40 Elephants bar at Scotland Yard

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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Oracle Bar, Leeds

Leeds waterfront venue set for mixed use redevelopment

A popular bar and nightclub on Leeds’ waterfront will close next month with the property set to be redeveloped. Oracle Bar and Nightclub at Brewery Wharf will officially close its doors on 1 February when its lease comes to an end. Rushbond, the original developer of the Brewery Wharf estate, is planning a mixed-use redevelopment of the building. The first-floor nightclub area will be turned into a creative office space, with the developer planning an “exciting new concept” for the bar and waterfront terrace. Planning permission has already been secured…

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CGI of the planned Chalk Yard pub

Ebbsfleet pub development in “landmark building” gets green light

The Chalk Yard is named after the mining history of the area Plans for a new pub development in Ebbsfleet Garden City have been given the go-ahead, according to the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation. The new Shepherd Neame site will be situated in the Castle Hill area of the development, and will be named The Chalk Yard after the area’s steep mining history. The new site will also feature 17 individually designed rooms, as well as a function room for meetings and events.  Ebbsfleet Development Corporation’s Chief Planning Officer Mark Pullin said: “This…

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