I’ve a real treat for my latest venue spotlight! Belgraves London in Knightsbridge is a little hidden gem and if you’re looking for something chic and stylish yet homely for your next event then I definitely recommend you take a look.
Belgraves, a short walk from Sloane Square tube station is part of the Thompson Group, a small collection of 8 hotels each with it’s own individual style and mainly across the pond, the London hotel being the only property outside of the US.
I popped along for a full show round last week with Marie Froger their Events Sales Manager.
The hotel has a very unique feel as you walk around; Chic and clubby, it’s New York loft fused with Knightsbridge residence. Along with the Vivienne Westwood cushions and bespoke Ralph Lauren mirrors, art adorns the walls from the likes of Warhol and Hirst, even Banksy, all available to purchase, albeit with a price tag, you could walk away with your very own work of art.
They can accommodate up to 180 guests on the main floor for events and receptions and there’s two stylish private dining rooms and meeting rooms, both with natural daylight and floor to ceiling loft style windows; Room 100 for a maximum of 10 and the Private Dining Room for maximum 6 both of which interconnect to accommodate a maximum of 24 guests.
The highlight is the Terrace with its retractable heated roof for all weather and all year round events. The terrace can accommodate dinners up to 16 and standing receptions for up to 30.
Another highlight is the hotel chef, Britain’s youngest female executive chef – Sophie Michell. Sophie’s style has international influence from her time in the Mediterranean, California and Australia and is fresh and seasonal, everything is made in-house, even the breakfast pastries.
There are 85 bedrooms including 14 suites all with hardwood floors throughout, Italian marble bathrooms, iDock stations and complimentary WiFi.
Belgraves as fitting with the Thompson style, has 2 signature suites; the Thompson suite and the Penthouse available for private parties and events of up to 20 guests. Both have fantastic London views and even more artwork featuring a personal favourite of mine – Tracey Emin.
After the show round we sat down for a spot of breakfast in the brasserie Pont St. and I took the opportunity to ask a few questions…
Q. What made Thompson decide to refurbish the hotel?
A. Belgraves was a Sheraton hotel previously and was quite tired and dated – The hotel is owned by Harilela hotels who were familiar with the Thompson brand and offered them the opportunity and following a complete refurbishment the hotel is now 50% managed by Thompson, 50% by the owners.
Q. What kind of events have you hosted here at Belgraves?
A. A wide variety of events including fashion shows, residential meetings, private parties, wine tastings and Quintessentially wine events, cigar tasting events in the bar and the terrace, designer showcases, press launches, product launches and even live cooking events!
Q. What would be the ultimate event you would like to see held at Belgraves?
A. Really any event whereby the client takes over the entire floor and makes it their own, perhaps a Monte-Carlo casino evening! We’re not too formal here, we’re really flexible and allow our clients to get really creative with the space.
Q. How do you stand out from your competitors?
A. We’re a lifestyle hotel and offer a very unique setting, we don’t set out to be like the competition and think our balance of feminine and masculine tones with chic style definitely sets us apart.
For more information on the hotel or to send an enquiry for your next event you can contact Marie by email MFroger@Thompsonhotels.com or telephone +44 (0)20 3189 4868.
Until next time #Eventprofs…