Inspiration: Behind the scenes: New venue guide

ANNEX 3

Where is it? Annex 3 is located on Little Portland Street, just two minutes from Oxford Circus tube station.

What is it? Developed by the three antiques dealers behind Les Trois Garcons and Loungelover, Annex 3, which opened as a corporate party venue in May, is their first project in London's West end. It boasts a menu of pan-Asian food and a bar facility for larger events.

What's it got? With space for up to 250 people, this retro-style venue has already hosted a number of birthday parties, launches and intimate dinners, including a one-off Nokia media launch party in November last year. It uses furnishings from Italy, France and Sweden, along with Perspex dining chairs in the style of 70s America, but can be adapted to fit themes. For these reasons Annex 3 is becoming increasingly popular for smaller company events.

Who should I talk to? For further information and bookings contact Emanuel Tremolani (020) 7631 0700.

THE PIGALLE CLUB

Where is it? On Piccadilly, in the heart of London's West End.

What is it? The latest in the venue portfolio of media and music mogul Vince Power, The Pigalle Club is a 1940s-inspired supper club. It is named after the legendary Piccadilly nightspot that opened in that period and launched an array of famous singers.

What's it got? Guests can enjoy a more formal dinner or reception on the mezzanine level overlooking the dining area and stage, while in its entirety Pigalle can accommodate up to 300 for a reception-style event. Staff dress in authentic 1940s-style uniforms, and the menu offers modern European and classic French culinary delights.

Under the guidance of Power this new nightspot, which only opened at the end of April, has already attracted the interest of corporate and celebrity clients.

Who should I talk to? For more information on bookings contact Katrina Kutchinsky on (020) 7287 3834.

THE MAGIC CIRCLE

Where is it? The Magic Circle Headquarters is minutes from Euston Square tube station and Euston mainline station.

What is it? Founded in 1905 by a group of magicians this unique venue, which can now be hired in its entirety, offers a 162-seat theatre and boasts two function rooms.

What's it got? Each room can hold 80 to 100, and its range of flexible spaces, covering three floors packed with displays and posters from The Magic Circle archives, are available for use in any combination. Magical entertainment for all types of event can be provided, and the venue also offers its own conference host and facilitator for events. With approved suppliers including Richmond Catering, Dynamic FX and Richard Porter, the theatre and function rooms have attracted attention from a host of multinational companies.

Who should I talk to? For more information on booking the venue contact James Freedman on 0845 006 2500.


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