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Re-vamped Zaika returns to Kensington

22-Oct-2014 - Indian restaurant Zaika will return to its former London site on Kensington High Street this November after the closure of One Kensington.

Adam Simmonds seeks funding for London restaurant

22-Oct-2014 - Chef Adam Simmonds is seeking to raise £1.1m through the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) to open his first solo restaurant in central London.

Brew to open fourth London site

22-Oct-2014 - All-day dining concept Brew will open its fourth London site in Putney on 10 November.

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Fraq’s Lobster Shack to open on Goodge Street

22-Oct-2014 - Another lobster-focused casual dining concept is set to hit London next month, offering East Coast-inspired seafood to eat-in or take-out.

#IHS2014: Hotels that ‘tell a story’ get good reviews, say experts

22-Oct-2014 - Telling your hotel’s story and offering something quirky is vital in getting good reviews, said a panel of experts at the Independent Hotel Show 2014.

#IHS2014: Hotels need to prepare for next downturn

22-Oct-2014 - The UK’s recovery hasn’t yet reached its peak, but another dip is to be expected, and hotels should think of ways to avoid being too affected, according to speakers at...

Independent Hotel Show Awards 2014: winners revealed

22-Oct-2014 - The award for Independent Hotelier of the Year went to Kit and Tim Kemp of Firmdale Hotels, while The Pig on the Beach scooped the award for Outstanding New Hotel...

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Chop Chop seeks investment for expansion

21-Oct-2014 - Chinese dumpling concept Chop Chop has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support its UK expansion plans.

Emails and mobile key to smart direct marketing

21-Oct-2014 - Hotels can reducing the cost of acquiring new customers by implementing smart direct marketing techniques, according to speakers at the Independent Hotel Show.

Mitch Tonks secures fourth Rockfish site

21-Oct-2014 - Mitch Tonks, the high-profile chef, is to open the fourth site under his Rockfish seafood brand in Brixham, Devon, as part of plans to grow the brand to 15 restaurants...

London tops half-term staycation chart

21-Oct-2014 - London is set to be the most popular destination for domestic trips over the October half-term, with Blackpool and Edinburgh in at second and third place respectively.

‘Bleisure’ travel sees spike in popularity

21-Oct-2014 - More and more business travellers are adding leisure activities and holiday days to their work trips, according to a survey by BridgeStreet Global Hospitality.

Concession on alcohol may be necessary in VAT fight, warns Borel

21-Oct-2014 - Jacques Borel has warned that it might be necessary to make some concessions on alcohol if the cut VAT campaign is to be successful.

Government urged to protect short-term accommodation customers

20-Oct-2014 - The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) has urged the government to include quality safeguard measures to its reform of the law governing planning permissions for short-term lets.

Allied London announces plans for Manchester events hotel

20-Oct-2014 - Property investment company Allied London has announced plans to develop the Manchester Grande events hotel in the city’s St John’s Quarter.

Crescent Group opens second hotel

20-Oct-2014 - The Crescent Group’s second boutique hotel the Crescent Turner Whitstable opened in Kent last week.

Indian summer boosts September hotel performance

20-Oct-2014 - UK hotels enjoyed increased occupancy and rates in September, thanks to favourable weather conditions, as well as political and sporting events, according to BDO.

Young's acquires London pub operator 580

20-Oct-2014 - Young's has expanded its London portfolio with the acquisition of pub operator 580 Limited - which runs four pubs across the capital - for £10.4m.

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Underfield Hotels goes into administration

20-Oct-2014 - Underfield Hotels, which operates a hotel and leisure facility in Aberporth, Wales, has been placed into administration following a ‘prolonged period of difficult trading conditions’.

Piper takes stake in Hickory’s Smokehouse

20-Oct-2014 - Piper, the private equity backer of Loungers and Be At One, has acquired a stake in Hickory’s Smokehouse, the north west-based American BBQ restaurant chain.

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Café KaiZen cocktail lounge opens in Mayfair

17-Oct-2014 - Asian fusion dining and cocktail bar concept Café KaiZen opened in London’s Hanover Square at the start of this month. 

Som saa Thai pop-up to open in east London

17-Oct-2014 - Pop-up Thai restaurant Som saa will open at Climpsons Arch in London Fields on 25 October.

Restaurants and pubs enjoy rise in September sales

17-Oct-2014 - The eating and drinking out sector has enjoyed its 18th consecutive month of positive growth, according to Coffer Peach Business Tracker data.

#AHC2014: Readying a hotel asset before sale

17-Oct-2014 - There are a few things hoteliers can do to ensure a smooth valuation and sale process, as explained by speakers at the Annual Hotel Conference 2014.

Tune Hotels to open 25 new UK hotels by 2020

17-Oct-2014 - Budget hotel chain Tune Hotels has announced plans to invest £200m to open 25 new hotels in the UK over the next five years.