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Jazz photography at the Midland Hotel and Sprit masterclasses at Zenna Bar

By Becky Paskin

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Sefton Samuels' portrait of jazz player Humphrey Lyttelton will be displayed at the Midlands Hotel
Sefton Samuels' portrait of jazz player Humphrey Lyttelton will be displayed at the Midlands Hotel
Restaurants, pubs and hotels including The Midland Hotel and Zenna Bar tell us what marketing campaigns and promotions they’re running to attract customers.

Legendary Jazz exhibition

The Midland Hotel in Manchester is hosting a photographic exhibition from now until the end of July of some of the world’s leading jazz artists, as captured by Sefton Samuels. Artwork on display around the hotel includes images of Louis Armstrong and Ray Brown amongst others, many of whom have stayed at the Midland Hotel during Manchester performances in the 50s and 60s. The exhibition is part of the hotel’s ongoing support for music, art and culture in the city, and will coincide with the Manchester Jazz Festival on 22-30 July.

Charitable Hummus

Fast-casual operation Hummus Bros is encouraging Londoners to donate unwanted clothes, DVDs, books and homeware to Cancer Research in return for free meals. Those depositing quality items at the Marylebone Cancer Research shop between 12-6pm on 19 June will be given vouchers to the value of their wares, which can then be traded in at Hummus Bros in Wardour Street for food and drink. Hummus Bros founders Christian Mouysset and Ronen Givon are running the event as a marketing exercise alongside a bid to be socially and environmentally responsible.

Spirit masterclass

Zenna Bar in Soho is running a series of spirit tasting masterclasses with bar manager and head mixologist Dan Thomson, and a brand representative. For £30 a head, participants can enjoy two cocktails, samples from the relevant drinks brand and nibbles from Zenna’s sister restaurant Red Fort. Guests will also be entered into a competition to win a bottle of the featured spirit, a bottle of house wine or two free cocktails. The masterclasses will be held on 22 and 29 June; 6, 13, 20 and 17 July; and 3,10,17,24,31 August.

Members’ club

Sam’s of Brighton and Sam’s of Sevendials, also in Brighton, are launching a membership card to reward and encourage repeat custom from guests. Diners will be given a free drink if collecting their card before 31 August; a birthday gift when dining during their birthday month; a complimentary surprise course when booking a two-course a la carte meal Monday-Thursday; half-price open kitchen workshops; and BYO when dining a la carte on Wednesdays.

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