In a series of renovations totalling more than £19 million, UVL members are adding shops, function rooms and interactive experiences to their already renowned selection of meetings and events spaces, which represent a cross section of the most exciting and diverse venues in London.
Transport museums, a ship, collections of works of art are all among the UVL treasures undergoing a refurbishment.
The Kew Bridge Steam Museum has received a Heritage Lottery Fund award of £2 million, and between April this year and spring 2014 a new retail area, café, interactive gallery, outside space and corporate function rooms will be added.
Also launched this spring was a new Café and Bar at HMS Belfast, which incorporates a new entrance providing access for groups and corporate clients and is one of a number of long term developments being made to the ship.
In one of the biggest refurbishments on the agenda for the consortium, Wellcome Collection has had £17.5 million invested in the improvement of its facilities. Starting in August and due to be completed in the summer of 2014, the renovations will include exciting new spaces, galleries and displays to entertain guests and accommodate delegates.
Finally, Somerset House has refurbished its West Wing, which boasts direct access to the grand Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court. Some of the newly developed 15 spaces will be available for corporate entertaining during the summer season.
Moya Maxwell, Head of Commercial Programming at the Royal Opera House and Chairman of UVL, comments: “Unique Venues of London remains a leading choice for event organisers. These refurbishments illustrate the range of dynamic facilities that are available in the city and will further showcase how a UVL venue can be a perfect accompaniment to a visit to London.”