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Published: 29 Aug 2019

Over the summer months, Altitude re-launched as Atmosphere, 30 Euston Square opened its herb garden, Glaziers Hall appointed a new MD and the Biltmore neared completion. 

Atmosphere Venues breathes new life into Altitude

Altitude London, the venues within Millbank Tower in Westminster, has rebranded as Atmosphere Venues.

The long-awaited rebrand follows the sale of Altitude to Semier Events in May 2018.

The portfolio of venues now consists of Atmosphere 29 - a stylish and fresh blank canvas venue; Atmosphere 28, which features reclaimed gymnasium flooring and exposed brickwork; and Atmosphere Ground - a 270-seater auditorium located on the ground floor of Millbank Tower. 

Atmosphere Ground can be combined with a private terrace and Millbank Tower's café bar space. 

Alan Turtill, MD of Atmosphere Venues, said: "We’re passionate about Atmosphere Venues being an organisation where creative visions can come to life, and clients can really push the boundaries with their events."

30 Euston Square unveils rooftop herb garden following local produce pledge

30 Euston Square has installed a herb garden on its rooftop terrace, as it champions local produce.

In line with its pledge to always source as locally as possible, the venue is launching this new green initiative, along with plans to create a vegetable patch during the winter months.

Providing 30 Euston Square’s chefs with freshly grown rosemary, sage, oregano and thyme, the herb garden will supply ingredients for a variety of dishes. The terrace beds will also offer a source of ingredients for the venue’s own home-made herb butter and its range of flavoured waters. 

In 2018, 30 Euston Square implemented 11 sustainability pledges which encouraged the team to get creative and experiment to provide better catering experiences across their choice of services.

In keeping with Searcys’ sustainability pledges, 30 Euston Square buys the best ingredients available, working closely with British farmers and producers to ensure that up to 90% of its seasonal fruit and vegetables are grown in the UK.

The venue’s sustainability target also includes a waste-management reduction by 20%, with disposable food packaging. 

Glaziers Hall appoints Bills as MD

Riverside London venue, Glaziers Hall has appointed a new managing director.

Nicholas Bills joins the team at Glaziers Hall with extensive experience in hospitality consultancy and business development, having most recently held the position of director at specialist event management company Teetopin.

Nicholas also spent four years with De Vere Venues, PH Hotels and Four Pillars, as business development director, managing multi-million-pound contracted clients and the SMERF (sports, military, educational, religious groups, fraternities and charities) division worth £3m to the business.

He said: “I’m excited to be working with an amazing venue with a fantastic history. It’s a great time to be joining the team as Glaziers Hall has just completed a multi-million-pound refurbishment enhancing the building’s historic features whilst combining with a high-quality modern feel. I’m looking forward to promoting everything the venue has to offer, from the traditional livery spaces to the amazing new London Bridge Arches, which really is a hidden gem."

The Biltmore to reopen in Grosvenor Square

The former Millennium Hotel in Mayfair is set to reopen in September as the Biltmore - LXR Hotels & Resorts first UK property.

After a £50 million pound redevelopment, following its closure in early July 2018, the luxury property will offer 257 guest rooms and 51 suites in the heart of Mayfair on Grosvenor Square.

A 500sqm ballroom is ideal for large events, with capacity for up to 700 guests.

For smaller events, the Waterloo and Manhattan Suites are suited to more intimate receptions of up to 100 guests, and the Kendal Suite is ideal for small groups of 25 guests or boardroom meetings. 

LXR Hotels & Resorts is part of Hilton. The global hotel chain has a portfolio of 16 brands comprising more than 5,500 properties in 109 countries.

By Mike Fletcher

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