News in Brief

RSA House in London has redesigned its vaults as a more flexible space holding up to 220 for receptions and dinners.

The new 5 star hotel, The Londoner, Leicester Square, London will open in 2020 at a cost of £300,000,000 and will have extensive meeting space.

The Ivy has opened another restaurant, this time in Manchester.  It  set to be the largest restaurant opening in the UK with 535 covers. Set 3 floors the restaurant will have 2 private dining spaces for 20 and will also have the first every Ivy Asian.

This year for the first time London has dropped out of the top ten most expensive cities for business travel. New York has the top spot on the list, and Geneva number 2.  Other destinations of note: Zurich at number 3, Paris at number 6, Washington DC at number 8.

The dual branded Crowne Plaza London-Heathrow Terminal 4 and Holiday Inn Express London Terminal 4 were recently opened.  Their combined space makes them the largest hotel complex directly linked to an airport in the UK.

HotelRes Exclusive Special offer!  16th and 17th May 2019 only are available at the Cambridge Rugby Club; a marquee seating 250 for dinner with a separate catering tent. Central location, with plenty of free parking, out door space and additional indoor facilities including bars, toilets and changing rooms.  Ideal for a Summer Fun Days, Parties and Team Building.

The Maison Asor in Paris has joined the Hilton brand Curio Collection.

Special offers at the new InterContinental branded hotels in Scotland:  Principal George Street (soon to be InterContinental) and the Principal Charlotte Square (soon to be Kimpton) both in Edinburgh are are offering day delegate rates from £32 per person between now and April 2019.  The Principal Blythswood Square (soon to be Kimpton) in Glasgow is offering Day Delegate Rates from £39 per person between now and March 2019.

Just a warning, the Cricket World Cup is hitting the UK next year and we are already seeing an impact in the cost of accommodation in London during its duration. The opening match is 30th May at the Oval, with the final happening on 14th July at Lords.  Grounds all over the UK are being used so please check the fixtures before planning a conference needing accommodation.

Movenpick has joined the Accor brand of hotels.

For something a bit different why not try National Gallery’s new Transformative Art wellbeing course.  Start your meeting with an early morning yoga class in one of the galleries, followed by a mindfulness tour of the peaceful galleries; helping delegates use the environment of the gallery to bring balance to their life.

Principal Devere Venues has sold all their hotel portfolio including the newly reopened Principal London hotel.  The group will continue to operate the DeVere Venues.  The Principal hotels that have been sold are, London, Manchester, York, Edinburgh George Street, Met Leeds, Edinburgh Charlotte Square, St Davids Cardiff, Blythswood Square Glasgow and one Devere venue Wotton House; these will all be operated as IHG branded hotels.  It is also anticipated that a further three hotels: Grand Central Glasgow, DeVere Oxford Thames and Oxford Spires will also operate as IHG branded hotels.

Cambridge Belfry has changed its name to Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge Belfry.  Q Hotels who used to operate the Belfry were bought last year and are now all managed by RBH Hotels.  RBH already operated a number of hotels under different Hilton and InterContinental brands.  In the rebranding 5 of the old Q Hotels will become Doubletree later this year: Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, Glasgow, Cambourne, and Forest Pines (Yorkshire).

Barnett Hill, Guildford now part of Alexander Hotels, has just added a further 22 bedrooms.

Hotel Felix, Cambridge has just been granted planning permission to add 16 additional bedrooms and glass reception area.

CCT Venues are opening a new venue in London’s Docklands and are offering special introductory rates until August. There is a large exhibition space for 250 guests and private lounge, with a further 8 meeting rooms and 6 smaller breakout rooms. They have a waterfront terrace and restaurant.

Crowne Plaza Albert Embankment, London has opened, close to the new American Embassy and Battersea Power Station.