Regent’s Conferences & Events reduces carbon emissions with new English Three Choirs house wine

Regent’s Conferences & Events is working with Jascots Wine Merchants to launch Cotswolds-based Three Choirs as its house wine this month, supporting more local businesses through sustainable choices.

One of England’s oldest family owned wineries, Three Choirs pioneers in sustainability. The winery uses as few pesticides as possible, recycling rainwater for irrigation and using grape skins and prunings in its composts. Carbon emissions are kept to a minimum, not only because of the short distance from the vines to the glass, but also due to the painstaking work done in the winery by hand to avoid the use of machinery where possible.

Regent’s has chosen to partner with Jascots following the introduction of Bag in Boxes for the award-winning Three Choirs English wines, which will save approximately 88% of the CO2 emissions that result from transportation.

Guests at the London Summer Events Show on 21-22 January at Banking Hall can visit Regent’s’ stand for the official launch of the house wine, and to find out more about hosting an event at the London venue.

For more information or to book an event, contact the events team on 020 7487 7540.

Lincoln’s Inn reopens its doors as a filming location

Following the completion of its extensive refurbishment earlier this year, Lincoln’s Inn has reopened its doors to production companies as a unique filming location.

The venue offers a stunning array of historic halls and contemporary spaces on a private enclave in the heart of Holborn. Because of its varied architecture, beautiful gardens, spacious squares, art-lined hallways and panelled rooms, Lincoln’s Inn caters for a historic spectrum of backdrops through the ages.

With a particular efficacy for productions with a legal theme or in need of a period setting, the estate’s exterior and interior spaces, including a chapel and bookshop, are tastefully malleable for many purposes and projects.

The condensed grandeur of some of the smaller spaces provides an ideal interviewing spot and with the location of the estate set back from the main hustle and bustle of the city, noise interruption is minimal.

Previous productions filmed at Lincoln’s Inn include DC Universe’s 2015 blockbuster ‘Wonder Woman’, the highly acclaimed ‘The Theory of Everything’ and Guy Ritchie’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’.

With proficient experience in working with high-calibre production companies and filming crews, the venue team understands your needs and works to the highest level of professionalism.

If you are interested in filming at Lincoln’s Inn and would like a show round, contact the team on events@lincolnsinn.org.uk or call 020 7405 5969.

Imperial Venues launches new food and drink menu for 2020

Imperial Venues has launched its new food and drink menu for 2020, featuring more vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options.

Some of the new menu items include:

  • Vegan cheese platter with homemade caramelised onion chutney, grapes and crackers
  • Vegan plant pudding
  • Protein platter with chicken tikka skewers, boiled hens’ eggs and Woodalls salami sticks
  • Asian style rice noodle salad with flaked salmon, sugar snap peas and sweet chilli dressing

Plus, the additional options also feature Imperial’s ‘Queen’s Tower sourdough bread’, which is fermented and baked on campus:

  • Jerusalem artichoke, fresh peas and hazelnut dressing on sourdough
  • Heritage tomato burrata salad with avocado gel and sourdough crumb
  • Duck rillettes with cornichons, red onion marmalade and sourdough croute

You can download the full food and drinks menu on the Imperial Venues website.

The QEII Centre celebrates Business Brilliance Awards success

The QEII Centre has triumphed at the Business Brilliance Awards, winning accolades for brand recognition and customer service.

The centre won the Brand Brilliance (small to medium) award and was the Gold award winner in the Brilliance in Customer Service category at the Business Brilliance Awards 2019 on Thursday 5 December.

It was the first time QEII has entered the awards, which recognise excellence in the business world and are designed to celebrate the success of the world’s leading companies.

The awards attract a wide range of entries from across all sectors, from large international and public sector organisations, to dynamic and innovative private businesses.

The Brand Brilliance (small to medium) award is given to the entry that ‘encompasses the very best of marketing brilliance’ and that can demonstrate consistent growth, strong financial performance and brand recognition. Judges looked for evidence of site engagement, functionality, security, innovation and ethical practice.

The awards come following the news that the QEII Centre was Highly Commended for Venue Team of the Year at the Drum Experience Awards 2019.

To host your event at an award winning venue, contact the team at info@qeiicentre.london or call  020 7798 4426.

IET London: Savoy Place shares alternative uses for lecture theatres

IET London: Savoy Place offers alternative uses for lecture theatres, thanks to raked flooring, tiered seating, cutting edge AV, a large stage and production lighting.

Product launches
Location, space and choosing somewhere that reflects your brand are important considerations for a product launch where you want to wow and excite an audience with your latest product. A lecture theatre is designed so that whatever or whoever is front and centre stage captivates an audience. And, with state-of-the-art AV – not to mention a large stage and screen, there is a lot that can help make a killer first impression.

Pop-up cinemas
The pop-up cinema market is growing rapidly in the UK with over 1,000 pop-up cinema screenings last year. Lecture theatres are dream locations for pop-up cinemas as the set-up is like a regular cinema. Plus, hosting in a dedicated events venue that has an in-house catering team and break out spaces allows you to add on a catering package.

Award Ceremonies
Lecture theatre set-ups work incredibly well for award ceremonies. A grand stage, tiered seating and wide aisles help bring such an event to life and conveys the grandeur and celebratory feeling. At Savoy Place, the Kelvin Lecture Theatre’s intelligent moving lights offer slick lighting to create a glowing atmosphere while Dolby 5.1 surround sound offers enriched audio experience for the whole audience.

For more information on hosting an event with IET London: Savoy Place, call 020 7344 5479 or email savoyplace@ietvenues.co.uk.

The Royal Society places single-use plastic reduction at the core of its sustainability policy

The reduction of single-use plastic has found its place at the core of the sustainability policy for the team at The Royal Society.

Last year, several successful initiatives were implemented, including opportunities for plastic reduction across various departments, from client events to internal staff facilities. The venues dedicated catering partner – CH&CO has played a major role in delivering these key objectives.

The Royal Society has invested in a number of projects to aid the reduction of single-use plastic, including:

  • Replacing single-use plastic bottles with water fountains for larger events
  • Replacing plastic cups with paper cones and cups and refillable glass bottles for all events
  • Encouraging staff to bring in their own containers for the canteen
  • Replacing plastic take-away boxes with paper take-away boxes and single-use plastic cutlery with compostable options

While acknowledging the achievements, a great amount of collective effort is currently going into further identifying novel ways of improving the venue’s impact on single-use plastic usage.

To host your event with a venue at The Royal Society, please call 020 7451 2612 or email venuehire@royalsociety.org.

Church House Westminster to replace corporate gifts with charity donations to boost sustainability

Church House Westminster has initiated a zero-gift policy in a bid to reduce the unnecessary use of plastic.

Replacing corporate gifts with charitable donations comes after an effort to replace plastic-based gifts with reusable coffee cups and bamboo pens. A deeper scrutiny of the sustainability of the concept then questioned the effect of transportation requirements and labour, leading to a trial of removing corporate gifts altogether.

Robin Parker, the venue’s general manager said: “Having established, at least in my own mind, that nobody really wants these gifts anyway, why are we continuing to purchase them and inflict them on our most valued clients? I wonder if instead of giving a gift, we make a pledge to charity? This must be a win-win! Firstly, we are not responsible for the production, packaging, and transportation of unnecessary items and secondly, it benefits a good cause.

“So, at Church House, we are working towards our zero-gift policy. I say working towards because we still have stock to get through, which rather than throw away and cause a notepad mountain in Westminster, we will try and distribute in a responsible way.”

For more information on hosting your event at Church House Westminster, please contact the events team on 020 7390 1582.

116 Pall Mall hosts record number of agents at mia’s Connect Agent Dinner

A record number of agents and venues came together at 116 Pall Mall to enjoy a productive debate over dinner at the Meeting Industry Association’s (mia) Connect Agent Dinner last month.

Glowing praise from the 75 attendees of the event at 116 Pall Mall on 11 November proved that both venues and agents found it hugely beneficial to network within such an informal setting.

Guests attending the event were welcomed with a drinks reception before being given the chance to debate the industry’s hottest topics and pose burning questions over dinner.

Topics discussed on the night included sustainability and single-use plastics; preferences of RFP presentation; thoughts on industry exhibitions and events and what agents can do to make venues’ role simpler.

To ensure questions were answered fully and to maximise networking opportunities, each table was hosted by a different agent, with agents moving tables in between courses.

The event was heavily attended, attracting a record number of agents, who included Venues for Business, Conference Care, Right Angle Events, Hospitality Guaranteed and Venue Queen.

Feedback from attendees was hugely positive with many praising the format of the event and the quality networking opportunities.

Kathleen Edwards, head of venues at glh Hotels, praised the ‘great format’. She said: “The networking prior to dinner was superb. The canapé dessert was a great idea and gave more opportunity to network rather than being sat at a table all evening. Our table champion Rhiannon Thomas was exceptional in managing the table, ensuring conversations were balanced and feedback was rich.”

London Transport Museum’s 1938 stock hosts filming for The Outnet Christmas advert

The Outnet has premiered its 2019 Christmas advert, featuring London Transport Museum’s beautiful 1938 stock.

The advert sees models marking every special moment in the run up to the festive season. From family movie nights, tonights out with friends, the trusty 1938 stock is seen ferrying the group about in style.

When it was introduced in 1940, the 1938-Stock was the most advanced electric tube train in the world. The last 38-stock retired from service in 1988, six weeks short of 50 years’ service and is a great backdrop to shoot magical memories.

Regent’s Conferences & Events wins Best Outdoor Space at Academic Venue Awards 2019

Regent’s Conferences & Events has been named the winner of Best Outdoor Space at the 2019 Academic Venue Awards.

The venue offers a unique private outdoor space within Regent’s Park, comprising of four acres of lush foliage, shrubs, flowers and trees which create a magical setting for parties of up to 1,200 guests. This summer alone has seen 13,000 guests visiting the York Lawns for weddings, family fun days, corporate summer parties, team building events, conferences, graduation and garden parties, demonstrating the tremendous versatility of the venue.

Innovative catering, first-class customer service and impeccably kept grounds with an ivory-lined marquee for the summer months have all helped attract a wide variety of creative events to the York Lawns, from wellness retreats and petting zoos to bootcamps and funfairs.

For an events venue so reliant on its environment, the four acres of outdoor space is a pivotal driver of Regent’s’ green credentials. While the main lawns are kept immaculately tidy throughout the year, biodiversity is largely encouraged in a designated section of the gardens, where the grass is left long and fallen Autumnal leaves are blown into the wild area. Aside from accommodating a variety of events for guests on the lawns, one of the venue’s hospitable initiatives extends to a bug hotel, a log pile built up for endangered stag beetles to feed off the deadwood.

Work is undertaken to ensure that any chemicals used in the gardens are biodegradable, and an efficient irrigation system is in place to minimise water waste. In addition, any garden waste is used to create compost. Anything that has to be cut down is re-used for nutrients and protection on the soil over winter.