Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Shall we do lunch?

Today I had a meeting at the Sopwell House Hotel to discuss their ladies' lunches.

If you've never been to the hotel, then you have really have missed something special. Located down a quiet St Albans lane, the hotel is a stunning blend of the traditional and the modern. Once the home of Lord Mountbatten, the interiors of the original parts of the building feature dark wood and stone fireplaces. The addition of glass atria add surprising touches of light and modernity without feeling architecturally out of place.

The hotel is designed with a series of intimate spaces, rather than the open-plan lobby style favoured by many establishments these days. You and your companions can easily find a private area to chat or to hold a meeting, or else you can enjoy the bright, airy coffee lounge if you want to people watch.

The hotel hosts monthly ladies' lunches, each with a guest speaker or demonstration. These range from chocolatiers to floral designers - and soon Shoe Consultants! The price is an amazing £18.50, which includes a 3 course lunch and a glass of wine, which is pretty spectacular value, considering the quality fare you will enjoy here.

Look out for me in July, as I am working with the hotel to put together a fun lunchtime featuring a shoe fashion show, a chance to find out more about using colour to accessorise and some surprises along the way. I am excited and honoured to be part of the programme of events at one of the area's top hotels.

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