Josh Katz (r) is opening Berber&Q with Mattia Bianchi (l)

Josh Katz to launch Berber & Q in spring 2015

By Carina Perkins

Former Ottolenghi chef Josh Katz will open his first restaurant in Haggerston next spring – a Middle Eastern and North African grill house inspired by his travels across London, Marrakesh, Istanbul, Tel Aviv and New York.

The finalists will compete in front of a panel of judges

Gold Service Scholarship 2015: finalists revealed

By Lauren Houghton

The eight finalists for this year’s Gold Service Scholarship have been revealed ahead of the national final, which will take place at The Connaught in London’s Mayfair on 2 February 2015.

Bankers addressed hoteliers at the Henry Stewart ‘Finance for hotel investment and development in the UK and continental Europe’ conference

Bankers tell hoteliers how to get their support

By Melodie Michel

Senior bankers from Lloyds, HSBC and Barclays spoke to hoteliers about the state of bank participation in the sector and the things they look for in loan applications at the Henry Stewart ‘Finance for hotel investment and development in the UK and continental...

Dishoom founder and owner Shamil Thakrar

First look: Dishoom King's Cross

By Melodie Michel

Dishoom King's Cross opens today (20 November) on Stable Street, just off Granary Square. BigHospitality talks to owner Shamil Thakrar about the concept, the unique venue, and the Bombay Cafe's philosophy.

The new Chop'd will be the tenth London site

Chop’d to open tenth London site

By Lauren Houghton

Grab-and-go concept Chop’d will open its tenth London site in Moorgate’s landmark CityPoint building early this December. 

Taylor St Baristas has already raised a quarter of its target

Taylor St Baristas to double business size

By Melodie Michel

Taylor St Baristas is hoping to raise between £1.5m and £3m through a mini-bond on Crowdcube to double the number of its venues in the next two years.

VQ diner in Bloomsbury

VQ 24-hour diner plans roll-out

By Lauren Houghton

24-hour café and diner VQ will expand throughout London and the rest of the UK since securing new funding after its rebrand.  

FRHI is 'aggressively' looking for a UK site for its Swissôtel brand

FRHI eyes UK Swissôtel and Fairmont expansion

By Melodie Michel

Canadian hotel company FRHI, which owns the international Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel brands, has ambitions to expand its visibility in London, BigHospitality has learnt.

Hache is exploring the idea of private equity involvement to fund its expansion plans

Hache reveals UK and overseas expansion aims

By John Harrington

Hache Burger, the family-run gourmet burger concept, is targeting up to five openings per year and possibly a launch in France or even the US, according to BigHospitality's sister publication M&C report.


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