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To coincide with one year to go until the Olympic Games, Unique Venues of London (UVL) has carried out a member survey on Games related enquiries and bookings.
The survey reveals the variety of events taking place within its 73 member venues throughout the 2012 Games period. With Country Houses, official Olympic Games sponsors and individual hospitality, many UVL venues have secured a diverse array of business.
Somerset House will be home to Casa Brasil whilst Southwark Cathedral’s conference rooms and Millennium Courtyard will be part of The House of Switzerland. Several UVL members are also hosting official sponsors including EDF Energy, the new sponsor of the London Eye for the next three years, as well as 195 Piccadilly, the home of BAFTA, which will be used by UPS as their base throughout the Olympic period. As a host location, The Queen’s House at the National Maritime Museum will house the events space for LOCOG and the Olympic Family from June 2012.
The survey also highlighted a number of individual events and hospitality which have been booked. Ranging from dinners at The Banqueting House, to a full venue buy out of Spencer House over the Olympic period and corporate hospitality events at Kensington Palace, which will have just completed its £12million refurbishment.
Interestingly, the survey also revealed a number of UVL members who are amending their hospitality remit, such as St Paul’s Cathedral who will be extending their opening for events to include Fridays and Saturdays as well as allowing clients to entertain later than the current 11pm end time.
Lisa Hatswell, Chairman of UVL and Sales and Corporate Events Manager at EDF Energy London Eye, comments: “The Olympic Games have been promoted as offering real benefit to London’s hospitality and events industry, and this survey clearly illustrates that this is already the case for many of our venues. With UVL’s collective ability to host a whole diversity of events with some unique London experiences, it really is an exciting time for us. With one year to go until the Games themselves and many venues still taking enquiries, it will be interesting to see how many more events will be taking place in the capital”.
For further information on Unique Venues of London please go to www.uniquevenuesoflondon.co.uk.