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VENUE The Titanic Hotel AFTER HOURS Glasgow Checking out the newly rebranded Scottish Event Campus? Why not pay a visit to some of EN’s favourite haunts LiverpoolÕ s waterfront ranks among the best known in the world, with the grandeur of the Three Graces dominating an instantly recognisable, and much photographed, skyline. Not surprisingly, when visitors stay in the city, they’ll often be keen to experience some of its maritime history. The Titanic Hotel and Rum Warehouse gives guests a real sense of Liverpool’s historic shipping past. The red brick Stanley Dock building – dating back to the 1850s – was converted into a luxury hotel, conference and exhibition venue, opening in July 2014. Situated on the banks of the River Mersey, the Grade II listed former warehouse has incredible views across the waterfront and has managed to retain much of its original construction: the brick, glass and steel girders, which all clearly belong in the 19th century, sit alongside contemporary features and décor. One of the biggest advantages the Titanic inherited from its previous incarnation is space – and lots of it. Storage of rum and tobacco, imported from exotic locations across the globe, required buildings of huge dimensions. Now guests staying in one of the 153 bedrooms not only get to enjoy the river from original warehouse windows, they have the benefi t of proportions hardly ever found in modern hotels. They can also unwind in the subterranean sanctuary of Maya Blue Wellness, with its thermal suite, hydrotherapy pool and menu of pampering treatments, and enjoy the theatre of the open kitchens in Stanley’s Bar & Grill. The hotel’s adjoining Rum Warehouse, attached to the North Warehouse, is an impressive conference and exhibition venue, which also makes the most of its large versatile spaces. The Rum Warehouse has become a popular choice for weddings, celebrations, meetings and business events. Seating for up to 1,400 is available over two fl oors, while the ground level, with fl oor to ceiling windows, can host up to 1,000 guests. Plans are also underway to transform a previously unused section of the mammoth warehouse into new event space, The West Bay, launching in the autumn of 2017. General manager Brian Connor tells EN: “The Titanic Hotel and Rum Warehouse has a unique historic location which clients using our conference, exhibition and banqueting facilities really appreciate. The setting plays a big part in helping create a memorable experience for them. “We’ve gained an excellent reputation for a high level of service and well-equipped facilities which means we’ve been able to not only attract clients from across the UK and abroad but retain their loyalty. We’ve forged partnerships with national and global brands and established great working relationships with local businesses and organisations. “With the fantastic waterfront right here, wherever you look out from the hotel, we can offer something very special.” ESSENTIALS STAY The Necropolis A trip to a cemetery might not seem like the most fun tourist activity, but the Necropolis offers what is arguably one of the best views of the city. Glasgow Central This iconic hotel, just above Glasgow’s Central train station, has welcomed a wide range of famous faces, from The Beatles and the Rolling Stones to Danny Kaye and Charlie Chaplin. Riverside Museum Glasgow’s riverside has been transformed in recent years, from the shipbuilding centre of the Empire to a thoroughly modern stretch of museums, science centres and bars. Sandyford Lodge Hotel Don’t let the reasonable prices put you off, Sandyford Lodge is a high quality hotel in easy walking distance of the SEC. Glasgow University While not the building used for JK Rowling’s magical school, the university has enough gothic architecture and towering spires to earn the affectionate nickname ‘Hogwarts’. Grasshoppers Hotel A compact, modern hotel right in the centre of the city, Grasshoppers Hotel is comfy and homely and moments from the main shopping centre, restaurants and attractions in the city centre. EAT DRINK The Ubiquitous Chip The Chip is a former workplace of one of the EN team, so we can guarantee that the high standards at this famous fi ve-star restaurant are maintained behind the scenes. Hillhead Bookclub How many pubs offer cocktails, ping pong, 90s computer games, great food and a fantastic atmosphere all under one roof? At least one: Hillhead Bookclub. The 78 Those not familiar with Glasgow might be surprised to learn about the city’s extensive offering for vegans, including this trendy and cosy bar and restaurant. Cail Bruich The awarding-winning Cail Bruich offers the very best Scottish cuisine, right in the heart of the city’s stylish West End. Waxy OÕ Connors Located just outside Queen Street Station, Waxy’s is a maze-like bar stretched over three fl oors. Expect good beer, live music and an epic journey to the loos. The Horseshoe Bar Mention the Horseshoe bar to a Glaswegian and more often than not you’ll get a nostalgic smile in return. At 104 feet, the grand Victorian bar is one of the longest in Europe. exhibitionnews.co.uk | June 2017 57