An oasis of Italian food, wine and cocktails can be found in the heart of London’s West End, reports Mark Ludmon While the Italian food and drink at Monty’s Wine Bar & Restaurant in London’s West End is made with authentic and often traditional ingredients, it is otherwise defying convention. The warm interior by Steve …

The company behind the international bar group Experimental Cocktail Club is to open a wine bar in London this winter. Experimental Group is creating Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels Seven Dials in Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden, offering an exciting wine list alongside a lunch and dinner menu. It also operates Experimental Cocktail Club bars in …

The team behind award-winning London cocktail bar Purl are to run a six-month pop-up bar in south London. They are to open Purl At The Bedford in Balham from November 5 to April 27, bringing the unusual and eye-catching cocktails that they are well-known for. Purl in Marylebone was opened three years ago by consultancy …

Mark Ludmon reports on a “new generation of theatre bars” where cocktails and craft beers play a major role Traditionally, theatre bars have been just for downing a gin and tonic or a glass of wine during the interval crush, but now owners are investing in bars that not only stay open longer but attract …

London Fashion Week has inspired bartenders at the rooftop Vista bar at the capital’s Trafalgar Hotel to create “designer” cocktails. The limited-edition cocktails take inspiration from the hottest trends for spring/summer 2014 which will be seen on the catwalks for London’s fashion showcase from September 14 to 17. Daniel Carvalho, bar manager at Vista, said: …

Bramwell Pub Company has begun roll-out of a new drinking and casual dining concept, reports Mark Ludmon The New World is the inspiration behind a new bar and casual dining concept being rolled out by Bramwell Pub Company. Sites in Reading, Southampton and Banbury in Oxfordshire have already been converted to Wild Lime Bar & …

Investment has put Novus Leisure in a strong position as its CEO prepares to depart, reports Mark Ludmon When Steve Richards took up the helm of the newly formed Novus Leisure eight years ago, it was made up of 36 late-night bars taken on from Urbium. Since then, a mix of disposals and acquisitions such …