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Meliá London blaze

30th June 2011

Meliá’s new London hotel has had its roof destroyed by a fire which took 100 firefighters more than seven hours to extinguish. The hotel, which is due to open next year, is situated in former BBC headquarters, Marconi House, on The Strand in

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Merlin Entertainments expands

31st May 2011

Attractions operator Merlin Entertainments Group’s EDF Energy London Eye held a launch event for its latest event space, the Silver Barracuda vessel. The river cruiser is moored on the South Bank, adjacent to the London Eye, and can be used to host

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London venue refurbishment unveiled

31st May 2011

The newly refurbished Wimbledon building in Lensbury’s Conference Centre has been re-opened, following 5 months of work and £2 million worth of investment. This major upgrade will bring the Wimbledon Building up to the same standard as the

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New owners for Brighton hotel

31st May 2011

One of Brighton’s best kept hotel secrets is to get a new lease of life. The 12-bedroom Blanch House in Atlingworth Street, Kemp Town, was purchased last week by independently owned Seventeenten Hospitality Ltd – with the aim of respecting

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London hotel upgrades facilities

31st May 2011

The London Bridge Hotel has adopted VC-Net’s video conferencing solution to enhance its banqueting and conference offering

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Accor group expansion

31st May 2011

Accor Hotels has signed a franchise agreement with Focus Hotels adding 10 hotels to its network of Mercure properties in the first quarter of 2011

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Leeds museum refurbished

31st May 2011

Thackray Museum (grade II listed) in Leeds has celebrated its 150th year in operation by refurbishing its conference auditorium which can hold up to 130.

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New Leeds hotel announced

31st May 2011

Leeds is expanding its conference offering with the New Ellington Hotel, which can offer guests 35 bedrooms in the city's financial district. For meetings, the hotel can offer three conference rooms, for capacities ranging from 5 to 25.

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London venue refurbishment announced

31st May 2011

The Old Royal Naval College in London is refurbishing its Admiral’s House venue. The new 90 capacity Hardwick Room will be completed in early 2012 and day delegate rates start from £51 plus VAT

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New London hotel venue

31st May 2011

Guoman’s 5 star hotel, The Royal Horseguards, last month opened The Equus Bar which has a real gentlemen’s club feel. The space can be hired for private events and is furnished with leather and chenille features

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