The Four Sisters Townhouse

Victorian hideaway The Four Sisters Townhouse has opened in the City of London, reports Mark Ludmon Tucked away down narrow cobbled streets behind St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London is The Four Sisters Townhouse. Reminiscent of a secretive Victorian gentleman’s club, it is the second bar from Andrew Green and Simon Bastable who …

The Refuge by Volta Manchester

Bar and restaurant The Refuge by Volta has opened its doors at Manchester’s Palace Hotel, reports Mark Ludmon The grand, red-brick Refuge Assurance building has been a landmark of Manchester city centre since the late 19th century. Clad in terracotta and capped by a clock tower, it stands on the corner of Oxford Street and …

Old Street Records

Rocket Leisure has opened Old Street Records, a new bar combining cocktails and live music. Interiors photography by Gareth Gardner It is six years since Tom Jackman and brothers Russell and Howard Taylor of Rocket Leisure opened their first bar together. With a background in hospitality and leisure, they created Venn Street Records, a destination …

Athenaeum Bar

Mark Ludmon visits the new bar opened at The Athenaeum under Giancarlo Mancino The Athenaeum has long been one of London’s best-known five-star hotels but, after a major refurbishment and with a new team on board, its bar is raising its status on the international cocktail scene. The beautiful 1930s Art Deco building in Piccadilly …

District House Liverpool

Know Hospitality has created a new bar and restaurant in Liverpool, reports Mark Ludmon In its heyday, Newz Bar was one of the hottest spots in Liverpool, attracting the great and the good and the not so good. After it closed two years ago, the late 19th-century building in Water Street was briefly home to …

Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar Edinburgh

Mark Ludmon drops in on the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar in Edinburgh For the past 12 years, the Georgian townhouse at 28 Queen Street in Edinburgh’s New Town has been an exclusive bolthole for members of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. After a £300,000 revamp of the building, one part of it …

Trade Union Wapping bar

The team behind Grand Union bars have unveiled new ‘retail and leisure’ concept Trade Union. Mark Ludmon reports Trade Union, a new destination in Wapping in London, has arrived heavy with great expectations. “We are pioneering a completely new retail/leisure experience,” said Adam Marshall, founder and CEO of bar group Grand Union when it was …

eneko bar

A ‘floating’ bar has opened as part of new restaurant Eneko at One Aldwych in London Renowned chef Eneko Atxa has made his mark in Spain’s Basque region with his three-Michelin-starred restaurant Azurmendi, listed as 16th in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. He has now come to the UK, unveiling a restaurant and bar, Eneko …

Red Door, Manchester

Red Door in Manchester is “changing the world one drink at a time” The first bar opened by Tim Bacon, the late co-founder of bar and restaurant groups Living Ventures and New World Trading Company, was JW Johnson’s in Manchester in 1993. Although it is long closed, the Deansgate address came back under his wing …

Shilling Brewing Co Glasgow

Glendola Leisure has created brewpub Shilling Brewing Co in Glasgow. Interior pictures by James Harris The elegant building on the corner of West George Street and West Nile Street in Glasgow has been through a number of incarnations over the years. Most recently Horton’s Bar & Kitchen, the grade B-listed 1920s premises were previously home …