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Keep up to date with the latest openings, closures and property deals in the restaurant, pub and hotel sectors.

Accor expands UK porfolio with five new hotels

19-Aug-2014 - International hotel operator Accor has strengthened its UK portfolio with the signing of five new hotels in London and Edinburgh due to open by the end of 2015. 

Burger & Lobster eyes Canary Wharf opening

18-Aug-2014 - Burger & Lobster, the London-based group, is in talks to open its seventh site in the capital in Canary Wharf, according to BigHospitality's sister title M&C Report.

Travelife aims for UK expansion

18-Aug-2014 - Sustainability certification provider Travelife has revealed plans to increase its UK presence as part of a target to certify 3,000 hotels worldwide by 2017.

Brunei Sultan reported to be Grosvenor House ‘highest bidder’

18-Aug-2014 - The Sultan of Brunei, who owns The Dorchester Collection and was recently the target of public outrage for introducing death penalty for homosexuals in his country, has reportedly offered about...

London Village Inns to open sixth pub

15-Aug-2014 - Pub operator London Village Inns has taken over the franchise of Punch Taverns’ Westbury in Wood Green, and will reopen it in October after a £400k refurbishment.

D&D London re-launches Quaglino’s

15-Aug-2014 - Restaurant and late night venue Quaglino’s in London’s Mayfair is set to re-open this October after undergoing a multi-million pound renovation.

Coopers to open two new venues in Bourne End

14-Aug-2014 - Coffee, food and wine group Coopers has announced expansion plans across Bourne end, with a restaurant and a café set to open between November 2014 and January 2015.

Rock and Sole Plaice set to expand

14-Aug-2014 - Covent Garden’s Rock and Sole Plaice fish and chip shop, which claims to be London’s oldest, is set to expand and aims to open four new casual dining sites in...

Chaophraya owner reiterates London expansion focus

14-Aug-2014 - Thai Leisure Group (TLG), which operates the Chaophraya and Thaikhun brands, has reiterated plans to launch in London after a successful year of growth, with like-for-like sales up 9 per...

People on the Move in Hospitality: August 2014

13-Aug-2014 - We've rounded up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry, with the past month seeing key appointments at venues including The Northcote, W London, K West,...

The Indian Platform opens second site in Scotland

13-Aug-2014 - The first Indian Platform restaurant opened four months ago in Glasgow’s West End, now the second site has opened in Newton Mearns, with the founders planning to expand the chain...

Scotland’s first luxury ‘boatique’ hotel to open

12-Aug-2014 - The Royal Yacht Britannia has acquired heritage vessel MV Windsor Castle, and intends to convert the ship into a luxury hotel. 

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Two new restaurants for John Lewis flagship store

12-Aug-2014 - Italian burger restaurant Ham Holy Burger and its sister company Neapolitan pizza restaurant Rossopomodoro have opened at John Lewis in London’s Oxford Street. 

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Eclectic to open Lola Lo in Sheffield

12-Aug-2014 - Eclectic Bar Group has announced the signing of a 20-year lease on a new site in Sheffield, where it plans to open a Lola Lo in 2015.

Harrods launches Michelin-starred pop-up concept

11-Aug-2014 - Luxury department store Harrods is launching a five-month pop-up event, hosting a different Italian Michelin-starred restaurant each month from September, and is looking at renewing the concept with British chefs...

Bloc to launch serviced apart-rooms

11-Aug-2014 - Boutique budget hotel brand Bloc is expanding its Birmingham property to add 30 serviced apart-rooms.

US investment firm buys 11 QMH hotels

11-Aug-2014 - Eleven QMH hotels operating under the Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Best Western PLUS brands have been acquired by US investment firm Marathon Asset Management for an undisclosed sum.

Chilango extends Burrito Bond deadline

11-Aug-2014 - Chilango, the Mexican restaurant group, has extended its burrito bond fundraising initiative to midnight 26 August after it raised over £250k last week.

Mile High creators launch long-term pop-up space Carousel

08-Aug-2014 - Shuttlecock Inc, the company behind pop-up event range Mile High, has taken on a five-year lease on a three-storey Marylebone property which will host a variety of pop-ups and chef...

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Flying Butler unveils Marble Arch townhouses

08-Aug-2014 - Serviced apartment provider Flying Butler, owned by Deep Blue Apartments, has unveiled its new serviced townhouses on the edge of Hyde Park.

106 Café to open on Baker Street

08-Aug-2014 - 106 café will offer a seasonal all-day menu in a casual setting on London’s Baker Street from 11 August.

Seventh opening for The Stable

07-Aug-2014 - Craft cider and pizza venue The Stable will be opening a site in Falmouth on 28 August.

Chatime to have at least 10 sites by year’s end

06-Aug-2014 - Bubble tea shop Chatime is currently franchising at a rapid rate. The brand has just opened its sixth site in Nottingham and its seventh will open in London by the...

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Café Rouge launches grab-and-go format at Victoria Place

06-Aug-2014 - Café Rouge has launched an experimental new format at its latest site in Victoria Place, with a focus on food-to-go to tempt commuters and shoppers.

Manchester Corn Exchange to become dining hub

06-Aug-2014 - Aviva Investors Property Trust has announced plans with Queensberry Real Estate to renovate Machester’s Corn Exchange and turn it into a large independent dining facility.