Five new UK venues for 2015: London and the south of England

London and the south of England are in the spotlight for their new venue openings this year.

Five new UK venues for 2015: London and and the South - The Gainsborough in Bath (above)
Five new UK venues for 2015: London and and the South - The Gainsborough in Bath (above)


Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum's Flett Theatre will reopen in the spring, having been closed for a few years. The space will give the museum a daytime event capacity, which it currently can't offer because its other spaces remain open to the public during the day. Located in the Earth Galleries, it will offer tiered seating for 209 guests, making it ideal for presentations, launches and training days. Guests will be able to explore the galleries and exhibits during their breaks, and organisers can combine daytime hire of the theatre with an evening reception and dinner in the Earth Hall or a private viewing of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year gallery.


Tel (020) 7942 5434



Galadari, Crowne Plaza London

Described as a 'hedonistic home-from-home', penthouse-inspired restaurant, bar and rooftop terrace, Galadari is scheduled to open on the top floor of Crowne Plaza London - The City hotel in the spring. Designed to feel like a plush private apartment, the venue will be furnished with leather furniture and bespoke art, and will offer views of St Paul's, No. 1 Blackfriars, The Shard and Tate Modern. To continue the private theme, there will be a discreet entrance with lift access to the eighth floor. Here guests will find a Japanese tapas-style restaurant serving barbecued meats, steaks and seafood, with a kushiyaki grill taking centre stage. Exclusive bookings will be available for up to 200 guests.


Tel (020) 7438 8000

Web galadarilondon.com



Intercontinental London - The O2

Work began on the luxury 453- bedroom, 18-storey hotel and conference centre in 2013 as part of a 7.6-acre development scheme to regenerate London's Greenwich Peninsula. It will feature a dedicated conference centre complete with 20 multi-functional meeting rooms and a 3,000sqm pillar-free ballroom, hosting as many as 3,000 delegates, making it one of the largest single event spaces in any European hotel. The top floor will feature a Sky Bar with panoramic views across the River Thames and Canary Wharf. Other facilities include a luxury spa and hotel bar, along with two restaurants that comprise fineand all-day-dining experiences.


Tel (020) 8757 7771




The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath

When it opens, The Gainsborough Bath Spa says it will be the UK's first hotel to house a natural thermal spa. The 99-room property has been created by New York-based Champalimaud Design and EPR Architects London and will occupy what was Bath College of Art & Design. It will boast five function rooms - two on-site and three at Hetling House, a nearby Elizabethan building - with guest capacities from 48 to 174. The on-site Banquet Room and Chapel Room will each have a built-in stage and a head table or lectern with audiovisuals; the latter will lead on to an al fresco terrace holding 60 guests.


Tel events@thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk

Web thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk



Robinson College, Cambridge

The University of Cambridge's Robinson College has invested £5m into constructing a seminar building to develop both its academic and conference facilities. Work on the site, overlooking landscaped gardens, began in summer 2014 and is due to be completed by the latter half of 2015. In terms of event space, it will offer one large room holding up to 80 guests cabaret-style or 100 dining, supported by three break-out rooms, each with capacity for 15. These rooms will be combinable into a single room holding 50. The building will be completely self-contained, making it suitable for exclusive use.


Tel (01223) 332859

Web robinson.cam.ac.uk/conferences/seminar-building

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