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Tossed to open 8th London site after operational changes

Tossed to open 8th London site after operational changes

By Lorraine Heller

Healthy eating chain Tossed will be opening its eighth London site in September this year, while further expansion remains held back by a lack of suitable sites, says the chain’s owner, Vincent McKevitt.

Dowling launches members’ clubs chain

Dowling launches members’ clubs chain

By Mark Wingett

Frank Dowling, the entrepreneur behind Inc Group, the London-based bar and restaurant group, is launching a chain of members’ clubs under new company, the Alphabet Group.

Compass, Roux and Orrery appointments

Compass, Roux and Orrery appointments

By Lorraine Heller

Foodservice supplier Compass Group has appointed a new managing director for its Ireland division, while Roux at Parliament Square appoints and new bar manager and Marylebone’s Orrery appoints a new restaurant manager.

London voted top destination for US travellers

London voted top destination for US travellers

By Lorraine Heller

London is the top European destination for US travellers this year, although the Royal Wedding is not one of the attractions drawing the extra tourists, according to a survey by TripAdvisor.

Livebookings partners with London Restaurant Festival

Livebookings partners with London Restaurant Festival

By Becky Paskin

The London Restaurant Festival is set to return on 3 October following a new partnership with Livebookings, which is expected to extend the annual event’s marketing reach to more diners than ever.

Roux Scholarship 2011: finalists announced

Roux Scholarship 2011: finalists announced

By Lorraine Heller

Six finalists have been announced for this year’s Roux Scholarship, narrowed down from the 18 regional finalists that competed in week’s regional heats.

Soho House goes west with Pizza East

Soho House goes west with Pizza East

By Mark Wingett

Soho House Group, the bar, restaurant and private members club company owned by Richard Caring and headed by Nick Jones, has acquired a second site in London for its pizzeria concept, Pizza East.

Ask the Experts: Preparing for the 2012 Games Part I

Ask the Experts: Preparing for the 2012 Games Part I

The eyes of the world will be on the capital as London hosts global events in 2012 and in the run-up to the 2012 Games. Vince Fihosy, Director of London 2012 City Operations, tells BigHospitality readers how the hospitality sector should prepare for the...

Tapas restaurant opens second site in Charing Cross

Tapas restaurant opens second site in Charing Cross

By Lorraine Heller

The owners of the Spanish restaurant Jamon Jamon, located in London’s Camden, have purchased a new site in central London, where they plan to open a second branch next month.

Battersea Power Station development is go

Battersea Power Station development is go

By Mark Stretton

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has given the green light to a new attempt to regenerate the capital’s Battersea Power Station, this time into a £5.5bn mixed-use development with homes, office space, hotels and restaurants.

Government urged to rethink London tourism cuts

Government urged to rethink London tourism cuts

The tourism industry and the British Hospitality Association (BHA) have written to London Mayor, Boris Johnson, the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, urging them to consider the risks of funding cuts...

After hours with… Katarina Todosijevic

After hours with… Katarina Todosijevic

By Becky Paskin

Katarina Todosijevic left her small Swedish village for the bright lights of London at just 20 years old. Seven years later she is now the head chef of Searcy’s Portrait Restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery in London

YCYW 2010 regional finalists announced

YCYW 2010 regional finalists announced

By Becky Paskin

The Restaurant Association has named the 48 regional finalists in this year’s annual Young Chef Young Waiter competition 2010

Fire closes Rainer Becker's Roka restaurant

Fire closes Rainer Becker's Roka restaurant

By Chris Druce

A fire has closed Rainer Becker’s original Roka restaurant in London’s Charlotte Street, with the Soho venue not due to reopen for at least a month

S&M Café chain up for sale

S&M Café chain up for sale

By Emma Eversham

Smash Foods, operator of sausage and mash-style restaurant chain S&M Café has put the six-strong group up for sale

After hours with… Jillian MacLean

After hours with… Jillian MacLean

By Becky Paskin

Jillian MacLean launched bar and restaurant group Drake & Morgan in 2008, and is about to launch her third London site, The Anthologist,  near St. Paul's Cathedral next month

Mexican restaurant chain Chilango to expand in 2010

Mexican restaurant chain Chilango to expand in 2010

By Emma Eversham

Chilango, the fast casual Mexican restaurant chain founded by Eric Partaker and Dan Houghton, will open two more sites outside the capital this year and is planning to open a 'handful' of central London sites

Restaurant operator sought for London’s tallest building

Restaurant operator sought for London’s tallest building

By Becky Paskin

Heron International, the property group behind the Heron Tower construction in Bishopsgate, London, is seeking an operator for the tower’s Restaurant and Sky Bar, which upon completion will be the highest in London