Poetic justice: Scotland Yard becomes London’s newest luxury hotel

Dublin-born chef Robin Gill is bringing old-school culinary charm to the former Met Police HQ Seven o’clock at London’s Great Scotland Yard Hotel. A gathering at The 40 Elephants cocktail bar is in full swing. Plates of canapés rush past, stacked high with slices of truffle cheese toast. A chandelier made from broken glass – a nod to the all-female gang of shoplifters the bar is named after – clinks over the rabble.  There’s a rich history here, one that dates back to 997, when part of the site was gifted to Kenneth III, king of…

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UK cinema conference pulls focus to growth, and reaching new audiences

The UK Cinema Association has announced plans for its 2020 annual conference, ‘Audiences – growing the big screen experience‘, to be held on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 March at Picturehouse Central, Piccadilly, London. The event will explore different facets of audience development, including specific audience subsections, such a young people, people with disabilities and people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. ”While the UK cinema sector continues to thrive, there is always more that can be done to reach out to new audiences, and to encourage current cinema-goers to see…

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Global retail report examines sustainability, retail tech and consumer fears

Every year, retailers look for new ways to increase customer engagement and efficiency throughout the shopping experience. Fast and reliable shipping, an efficient checkout process, and an overall-enjoyable shopping experience are no longer nice-to-haves for retailers – they are obligations to the customer. Customer expectations increase every year thanks to “liquidation of demand” (essentially, the expectation that all companies offer a similar level of technology in their consumer experience – such as Uber’s real-time, to-the-minute location tracking or Starbucks’ ability to remember and prepare your usual order in advance of…

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