East End boy Gerry Calabrese, owner of the Hoxton Pony, has just launched INK with Professor Green in Leicester Square

Gerry Calabrese: Career Profile

By Emma Eversham

Gerry Calabrese may be the son of world-famous bartender Salvatore Calabrese, but he has firmly made his own mark on London's bar and club scene, opening The Hoxton Pony in Shoreditch in 2008, before heading outside of his East End heartland to launch...

Shimmy, a new bar and club run by LoveBrunch founders Deji Carr and Hugo Heathcote, will open on the former Cherryjam site in Notting Hill in October

Notting Hill nightclub Cherryjam to re-open as Shimmy

By Emma Eversham

Former Notting Hill nightclub Cherryjam will re-open in October as Shimmy with LoveBrunch duo Hugo Heathcote and Deji Carr hoping to take the venue 'back to its legendary musical roots of the noughties'. 

Oceana Bristol will be the first to adopt the Pryzm branding when it re-opens at the beginning of September

Luminar to rebrand Oceana nightclubs as ‘Pryzm’

By Luke Nicholls

Nightclub giant Luminar is undergoing a major rebranding and refurbishment of its 10 Oceana venues across the UK, which will see them renamed Pryzm to reflect the multi-characteristics of the new format. 

Disco nightclub will feature choreographed routines from dancers and retro televisions beaming out music videos

Disco nightclub opens in Soho

By Luke Nicholls

The team behind a number of successful London bars and nightclubs including Barts and Bunga Bunga have brought ‘70s Manhattan’ to Soho with the launch of underground nightclub, Disco.

Luminar manages a branded estate of over 70 nightclubs and bars throughout the UK

Luminar given new licence conditions for Oceana Kingston

By Luke Nicholls

Bar and nightclub owner Luminar has been allowed to continue trading one of its largest venues in Kingston under a new set of licence conditions after the fatal stabbing of a 20-year-old clubber last year.

Discount disco: According to Mintel's Nightclubs report, reducing entry fees at non-peak times is doing nothing to invigorate the sector

Discounted entry fees fail to push up nightclub visits

By Emma Eversham

Offering discounted entry is failing to push up visitor numbers to nightclubs according to a report by Mintel which forecasts the value of the sector to drop by a further £200m to £1.1bn by 2017.

The group led by Peter Marks has bought Luminar's remaining sites out of administration, safeguarding 3,000 jobs

Luminar saved from administration by former MD Peter Marks

By Mark Wingett

A new group led by industry veteran Peter Marks, who was formerly chief executive at Brook leisure and Sports Café, has completed the acquisition of nightclub operator Luminar out of administration in deal worth around £45m.


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