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Toto’s Italian restaurant launching in Knightsbridge

25-Apr-2014 - Italian restaurant and bar Toto’s will be opening in London’s Knightbridge in May following a £3m two-year refurbishment. 

Lee Westcott to open Typing Room restaurant at Town Hall Hotel

25-Apr-2014 - Chef Lee Westcott’s first solo venture the Jason Atherton backed Typing Room restaurant will open at London's Town Hall Hotel on 16 May. 

World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014: Will El Celler de Can Roca retain top spot?

25-Apr-2014 - The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, takes place on Monday (28 April) and speculation is beginning to mount - will Spanish restaurant El Celler...

Accor reveals plans to expand MGallery Collection in the UK

24-Apr-2014 - Accor has revealed plans to add three new MGallery Collection Hotels to its UK portfolio and upgrade six existing Mercure properties into 'flagship' hotels for the brand by 2015.

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Shaun Rankin teams up with Blue Islands airline

24-Apr-2014 - High profile chef Shaun Rankin has teamed up with Channel Island airline Blue Islands to offer a local seasonal menu to passengers this summer.

Carl Clarke oversees new bar and restaurant offering at Hertford House

24-Apr-2014 - Chef Carl Clarke is currently overseeing the new food and beverage offering at Hertford House Hotel, re-launching the restaurant, bar and cocktail lounge. 

Food For Thought: Holiday Inn benefits from healthier conference menu

24-Apr-2014 - The new conference menus implemented across the Holiday Inn estate have been ‘the icing on the cake’ when it comes to the brand’s increased focus on the MICE market, with...

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How to build better customer relationships using free public Wi-Fi

24-Apr-2014 - Hospitality operators understand that offering the chance to stay connected whilst enjoying a coffee or taking a business trip can win new customers and attract repeat visits. However, many brands aren’t...

South West hotels lead strong March performance

24-Apr-2014 - The UK hotel market continued its forward momentum last month, with South West hoteliers turning in the most impressive performance.

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All Bar One to open two new London sites

24-Apr-2014 - Mitchells and Butlers will open two new All Bar One sites in London this summer at Buckingham Gate in Victoria and the O2 in Greenwich.  

Bromley College launches UK’s first hospitality career college

23-Apr-2014 - Bromley College of Further and Higher Education has just opened applications for its new Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College and is enrolling students to start this September.

Kew Green Hotels acquires Holiday Inn Bromsgrove

23-Apr-2014 - Kew Green Hotels has forked out over £3.95m to buy the 110-bedroom Holiday Inn Bromsgrove out of administration.

Think.Eat.Drink ethically-sourced restaurant to open in King’s Cross

23-Apr-2014 - New bar and restaurant Think.Eat.Drink (T.E.D) will open in King’s Cross in June, serving ethically-sourced British food in an environmentally-friendly setting. 

Tube strike: London's hospitality businesses face further disruption

23-Apr-2014 - London’s hospitality businesses are facing further disruption as a result of transport disputes, with two more tube strikes and a 48-hour walkout on Heathrow Express planned over the next two...

Community spirit: More local pubs saved from closure

23-Apr-2014 - With Community Pubs month in full swing, a number of residents’ associations across the country have stepped in to save their local from closure or conversion into commercial properties.

Top 10 things to do and see at Hotelympia 2014

23-Apr-2014 - Hotelympia is fast approaching and the hospitality industry getting ready to descend on the ExCel centre in London on 28 April - 1 May for the biennial event.

New restaurant concept Pavilion to open in Kensington

22-Apr-2014 - Chef Adam Simmonds, who held a Michelin star at his previous site, is overseeing a new restaurant concept opening on London’s Kensington High Street on 31 May. 

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Union Hanover to open first Urban Villa in West London

22-Apr-2014 - Hotel developer and operator Union Hanover Securities has acquired 100 serviced apartments in the Great West Quarter (GWQ) in West London.

American diner trend continues: Zaks announces first franchise

22-Apr-2014 - Blue Sky Leisure’s Norfolk-based American diner chain Zaks is opening a fourth restaurant in the south west of the county under its first franchise partnership.

Accor reports strong Q1 results following business split

22-Apr-2014 - Global hotel group Accor is celebrating the success of its new business strategy after recording healthy growth in the first quarter.

Gusto undertakes MBO from Living Ventures

22-Apr-2014 - Restaurant and bar group Gusto has completed a management buyout from Living Ventures, the Tim Bacon-led premium operator, with funding from private equity group Palatine as it looks to add...

Soho Grind espresso and cocktail bar opening in May

22-Apr-2014 - Soho Grind, the sister site to the Shoreditch Grind espresso and cocktail bar, will be opening in London's Beak Street in May. 

Greek-inspired dining comes to Marylebone

17-Apr-2014 - Opso, an all-day dining Greek restaurant and bar, is opening in the heart of Marylebone next month. 

Werewolf performance nightclub launches in London

17-Apr-2014 - New performance and arts nightclub Werewolf is opening next week in the heart of London’s Piccadilly.

Beverage awards seek excellence in hot drinks

17-Apr-2014 - The Beverage Standards Association (BSA) is calling on specialist coffee shops, cafes, tea rooms, hotel bars, beverage carts and restaurants to enter its hot drink awards and accreditation programme.