Arena's first live, in-person event of 2021 will take place on Thursday 22 July 2021 at the luxurious, 5* award-winning hotel, Cliveden House in Taplow, Berkshire - part of Iconic Luxury Hotels. This exclusive Arena event will present guests with the opportunity to once again re-connect, face to face with industry friends and colleagues whilst enjoying the fabulous hospitality of this Grade I stately home set upon 376 acres of National Trust grounds.
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|12.00pm||Guests Arrive – Refreshments on the Churchill Terrace|
|12.45pm||Andrew Stembridge, Executive Director, Iconic Luxury Hotels plus audience Q&A - Churchill Room|
|1.30pm||Drinks Reception, Canapes and BBQ Networking Lunch – Churchill Terrace|
|3.30pm||Guided Tour of Cliveden House (Optional)|
Arena's first live, in-person event of 2021 will take place on Thursday 22 July 2021* at the luxurious, 5* award-winning hotel, Cliveden House in Taplow, Berkshire - part of Iconic Luxury Hotels. This exclusive Arena event will present guests with the opportunity to once again re-connect, face to face with industry friends and colleagues whilst enjoying the fabulous hospitality of this Grade I stately home set upon 376 acres of National Trust grounds.
Starting at midday guests will arrive to enjoy a refreshing few drinks on Cliveden’s Churchill Terrace. This will be followed by an insightful keynote speech in the adjacent Churchill Room by Andrew Stembridge, Executive Director of Iconic Luxury Hotels who will give an overview of both Cliveden and Chewton Glen (Cliveden's sister hotel) and how he has differentiated the brands from other 5* luxury hotels plus his plans for developing and growing the hotel group.
After Andrew's address, guests will return to the Churchill Terrace for drinks, canapes and a BBQ buffet lunch prepared exclusively for this event by Cliveden's Executive Chef, Paul O'Neill.
Later in the afternoon, guests will also have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the house to find out why Cliveden has remained a pinnacle of intrigue and glamour with its story one of over 350 years of powerful personalities and iconic parties.
Our Speaker - Andrew Stembridge, Executive Director, Iconic Luxury Hotels
Andrew Stembridge is the driving force and strategic vision behind Iconic Luxury Hotels, a collection of several of the UK’s most unique, charismatic and notable hotels including Cliveden, Chewton Glen, The Lygon Arms, 11 Cadogan Gardens and recently opened Mayfair Townhouse.
With over 30 years’ experience, he has held a number of leadership roles in a diverse range of establishments from boutique city hotels to USA resorts, lifestyle brands and country houses.
In 2010 Stembridge was named ‘Hotelier of the Year’ and appointed Chairman of the Master Innholders. Between 2010–2018 he sat on the International Board of Relais & Châteaux. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Hospitality and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Innholders.
12.00pm Guests Arrive – Refreshments on the Churchill Terrace
12.45pm Andrew Stembridge, Executive Director, Iconic Luxury Hotels plus
audience Q&A - Churchill Room
1.30pm Drinks Reception, Canapes and BBQ Networking Lunch – Churchill
3.30pm Guided Tour of Cliveden House (Optional)
Arena’s first exclusive event this year will provide the ultimate networking opportunity. With guests limited to 50 and in secure Covid-compliant surroundings, you will have the opportunity to have those all-important face-to-face conversations that our industry is built upon and has been sorely missed. You will also have the opportunity to hear from our exceptional speaker, Andrew Stembridge whilst at the same time enjoying the hospitality and surroundings of one of the most iconic venues in the UK.
Cliveden House was initially built in 1666 by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham. A notorious rake, schemer and wit, he created the House as a hunting lodge where he could entertain his friends and mistress. Since then it has twice been destroyed by fire, only to emerge, phoenix-like, more stunning than before.
The House has played host to virtually every British Monarch since George I and has been home to three Dukes, an Earl and Frederick Prince of Wales. Queen Victoria, a frequent guest, was not amused in 1893 when the House was bought by William Waldorf Astor, America’s richest citizen.
When he gave it to his son and daughter-in-law in 1906, Cliveden became the hub of a hectic social whirl where guests included everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Winston Churchill, and President Roosevelt to George Bernard Shaw. Harold Macmillan, another frequent guest, when told that the House was eventually to become a hotel, remarked “My dear boy, it always has been.” The tradition of impeccable hospitality and extravagant entertainment continues to make any stay at Cliveden the experience of a lifetime. Stephen Ward and Christine Keeler were staying in Spring Cottage when they triggered the infamous Profumo scandal. So, even the cottage is not without its share of colourful Cliveden history.
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*Event subject to change in line with government Covid-19 guidance around events
Ticket terms & conditions: No refunds are available for tickets purchased.