UVL venues undergoing refurbishments totalling £19m

Several Unique Venues of London properties, including the Cutty Sark, are undergoing refurbishments totalling £19m.

UVL venues undergoing refurbishments totalling £19m
UVL venues undergoing refurbishments totalling £19m

The Cutty Sark re-launches this month with dining facilites located beneath and aboard the sailing ship - the last surviving tea clipper.

From October, all of Cutty Sark’s three decks will be available for exclusive hire alongside a new space in the dry berth. Events can be hosted directly underneath the hull of the ship. This 1,000sqm gallery will accommodate over 200 people for formal dining or more than 300 for receptions.

Fortnum & Mason

Also recently opened is Fortnum & Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, (formerly the St James’s Restaurant) on the fourth floor of the Piccadilly store.

The space can host private functions and has built-in audiovisual facilities for conferencing.

Museums

Meanwhile, next month, the Museum of London is launching its new Terrace Suite, consisting of three redeveloped spaces.

May also sees the Wellington Arch reopening after an extensive refurbishment. The venue will add a new floor to give improved access to the famous balconies overlooking Hyde Park with their views of London and the Buckingham Palace gardens.

Sir John Soane’s Museum is also undergoing a £7m refurbishment. The first phase of the project is the restoration of No 12 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, built by architect John Soane, which will include improved disabled access, new conservation studios, shop and a temporary exhibition gallery. The project is due to finish in time for the Olympic Games.

Kew

Finally, Kew Gardens has invested £200,000 converting a disused wing of the Sir Joseph Banks Building into a new subterranean events space. This is in addition to another significant UVL refurbishment – the two year, £12million development at Kensington Palace - which includes new gardens, café and a terrace.  

Moya Maxwell, chairman of UVL said: "With such a diverse range of exciting upgrades and developments, Unique Venues of London remains a leading choice for event organisers. The developments highlight all that is truly unique about our collection of venues and further adds to the amazing portfolio on offer in London for 2012 and beyond".

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