AIM-listed bar owner expands to open Nightcap’s new London Cocktail Club

Bar chain owner Nightcap is to open a new London Cocktail Club site in the heart of the City in the latest vote of confidence in the Square Mile’s night-time economy. The 1,500 sq ft bar will open later this year at 78 Queen Victoria Street and serve until 1am. Nightcap co-founder and former Dragon’s Den star, Sarah Willingham, said: “Since the lifting of the Covid restrictions we have been impressed with the strong trading at all of our City sites in London. “I am therefore delighted to announce the…

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Preston’s Animate sparked into life by funding deal

The city council is to contribute £33m of the £40m required for the cinema and leisure scheme, to be delivered by Maple Grove Developments.  Yesterday, councillors signed off a funding agreement for the development, called Animate, marking a key milestone for the project ahead of the submission of a planning application in October.  Under the terms of the deal, around £3.5m for the project will come from Preston’s £20.9m Towns Deal award, and a further £3.25m will be from the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.  The land and…

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Brewdog’s Doghouse Hotel opens this week in Manchester

The craft beer business is to open its Doghouse Hotel Manchester at Bruntwood Works’ Bloc building on 13 August. Brewdog secured planning consent in February for the project, which will bring an 18-bedroom hotel and bar to the Fountain Street-facing podium part of Bloc, as the 15-storey Lowry House has been re-branded. The hotel is the company’s first in England and fourth overall, behind two in the US and one in Aberdeen. The hotel will feature in-room beer taps and shower beers, while the hotel is billed as carbon-negative. Bloc…

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