The start of 2011 has seen an explosion of new venue openings and refurbishments in London. The Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane reopened in January following a two-year refurbishment. There are now fewer rooms - 192 - but these include 45 suites with one, two or three bedrooms. The first floor has ten function rooms, with a ballroom that can hold 500 for a reception or 370 for a banquet. A top-floor lounge with stunning views can also be rented exclusively for 20 guests.
February saw the launch of Starwood's first W Hotel in the UK in the heart of Leicester Square and the Waldorf Astoria, London Syon Park, which offers luxury in a 200-acre park. April will see the former Metropole Hotel reopen as the Corinthia Hotel London. It will offer 300 rooms, including suites with views of the London Eye and the Thames.
The Marriott's long-awaited St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel will open in May in the Victorian station building after a £150m renovation programme. It will have 245 rooms and 39 suites. There will also be nine meeting rooms including the hall, which can hold up to 450 for a reception.
The Zetter Townhouse will be a good option for smaller groups when it opens this month. The 13-room Georgian townhouse has two suites and private dining rooms and will be available for exclusive hire.
For incentives, The Langham launched its Chuan Spa at the beginning of this year, which uses Chinese medicine principles in treatments. Or try to score a table at Heston Blumenthal's first London restaurant, Dinner. Located in the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, it seats 140 guests but a private dining room for 12 is available and a chef's table in the kitchen for six. Alternatively, enjoy the view from the bar and restaurant atop of the Heron Tower, the City's tallest building, which opens this month.Directory
Contact: Fiona Plumpton
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