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Birmingham Botanical Gardens

West Midlands / West Midlands

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens boasts a variety of meeting and conference facilities, ensuring an event to remember, Birmingham’s best kept secret! Meet in one of our five modern and stylish event suites which vary in capacity of 20 delegates to 500. The suites are set in the charming, historic grounds of the Botanical Gardens. Fifteen acres of gardens and glasshouses make the Botanical Gardens a location that is second to none. As you step through the tropical houses, it is hard to believe you are located just two miles from Birmingham city centre. Our superb, on-site catering will ensure your dining experience is second to none. Our flexibility allows us to accommodate any food preferences or dietary requirements. We offer a variety of dishes that are locally sourced, beautifully prepared and above all – delicious. Close to all major rail links and motor ways, and with complimentary onsite parking, the Botanical Gardens is easily accessible. Garden Suite: Enter through the Sub Tropical and Mediterranean glasshouses which lead you into the Garden Suite. This grand, elegant and versatile space is the ideal choice for medium to large sized events. Bathed in natural light, this elegant and versatile space is our most flexible suite which divides into the Palm & Orchid Room, with a private lounge bar. Terrace Suite: Beyond the Arid House, home to our cacti collection, lies the Terrace Suite. A historical event space with a large arched ceiling making this grand space the ideal setting for any event. This self-contained area has the benefit of private washrooms, its own registration, catering facilities and private in suite bar. Loudon Suite: Named after the designer of our gardens, the Loudon suite is our smallest suite. Perfect for intimate meetings it is situated next to the famous Japanese garden and boasts wonderful views across the terrace area. Comprising of The Cedar Room and The Conservatory the Loudon suite offers excellent access to the Pavillion tea rooms and to our stunning outdoor areas.

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British Motor Museum

West Midlands / Warwickshire

The British Motor Museum is one of the largest and most impressive purpose built venues in Warwickshire for meetings, exhibitions and events - as well as home to the world’s largest collection of historic British vehicles. Located off junction 12 of the M40, between Warwick & Banbury, the centre offers … 28 stylish meeting rooms For 6 to 600 delegates 4 rooms with vehicular access 2000 sqm internal exhibition space, also with vehicular access 3 large outdoor event arenas that are licensed for 5000 visitors Rooftop Sky Suite with private roof terrace Dinning amongst the cars in the Museum Entrance to the Museum for all day delegates Green space for team building 1 GIG of free Wi-Fi 1600 free car parking spaces Branding opportunities The iconic design of the building with its diverse variety of spaces including the stunning rooftop Sky Suite with a private roof terrace, will be sure to inspire your delegates. Dining amongst the historic British car collection is a unique option available for those looking for that special dining experience and one that is sure to impress. The British Motor Museum was the first Conference Centre in the UK to be Gluten Free Accredited by Coeliac UK and we pride ourselves on our award-winning catering and customer service. All Day Delegate packages include entrance to the Museum so your conference guests can explore over 300 British classics on arrival or as part of their break-out. Our experienced Booking Team will work with you to make most of our facilities and tailor make your event. The in-house Operations Team will ensure your rooms are set up correctly and any equipment needed is working and ready to go, and will be there to look after you throughout the day. The Museum also has its own in house engineering and IT team to help with any electrical/internet needs you may have.

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Hilton London Gatwick Airport Hotel

South East / West Sussex

The Hilton London Gatwick Airport Hotel is directly connected to the South Terminal of Gatwick Airport via a covered walkway, and the hotel’s bustling lobby is just a five-minute walk from the South Terminal. A free monorail connects the North Terminal and the South Terminal with a 24-hour service and provides convenient access to the hotel. The hotel is only five-minutes away from Gatwick train station with frequent Gatwick Express trains running directly to central London (Victoria Station) in just 30 minutes. The hotel is also very conveniently located for the M23 and M25 motorway network. Car hire and coach travel is available from the airport, too. With 21 function rooms located in a self-contained conference centre, including 18 meetings rooms and a recently refurbished conference centre including Ascot Suite with its syndicate rooms, are an inspired choice for any event from social celebrations to award dinners and more. The Ascot Suite boasts over 4,175 square ft. of space, making it one of the largest venues in Gatwick area. Their Dedicated Team work alongside event planners from preparation to implementation to ensure every detail is captured and every event is a resounding success. This award-winning venue offers balanced, enhanced, and interactive breaks and lunches, creating extraordinary experiences for conference delegates and meetings organisers too. To complement the meeting space, the hotel also boasts 821 spacious and air-conditioned guest rooms, all featuring en suite bathrooms, work desks, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, internet access and LCD TV. Guests staying in the Executive Rooms also benefit from access to the hotel’s Executive Lounge, where complimentary Continental Breakfast, complimentary canapés and pre-dinner drinks are available. Free use of internet and light refreshments are also available during opening hours. Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining, with the option of five modern food and beverages facilities including the exceptional fine dining Amy’s Restaurant, offering extensive food and beverage variety and delicious specialities. The luxurious modern interiors, outstanding, award-winning conference facilities and dedicated team members providing the renowned Hilton service and hospitality make this hotel the ideal host for your next event.

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Cheddar Gorge & Caves

South West / Somerset

For event planners looking for a daring and unique experience in an iconic landscape, look no further than the West Country village of Cheddar. With two show caves and a huge stretch of the beautiful Gorge on offer, the attraction, synonymous with quality cheese and cider, has designed a variety of brand new packages to please even the most adventurous of teams. With packages and itineraries from just £35 per person, this iconic gem could be the setting for your next escape. The Lafferty Room, set into the cliff face of the gorge itself, can be hired as a base for your adventure. Enjoy a buffet lunch or hold your meeting overlooking the famous curling highway of Cheddar Gorge. With world-class caving routes and towering limestone cliffs, the adventurous possibilities are endless. Enjoy a bespoke team building activity transporting fragile cargo through a series of caverns or support one another in a race to the pinnacles. Brand new for Cheddar Gorge & Caves are two themed Escape Rooms. Test your team to a timed challenge of riddles, clues and lateral thinking to make you way out of Gough’s Vault or find an escape route before being Caved In.

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Longleat

South West / Wiltshire

In the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, in a spectacular setting of landscaped parkland, lakes and formal gardens lies Longleat. You'll struggle to find another venue as inspiring.  In 1966, Longleat blazed a trail by becoming the first location outside of Africa to open a drive-through safari. Ove 50 years on and Longleat remains one of the UK's leading tourist attractions. Boasting a menagerie of animals, high Elizabethan architecture, hundreds of acres of parkland, and an enduring ethos of innovation and wonder, Longleat is the perfect setting for your corporate event. Whether you have a specific event in mind, or are flexible with options, we promise to deliver an experience your clients and teams will be talking about for a very long time.  Longleat offers unique spaces; from The Longhouse, a fully self-contained event space which is one of the largest in Wiltshire, Lord Bath's Banqueting Suite, a sophisticated venue of distinguished ancestry, to The Green library, an intimate venue set in the heart of Longleat House. With award winning attractions, thousands of animals and annual calendars which bring the Estate to life, Longleat undoubtedly provides an adventure-packed day, as standard.  Corporate groups have access to generous discounts on park tickets and events (30%+) , and are able to book for special event well before the general public. Bring your guests to immerse themselves in this astonishing world of adventure with a fun day, VIP Experience, team building activity, a conference or meeting, or even a stylish dinner and drinks reception.

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National Conference Centre

West Midlands / West Midlands

The National Conference Centre boasts an impressive 4550m2 of fully flexible internal event space. This makes it ideal for a huge range of events including large-scale corporate conferences, awards dinners, exhibitions and charity balls as well as smaller meetings, more intimate dinner parties and even road shows, making great use of the 10,000m² external space. There are 13 suites to choose from, for larger-scale events there is the Imperial and Britannia, and for smaller more intimate meetings there is the Wardroom and Crows Nest suite. The range of rooms makes it the ideal venue to host conference style events for up to 1400 delegates or gala dinners and awards for up to 1000 guests, and anything in between. All rooms have access to 200mbps of super fast Wi-Fi. The National Conference Centre boasts state of the art technical equipment and has an on-site AV production team who are experienced in delivering a high level of service. With a team of dedicated event planning staff and its award winning kitchen brigade, the venue really does deliver a seamless customer focused service throughout all levels of the event experience.  With over 700 free car park spaces, as well as its central location and proximity to the country’s major road, rail and air networks, the National Conference Centre is the venue to host your next event. We have recently rebranded - check out our new website: www.nationalconferencecentre.co.uk

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Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

London / London

Experience the capital’s highest hotel at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London, residing on levels 34 to 52 of the iconic 95-storey Shard tower. This is the only five-star luxury hotel in London Bridge, contrasting sleek modern style with the area’s rich historic character. Boasting unparalleled views, our hotel offers 202 luxury rooms and suites, three signature venues for dining and drinks, three river-facing event venues, as well as the Sky Pool and the 24-hour Sky Gym on Level 52. Enhance your occasion with the most dramatic views of any London event space. At Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London, we offer the city’s most high-profile destination for executive gatherings and diplomatic meetings, as well as social events and weddings. On Level 34, we have a total of 400 square metres / 4,306 square feet, including three private venues and the spacious Sky Lounge. All feature floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views over the city and the River Thames. For business meetings and social gatherings, we welcome from 10 to 140 guests in an atmosphere that feels intimate and exclusive. For bespoke weddings, we can host civil ceremonies and receptions for 20 to 110 guests. The grand staircase and double-height windows behind it present a dramatic view over London, providing an ideal backdrop for wedding photographs. Our dedicated Shangri-La events team takes care of every detail from beginning to end, ensuring perfection with our experienced hosts, state-of-the-art services and tailor-made menus. Our three private venues are named after the first three of five constant virtues of Confucianism: Ren for benevolence, Li for propriety and Yi for righteousness. • Ren: Overlooking the River Thames and the City of London through floor-to-ceiling windows, Ren is our largest function space, hosting 140 guests for receptions and 110 for banquet dinners. Measuring 155 square metres / 1,668 square feet. • Li: Looking out over London Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral, Li is a sleekly elegant venue, welcoming 35 for receptions and 30 for banquet dinners. Measuring 47 square metres / 506 square feet. • Yi: With floor-to-ceiling windows, this intimate boardroom looks onto Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. It’s perfect to host 15 for receptions or 12 for formal dinners. Measuring 15 square metres / 161 square feet. • Sky Lounge: Perfect for private cocktail receptions, this spacious lounge boasts a soaring ceiling and double-height, floor-to-ceiling windows. The area features its own bar and a dramatic wine and champagne wall, which houses the UK’s largest collection of Cristal Champagne by Louis Roederer. The furniture is versatile and may be kept or removed, depending on the event. Measuring 200 square metres / 2,153 square feet. • GŎNG Sky Pool: For private events, it’s possible to reserve a section of GŎNG Bar and the adjoining Sky Pool on Level 52. Available in the evenings after the pool closes, the space is perfect to host a reception for up to 60 people. Imagine a live DJ, lights floating on the water and sparkling floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views across London.

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Novotel London West

London / London

Novotel London West is located in the heart of Hammersmith, West London. It is a 4-star hotel providing extensive M&E facilities to the International and European business community. The venues self-contained Conference & Convention Centre offers flexible space for up to 2,000 and 33 meeting rooms over four floors make it one of London's most versatile event spaces. The Champagne Suite, pillar free, caters for 1,000 theatre-style, 650 diners or 2,000 for a reception. Of the 23-syndicate rooms the venue has, 17 have natural daylight whilst the Chablis Suite offers 1,360 sqm of exhibition space. A healthcare assessed venue, the venue offers their clients a tailor made service to suit their specific needs including two onsite Healthcare Champions. 630 spacious and comfortable bedrooms with three superb dining options, 2 restaurants and a Lounge bar, complement the hotels meeting facilities. Both restaurants serve the highest quality produce, Aroma buffet style and Artisan, A La Carte. The Lounge bar with its relaxed and friendly atmosphere offers a comprehensive menu of food & drinks.  Excellent transport links are on offer with three of London's main tube lines (Piccadilly, District and Hammersmith & City) a five-minute walk from the hotel. In addition to this, the hotel is very conveniently located for Heathrow Airport and major road/rail links. The dedicated events team deliver exceptional service within a professional and welcoming environment. The hotel also provides Guest Relations services, chargeable car and coach parking, fitness facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout and an onsite AV Company for additional support.

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Spread Eagle Hotel

South East / Oxfordshire

The Spread Eagle has graced the heart of the historic market town of Thame since the 16th Century. The Grade I listed hotel is nestled amongst the artisan butchers, bakers, delicatessens and teashops that line the charming town centre, which is used as a filming location for ITV’s Midsummer Murders. During its colourful history, The Spread Eagle has played host to many historic figures such as King Charles II, and writers such as Evelyn Waugh and John Fothergill (An Innkeepers Diary). From the exterior, the hotel is instantly recognisable by its 30ft original sign depicting The Spread Eagle crest that has welcomed travellers for over a century. The hotel retains its sense of heritage and personality on the inside, where a meeting room named The Cockpit can be seen next to the entrance. This room was historically used for cockfights, but now provides a sophisticated space accommodating up to 8 people for private dinners or meetings. The adjacent bar area is stylish and inviting, with tastefully quirky furniture. Silver and taupe armchairs are clustered around coffee tables supported by antiquarian books, while high-wing back dining chairs sit elegantly on the light oak-wood flooring. An oversize silver knife and fork sculpture is suspended above the restaurant, which serves quality food including breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. The hidden gem of this quirky retreat is its surprisingly extensive banqueting hall with its own private entrance and substantial parking, located at the rear of the hotel.  This separate annex, clad in beautiful ivy, houses a large function suite seating up to 200 guests. Complete with its own bar, private cloakrooms and separate kitchen, it is the largest venue in the area. The 35 guestrooms are reached by a series of higgledy-piggledy staircases with a maze of corridors and black baroque carpets that add to the character and charm of the hotel.  Once reached, the guestrooms are tastefully decorated in a romantic style with four-poster beds and vintage furniture. Modern amenities such as flat screen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities and sleek modern en-suites bring the rooms up-to-date for the 21 Century traveller. The hotel offers a choice of 3 spectacular suites. The stunning Hayloft Suite was once a real Hayloft, and features vaulted Tudor style ceilings with dark wood beams. The dramatic furniture includes a silver and purple chaise longue and mirrored dressing table, while an extravagant stand-alone bathtub adds a spectacular feel to the suite. Guests can roam around the quaint town of Thame with its thatched roofs, renowned farmers markets and pretty pubs.  Nearby attractions include Oxford - the city of dreaming spires, Blenheim Palace, and the Silverstone. Please note: On site car parking is available at a cost of £3.00 per 24 hours. On presentation of the car park  voucher you will be entitled to a cup of tea, coffee or a selected soft drink.

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