101 Ideas: Five new London hotspots

Luxury hotels, a bowling venue and the Walkie Talkie are among the new venues available for corporate hire in the capital.

The "Walkie Talkie" building will offer a new unusual event space for planners
The "Walkie Talkie" building will offer a new unusual event space for planners

Shangri-La at the Shard
Eagerly anticipated and certainly long awaited, the hotel finally opened for business this May. Though the interior is very much Asian inspired, the views are pure London, and pretty incredible at that. Each of the event spaces offers a view across the city, so whether you arrange your board meeting with St Paul’s Cathedral in the background, or your coffee breaks overlooking the Walkie Talkie, it’s sure to make a great impression.

The Light
Currently under construction, with an expected launch in January 2015, The Light will be the largest conference space available for hire in the Euston and Kings Cross area, with a capacity of up to 1,000. Its versatility lends itself to a variety of configurations, from a large, theatre-style layout through to exhibitions, banquets and product launches.

Brooklyn Bowl
The original Brooklyn Bowl opened in Williamsburg, New York in 2009 and guests can now enjoy the UK version, located at The O2, which opened in January. It has more than 3,000sqm of space, which can accommodate 800 guests. As well as 12 lanes of bowling, including three VIP lanes, the venue has a 500-capacity live music space with a performance stage and three bars, including a VIP bar and lounge.

20 Fenchurch Street Sky Garden
Expected to open later this year, the event space, on top of one of London’s more unusual looking new buildings – known as the Walkie Talkie – the Sky Garden aims to attract clients just for its quirkiness. But the event space on levels 35-37 promises to offer so much more than just quirkiness – a Champagne bar, a seafood restaurant and a terrace with superb views across the Thames.

The Beaumont
Mayfair's hotel stock will get a further boost in autumn with the opening of restaurateurs Jeremy King and Chris Corbin's first hotel. Promising the elegance and personalised hospitality of pre-war Mayfair, there are 73 rooms, including 23 suites, along with the 100-seat Colony Grill Room, a 16-seat private dining room, two bars, a boardroom, and a gym and spa with hammam. The luxury property is taking bookings from October.

Over the next four weeks, C&IT will publish 101 hints and tips generated by our readers – from their favourite dining experiences and incentive activities, to great new event technologies and fabulous destinations.

Tweet us your ideas using #cit101ideas or email cit@haymarket.com – the best ideas will be published as part of the online guide.

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