Science Museum is set to revamp the IMAX Theatre with next-generation laser technology

To mark 20 years since the Science Museum’s IMAX Theatre first opened its doors, it will be undergoing a major revamp that will further enhance the event experience for clients who chose the IMAX for their events.

Bringing together the original 70mm film and next-generation IMAX with Laser, the new IMAX will deliver brighter images with greater contrast as well as the widest range of colours available to organisers and filmmakers.

Due to open in summer 2020, IMAX: The Ronson Theatre will be one of only two screens in Europe to feature dual 4K laser projectors, providing the very best of digital and analogue cinema side by side, allowing the museum to host newly-released blockbusters, 3D educational films and cinema classics, as well as an array of live events. Clients hosting events in the theatre will benefit from this new technology, meaning they can push the boundaries even further with their events in 2020.


Twickenham chef adopts plant-first approach

Twickenham executive head chef Tom Rhodes has announced a plant-first approach to the stadium’s match day and non-match day hospitality. The approach, which coincides with the chef’s experiment of ‘going vegan’, is part of the venue’s wider environmental policy, and the increasing demand for plant-first options within events.

Rhodes will continue to serve locally and responsibly sourced meats and fish, but will also be rebalancing the menus to offer better plant-based and vegan dishes.

“This isn’t just coming from guests and delegates to the stadium, it’s coming through strongly from our event organiser clients who are learning more about the relationship between food and the environment,” commented Rhodes.

“Plant-first isn’t vegan, it’s about offering the very best plant-based menus to make them a viable option to both meat and non-meat eaters,” continued Tom. “To those that want to eat meats and fish, we’ll give them ethically sourced, local produce which tastes amazing, and serve it with as much care and attention as everything else on the menu.”


Plans submitted by EventCity to build a modern event venue in TraffordCity have been approved

The application, submitted in September 2019, proposed the creation of a bespoke events venue which would allow the business to be even more flexible when hosting conferences, exhibitions, gala dinners and meetings.

The new, purpose-built facility will see a multi-million-pound investment by its owners, Peel L&P. At 23,700 sqm, the enhanced offering will cater for a range of events and will be more malleable, allowing for areas to be divided off with acoustic walls, so multiple events can take place at any one time. The venue will include updated features, such as a central foyer with breakout space and a reconfigured entrance.

Securing the former Soccerdome site, the new address will bring the venue even closer to existing leisure destinations and hotels within TraffordCity, boasting ample free parking alongside excellent road and public transport access. The Metrolink, due to open in TraffordCity Spring 2020, will be just a seven-minute walk from the new EventCity location.


BMA House focuses on W for wellbeing across delegate food offering

London based, sustainable venue, BMA House have introduced a (w) symbol for Wellbeing across their hospitality menu’s, to sit alongside the commonly used (vg) for Vegan and (v) for Vegetarian.

Dishes marked with a (w) may be low in saturated fat or have reduced sugar or calories and are more environmentally friendly by being primarily plant-based and providing an alternative protein to meat.

“Our focus here at BMA House has always been to come up with new, innovative ways to help the environment whilst ensuring our delegates receive the best quality food and get the most out of our facilities. As the launch of our ‘W’ concept has been such a great success, we are really looking forward to continuing and further developing this idea and seeing what more we can do to guarantee delegates are having the best possible experience whilst at BMA House,” said Kat Winfield, venue manager of BMA House.


L’oscar London launches The Baptist, a dedicated private event space

Boutique property L’oscar London, inspired by Oscar Wilde, is the first Jacques Garcia-designed hotel in London and has recently announced the launch of The Baptist event space.

The Baptist is the largest of three event rooms and can accommodate events for up to 150 people. The Library holds 72 for dinner and 100 for a drinks reception while the Committee Room holds 26 Boardroom style and 50 for a drinks reception


London’s Somerset House has launched River Terrace Events for summer

Following a tender process consisting of 11 caterers and four production companies, Somerset House has launched its inaugural summer events packages for the River Terrace venue.

Luci Sorrell, business development manager said: “We have made pricing simple and transparent. It is extremely quick to see what an event will cost, whilst there are plenty of flexible elements to play with, and the possibility to enhance as required. It makes it easy to see that having an event here is much more accessible than people perhaps realise."

Set against the neo-classical backdrop of Somerset House, the River Terrace is a glamorous London setting to entertain guests in the warmer months, with views across the Thames. However, The Seamen’s Hall is included as a wet weather contingency along with jumbrellas should the British weather prevail.


YTL Hotels debuts three AC Hotels by Marriott in Malaysia

YTL Hotels has opened three hotels in Malaysia: AC Hotel Kuala Lumpur Titiwangsa, AC Hotel Penang Bukit Jambul, and AC Hotel Kuantan City Centre.

AC Hotel Kuala Lumpur Titiwangsa has 362 guestrooms including suites and 11 meeting spaces and a ballroom that can seat 360 guests.

AC Hotel Penang Bukit Jambul features 423 guestrooms that include two- and three-bedroom suites designed to suit the needs of families and large groups.

AC Hotel Kuantan City Centre is three hours from Kuala Lumpur and features 215 guestrooms and suites, seven meeting rooms and a ballroom that can seat up to 700 guests.


Avani Hotels debut in South Korea

Avani Central Busan Hotel has opened in the heart of Busan, South Korea’s second largest city, adjacent to the Korea Exchange and one of the largest theatres in the country.

The hotel is located 15-minutes from the train station and a 45-minute drive from Gimhae International Airport.The hotel has 289 contemporary guest rooms and suites, offering mountain or sweeping city views.

Two dining options including The CUBE all-day dining serving local Korean flavours and international favourites, and The Lobby Lounge, welcoming visitors with beverages and light snacks.

The hotel is attached to Munhyeon Finance Complex, where business travellers can head directly to the Busan International Financial Centre, Bank of Korea’s Busan headquarters, and the regional headquarters for several government financial bodies.


One Warwick Park Hotel unveils new function space

One Warwick Park Hotel, a boutique hotel based in Tunbridge Wells, has opened a new 54 sqm function space, following significant customer demand.

The new space is available for private and business events, including receptions, parties, meetings and events. The room can accommodate up to 82 people if including the atrium, whilst a new board room offers space for up to 15 people.

The new space includes a bar area and boardroom and is part of The Function Rooms at One Warwick Park; the hotel’s collection of multi-purpose event spaces.


Bewl Water puts teamwork to the test with the launch of a new corporate package

Bewl Water, an 800-acre site home to the largest reservoir in the South East, has launched a new corporate team-building package, as part of a drive to promote the benefits of bringing an outdoors element into meeting itineraries.

The new team-building package is available at £59 per delegate and includes bacon sandwiches, hot drinks and juice for breakfast, meeting room hire, a hearty lunch including lamb kofta and vegan bao burgers, followed by a team-building laser challenge or cycling activity.

“The myriad benefits of incorporating outdoor activities into a meeting itinerary are widely recognised and here at Bewl Water, we are absolutely committed to promoting these benefits,” said Andrew Daniells, business development director at Markerstudy Leisure.

"This new package is designed to be a cost-effective way of delivering productive corporate meetings and hospitality for businesses, whilst also injecting some fun into their work culture through activities designed to promote key elements of teamwork, including communication, bonding, productivity and leadership.”