As London based Event Managers, we pride ourselves on knowing all about the various event spaces available on our doorsteps, on Wednesday night our pride was a little deflated as our first stop on our venue safari was completely unknown?!
Yep you read that right, the first stop of the evening! We appreciate how busy our members are so for June’s event in London we held our event at two venues so they could maximise their time and see two great event spaces.
Our first stop was the Sheraton Grand Park Lane hotel which has an Art Deco feel and has just had refurbishment which has been done to a very high stand and certainly ads to that feeling - it looks very glam! We started off with a glass of bubbles and lots of chat in the Smith & Whistle Bar, the bar has lots of natural day light and is a great place to hold an exclusive drinks reception. After catching up, we headed off on a tour of the event spaces, there are five event spaces at the hotel with the most impressive being the Ballroom which can accommodate up to 1,200 people! We were seriously impressed and we know a few enquiries have already been made for this space from our group just a day after our event. As well as the Ballroom, there are various other spaces perfect for board room meetings, breakout rooms or private dining spaces. As well as the Art Deco feel of the hotel, it is steeped in history from the Queen having her dancing lessons in one of the event spaces as a child to the Ballroom being plan B for Parliament during WWII in the event of Parliament being bombed. After a history lesson and a tour of the spaces, we headed back to the bar for some canapés and drinks. Read more about the event spaces
After eating one too many canapes, we walked off some of the calories by walking to the Le Meridien Piccadilly which is a 10 minute walk from the Sheraton Grand. First stop was to the Terrace within the hotel which is a British grill restaurant and lounge area for pre-dinner drinks. The hidden secret with the Terrace is that there is actually outside space! The Terrace is an ideal space for either a drinks reception or private dining space - the food we had was delicious! There are seven event spaces at the Le Meridien Piccadilly for up to 250 delegates, our favourite space is the Oak Room which is gorgeous - you can imagine the glam parties that took place here when the hotel first opened, apparently an elephant was a guest of honour in the Oak Room at one New Year’s Eve party! Excluding elephants, the Oak Room can accommodate up to 200 people for a standing reception. Read more about the event spaces at the Le Meridien Piccadilly.
Further information or to book a site visit at these hotels, reach out to Victoria Sullivan, Sales Manager for the hotel group.
Our November London event was held at the amazing The Ned. We fell in love with this venue and saw the full potential when we carried out our hard hat site visit in August 2016 - falling in love with a building site, a first for everything right!?!
For anyone that has not heard of The Ned, the hotel officially opened in April this year and is one of the newest 5 star properties in the heart of the City. As well as being a hotel and members' club, there are 9 restaurants, indoor & rooftop pools, a gym, spa and the all important 6 event spaces! The hotel is part of the Soho House family so you know you are in a safe pair of hands!
On a chilly November evening, we hosted 15 corporate event managers in the Princes Dome which is located in the members' club space. The Princes Dome is a perfect spot for an intimate drinks reception or dinner with amazing views of the City just outside the space. After all catching up over champagne it was off for a tour of the event spaces.
The hotel has 252 bedrooms which are all decorated to an amazing standard, you feel like you are stepping back in time to the glamorous 1920s era. We viewed a 2 bedroom suite which would work really well for press interviews, small boardroom meetings as well as a drinks reception. As well as the glamorous decor, the amenities are fantastic within the bedrooms - you would leave feeling just as glam as the venue after testing out all the Cowshed products that are in the bedrooms!
The event spaces are all located on the 6th floor providing lots of varied and unique options for events for up to 210. The Tapestry Room is the largest space and is truly breathtaking with a tapestry dating back to 1920 wrapped around the upper walls of the space. It is ever so versatile - we've been lucky enough to witness it set up in the past for so many events but we have to say the set up we saw on this evening was amazing - a winter wonderland Christmas theme!! Other spaces on this floor include the Saloon which can accommodate up to 110 people with natural daylight. We all know that in London it is really hard to find outdoor space - so look no further the Ned has two terraces within the event suite with fantastic views of the City including St Paul's. We could go on and on about the spaces… further information on the capacities/options etc can be found here.
On the ground floor, street level of the property lays the former Banking Hall which is also the hotel’s check-in and concierge desk which also houses 9 restaurants and bars - you could eat here every day and not have to eat in the same restaurant twice! There is always a great atmosphere within this space with live music in the evenings. We both really love Cecconi's a great spot for breakfast meetings or to unwind at the end of a long day with a yummy bowl of pasta and a glass of red (or two).
Other things on offer include beauty and grooming areas - they are currently making some exciting changes to these areas, we can't wait for them to be finalised. Ned Friends (those lucky people who have a membership) also get access to Ned's Club which includes an amazing terrace - you feel like you are in Spain! - with a heated rooftop pool, an exclusive restaurant on the terrace, access to the amazing original Vaults that now houses a fabulous bar along with access to the gym, spa and exclusive invites to events.
We finished off the evening back in the Princes Dome where we chatted further with delicious canapes, bowl food and desserts washed down with champagne and fantastic service from the catering and hosting teams - not bad at all for a Monday evening!
To explore holding an event at the Ned, reach out to Justin Loriquer.
If you would like to join in the fun and attend our events, please drop us an email with your full details.
Michelle Rees is a Events Advisor for a London Law Firm
Kate is a Events Manager for a London Law Firm