Venuefinder Features

Summer sizzlers

Published: 23 Aug 2019

A stack of exciting venues have signed-up with over the summer months, including a hotel owned by Manchester United legends Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, a museum dedicated to the heroics of the Royal Air Force, plus the home of the UK’s first cycling-specific wind tunnel. 

Last month, our free-to-use venue finding website welcomed new joiners including RAF Museum Cosford, Polhill Business Centre, The Rag - Army Navy Club, Dukes London, the Little Ship Club and Grand Junction.

While, Boardman Performance Centre, Stock Exchange Hotel, Aspects at the National Memorial Arboretum, the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, and Good Hotel London are new listings on during August. 

RAF Musum Cosford in Shropshire offers event attendees the chance to lunch under the nose of a Vulcan aircraft or enjoy dinner in a Second World War hanger (pictured above). Its tiered National Cold War Exhibition Auditorium can seat up to 208, while Hanger One seats 300 theatre-style. 

Polhill Business Centre is a well-equipped meeting room for up to 12 people in Kent. While The Rag can be found at 36 Pall Mall in the heart of London, and has 75 bedrooms plus seven function rooms for up to 200 delegates. 

The Little Ship Club celebrates sailing history on the banks of the Thames between Southwark Bridge and Tower Bridge. It has five rooms for up to 150 attendees. 

Grand Junction is located on the site of St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Paddington, which has recently undergone a £6million renovation (pictured above).

It’s a well-known film venue and has appeared in several movies including the 2013 film adaptation of Les Miserables! It can accommodate seated dinners for up to 300 and standing receptions for up to 500. 

The Boardman Performance Centre is a truly unique facility for up to 50 delegates. It houses the UK’s first cycling-specific wind tunnel and is home to UK cycling brand Boardman Bikes.

The 40-room Stock Exchange Hotel in the heart of Manchester (pictured above) is co-owned by Neville and Giggs. Private events can be held in the The Vault and The Bank for up to 80 guests, while the hotel restaurant offers cuisine by Tom Kerridge. 

Aspects at the National Memorial Arboretum is a nationally important site, home to over 30,000 trees and 370 memorials that remember ordinary people. Its contemporary events building, Aspects opened in October 2018 and features seven flexible events spaces for up to 500 guests. 

The Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre meanwhile can be found on the 125-acre Hinxton Hall Estate in Cambridge. It has nine meeting rooms for up to 300 delegates and is open for conferences and meetings bookings primarily – although not exclusively – from the biomedical sciences sector. 

Last but by no means least, the floating 148-room Good Hotel (pictured above) can host summer parties and team away days on its rooftop deck and has four meeting spaces. Your roving reporter recently stayed over night so watch out for the soon-to-be-published review. 

By Mike Fletcher

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