Brand new conference centre now open at Lincoln’s Inn

Lincoln’s Inn’s brand-new conference centre is now officially open as of 1 November 2019.

Opened by Queen Elizabeth II, the Ashworth Centre is named after Mercy Ashworth who was one of the first women to be called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1923. The lecture theatre is ideal for screenings, conferences and talks, and is complete with integrated AV facilities.

The tiered theatre style seating for 158 delegates also retracts, allowing the stylish double height space to be used for receptions as well as a host of other event possibilities. This venue is conveniently located next to a suite of meeting rooms suitable as break out spaces for smaller group sessions.

Cleverly constructed below the eminent Great Hall with a glass roof and natural stream of light, the Ashworth Centre provides a contemporary contrast to the historical nature of the Inn.

For more information on DDR packages and available dates, please contact the events team on 020 7693 5141.

IET London: Savoy Place completes £280k AV investment

The Riverside Room at IET London: Savoy Place has undergone over £280K of investments, adding to the high-quality AV and further transforming the versatile event space (180 cabaret capacity).

Becoming one of London’s leading locations for award dinners, banquets and conferences, The Riverside Room can now be used in full landscape format, as new cameras allow presenters to be filmed from any angle and live relayed onto two new video walls and two additional LED screens, ensuring full delegate visibility. The cameras also allow for a speaker to be recorded and live streamed out of the building.

Newly installed video mapping software can now also be used to compose and manage multiple content across the screens, such as videos, images, live feeds and animations. The software also enables a multitude of branding options for events, from reinforced branding across all screens for events such as exhibitions and award dinners, to neutral graphics during drinks receptions.

The upgrades will have endless benefits to delegates and event organisers alike and the new technology will significantly reduce set-up times and costs.

To find out more and discover the new Riverside Room packages, contact savoyplace@ietvenues.co.uk or call 020 7344 5479.

110 Rochester Row introduces ClickShare into its AV systems

110 Rochester Row has implemented Clickshare, a wireless presentation system, to streamline meetings.

Working with its AV partner, Crossover, over the summer months the enhancement allows users to simply share what’s on their laptop presentation screen with no cables, or time-consuming set-ups, which ensures a faster transition when sharing ideas.

Successful meetings are all about confidence. Confidence in the ideas, confidence in the presentations, but also confidence in the meeting room technology. Book with confidence at 110 Rochester Row.

For more information, contact Fred Metcalfe on 020 7828 2888, fred.metcalfe@110rochesterrow.co.uk.

Royal Society launches its newly refurbished Lecture Hall and team activities

The Royal Society has been busy transforming the Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall into a modern and contemporary space with upgraded state-of-the-art technology, over the summer.

To celebrate the reopening of the space, the venue hosted an exclusive showcase on 10 September 2019, where guests were able to experience the new space, explore the nearby Waterloo gardens and take part in exciting team activities. The evening was a great opportunity to network with industry peers and discuss any future event ideas with the conferencing team.

The dedicated on-site caterers, CH&CO, showcased their interest in sustainable practices and produce through various food stations and creative workshops. The core concept for the hospitality on the evening was designed around foods for the future.

To arrange site visits or find out more information about team activities for your next event, including the festive season, please email venuehire@royalsociety.org.

St Martin-in-the-Fields launches new events website

St-Martin-in-the-Fields has now launched a new website dedicated to its venue hire operation – venues.smitf.org.

The venue’s events and sales manager Andrew Papworth said of the new site: ‘When I joined St Martin’s in the summer, I was delighted with the spaces and catering available but didn’t feel our website was showcasing them in the way it should. We needed a new website that was easier to use and helped instead of hindered. I wanted our clients to picture themselves in our spaces whether it was for a conference or a work jolly. As the website evolves, we hope to share further content on what we do here at St Martin’s and this includes showing off our tempting menus created by our Executive Chef Dan Leavy.’

Since the website’s launch on 9 September, St Martin’s has seen website traffic increase by 20% compared to the same week last year. The venue is particularly pleased to see an increase in Christmas bookings from last year and strong initial sales for 2020. St Martin’s welcomes feedback on the new site at events@smitf.org.

The National Gallery launches new website and brochure

The National Gallery has just launched a brand-new website for venue hire to complement its new events brochure.

Outlining 11 diverse event spaces, the brochure demonstrates the striking options to host an event at one of the world’s most visited galleries. From recommended suppliers to private tours and exclusive talks, see what the venue has to offer for your next bespoke event.

The Gallery is located in the heart of London – the centrepiece of Trafalgar Square and the backdrop to historic moments and contemporary celebrations. Inside the building, it’s not only the paintings that demand attention, the grand architecture changes from Victorian splendour to modern minimalism in a few steps, meaning there is always a suitable and impressive space for an event.

To visit the new website, click here.

Imperial College London launches new green initiatives

Imperial College London has recently launched a series of initiatives to enhance its sustainability as an events venue.

From compostable cups, to a ban on clingfilm and specially designed food trolleys, Imperial has recently implemented a variety of changes to support its vision to move towards a more sustainable events industry and a ‘greener’ experience for clients.

Some of the recent initiatives launched include:

  • The use of compostable paper cups
  • The use of reusable crockery rather than single-use crockery
  • Food trolleys with washable fabric covers have been introduced to transport catering around campus, without the need for clingfilm
  • Plastic food containers have been removed and all catering is served on reusable wooden boards
  • Single-use sugar sachets have been swapped in favour of sugar cubes

Imperial is also taking ‘locally sourced’ to the next level with its Queen’s Tower sourdough bread. Fermented on campus in South Kensington, the sourdough is created at the top of the Queen’s Tower and features in several menu items which are available for events.

To find out more, contact the team on 0207 7594 9494 or venues@imperial.ac.uk.

Mariam Khan of Cavendish Venues receives nomination for the Aspiring Managers Awards

Mariam Khan, event sales executive at Cavendish Venues, has been nominated for the Institute of Hospitality Aspiring Managers Awards 2019.

Recognising the rising stars in hospitality management, the awards offer a prestigious accolade to aspiring leaders in the industry.

Mariam’s nomination has been supported by Cavendish Venues’ director of sales, Paul Martins who said: “How you recognise talent and develop your events professionals is essential for successful results. Your people are assets to your business growth. So, it’s important to champion a culture of encouraging progress through education and experience for inspiration and incentive. This also sets foundations for a stronger future for the industry.”

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 4 November 2019.

Competition time!

Win a private lunch-tasting with matching wines for you and five colleagues at Church House Westminster.

To enter, mention this competition when booking a new dinner or reception event by 31 January 2020.

The prize includes a six-course lunch tasting menu created by our chefs, served with a wine pairing for six people.

Valid for all new dinner and reception bookings confirmed by 31 January 2020. Please quote this competition at the time of enquiry. Winner to be announced on Friday 7 February 2020. The prize is subject to availability and has no cash value.

Contact 020 7390 1590 sales@churchhouseconf.co.uk for more details.

Church House Westminster shortlisted for three awards

Church House Westminster has been shortlisted this summer for three prestigious awards, after a successful year of business.

The accolades include the prestigious miaList Team Award for their event coordinator team, Best Venue Customer Service Award (over 500 reception style) in the London Venue Awards, and the Most Innovative and Tech-friendly Venue category at the Event Technology Awards.

Last year the multi-purpose events venue achieved the ‘VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation‘ by BVA BDRC for consistently providing an excellent customer experience during 2018. The accreditation, based on customer feedback results independently collected throughout the year, demonstrates the London venue’s ongoing dedication to providing exceptional customer service.

Church House Westminster is also an AIM Gold accredited venue, an Assurance of Excellence, Making Meetings Better, for providing exceptional levels of service and quality.

In addition, the Westminster venue holds a Silver accreditation from Green Tourism as formal recognition of an ongoing commitment to operating in the most sustainable way it can.

Looking at 2020, which will be the 30th anniversary of Church House Westminster, clients who have experienced excellent service are invited to consider voting in the M&IT industry awards. Church House Westminster is in the category ‘C) Best UK Conference Centre’. Details including a voting prize and how to vote can be found here: www.mitawards.co.uk/vote.