Venues: New and refurbished event spaces, including The Vale Hotel and Dehesa

AMORA LOUNGE

Where is it? On Coventry Street in Piccadilly Circus.

What is it? A lounge bar within Amora, the educational visitor experience dedicated to love, sex and relationships.

What's it got? The bar can be used independently for events of up to 180 guests or opened up and combined with the rest of Amora for up to 450. The decor is changeable, using the latest AV equipment and lighting, and more than 75% of the interactive exhibits can be branded. Amora itself offers a further 11 unique break-out areas suitable for ten to 450 people. For those guests wanting to delve a little deeper, a series of AmorExplore workshops and events will be held throughout the year.

Who do I talk to? Richard Moule on (020) 7734 2529

Web: www.amoralondon.com
Largest space: 180 (standing)
Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Postcode: WC2H 7BP
Cost: POA

CARDIFF CASTLE

Where is it? In the heart of the Welsh capital, next to Bute Park.

What is it? One of the UK's most important historic houses and a leading tourist attraction in Wales.

What's it got? Following the completion of a major 18-month restoration project, several of the castle's revamped rooms have been made available for events. The grand Banqueting Hall is the largest room in the building. A flexible space with high ceilings and atmospheric lighting, it provides an impressive setting for up to 80 guests for a banquet or 100 for a reception. The Guest Tower Suite is an exclusive self-contained suite and can seat up to 30 for dinner. Organisers also have the option of hiring the Library for pre-dinner drinks for up to 100 guests.

Who do I talk to? Events team on (029) 2087 8100

Web: www.cardiffcastle.com
Largest space: 100 (standing)
Station: Queen Street
Postcode: CF10 3RB
Cost: From £300

STAPLEFORD PARK

Where is it? The venue is set in 500 acres of parkland in Stapleford, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

What is it? Stapleford Park Country House Hotel and Sporting Estate is an impressive stately home that has just been refurbished.

What's it got? Most of the grand rooms on the ground floor have been revamped with the help of designer Russell Sage, who is now working with Gordon Ramsay. In addition, the 200-capacity Grand Hall has been redecorated and features a sliding acoustic wall and black-out facilities. The extended Orangery Bar now holds up to 140 guests theatre-style, and three suites have been created in the Archway, which will connect internally to the house.

Who do I talk to? Amanda Maskell on (01572) 787018

Web: www.staplefordpark.com
Largest space: 200 (seated)
Station: Grantham
Postcode: LE14 2EF
Cost: POA

INTECH PLANETARIUM

Where is it? Located within the Intech Science Centre in Morn Hill near Winchester.

What is it? Britain's largest planetarium, using digital simulation so that guests feel they are travelling through the universe.

What's it got? The striking dome was built in 2002 along with the rest of the centre, but had been used as an auditorium until the Planetarium opened last month. The space provides tiered seating for up to 176 guests and has a digital projector, large screen and surround sound. Hire of the Planetarium includes use of the foyer where delegates can enjoy drinks and a buffet. Planetarium shows can be offered as part of a corporate package. The centre also boasts a meeting room, which seats 30 theatre-style, and an IT Training Room for 12 boardroom-style.

Who do I talk to? Tracie Murphy on (01962) 891904

Web: www.intech-uk.com
Largest space: 176 (seated)
Station: Winchester
Postcode: SO21 1HX
Cost: From £100

THE VALE HOTEL

Where is it? Set in more than 600 acres of parkland in Hensol, 15 minutes from Cardiff city centre.

What is it? A hotel, golf and spa resort boasting a new £1m purpose-built conference wing.

What's it got? The new wing covers almost 1,080sqm of floor space, making it one of the only conference centres in Cardiff to offer such a large capacity alongside leisure, dining and hotel facilities. There are 12 new rooms in total, most of which have views over the surrounding countryside and feature state-of-the-art AV equipment. The main room, the Castle Suite, can accommodate 700 guests theatre-style or 430 for a banquet, and can be broken down into smaller sections, allowing for two or three events to be hosted at the same time.

Who do I talk to? Louise Ballantyne on (01443) 667823

Web: www.vale-hotel.com
Largest space: 700 (seated)
Station: Cardiff Central
Postcode: CF72 8JY
Cost: POA

LE HOCQ SUITE

Where is it? The suite is located on the top floor of the Radisson SAS Waterfront Hotel in Jersey.

What is it? The latest addition to the property's business and leisure facilities.

What's it got? Flanked by two luxury suites, Le Hocq can hold up to 60 guests for a standing reception or 24 seated, and has private lift access from the hotel reception. Ideal for product launches, high-profile events and private dinners, it boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that span the width of the curved tower and offer panoramic views of Elizabeth Marina and St Aubin's Bay. The hotel, which opened last November, also boasts 195 guest rooms and suites, five meeting rooms - catering for up to 400 theatre-style or 280 banqueting - a cocktail bar, leisure suite and French brasserie.

Who do I talk to? Nollaig Clancy on (01534) 671172

Web: www.jersey.radissonsas.com
Largest space: 60 (standing)
Airport: Jersey
Postcode: JE2 3HE
Cost: From £500

THE EAST ROOM

Where is it? On Tabernacle Street in Shoreditch.

What is it? Described as a 'New World wine room', it is a reinvention of the English wine bar and the latest addition to owner Jonathan Downey's clutch of bars and members' clubs.

What's it got? A wine lover's paradise, The East Room has more than 50 wines from the southern hemisphere available by the glass and has enlisted the help of London sommelier Matt Skinner as its director of wine. The venue features cosy booths and a relaxed dining area and can be hired out exclusively for events of up to 200 guests. To the front of the space is a small, Barbarella-style private screening room that can seat between ten and 12 guests. DJ Gilles Peterson has also been recruited as the bar's director of music.

Who do I talk to? Sarah McKay on 07000 847876

Web: www.thstrm.com
Largest space: 200 (standing)
Tube: Old Street
Postcode: EC2A 4LU
Cost: POA

PACIFIC ORIENTAL

Where is it? Pacific Oriental is on Threadneedle Street, and is opposite Bonds restaurant and bar.

What is it? A cocktail bar, pan-Asian/Japanese restaurant and Thai brasserie housed in a dramatic Grade II-listed building.

What's it got? Described as a 'destination restaurant', the venue can be hired out exclusively at weekends for up to 499 guests for a reception, 300 buffet-style or 130 for a dinner. The decor is an opulent 1930s style with elaborate draping and rich textiles. When used individually the restaurant can hold up to 80 guests, the brasserie 200 and the cocktail bar 300. The venue also boasts a 25-cover private drinking area and a 12-seat private dining area. Entertainment can be sourced by the site management, and extras such as branded fortune cookies and oriental massages can be arranged.

Who do I talk to? Scott Kenward on 0871 704 4060

Web: www.orientalrestaurantgroup.co.uk
Largest space: 499 (standing)
Tube: Bank
Postcode: EC2R 6HP
Cost: From £15,000

DEHESA

Where is it? On the corner of Ganton Street, just off London's popular Carnaby Street and close to Liberty department store.

What is it? A new Spanish-Italian eatery, sister restaurant to the award-winning Salt Yard on Goodge Street.

What's it got? Featuring banquette-seated bay windows, a reclaimed oak parquet floor, high bench tables and a solid-oak charcuterie carving area, the restaurant has a relaxed feel and can seat up to 38 guests for dinner. For private functions of up to 12 people, organisers can use the private dining room, located in the basement. Complete with a glass-fronted wine cellar, the room will be available for tutored wine tastings, food and wine-matching dinners and the occasional visit by wine producers from Spain and Italy throughout the year.

Who do I talk to? Jorik Dressen on (020) 7494 4170

Web: www.dehesa.co.uk
Largest space: 12 (seated)
Tube: Oxford Circus
Postcode: W1F 9BP
Cost: From £500


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