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 September 28, 2015
IWM Duxford, Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast Join Lime Venue Portfolio

 Lime Venue Portfolio has added three branches of IWM (Imperial War Museums') to its growing portfolio of historic landmarks. IWM Duxford a world-renowned aviation museum and Britain's best preserved wartime airfield; Churchill War Rooms, the secret headquarters below the streets of Whitehall from which Churchill directed the war effort; and HMS Belfast, the last remaining Second World War cruiser of her type in the world.d

The three historic venues join the portfolio having signed a five-year contract worth £7.3million with Levy Restaurants UK, the sports, leisure and hospitality sector of Compass Group UK & Ireland. The new business partnership will see Levy Restaurants UK provide catering experiences to guests, delegates and visitors while Lime Venue Portfolio will be responsible for driving conference and events business.

IWM Duxford in Cambridge features the AirSpace Conference Centre, which offers a 200-seat tiered lecture theatre, seven flexible meeting and events spaces and the AirSpace Conservation Hall, a 2,000sqm hall with a capacity for 800 delegates.

Located in the heart of Westminster, The Churchill War Rooms offer four versatile meetings and events spaces, rich in history, with capacity for up to 400 guests for meetings, dinners, receptions, press launches and seminars.

Steeped in history and naval charm, HMS Belfast's historic rooms, event suites, dining hall and decks offer unrivalled facilities and commanding views overlooking London and Tower Bridge and the Thames Docklands. The ship's conferences and events spaces can host from 15 to 200 guests/delegates.

Jo Austin, Director of Sales for Lime Venue Portfolio, said: "We're very excited to work in collaboration with IWM to help establish IWM Duxford, HMS Belfast and Churchill War Rooms as a pre-eminent choice for corporate, association, agency and private conference and event organisers. The museums are a valuable addition to our portfolio and we're looking forward to introducing complete event solutions, which encompass innovative and sustainably sourced food to provide high quality and memorable events."

Barry Smith, Assistant Director of Commercial at IWM commented: "Imperial War Museums is a family of museums that tell the story of conflict from the First World War to the present day. Each of our museums are unique; from a Second World War airfield, Churchill's secret underground bunker, through to a light cruiser battle ship moored in the heart of London. They provide captivating and special settings, and we are thrilled to extend our partnership with Lime Venue Portfolio."

IWM - Imperial War Museums

IWM (Imperial War Museums) tells the story of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since the First World War.

Our unique Collections, made up of the everyday and the exceptional, reveal stories of people, places, ideas and events. Using these, we tell vivid personal stories and create powerful physical experiences across our five museums that reflect the realities of war as both a destructive and creative force. We challenge people to look at conflict from different perspectives, enriching their understanding of the causes, course and consequences of war and its impact on people's lives.

IWM's five branches attract over 2 million visitors each year. IWM London, our flagship branch, marks the Centenary of the First World War with new permanent First World War Galleries and a new Atrium with iconic large object displays. Our other branches are IWM North, housed in an iconic award-winning building designed by Daniel Libeskind; IWM Duxford, a world-renowned aviation museum and Britain's best preserved wartime airfield; Churchill War Rooms, housed in Churchill's secret headquarters below Whitehall; and the Second World War cruiser HMS Belfast.

Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms was the secret underground headquarters where Winston Churchill and his team directed the course of the Second World War. We show visitors where the staff lived and worked, explain how the decisions made here changed the course of history and reveal Churchill himself and his role in British history.

Open Daily: 9.30am -- 6pm. Last admission 5pm. (Closed 24 -- 26 December).
Admission*: £17.50 Adults; £14.00 Concessions (Senior, Student, Disabled); Children (under 16) Free; Special rates for groups of fifteen plus.

Churchill War Rooms, Clive Steps, King Charles Street, London, SW1A 2AQ


HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast is the most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship, with a history that extends to the Arctic Convoys, D-Day, the Cold War, Korea and beyond. Moored on the River Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast tells the story of life on board and explores how war affects and impacts on the morale, resilience and determination of a ship's community. We take visitors on a journey though the ship's nine decks and show them what life was like for the 950 strong crew, through the real life stories of the people who served on her.

Open daily (except 24 -- 26 December); Last entry an hour before closing.
Winter 2013 -- 2014, 4 November -- 20 February 10am -- 5pm.
Summer 2014, 21 February -- 31 October 10am -- 6pm.

HMS Belfast, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2JH


IWM Duxford

IWM Duxford is Britain's best-preserved Second World War airfield, with a fascinating history that dates back to the First World War. Its story reflects the landmark achievements made in aviation history. IWM Duxford is Europe's premier aviation museum, where historic buildings intersperse with state-of-the-art exhibition halls, including AirSpace and the American Air Museum. We tell the story of the impact of aviation on the nature of war, on people's lives and on the social and economic history of the region. With one of the finest collections of tanks, military vehicles and artillery in the UK, we also show the impact of technological development on war and conflict.

Open Daily: Winter 2012--13 28 October 2012 to 15 March 10am -- 4pm.
Summer 2013 16 March 2013 to 26 October 10am -- 6pm. Last entry an hour before closing.
(Closed 24 -- 26 December).

IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR


Lime Venue Portfolio


Levy Restaurants UK

Levy Restaurants UK is the sports, leisure and hospitality sector of Compass Group UK and Ireland. It is the market leader in the provision of legendary food and drink experiences at some of the UK's most significant sporting, arena, leisure and heritage venues.

Through strong client partnerships, Levy Restaurants UK creates bespoke food concepts, service standards and pioneering design, implementing a guest-first approach and ongoing innovation at each venue. With a company-wide passion for food, Levy Restaurants UK creates menus and food experiences that feature fantastic seasonal dishes, with a strong focus on British ingredients.
The company's portfolio of clients includes Chelsea Football Club, The O2, Somerset House, Earls Court Olympia, Hever Castle, Salisbury Cathedral, Edinburgh Zoo and Wembley Arena.

As well as providing tailor-made concepts for its clients, Levy Restaurants UK also deliver corporate hospitality, event catering, venue sourcing and leisure support services, through its portfolio of businesses. These include Keith Prowse, Payne and Gunter, Lime Venue Portfolio and LSS.