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    Big breakfast results for Searcys at the Gherkin bookings

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    Searcys at the Gherkin has reported on an impressive year of events business, with the venue hosting over 1,400 events and 22,614 guests across the top four floors of the landmark building. It says more than 15% of all the events held in 2019 took place over breakfast, reflecting an increase from 4% last year. This shift away from […]

    New spaces help Barbican Business Events achieve best year to date

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    The Barbican’s strategy to use Cinemas 2 and 3 as conference venues as well as cinemas has helped Barbican Business Events achieve its 2019/20 financial target in just nine months.  The new spaces, which have been particularly popular with last minute bookers each have a capacity of 150, the latest AV equipment and private registration, […]

    ODEON opens luxury cinema experience in north London

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    The first ODEON Luxe & Dine has opened in Islington Square in north London, offering guests a premium experience and the ability to order gourmet food and drink directly to their seat. An evolution of the existing Luxe experience and designed for grown ups, guests at the cinema can choose from a carefully created menu, […]

    Join the Official England Rugby Dinner this February

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    The England Rugby squad are heading to Twickenham Stadium on 14 February for the Official England Rugby Dinner in aid of Injured Players Foundation. This rugby filled evening will include a number of Q&As with the players, offering an insight into what it’s like to be a part of the squad. Taking place just days […]

    Commercial event activity underpins Somerset House cultural programme

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    Somerset House generated over £2 million through its commercial events activity last year. All of these funds were invested back into supporting the upkeep of the historic site for over 3 million visitors to enjoy annually; as well as its diverse programme exploring contemporary culture. Commercial events activity is essential to Somerset House Trust, as […]

    MNKY HSE: A taste of Latin America on Dover Street

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    This month PA Life paid a visit to MKNY HSE in Mayfair for a spot of lunch and a corporate venue scout… Dover Street in London’s Mayfair has a fine culinary and mixology heritage, with famous names on both sides of the road.. We’re not particularly famous at PA Life, but we did feel like […]

    Big opportunity for sustainable suppliers at Christmas time, says BMA House

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    17% of 375 respondents to a BMA House survey of event organisers and suppliers said they send cards and gifts with no consideration for the environment, though the majority give something that is not only positive for the recipient but also the wider world, including:- ·       23% – sustainable Christmas cards ·       11% – sustainable gift ·       18% […]

    Somerset House doubles number of big brand, multi-day events

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    Somerset House has seen a significant increase in multi-day events for big brands during the first nine months of the 2019/2020 financial year, compared to the same period in 2018/2019.  Since April 2019, the venue has hosted major brands, including: Uniqlo, ASDA, Twitter, Wallpaper, Pixi Beauty, Homes & Gardens and Discovery; for large scale product […]

    Kick off at the Special One – Conference & events take centre stage at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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    Tottenham Hotspur opened the doors of its 62,000 seater stadium to the events industry this week to showcase what can only be described as an impressive array of event spaces and corporate entertainment facilities. Here’s PA Life’s match report… The event, tag-lined as Experience the Extraordinary, gave the industry a chance to see the venue […]

    How Marriott spooked 120 guests at Halloween

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    London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale hosted a haunted Halloween-themed showcase event for its unique meeting space, The Studio, last month – and we’ve only just recovered our nerves. Great fun was had on October 30th by all 120 specially-invited guests to a fabulous evening of thrilling entertainment. Games, and spooky prizes entertained guests at the […]