Urban Leisure Group announces plans for new bars


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Urban Leisure Group has announced plans to open more bars in London after reporting a strong rise in sales for December.

It is to open a third venue under the name of The Alice House in Upper Richmond Road in Putney East after the success of the first in Queen’s Park and West Hampstead (pictured). The concept combines creative cocktails, craft beer and relaxed dining in vintage chic interiors.

It is also planning to open a new site focused on gin in Hackney Wick and also to take the company’s “love affair with the ‘70s to the next level” with the newly acquired wine bar La Brocca in West Hampstead.

The announcements follow this month’s sale of its brasserie and bar Central & Co in Great Marlborough Street in Soho to an overseas operator that plans to launch a burger concept.

For the past year, the site’s basement was operated as cocktail bar The Cocktail Trading Company Development Bar & Table by Andy Mil, Elliot Ball and Olly Brading who are now opening a new site in Brick Lane.

Urban Leisure Group, which operates eight bars and restaurants, has reported that it has enjoyed impressive growth over the last few years. In December 2015, like-for-like sales were up 15.8%.

It is due to launch Heist Bank, serving wood-fired pizza, local beer and fresh flowers, in Paddington in late February or early March. The bar and restaurant in North Wharf Road is being created in a former commercial space with Woolf Interior Architecture & Design.

The group’s most recent opening was Coin Laundry in December, bringing 1970s-inspired cuisine and cocktails to Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell.

With the four openings planned for 2016, it has launched a renewed recruitment drive. Its other sites are gin-focused cocktail bar Graphic in Soho, The Elgin in Maida Vale, The Gallery in West Hampstead and Ask For Janice in Smithfield.

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