- The US Embassy in Mayfair is to be converted in to a Qatari-owned luxury hotel when the ambassador and his staff move to a new building next year. The 137-room site will feature five restaurants and a ballroom for 1,000 guests.
- There's a new one to watch in the world of chefs after Harry Guy from the Eden Hotel Collection was named the 2016 Roux Scholar. The 26-year old joins the ranks of previous winners Sat Bains and Freddie Forster and will receive £6,000 towards his career development.
- OTA's have a new rival after the firm behind Sandals holiday resorts opened its first hotel store in London. The £1m 'interactive' site features a 'virtual sightee' of its resorts and a bar where guests can enjoy a glass of wine while completing their booking.
- Camilla Al-Fayed - daughter of former Harrods owner Mohammed Al-Fayed - is to open a 'one of a kind' plant-based restaurant in central London. Farmacy will serve a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes with Michelin-trained chef Joao Ricardo Alves heading up the kitchen.
- The Shankly Hotel has been named Liverpool's first autism-friendly hotel as part of a bid to make the city the first autistic-friendly place in the UK. Staff will attend training programmes to help the hotel better accommodate those with autism and their families.
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