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London spotlights MICE venues with royal touch

London Convention Bureau is highlighting “royal” hotels and meeting venues to coincide with the Royal Wedding.

With the Royal Wedding taking place in just over a week, the London Convention Bureau is busy highlighting venues that have a royal touch. It is also taking the message to IMEX in Frankfurt next week, where it plans a “classically British Wedding Breakfast”.

As the bureau puts it, “You don’t have to be a prince or princess to add a regal touch to your meeting, conference or event.”

The royal MICE market jewels, as the convention bureau sees them, include hotels like the Marriott London Complex where the Queen learned to ice-skate.

The property at Grosvenor House on Park Lane, which will celebrate its 90th anniversary next year, has a royal connection only a few people are aware of – in 1929, the year the hotel opened, its Great Room was an ice rink, and a few years later it was here that a young Queen Elizabeth took ice skating lessons.

Today, the Great Room is the hotel’s largest event space and can accommodate up to 2,000 delegates.

The 5-star Langham is also a favourite of the royal family and has hosted a number of royal guests over the years, such as Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

It offers “a range of venue space, from state-of-the-art meetings rooms to the lavish Grand Ballroom, and dining options from celebrity chefs Albert Roux and Michel Roux Jr,” the bureau says.

Houses and palaces
As for purpose-built event venues with a royal touch, Central Hall Westminster, QEII and Church House Westminster are just a stone’s throw from the Houses of Parliament where the Queen was crowned, Westminster Abbey where the Duke of Cambridge got married, and Buckingham Palace.

Attractions the convention bureau highlights include Chelsea Football Club, Kate Middleton’s favourite team, which can host events for up to 1,000 people, and Historic Royal Palaces, the charity looking after several palaces situated in London.

All five of these London sites, including Kensington Palace, residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and also where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will live once they are married, and the 1000-year-old Tower of London, have venue space available.

The Wedding Breakfast networking hour at IMEX is scheduled to take place from 17:00 on both May 16 and May 17.

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