Our Editor joined the opening event of the 12th floor and checked into the Hyatt Regency after to take in the full experience. The hotels are located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s upmarket shopping area in this vibrant East London neighbourhood. The Hyatt Regency and Hyatt House London Stratford are relative newcomers to the area, having opened a year ago, and the skyline meetings spaces on the top floor is a great addition to their offering.
The opening evening was cleverly planned by the hotel’s event team as we literally ate our way around the different spaces, really getting a chance to experience the venue. We were welcomed by representatives from different Hyatt Group hotels in London, giving us an opportunity to learn about their specific hotels, and to get to know the team during the evening. With a glass of fizz in hand we listened to a short presentation by the hotel’s General Manager at the 3rd floor Stratford Suite. The room was laid out in a banqueting style, ready for us to enjoy our first course of a three-course dinner. This was a great way to see how the spaces look and work in action.
There is a further 3,758 square feet (349 square metres) of events space on the 3rd floor, including the Bow Suite and the Poplar Suite, both are ideal for meetings or private dinners and benefit from natural daylight. In addition to the meeting rooms, the third floor also offers a generous, 538 square feet (150 square metres), furnished, open-air terrace. This is a perfect place for pre-event drinks, parties and dinners.
The main course was served at the Elondi Restaurant, Bar and Terrace. I really liked the décor, layout and atmosphere of the restaurant, and was even more impressed when I saw the fabulous feast awaiting us. The starters had been delicious and beautifully presented, and main course of saltbaked whole seabass and most tender rump of Welsh lamb deserve top points too. My compliments and thanks to the Sicilian head-chef Alessandro Femino and his team! The wine suggestions deserve a special mention as well, thanks to food and beverage director Tommy, who’s learned his craft at top restaurants including Nobu, The RAC Club, The Stratford Hotel, Sea Containers London, plus five years at Claridge’s. The Elondi Restaurant serves locally sourced, and a seasonal East London inspired menu. The Elondi Bar is sophisticated and Art Deco inspired, and opens out onto the Elondi Terrace; an al-fresco and all-year proof oasis. Worth popping into for a relaxing drink after a busy day of meetings.
The new 12th floor meetings space It was time to head up to the new 12th floor, the Lea Suites which had been opened for us to utilise the two rooms opening to the open-air terrace with absolutely stunning panoramic city views. This was a fantastic space to end our evening and to tuck into the beautifully laid our desserts and enjoy the last drink, accompanied by a fantastic live violinist. This space really is a great choice when you are hosting a drinks reception or a party in E20. The 12th floor also has two smaller spaces; the Kingsland Suites which can be configured into a larger suite or divided for intimate meetings or small breakout rooms. The same configuration works for the two Dalston Suites. There is plenty of natural light thanks to the floor to ceiling windows, also fitted with sheer and blackout curtains. All meeting spaces come with state-ofthe-art technology including Ultra-bright High-Definition projection, LCD screens, video conferencing and concert-like sound systems.
There is plenty enjoy in the local area Stratford has stunning parks, canal walks and world-class sports facilities, treelined boulevards, cafés, bars, and restaurants, fashion, art and festivals and possibly the best transport links in the city. Westfield City’s 250+ shops, restaurants, a bowling alley, casino, 17-screen cinema and more are on the very doorstep as is the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (home to the 2012 London Olympics) where guests have almost immediate access to the park’s luscious green spaces and tranquil waterways including Blossom Garden. The park hosts brilliant seasonal events and also boasts the ABBA Voyage Arena. The popular panoramic viewing platforms at the striking ArcelorMittal Orbit, the UK’s tallest sculpture – which is also home to the world’s longest tunnel slide. The London Stadium, home ground for West Ham is also an epic venue for music and entertainment world tours. Global cultural brands, the V&A East, the BBC and Sadlers Wells will be moving to the park very shortly as will two world-renowned universities UCL (University College London) and UAL’s London College of Fashion.
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