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London Uncovered: Four Sporting Venues

The VIP Heineken Lounge at SSE Arena Wembley, Twickenham Cellar and Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre are among London's new sporting venues for 2015.

New sporting venues in London: Twickenham Cellar, Twickenham Stadium
New sporting venues in London: Twickenham Cellar, Twickenham Stadium

VIP HEINEKEN LOUNGE, THE SSE ARENA, WEMBLEY


The Pitch: The lounge opened last September, when the venue announced a number of upgrades and a name change.

Space to hire: The lounge, aimed at use by VIPs, can be broken down into three separate areas for multi-purpose functions. Overall capacity is 240 people.

DON'T MISS: The bar features a VIP entrance, and catering is available on demand.

Preferred supplier list: Different packages are available depending on the type of booking.

Tel: (020) 8782 5500

Email: nick.adair@ssearena.co.uk

Web: ssearena.co.uk

TWICKENHAM CELLAR, TWICKENHAM STADIUM

The Pitch: The Twickenham Cellar offers event organisers a space for VIP dining. Concealed deep within the West Stand, it is the sporting stadium's most exclusive facility and opened last November.

Space to hire: The intimate space is available for parties of up to 14 guests.

Recent clients: Caterer Compass and engineering firm Fluor have held events there.

Tel: (020) 8744 9997

Email: conferences&events@therfu.com

Web: twickenhamexperience.com

OLYMPIC STADIUM

The Pitch: The stadium is currently being transformed into a multi-use venue. It will host five matches of the 2015 Rugby World Cup before fully reopening in 2016, when it will become the home of West Ham United FC and the national competition venue for UK Athletics.

Space to hire: There will be capacity for between ten and 60,000 people. Vinci was recently announced as operator of the stadium.

DON'T MISS: There will be 21,000 retractable seats to allow closer, pitch-side football views, and the international-class running track will be retained.

Tel: (020) 3288 1800

Email: info@londonlegacy.co.uk

Web: queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk

LEE VALLEY HOCKEY AND TENNIS CENTRE

The Pitch: The venue, which hosted the wheelchair tennis event during the London 2012 Olympic Games, opened in June 2014 for corporate hire. State-of-the-art hockey and tennis facilities add a sporting spin to events.

Space to hire: The upstairs lounge, complete with a kitchen and bar, holds 125 guests. A four-court tennis hall can be used for corporate events, along with the outdoor courts and hockey pitches.

DON'T MISS: A meeting room at the venue offers capacity for 16 people and provides a grandstand view of Lee Valley VeloPark's velodrome.

Tel: 08456 770 604

Email: hockeytennis@leevalleypark.org.uk

Web: visitleevalley.org.uk/hockeytennis

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