The Supreme Court New Meeting Room Arrangements

The Supreme Court is introducing some changes to the way that bookings of private meeting rooms are handled, with effect from the start of the Easter Term, 29 April 2014. These changes are designed to help reduce our overall costs to the UK taxpayer and to bring the Supreme Court’s policies in line with those of other senior appeal courts situated in London.

For hearings taking place on or after 29 April 2014, lawyers wishing to book private meeting rooms while they are appearing at the court will need to pay a daily hire charge of £100+VAT for the use of those rooms. Meeting room bookings will be handled by our catering provider, with a simple meeting room request form available from the Supreme Court website which can be downloaded, completed and returned to our caterers any time from three weeks before the hearing (but no later than 5pm one clear working day before the hearing).

BBC Meeting Rooms

New Broadcasting House in central London took a decade to build.
It was opened by the Queen in 2013 at least £55million over budget.
But the BBC has now admitted it ‘occasionally’ runs out of meeting rooms.

Built at a cost of £1 billion, New Broadcasting House is the jewel in the crown of the BBC and the setting for its self-mocking satire W1A.
But in a development that could have come straight out of the sitcom, it has been revealed that the Corporation is paying tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money to book meetings in nearby buildings because the headquarters lacks space. New Broadcasting House in Central London covers half a million square feet, took a decade to build and was opened by the Queen in 2013 – four years behind schedule and at least £55 million over budget.

Now, in response to a freedom of information request, the BBC has admitted it ‘occasionally’ runs out of meeting rooms and spent £47,198 on booking external spaces nearby during the last financial year. Corporation insiders say these venues include De Vere’s West One business centre and the luxury Langham Hotel – both just across the street from New Broadcasting House – and that meetings have included ‘leadership breakfasts’.

One source said: ‘The leadership breakfasts at De Vere are renowned for the lavish catering. The BBC is cutting jobs but can still afford to cater for breakfast meetings for senior managers.’
Another said: ‘It’s bonkers to hold meetings across the street.’ The BBC has been criticised by spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) over the running costs of New Broadcasting House, which are almost double that of comparable buildings in Central London. A BBC spokesman said: ‘It is occasionally necessary to book nearby venues, especially for larger meetings. Value for money is always taken into account.’ But Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said licence fee-payers would be furious over spiralling costs.
New Broadcasting House is home to three 24-hour news channels, nine radio networks and 6,000 staff.


Getting Around London on a Budget can be a Travellers Delight


London is packed full of fun and enjoyable things to do. While the UK’s capital can be expensive, London is a beautiful city and there are many affordable things to experience. At London Meeting Rooms we firmly believe that exploring the city can be done on a budget. Check out our selection of affordable things to do in London

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1. Walking & Sightseeing
London may seem huge, but it’s actually easy for walking and of course, walking is free! One of the most popular walks is a circular walk around Westminster, which includes seeing Buckingham Palace, the iconic Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Free London Walking Tours has a selection of seven sightseeing tours, which show you the best that London has to offer.

2. Visit the Royal Observatory
Be dazzled by the moon and planets at the Greenwich Royal Observatory. Here, you can explore how scientists first mapped the seas and the stars, touch a 4.5 billion year-old asteroid and travel the Universe, whilst keeping your feet firmly on the ground. For £9.50 a ticket, this is an affordable and fascinating way of discovering the wonders of astronomy.

3. Take a Canal Boat ride
What better reason to get out and about in the sunshine than with a canal boat ride where you can see some of London’s most historic and popular attractions. The Jenny Wren is an authentically designed canal boat, running 90-minute round-trips from Camden. Sailing through London Zoo and Regent’s Park, as well as Robert Browning’s Island at Little Venice, it’s certainly a different way of seeing London and is only £12.50 for adults.

4. Explore Chinatown
If you’re looking for a vibrant change of culture, Chinatown is a diamond tucked away, full of oriental beauty and charm. In this area there is so much to see and do, with plenty of affordable and delicious eating options and lots of shops. In the evening, it becomes even more atmospheric and has plenty of bars and restaurants. Chinatown is easily accessible, placed between Leicester Square and Piccadilly tube stations.

5. Borough Market
This market is London’s oldest and most renowned market, dating all the way back to the 13th Century. It is home to exceptional British and International produce, with artisan cheeses, cakes, bread, hams and much more. If food is your thing, this is a perfect place to visit for some delicious quick eats and a friendly atmosphere. Find out more about this bustling market here.
A fun and interesting trip to London doesn’t need to be expensive. There are many affordable options, several of which help you to get the best out of your visit to one of the world’s most beautiful cities. If you have time before or after a meeting, why not get the best out of the day and make some time to explore this exciting city.

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