Events manager, Magda Junqueira takes a whirlwind tour around some of the magical properties that make-up Accor’s London portfolio
Castle Hotel Windsor – MGallery by Sofitel
Our first evening started at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, which boasts views of Windsor’s main street and is a great place to watch the Changing of the Guard take place over a long lunch or afternoon tea.
The 108-room four-star hotel has 12 conference suites and syndicate room and can accommodate up to 400 seated guests, which is the largest event space in Windsor.
My room was exceptionally comfortable with a king-size bed, Egyptian cotton sheets and views of Windsor Castle.
Sofitel Heathrow T5
The first morning, we headed to the colossal Sofitel Heathrow T5.
Each floor of this 605-room five-star property is themed around a specific continent. The largest suite is a three-bedroom Imperial, which features Swarovski bathrooms plus a meetings and dining space.
There’s 45 additional meeting rooms for anywhere between two and 1,300 guests, while a stunning indoor Japanese Zen Garden would be ideal for pre-dinner drinks.
Sofitel Heathrow T5 also boasts a tea salon offering 35 teas from around the world. Alternatively, delegates can sip Champagne at Le Bar Parisien, cocktails by the fire in Sphere, enjoy gourmet French cuisine in La Belle Epoque or a Chef’s Table dining experience.
Pullman London St Pancras
Next we visited the four-star Pullman London St Pancras, a very masculine ambient hotel.
Dark lighting and reds theme this business hotel, situated just a few minutes walk from both Kings Cross St Pancras and Euston stations.
The 312-room hotel has 21 meeting rooms, the largest of which can seat 446 delegates.
For a different meeting experience, the Business Playground room has been specially designed for small, exclusive meetings for up to 12 people.
Ibis London Euston Station
Next up was the three-star Ibis Euston. It has a very youthful, modernistic vibe with four meeting rooms that each sport funky designs. The maximum banquet capacity is 45 and at the front of the hotel is a really cool herb garden that could seat small groups for alfresco drinks. This Ibis has some lovely unique touches, such as cookie-making ovens in the meeting room break-out areas so that delegates can cookie their own dough.
Novotel London West
We then made our way to the four-star Novotel London West, which has 33 meetings and events space for up to 2,000 people. Its largest spaces are the Champagne and Chablis suites. The latter can fit 800 reception style, while the Champagne suite can seat 1200 for dinner.
Novotel London West also has 630 rooms, 22 of them are connecting. We had a lovely lunch in the Artisan Grill, which serves flame-grilled fish and meats and is the ideal foil to the less formal buffet style, Aroma Restaurant.