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What's new on the London venue scene

Published: 29 Mar 2019

Venue news this week includes the reopening of Painted Hall for evening hire, the sale of four Grange Hotels properties and a new outdoor space at Somerset House.

Painted Hall reopens for events at Old Royal Naval College

The Painted Hall at Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich has reopened for evening event hire following a two-year restoration. 

The Painted Hall, dubbed the ‘Sistine Chapel of the UK’ re-opened to the public on 23 March. It is a popular tourist destination and UNESCO World Heritage site, with stunning baroque architecture, wide vistas and grand interiors.

As catering and hospitality partner for the Old Royal Naval College, CH&CO is now able to offer the 4,000sqm space for a variety of events, including corporate dinners and receptions, gala dinners, launch parties and fashion shows, special occasions, celebrations and weddings. 

“The work in the Painted Hall is phenomenal. The venue is exquisite, and the CH&CO Events team looks forward to creating memorable events for clients in this unique and stunning space,” said Andrew Bapniah, operations director for CH&CO. 

Queensgate Investments acquires part of Grange Hotels portfolio for £1billion

Grange Hotels has sold the Grange St Paul’s, Grange Tower Bridge, Grange City and Grange Holburn to Queensgate Investments in a deal believed to be worth around £1billion.

The combined hotels comprise 1,345 London rooms and just under one million square feet of real estate. 
Queensgate has in place an agreement with Fattal Hotel Group, a hospitality company with 200 hotels across 18 countries, to manage the Grange properties. 

David Fattal, chief executive of Fattal Hotel Group said: “The Fattal Hotel Group is very happy to become active in central London, with the operation of four significant and highly regarded hotels. These four hotels will now undergo an extensive renovation plan and will be flagged by our Leonardo Royal and NYX brands. We thank Queensgate for its trust and partnership.”

Somerset House adds new outdoor space to events roster

Somerset House is offering a new 250sqm outdoor space for brand activations and public events. 

Lancaster Place is located on the west side of Somerset House, next to Skye Gyngell’s Spring Restaurant by Waterloo Bridge. As a result, it attracts high levels of public footfall and is therefore ideal for Summer brand activations or product showcases. 

Jenny Freestone, head of corporate events at Somerset House, said: “We are delighted to be adding Lancaster Place to our existing diverse range of events spaces. This large outdoor area provides the ideal opportunity for brands to inspire the public who walk past our historic building every day.”

By Mike Fletcher

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