Bar operator Novus Leisure has relaunched its Late Night London website to give a further boost to event and party bookings at its venues in the capital. Designed as a lifestyle website, it offers magazine-style features from top bloggers alongside enhanced tools for consumers to research and book at the company’s 40 London bars and …

Scottish brewer BrewDog has opened its largest craft beer bar to date in west London – and has pledged to open its first site in south London soon. BrewDog in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, boasts 40 beers on draught and has been described by co-founder James Watt as a “mother****ing cathedral for craft beer”. It …

The team behind the long-established Big Easy Bar-B-Q & Crabshack in Chelsea are opening a second restaurant in London’s West End featuring a cocktail bar. The new Big Easy restaurant and bar will open in Maiden Lane in Covent Garden in February next year, covering 10,000 square feet over three floors. It will serve American-style …

Roll-out of The Craft Beer Co bars is to reach five sites with the opening next month of the company’s fifth site in Clapham, south London. It is turning the former Manor Arms pub in Clapham Manor Street into a craft beer bar offering over 30 beers on draught plus more craft beers from around …

The team behind Manchester bars such as Hula and Walrus are to open a new “speakeasy” bar in the city’s Northern Quarter. The opening weekend for The Fitzgerald, down a back alley off 11 Stevenson Square, has been announced for November 29 and 30, open from 7pm to 2am. The bar, named after The Great …

Stonegate Pub Company is continuing its programme of opening new Slug and Lettuce bars with the launch of a new site near Tower Bridge in London. It has invested £370,000 in the unit in St Katharine Docks, creating 10 new jobs, after taking over what was formerly a branch of The Living Room and previously …

The team behind The Rum Kitchen, the Caribbean restaurant and bar in London’s Notting Hill (pictured), are preparing to launch a second site in December. Alex Potter, Jonny Boud, Stevie Thomas and Fraser Shipsides are officially due to open The Rum Kitchen in Kingly Court, close to Carnaby Street in Soho, on December 4. They …

Bar and restaurant group TGI Friday’s is celebrating after gaining a perfect rating of five points in the National Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme across all 60 of its UK sites. Announcing the achievement, the operator pointed out that the ratings placed all of Friday’s venues “significantly higher” than renowned London restaurants including The Ivy, Nobu …

Brewer Bath Ales is growing portfolio of bars, pubs and restaurants by taking over the café bar and restaurant at Colston Hall concert venue in Bristol. After taking over the Café Bar in the hall’s foyer area this week, it will carry out a refurbishment at the start of 2014. The 300-capacity bar is not …

A nightclub in Nottingham’s Lace Market has won a later licence despite objections from local residents and being in a saturation zone. Bar BZR in St Mary’s Gate has been given permission to extend its licenseable activities by half an hour so alcohol may now be served from 10pm to 2.30am Sundays to Thursdays and …