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THE DINER

Where is it? On Ganton Street, just off Carnaby Street.

What is it? An authentic, New York-style diner, it is sister restaurant to The Diner Shoreditch.

What's it got? The decor is predominantly red and black with dark wooden floorboards. The entire space can hold up to 120 guests and features 1950s-style booths with glass screens and red-leather banquette seating. The main restaurant can host up to 70 for a dinner, while the cocktail bar area, with its retro furniture and US memorabilia, can hold up to 50 for a drinks reception. For smaller functions, the private dining area at the back can accommodate up to 40 for a seated party or 60 standing.

Who should I talk to? Events team on (020) 7287 8962

Largest space: 120 (seated)

Smallest space: 40 (seated)

Nearest tube: Oxford Circus

Cost: POA

HI SUSHI SALSA

Where is it? On Camden Lock at Camden Wharf, north London.

What is it? A restaurant and bar, part of the Hi Sushi Group and designed to capture the taste of Japan with a Latin American fusion.

What's it got? Located over an open-plan, split-level site, it provides an oriental oasis for revellers at creative events and offers the impression of a Japanese Zen garden. The restaurant has space for up to 150 guests seated and features an authentic sunken sushi bar with tatami seating, while the outside terrace, which overlooks the lock, can accommodate up to 50 people. Alternatively, clients can hire the entire venue exclusively for up to 200 guests. In addition, the food and drink menus can be tailored to suit any party themes that organisers may have in mind.

Who should I talk to? Events team on (020) 7482 7088

Largest space: 200 (standing)

Smallest space: 50 (standing)

Nearest tube: Camden Town

Cost: POA

MADDOX

Where is it? The venue is situated on Mill Street, which is in the middle of the bustling Soho area of London.

What is it? One of the capital's newest private members' clubs, Maddox has become a haven for a whole host of celebrities, with pop stars, actors and footballers regularly spotted inside. It has just opened its own restaurant, available as a corporate party space.

What's it got? The restaurant, which is situated on the ground floor of the club and has its own terrace, was created by Fred Moss, the man behind London club Movida. It offers fine Italian cuisine and space for up to 80 guests for a dinner party, or 120 for a more informal canape reception. For larger events the entire venue, including the restaurant and club, can be hired for up to 260 people. As an added bonus, Maddox's own mixologist can create a bespoke signature cocktail for any type of event.

Who should I talk to? Events team on (020) 7629 8877

Largest space: 260 (standing)

Smallest space: 2 (seated)

Nearest tube: Oxford Circus

Cost: POA

PARADISE

Where is it? On Kilburn Lane, in the up-and-coming north London suburb of Kensal Rise.

What is it? A pub and dining experience with two private rooms, in an historic building that dates back to 1892.

What's it got? The ground floor has a bohemian feel with luxurious floral wallpapers, stained-glass windows and wrought-iron fireplaces, and boasts two event spaces: the back dining room that can accommodate up to 80 guests for a dinner, and the front bar with space for up to 50 revellers. On the first floor, the largest of the two private rooms can host live music and entertainment for up to 120. Alternatively, the smaller room is a more intimate party space for 30 people.

Who should I talk to? Events team on (020) 8969 0098

Largest space: 120 (standing)

Smallest space: 30 (standing)

Nearest tube: Kensal Rise

Cost: POA

GALGORM RESORT & SPA

Where is it? In County Antrim, Northern Ireland, just 30 minutes from Belfast Airport.

What is it? A four-star resort and spa, set in 96 acres of parkland.

What's it got? Following a recent investment programme that cost £10m, the 19th-century manor house now includes a 62-seater auditorium featuring tiered leather workstations, two boardrooms that hold up to 24 guests each, and a drawing room that can seat up to 50 people for dinner. In addition, the Great Hall offers more than 600sqm of space over two floors and can hold up to 750 revellers for a reception, while Galgorm's converted turbine house, which is now called the Phantom House, is home to the hotel's own Rolls-Royce Phantom and is ideal for informal gatherings and cocktail receptions for up to 150 people.

Who should I talk to? Byanne Akbor on (0161) 773 3559

Largest space: 750 (standing)

Smallest space: 24 (seated)

Nearest station: Ballymena

Cost: From £1,000

MACDONALD MANCHESTER

Where is it? On London Road, adjacent to Piccadilly station and close to Manchester's main retail area Market Street.

What is it? Opening this month, Macdonald Manchester is the city's newest and largest four-star deluxe hotel.

What's it got? A former BT office block, the building has undergone a £50m development and now features 338 bedrooms, a first-floor restaurant, cafe bar, thermal spa and 11 multi-purpose event spaces. The largest space, the Piccadilly Suite, can hold up to 300 guests theatre-style or up to 250 for a seated dinner and has its own built-in PA system, four drop-down screens and a video LCD projector. Function Rooms One and Two can accommodate up to 80 guests for a cabaret or 120 for a banquet and feature black-out drapes and air conditioning, while further rooms provide space for 12 to 60 guests. Chinatown, Manchester City Art Gallery and the Palace Theatre are all within 15 minutes' walk.

Who should I talk to? Paul Slee on 0870 194 2137

Largest space: 300 (seated)

Smallest space: 12 (seated)

Nearest station: Piccadilly

Cost: From £55 per head

CITY BUNKER

Where is it? Set in the heart of Canary Wharf at the Cannon Workshops on Hertsmere Road.

What is it? A multi-activity corporate entertainment venue that includes a virtual golf club.

What's it got? As befits its name, City Bunker has a collection of state-of-the-art golf simulators, video games and audio-visual equipment, as well as space for up to 350 guests. The venue can be transformed and branded for any type of event or company. Guests can also have golf lessons, get involved in salsa dancing and cocktail making, or simply play the latest games on the PS3. The venue has its own in-house caterer and offers a chauffeur service from the station in mini Hummer golf carts.

Who should I talk to? Richard Redmond on (020) 7537 7940

Largest space: 350 (standing)

Smallest space: 10 (standing)

Nearest tube: Canary Wharf

Cost: From £3,000

REVOLUTION LEADENHALL

Where is it? On Leadenhall Street in the City.

What is it? The building is part of architect Sir Edwin Lutyens' portfolio, which includes some of the British Empire's most imposing buildings and monuments. It is now a nightspot spread over three floors, and recently underwent a £3m refit.

What's it got? A selection of event spaces that includes the Lutyens Bar, which can accommodate up to 500 guests for a reception and boasts one of the capital's longest bars; the Mezzanine that seats up to 72 and is divided into 12 booths; and The Vault, which is located in the original strong-room of the Midland Bank - a previous occupant - and is suitable for smaller parties. It has a standing capacity of 30 or 18 for a dinner. The final space is The Undergound, which is styled like a club and can host up to 380 people.

Who should I talk to? Charli Garner on 0780 7760 553

Largest space: 1,150 (standing)

Smallest space: 6 (seated)

Nearest tube: Bank

Cost: POA

FUNKY BUDDHA

Where is it? Funky Buddha is located on Berkeley Street in Mayfair, close to the world-famous Ritz hotel.

What is it? Originally opened in 2002, private members' bar Funky Buddha was closed down earlier this year so that it could undergo a £500,000 facelift.

What's it got? The refurbishment project was undertaken by renowned interior designer MCI Water, a leading manufacturer of water and lighting features. Water therefore plays a vital role in the new look of the venue, and a waterfall encased in glass now separates the 50-capacity members' lounge from the rest of the club. In its entirety the venue can hold up to 350 guests, the main club area providing space for up to 220 and the VIP area on the dancefloor accommodating up to 80. For more intimate occasions of up to 10 people there is a smaller, more exclusive area that is perfect for private dinners and drinks receptions.

Who should I talk to? Events team on (020) 7495 2596

Largest space: 350 (standing)

Smallest space: 10 (seated)

Nearest tube: Green Park

Cost: From £2,500.


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