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A look ahead at some of the highlights of this year’s London Cocktail Week London Cocktail Week is back with a bang for 2018. Now in its ninth year, the UK’s largest drinks festival is set to take over the capital from 1 to 7 October with an exhilarating celebration of cocktail culture, featuring pop-up …

Nine Lives Bar owners

The founders of leading drinks agency Sweet&Chilli are to open their own bar, Nine Lives, promising “sublime cocktails, warm welcomes and a killer soundtrack”. Allan Gage, Emma “Hutch” Hutchison and Tom Soden (pictured) are setting up their new venture in a Victorian basement in Holyrood Street, off Bermondsey Street near London Bridge, taking inspiration from …

Revolution Bars party booking

Revolution Bars Group is continuing its focus on pre-bookings by creating the new position of sales director. The company, which operates 67 sites under the Revolution and Revolución de Cuba brands, has appointed Kate Eastwood to the role. She was previously director of business development. She will be responsible for driving future sales growth and …

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The former chief financial officer of Walkabout operator Intertain has stepped in to the same role on a temporary basis at Revolution Bars Group. Mike Foster will be interim chief financial officer while the Revolution bars operator seeks a permanent replacement for Chris Chambers who is stepping down from the board at the end of …

A new online delivery service has been launched specialising in supplying fresh fruit, vegetables and juices to bars across London. Promising a rate that is on average at least 10% less expensive than competitors, Squish has been set up by a team with a background in the bar and drinks industry. The company will have …

Brewer and bar operator BrewDog has closed its latest crowd-funding scheme early after raising its target of £4.25million a month before the deadline. It launched the Equity for Punks scheme in June, aiming to raise £4million by January 22, but increased the target by £250,000 in November because of demand. The money will be used …

Leading artist and caricaturist Gerald Scarfe (pictured) is lending his name and work to the bar at new hotel Rosewood London in Holborn. The bar at the luxury hotel, which opened in October, has been renamed Scarfes Bar after the cartoonist spent several months there drawing inspiration from the atmosphere and interior design. The collaboration …

Marriott International has revealed more details of its new stand-alone restaurant and bar Lanes of London which is due to officially open at its Park Lane hotel in January. With a soft opening planned for the end of December, the bar will offer “an intimate space and relaxed atmosphere” for cocktails plus premium spirits and …

The team behind two late-night bars in the City of London have taken on the site of a former pub in Farringdon that has a licence to 3am. After the success of Yager Bar (pictured) near St Paul’s and Gilt Bar next to Fenchurch Street station, operator Establishment HM has bought the closed-down premises of …

The Bon Vivant in Edinburgh has teamed up with Campari to launch the world’s first system for producing a solera-aged Negroni. A series of oak barrels, engraved with the Italian brand’s name, has been installed at the bar, linked by pipes to create a continuous method to oak-age and mix the classic gin, vermouth and …