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January 5, 2015

London 2015: Top New Venues for Events




Planning an event in London this year? You'll have several new options for hotels, restaurants and meeting spaces that can accommodate large or small groups. Courtesy of London & Partners, take a look at some of the city's new event venues for 2015. 

One of the newest is the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, which has officially opened following a soft opening in December. Level 35 is home to Sky Pod, a contemporary bar with 360-degree panoramic views of central London, while the Darwin Brasserie on level 36 will serve classic European cuisine using seasonal ingredients. On the 37th floor, guests can dine at Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill which serves oysters, fish and crustacean as well as seasonal game, meat and vegetarian dishes.
 
In the spring of 2015, D&D London will open the German Gymnasium in Kings Cross. The former home to the German Gymnastics Society in London is being redeveloped to create a ground floor 150-person brasserie and bar with outdoor terraces, along with a smaller restaurant and private dining area on a mezzanine level.
 
In autumn, IET London: Savoy Place is scheduled to reopen after an extensive, two-year £30 million renovation. The venue’s first major structural renovation in 30 years will increase its attendee capacity. Other major changes include maximizing the event spaces' views of the Thames, an expansion of the Riverside Suite and a new lecture theater.
 
A good range of new hotels are also opening this year. Highlights include Z Hotel Shoreditch, a 111-room design-led conversion of a former office building with rooms arranged over lower ground, ground and three upper floors. The 452-room InterContinental London The O2 will open in September with numerous restaurants, a club lounge, main bar and a sky bar with 180-degree views over Canary Wharf and the River Thames. InterContinental London The O2 will also have a 32,000+ square foot open-plan hotel ballroom, the largest pillar-free ballroom in Europe.
 
Both the Gansevoort Hotel Group and the Art’otel will open their first London properties in the year ahead, also in Shoreditch. The Gansevoort will have 120 guest rooms, a restaurant, bar, rooftop pool and lounge as well as over 6,000 square foot of meeting and event space. The Art’otel Shoreditch will be an 18-story, 350-room contemporary hotel. It will have a modern top-floor restaurant and bar, a spa as well as a public art gallery with space for video artists and photographic studios.
 
London’s new restaurants for 2015 include a new take on Spanish street food in Mayfair as the three-Michelin-starred Spanish chef David Munoz opens his first restaurant, StreetXO on Great Burlington Street. In Knightsbridge, Chai Wu, a modern Chinese restaurant, will open on the fifth floor of Harrods. The menu has been created by Chef Bihu Xie, who specializes in Chinese cuisine, and is overseen by Ian Pengelley, Group Executive Chef, one of the UK’s leading experts in Asian cuisine.
 
In Soho, Korean-American chef and TV personality Judy Joo is opening her first London restaurant at 15 Kingly Street this January, serving Korean street and comfort food as well as sharing platters and side dishes. The popular Soho dim sum eatery Yauatcha will also open a long-awaited second venue in 2015 at Broadgate Circle in the City of London. In the spring,the restaurateurs behind Bocca Di Lupo will also launch a new dining experience on Shaftesbury Avenue.

“The number of new hotels coming to market reflects the huge amount of properties being developed in the city, while the wealth of new restaurants underlines the strength and diversity of London’s ever-changing food scene,” Tracy Halliwell, director of major events & business tourism at London & Partners, said in a statement. 
 
For more information about event spaces and venues in London go to conventionbureau.london or email conventionbureau@londonandpartners.com.


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