Cavendish Venues teams up with Lee Summerfield Art

Cavendish Conference Centre is awash with colour thanks to paintings from Lee Summerfield Art, which are now on display in the centre.

Lee has been invited to present his paintings in the Whittington Site at the award-winning Cavendish Conference Centre where they will be seen by corporate clients and available to purchase immediately.

Paul Martins, director of sales at Cavendish Venues, says: “I first met Lee at the London Hospitality Forum last year. What stood out was the extent of his passion in his craft. He is personable and shows so much attention to care about the impressions made – these are all elements synonymous with Cavendish Venues.”

DoubleTree by Hilton Westminster opens newly revamped Art St Kitchen

The doors are now open to one of London’s coolest restaurants at DoubleTree by Hilton Westminster, serving up modern international cuisine in a cool, contemporary setting.

Situated on Art Street just a stones-throw away from the River Thames, Tate Britain and Burberry HQ, the vibrant restaurant is perfectly placed for Londoners and tourists alike to enjoy a meal with family and friends – or for those busy at work in the surrounding art galleries and offices, to grab a quick lunch to go.

Inspired by artists, the restaurant boasts a simplistic, stripped-back design with stand-out splashes of colour and eclectic pieces of artwork.

Art St Kitchen’s menu is full of culinary dishes influenced by seasonality and cultural diversity from around the globe and will feature special dishes to tie in with the restaurant’s creative décor.

All the dishes on both the sit-down lunch and dinner menu are designed to share, making any meal at Art St Kitchen an interactive and sociable dining experience.

Your exclusive invite to National Gallery’s new event space launch party

The National Gallery is revealing two brand new outdoor event spaces and you can see them before anyone else by registering for the official launch party.

Enjoy food, drink and entertainment from 18.30 – 20.30 on Monday, 24 September to see how the spaces can be used for private events from autumn 2018 onwards.

Places for the evening are limited, so please email venuehire@ng-london.org.uk to secure your place. Further details will follow following confirmation of your registration.

116 Pall Mall’s new website offers tips and advice for the events industry

116 Pall Mall has launched a new website offering the latest news, industry trends and advice for event professionals, PA’s, agents, and anyone looking to hold an event in London.

Jeremy Warrillow, head of hospitality at 116 Pall Mall, says: “As the home of the Institute of Directors, our online presence was previously buried within the IoD website, resulting in a low awareness of our event venue proposition and making it difficult for potential customers to find.

“Having a stand-alone website has allowed us to create a separate identity and therefore promote 116 Pall Mall as a venue much more effectively. It also means we are able to share a wealth of tips and advice with our clients as well as exciting 116 news, events and offers, something we’ve never been able to do before.”

The new website also features easy to use enquiry forms on every page, allowing users to make instant enquiries while browsing the website. Jeremy believes these will make researching a lot easier for potential customers. He adds: “Having these forms on every page allows users to enquire without even leaving the page they are viewing, meaning they can carry on researching with ease. Our team will then reply to them within two hours.”

Broadway House hosts roundtable discussion on ‘The Business of Wellbeing’

Broadway House, part of EEF Venues, hosted the first of roundtable discussions on how businesses monitor and evaluate wellbeing within their organisations.

Involving a small group of event agencies, industry commentators, associations, and business leaders, the roundtables are part of Broadway House’s own commitment and the industry’s drive to improve wellness within the meetings and events sector.

“At EEF Venues, we can track a direct relationship between the work we do on wellbeing, and the quality of our customer experience. This means we can show the efficacy of our efforts on the balance sheet as well as within the heart of our organisation,” comments David Vaughton, Managing Director, EEF Venues.

“Through these roundtables, we’re looking to understand how other businesses and business leaders assess wellbeing both within their organisations, and with each event they produce.”

EEF Venues will share the results of the roundtable with the industry and bring together a second meeting with different participants around the Eventwell campaign week 17 – 21 September.

“Businesses are showing a real drive towards wellness as part of their procurement strategy so, like sustainability, it needs to show a financial reward as well as an ethical one. This is what our campaign is all about and why we’re looking forward to having this conversation and sharing our findings with the industry,” concludes David.

Westminster Venue Collection celebrates finalists in The London Venue Awards

Westminster Venue Collection is proud to announce seven of its members have reached the final of the London Venue Awards.

The seven venues – Institute of Contemporary Arts, One Great George Street, Prince Philip House, QEII Centre, RIBA, RSA House and The Royal Society – made the shortlist in nine categories:

• Best Historic Venue or Livery Hall: RSA House
• Best Venue Customer Service – 300+ attendees, theatre style: One Great George Street
• Best Catering at a Venue: Prince Philip House and The Royal Society
• Best London Event Venue – under 1,000 attendees: RIBA and RSA House
• Best London Event / Exhibition Venue – 1,000+ attendees: QEII Centre
• Best Private Dining Venue: Institute of Contemporary Arts
• Best Party Venue: Institute of Contemporary Arts
• Best Venue for Employing Women and Gender Equality: Prince Philip House and RIBA
• Most Versatile London Venue – 1,000+ attendees: QEII Centre

The London Venue Awards recognise excellence and exceptional achievement by venues in London.

A panel of 30 judges will now decide on the category winners, plus bronze and silver awards winners, which will be revealed at the awards ceremony on Friday, 5 October at the Hurlingham Club in London.