Tom Lambregts is marketing manager at Grass Roots Meetings & Events, and co-edited the Meetings Industry Report. Starting his career at Clarion Events, he then went on to become head of marketing at Olympia London, where he directed and delivered the award-winning rebrand of the venue. He specialises in digital and content-led marketing, and maintains a keen interest in music and reading.
London venue special
Hip hangouts, an urban oasis, fine dining and members' clubs are brought together in our latest list of the new, inspiring and innovative venues. Read the London special...
New Road Hote1, London
Meeting rooms 2
Maximum capacity 22
Just opened in Whitechapel, this old textile warehouse has been completely converted, including loft rooms with a hot tub or jacuzzi. The décor contrasts old and new, with original brickwork and modern ensuites. An open plan “public space” on the ground floor draws influence from New York hotels, and is enhanced by a bar, branded coffee and cereal concept. Marco Pierre White introduces the Chophouse for 120 covers, complete with theatre kitchen. A welcome addition to East London's portfolio.
White City House
Meeting rooms 1
Maximum capacity 150
West London has been somewhat neglected in recent times, so this new opening from the Soho House group is most welcome. The eighth floor of the old BBC Television Centre now features an events space, terrace and swimming pool - all of which is available for exclusive hire. There's also a public bar and restaurant on the ground floor, and you can expect the usual exemplary design touches throughout the property.
Private dining rooms 5
The stunning staircase connects three floors, each with its own feel. Above has views over Green Park and is flooded with light, serving set lunches and tasting menus; Ground is the heart of the restaurant with breakfast, a la carte and more, and Below is a basement bar and walk-in wine cellar. Michelin-starred Ollie Dabbous has created a truly wonderful addition to Mayfair's culinary scene and, with five separate private dining rooms, it's an ideal venue for intimate events.
Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden
Dining rooms 3
Maximum capacity 100 + 82
Petersham Nurseries brings nature to the heart of Covent Garden. The floral and fragrant essence of the Richmond gardens has arrived, based around a beautiful courtyard with two new restaurants; The Petersham and La Goccia, along with the existing homeware shop, delicatessen, wine cellar and florist. We love this vibrant London venue.