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Australian-born Will Ricker has founded a number of restaurants including La Bodega Negra, Casa Negra and XO

Will Ricker wins Westminster licensing battle

By Carina Perkins

Restaurateur Will Ricker has won an appeal against Westminster City Council to allow customers at his Soho restaurant, La Bodega Negra, to buy alcohol without food.

Dorset Square Hotel, Firmdale's seventh hotel in the capital, will re-open on 18 June

Firmdale to re-open Dorset Square Hotel June 2012

By Emma Eversham

Firmdale Hotels owners Tim and Kit Kemp will re-open Dorset Square Hotel in London next month, 10 years after they sold the property which helped kick-start their careers as hoteliers. 

Jamie Oliver has acquired a site in the Covent Garden Market Building that had been occupied by restaurant chain Canteen

Jamie Oliver acquires Covent Garden Market Building site

By Peter Ruddick

Jamie Oliver has acquired a site in the Covent Garden Market Building that was occupied by a pop-up restaurant from British chain Canteen. It is understood the celebrity chef is likely to open a Union Jacks on site, or alternatively a Jamie's Italian...

The Covent Garden branch's kitchens were found covered  in grease and mouse droppings

TGI Friday's fined £30k for running 'filthy kitchens'

By Emma Eversham

The American-themed restaurant chain pleaded guilty to six food hygiene offences in court on Wednesday after inspectors found dead cockroaches, mouse droppings and grease-encrusted cabinets in its kitchens

Russians buy Circus in Soho

Russians buy Circus in Soho

By BigHospitality Writer

Circus restaurant in Soho, which was owned by London-based Image Restaurants, has been sold to a Russian businessman. Founder Chris Bodker said, ;We had half a dozen uninitiated offers for Circus and we got an offer we would have been foolish to ...


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