to us all the time. But we thought these two might be of interest to you.

Harbour hotels are an ever-increasing collection of boutique hotels, in the South of England, many coastal but with great inland locations too.  Coastal properties include Brighton, Sidmouth and St Ives whilst inland options include Richmond, Chichester and Guildford.  We visited the Bristol Harbour Hotel last month and were really impressed with this unusual, Grade II listed, former bank turned hotel.  The 42 bedrooms are beautifully appointed, whilst the meeting space includes an impressive Ballroom (once the main banking hall) which can accommodate up to 350 delegates theatre style.  The vaults, complete with huge safe doors, have been adapted to incorporate the spa with an intimate swimming pool, relaxation area and treatment rooms.

You may have spotted some disparity between the events capacity and the number of bedrooms but to combat this the hotel has agreements with a number of hotels all within easy walking distance whereby they can arrange everything from the one office including billing so you would only have one bill to pay.  Very helpful!

Edwardian Hotels is a collection of luxury hotels predominantly Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels in and around London (1 in Manchester) as well as the May Fair and the much-anticipated Londoner Hotel.  These 12 hotels have a wide variety of spaces each with something special to offer, whether you are looking for and intimate creative space such as the Brain Box (Heathrow), the Penthouse with panoramic London Skyline views (The Hampshire) or the opulent Vanderbilt room (The Vanderbilt).

There are other Radisson Hotels outside the Edwardian Hotel Group too with their own selection of brands such as the Radisson Blu, Radisson Red, Park Plaza, Park Inn or Artotel.

Intercontinental Hotel Malta has an enormous meeting capacity fitting up to 1700 delegates into the main conference hall (theatre style) with additional meeting spaces.  It has its own private sandy beach as well as several swimming pools (including a rooftop pool, bar and lounge) bars and restaurants.  There are 481 bedrooms.  They are offering very competitive rates for the next couple of months as well as add value for meetings.

The Sanderson Hotel in London currently has offers for residential meetings and has some stylish meeting rooms to offer.  The gallery can accommodate up to 100 delegates, but my favourite is the Billiard room with its 1950’s stained glass window.  This room is perfect for private dinners for up to 40 people.  The Sanderson also has a sister hotel St Martins Lane, also in London, which has a great deal to offer too.

The Lensbury, Teddington has a lot to offer, with meeting space for up to 225 delegates, a choice of restaurants and bars, 155 well-appointed bedrooms and 25 acres of land on the banks of the Thames – perfect for team building activities.  The hotels largest bedroom Suite has a lounge which can also be used as a meeting room and can fit a boardroom layout of 10 people.

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January Newsletter

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Welcome back.  We hope you had a great break and have returned to work full of enthusiasm and energy.

We thought we would start the year with a look at some new hotels that are due to open over the coming year and a little reminder of some major events around the country that might affect availability and rates in the surrounding hotels.

JK Place, Paris opened at the beginning of December, offering 30 luxury bedrooms priced from €800.00 per night!  Perfect for top executives visiting the city.

Westin London City is due to open this year.  It is a stunning waterfront property on the north bank opposite the Tate Modern.  Due to have 220 bedrooms including 29 suites and a presidential suite.  The hotel will also have 8900 square foot of meeting space.

Reflecting the old-meets-new character of the City and Hackney, One Crown Place comprises existing period buildings, with two new residential towers, offices and retail space at ground level. The boutique hotel and members’ club occupy the elegant row of Georgian terraces on Sun Street pictured here.   Due to open early next year.

The long-awaited Londoner hotel —an Edwardian hotel is due to open this year.  Within its 15 floors, 8 above ground and 6 below, you will find 350 bedrooms, a cinema complex, leisure facilities, meeting space bars and restaurants.  No opening date yet but one to look out for.

The Mandarin Oriental Luzern is due to open its doors at the end of the year after a major refurbishment and rebranding (previously Hotel Palace Luzern)

Have you used a Radisson Blu before?  Well now you can try a Radisson Red in the UK.  This 70-bedroom select service hotel is due to open in Greenwich later this year.  It will also offer a bistro, bar and gym.  Other UK Radisson Reds include Glasgow and Liverpool.

The 112-year-old Grand Hotel Europa is being refurbished and rebranded to the W hotel Prague.  Located in Wenceslas Square it is set to have 154 bedrooms, meeting spaces, rooftop bar and outdoor terrace.

Red Carnation have taken over the old Royal Overseas League in Edinburgh, overlooking the castle and are totally refurbishing it to become a “highly exclusive retreat”.   We are waiting for a press release with more information, but it should be open this year.

If you’re looking for somewhere for exclusive use in Edinburgh, look no further than the Fingal.  A floating hotel with 23 luxury cabins, lighthouse bar and a stunning ballroom complete with sweeping staircase, which can seat up to 60 guests for a formal dinner.

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December Newsletter

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December 2019

With a chill in the air and mince pies in the shops it can only mean one thing…we are headed towards the Christmas break!

Here are some lovely hotels that provide the perfect environment to retreat to after a brisk walk in the fresh air with a glass of your favourite tipple and a good book!

At Pennyhill Park it is all about choice.  Each of the bedrooms is individually designed so that no two are the same and once checked in there is a pillow menu to ensure the best night’s sleep. There are a selection of dining options—the Michelin starred restaurant, the more casual Brasserie or the Ascot Bar, there is even a restaurant in the spa so that once you have visited one of the 23 treatment rooms, relaxed in the indoor or outdoor hot tub or worked out in the state-of-the-art fitness suite, you won’t have far to go for lunch!

Ellenborough Park is set within a 15th century estate in Cheltenham.  The hotel has a spa, a relaxed pub/bar the “Horse Box” and a beautiful oak paneled fine dining restaurant.  There are 6 categories of bedrooms from a cosy double to a classic four poster bedded suite.  You can be sure of a warm welcome here.

Stapleford Park has a lovely warm feel and has been running wreath making workshops this year.  This is a great hotel, at any time of the year, for meetings and particularly for incentive trips as they have beautiful meeting rooms, a lovely spa, and an onsite team to run shooting, archery, falconry and horse-riding activities.  The hotel also has cottages for hire for family groups.

The Old Swan and Minster Mill near Oxford are two hotels that work together perfectly for small to medium groups. Between them they offer a choice of pub, restaurant or bar for dinner as well as meeting rooms, outdoor space for team building activities and a beautiful spa.

Huus Hotel Gstaad in Switzerland is a luxury hotel with 136 bedrooms.  Formerly a Steigenberger hotel it is now part of the Marriott group and has been refurbished to a very high standard.  The hotel has a fine dining restaurant, wellness centre, conference space, lounge and living room complete with library and fireplace.  The snowy slopes and trails are perfect for winter sports.

We visited Bovey Castle, in Devon, again last month and couldn’t help but be impressed.  It is stunningly beautiful at any time of year but even more magical when festooned with evergreen sprigs, ribbons and twinkling lights.  And if relaxing isn’t enough for you there are plenty of activities to entertain you, golf, regular falconry display, horse riding, feeding the deer and a trip to the barn deep in the forest full of cider and gin!  Loose yourself at Bovey Castle for a truly memorable incentive trip or residential meeting.

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Focus on Prague

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Prague has always been a popular destination with plenty of flights and easy access from the airport.  With its mix of historic and modern hotels and venues, excellent food and culture it is a great destination for everything from large congresses to incentive trips.  Here are a few hotels that you might consider if you are visiting the city.

Marriott Prague is expanding!  They are building additional bedrooms to bring their count to 416 rooms, adding more meeting rooms as well as renovating the restaurant.  With its lovely executive lounge and location, it is a great option for large meetings and conferences.

Courtyard by Marriott Prague City is in a fashionable area of Prague near the shops, farmers market, bars and the park.  A smaller hotel, this one has 161 bedrooms and 4 meeting rooms which have just been refurbished.

Holiday Inn Prague Congress Centre offers 254 bedrooms, restaurant, bar and a garden which can be used for private events.  There are 5 meeting rooms, the largest for up to 120.  The hotel is in the same building as the Congress Centre which has 70 meeting rooms for up to 2700 delegates.  A reasonably priced option for even the largest of events.

The Alcron is an historic Art Deco hotel dating back to 1932.  There are 204 comfortable bedrooms, a restaurant, cocktail bar and meeting rooms, including the Crystal Ballroom which can seat up to 130 guests for a banquet.  The Michelin star chef can also be booked for cookery classes making this a classy option for an incentive trip.

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August Newsletter

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Whilst we have been enjoying the beautiful weather, it might be worth thinking about your main Christmas event.  Many of the hotels in this month newsletter have already sent us their Festive Brochure and once you have it booked you can sit back and enjoy the rest of the sunshine!

Some hotels have also been in touch with us to say that the first few months of next year are still quiet, so they are offering competitive rates and added value but as the end of the year gets closer these rates are likely to go up so our advice—get in quick!

What We Like in the countryside…

Selsdon Estate dates back to 861AD and over the course of time has gone through many changes.  It is currently being refurbished and they have already opened the brand new 1042 restaurant and bar.  The hotel has meeting rooms for up to 200 people, an 18-hole golf course and 200 acres of grounds including a secret garden.  Located just 14 miles from London, it is a breath of fresh air within easy reach of the city. 

The Langley, a luxury collection hotel in Buckinghamshire is a stunning property not far from Heathrow.  There are a selection of bedrooms including Brewhouse rooms with an enclosed mini garden and deluxe suites in the main house.  There is also a Spa and Wellness centre, a restaurant and Churchill bar which has a curated collection of spirits and cognacs and a choice of rare cigars.  Meeting rooms are available for up to 100 people. 

Foxhills is perhaps better known for its 2 championship golf courses but the 70 bedroomed hotel isn’t too shabby either!   There are a whole host of dining venues, the New Dining Rooms, Nineteen (popular with golfers) the Summer House (open all year) for indoor and outdoor dining and the sumptuous Manor Lounge.  In addition to this, you have the Spa, tennis courts, gym, 9-hole golf and Yoga Cabin.

What We like in the City …

Hope Street Hotel Liverpool is an independently owned hotel in the heart of Liverpool’s Georgian neighbourhood, surrounded by theatres, shops and restaurants.  The London Carriage Works is an award-winning restaurant offering modern British, locally sources delights.  There are also 5 meeting rooms, the largest of which accommodates up to 70 delegates theatre style. 

The Rembrandt, Kensington has just refurbished its restaurant to bring it up to date.  The hotel also offers 8 meeting rooms the largest of which can seat up to 200 in theatre style and all but one are located on the ground floor with natural daylight.  There are 194 bedrooms and a pool, spa and gym. 

The Londoner is due to open in spring next year but already there is a lot of interest in the property.  This brand-new build in Leicester Square has 8 floors above ground and 6 below, and facilities including a Restaurant, bar, leisure facilities and 2 Odeon Cinemas as well as 350 perfectly appointed bedrooms.

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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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