TGI Fridays owner Hostmore shutters another cocktail bar amid sales slump

TGI Fridays owner Hostmore said sales fell this year and confirmed the closure of another cocktail bar just three years after its launch. 

The business behind the American style diner said its two remaining 63rd 63rd + 1st site in Scotland would close at the end of the month. 

It follows the closure of two other venues across the UK after the group struggled to keep the bar and restaurant afloat. 

The business launched the spin off in 2021 and it offered a slightly more refined dining experience compared to TGI Fridays. 

It comes as the publicly listed chain unveiled a 10 per cent decline in sales over the 20 weeks to May but continues to perform ahead of 2023, with the first four months to the end of April higher by £3.3m. 

The firm currently operates 89 TGI Fridays across the UK and employs approximately 4,380 staff.

Hostmore said the removal of the sites would help improve its earnings for the year ahead. 

In April, the firm agreed to a £177m all-share takeover of the US based TGI Fridays, Inc. 

The agreement will lead to Hostmore shareholders holding a 36 per cent stake in the enlarged business with TGI Fridays shareholders having 64 per cent.

At the time, Stephen Welker, chairman of Hostmore, said the deal “would reunite two businesses that are a natural fit, and were one business until as recently as 2014″.

“Hostmore has made good progress in executing its turnaround strategy over the past year by reducing costs, revising our capital allocation policy to focus on debt  repayment and shareholder distributions.

“This acquisition would give us the scale and flexibility to accelerate our existing strategy and enhance the financial outlook for Hostmore and scope for shareholder returns, while also strengthening our ability to provide an exceptional guest experience by harnessing our distinctive, trusted brand as the home of celebrations.”

Harley-Davidson sues Next over alleged rip off its biker label

Harley-Davidson is suing Next in London’s High Court over claims one of the retailer’s T-shirts has ripped off its logo. 

The US motorcycle maker has alleged the children’s garment, which features biker angel wings and, infringes on its trademark, a report in the Financial Times said. 

In a lawsuit filed last month, the company said the piece “essentially replicates” the outline of its logo and also features “graphic material and text which is . . . commonly seen in the context of a motorcycle-based branding and more specifically the claimants’ branding”.

Harley-Davidon said the FTSE 100’s design “gives rise to a likelihood of confusion on the part of the relevant average consumer”. 

The children’s garment, available aged three to 16 years, retails for between £6 to £8.50, according to Next’s website. 

According to the outlet, Harley-Davidson is seeking a declaration from the court that “Next has infringed its trademarks and an order that it destroy “all infringing materials”. It did not quantify damages.

City A.M. has contacted Next and Harley Davidson for comment. 

Next is one of the UK’s biggest fashion brands, which owns both an own-label clothing range and several third-party brands. 

Harley-Davidson, which was first founded in 1903 and is best known for manufacturing motorcycles, has in recent years launched a range of casual clothing. 

Alongside motorcycle gear, it sells both womens and mens jackets and t-shirts and trousers for everyday wear. 

A tank top retails for £49, while a jacket costs upwards of £200. 

It has won a number of trademark battles in recent years. In its recent annual report it said it has a “a vigorous worldwide program of trademark registration and enforcement to maintain and strengthen the value of the trademarks and prevent the unauthorised use [of them]”.

Pubs with rooms drive up revenues at London and south west pub group

Pub owner Liberation Group has revealed “record” sales for the year, helped by growing demand for its accommodation services. 

The hospitality business, which has over 130 pubs and inns across the UK, said revenue rose 20 per cent on last year’s figure to £144m. 

Sales in its accommodation offering also grew 11.6 per cent, helped by the launch of Butcombe Boutique Inns. 

Jonathan Lawson, chief of Liberation Group, said that 2023 was a “standout” year for the business, and set sights on expanding its room offering by 300. 

“We should remind ourselves that in 2016 we only had 10 rooms and now we have over 400, with the potential to achieve 700 in the existing estate as our accommodation offering increasingly forms a substantial lever for our overall managed business,” he said. 

“This performance is undoubtedly a differentiator for our group when we look at the wider performance across the sector.”

The business, which has venues across London and the the south west, also noted growth in the breakfast and brunch market as it is a cheaper way to dine. 

Liberation said: “Market data shows that over half (55 per cent ) of British adults are dining out for breakfast at least twice a month, whilst a quarter of us (25 per cent) go out for breakfast every week as it is increasingly seen as a more affordable way to treat family and friends.”

“We are witnessing a growing opportunity in the breakfast and brunch market and will continue to develop this offering in our estate of 42 inns and other selected locations.”

The firm, which is owned by Caledonia Private Capital, said it made a “solid start” to the new financial year. 

Like-for-like sales across its managed pubs in the 13 weeks ended 27 April 2024 were up 6.5 per cent, 

The pubs it acquired from Cirrus Inns in 2022, performed the strongest up 10.4 per cent on a like-for-like basis.

Coffee Wars: Inside the race to become London’s number one chain

Coffee has played a vital role in reviving Brits for centuries. Despite feeling like a relatively new phenomenon, the first record of a coffee house in England dates back to 1652 and was said to be opened by a Turkish Man named Jacob in Oxfordshire. 

In the same year, London also welcomed its first coffee shop, launched by a Greek man called Pasqua Rosee at St Michael’s Alley, Cornhill. Historians have argued that the coffee of this time period was not very palatable. However, its energising effect was enough to get the public hooked. 

These ancient coffee houses also played a vital role in forming some of the capital’s most iconic businesses. 

The London Stock Exchange had its beginnings at Jonathan’s Coffee House where the City’s forefathers would meet and set commodity prices. Lloyd’s of London also had its origins in Lloyd’s Coffee House on Lombard Street. 

‘It’s part of the fabric of society now, it’s not going away’ 

Fast forward to the 21st century, and coffee is now a multi-million pound industry in the UK. There are currently over 10,199 branded coffee shops open across Britain, and it is expected the figure will outpace the number of pubs by 2030. 

Jeffrey Young, founder and chief executive of Allegra, a business insight firm following coffee trends, told City A.M. consumer demand for high quality coffee seems to be “ever increasing”. 

“[Coffee Shops] are part of the fabric of society now. It’s not going away,” he said. 

It has been forecast the total branded coffee shop market will exceed 10,500 outlets by January 2025, and more than 11,600 by January 2029. 

Research by Allegra found the branded coffee industry grew 9.2 per cent in the 12 months to January and is now worth a whopping £5.3bn. 

Today’s market is dominated by three major players, Costa Coffee, Greggs and Starbucks. The latter pair were responsible for 73 per cent of the 353 stores added to market in that time period. 

However, Costa Coffee remains the UK’s largest branded coffee chain, holding a 26 per cent share of the market with 2,677 stores, having closed a total of 17 sites over the last year. 

Alex Chatterton, an analyst at Panmure Gordon said the “price point” is what makes coffee shops such an attractive business model. 

“At Gregg’s you can get a breakfast for three pounds compared to say, a meal in Wagamama or something like that, where you’re paying £15 pounds,” he said. 

But Chatteron said competition in the market remains fierce as more and more businesses battle it out to become the number one coffee spot. 

High street hero Pret A Manger, which now has close to 500 sites across the whole of the UK, has been regarded as one of the most successful coffee chains in the last decade. 

Its decision to launch a subscription service, charging £30 a month for five free hot drinks a day and 20 per cent off food, was an overnight success and is used by over 1.25m customers every week. 

However, the company cracked down on subscribers sharing memberships to save costs, and in recent years, it has faced backlash on social media for its pricey cheese and pickle baguettes and lacklustre brews. 

Chatterton, said yummy-mummy favourite Gail’s is taking some of the market share away from Pret, given they both run at a similar price point. 

Gail’s, chaired by hospitality juggernaut Luke Johnson, has grown rapidly in recent years. It currently has just 100 stores across the UK, and it plans to open around 35 more this year. 

“I would say they are taking share away from Pret, given the price points. Gails looks to be the big disrupter within the coffee shop market,” Chesterton said. 

“Very few people are going to be the next Starbucks, if any at all,” Young added. 

“The one thing that’s happening is we’re gonna get more [of these] branded chains. These chains are getting tighter, smarter, more automated and they’re able to survive.”

Starbucks has already outlined a pipeline of 100 new stores across the UK this year, after it launched a similar scheme the year before. It currently has 1,100 sites across the UK. 

Market share of UK coffee shops as of January 2024

A changing landscape

To remain attractive to customers, brands are ramping up their food offerings and opening in locations other than the high street, such as drive-thru sites. 

Costa, Starbucks and Tim Hortons all grew their drive-thru presence over the last 12 months to collectively hold a 93 per cent share of the 801-site UK drive-thru coffee market.   

Roughly a third of Starbucks sales come from drive-thru transactions, as the method continues to prove popular with customers. 

It is a market steak bake maker Greggs has been keen to tap into. The business currently has 30 sites across the UK, after launching in Manchester back in 2017, and plans to open a further eight to 10 locations over the next year. 

Tony Rowson, property director at Greggs, told City A.M.:  “Drive-thrus are a key part of our ongoing expansion strategy throughout the UK.

“These sites enable us to cater to diverse customer preferences, whether they prefer the convenience of staying in their vehicles, walking into our shops, or ordering from home through one of our delivery partners.”

He added: “Our objective is to make our great value, tasty, and high-quality products accessible to a broader audience, and drive-thrus play a crucial role in achieving this goal.”

“We’re delighted to have reached a key milestone in our drive-thru expansion strategy with the recent opening of our 30th drive-thru site, and we foresee numerous opportunities to further extend our footprint with this format across the UK.”

Greggs, which has over 2,500 stores across the UK is one of the most successful cafe brands across England. 

Analysts at Panmure Gordon previously estimated almost £2 of every £100 spent in UK hospitality is going to Greggs – up from previous figure of £1.60. 

“We assumed that Greggs’ market share of the total-food-to-go sector was c.6 per cent in 2021. We believe Greggs can double its market share from this by 2026/2027,” a note read.

The no-frills bakery chain also has plans to open between 140 and 160 net sites this year. 

Sales across its 2,000 stores were up 13.7 per cent in the full year, which the business credited to partnerships with Uber Eats and late-night trading. 

Price increases 

The coffee market has remained resilient despite a downturn in the wider hospitality sector. 

Pubs and restaurants have been among the hardest-hit businesses by the cost-of-living crisis, as the public scales back on nights out on the town or fancy meals. 

However, small luxuries such as cappuccinos have appeared to remain in demand despite coffee prices having doubled in the last few years. The average cost of coffee now costs £3.51, up 8.7 per cent in the last year. 

Young said punters can probably expect to see further increases in the coming years due to changes in the national living wage and pressures on the coffee trade. 

He said: “Coffee is not the only component in a coffee shop costs, you’ve got electricity and gas price rises. 

“Prices will probably need to go up a little bit to sustain the livelihoods of the businesses and the coffee farmers.”

Uncool Britannia: What is going wrong at Dr Martens, Burberry and Mulberry?

This week proved to be another challenging day for British heritage brands, with Dr Martens revealing a plummet in annual profits largely due to dwindling demand from US shoppers. 

The iconic boot maker said it doesn’t expect to see recovery in its US market until the autumn seasons of 2025 and revealed it would cut up £25m in costs to help counter declining sales. 

America is one of the business’s biggest markets, but it has faced a number of challenges in the region, including the hangover from bottleneck issues in its Los Angeles warehouse. 

In the country, revenue declined 24 per cent to £325m due to shoppers holding off on buying the pricey shoes and issues with wholesale. 

Across the whole of the group, profit before tax fell by 42 per cent on last year’s figure to £97.2m, while revenue slipped 12 per cent to £887m. It is a hefty drop from last year when it broke the £1bn barrier for the first time.

Farewell party

Dr Martens – which went public three years ago in a £3.5bn float – is also in the slow process of bidding farewell to chief Kenny Wilson. 

The Aberdonian will step down after six years next April and be replaced by the business’s chief brand officer, Ije Nwokorie. 

Incoming chief Ije Nwokorie.

Creative, Nwokorie – who initially joined as a non-executive director- is currently shaking up the brands marketing efforts in his last run as CBO. 

Dr Martens board said: “Under the direction of Ije Nwokorie, we are shifting our marketing efforts globally from storytelling focused on culture to a relentless focus on product marketing.

“Our AW24 marketing will lead and be dominated by boots and the marketing organisation has been reorganised to product-led marketing, centred around icons.”

The trading update put a ribbon on what has been a challenging year for the company, which was littered with profit warnings and calls from an activist investor to sell the company. 

Jonathan DeMello, founder of JDM Retail, told City A.M. ‘Dr Martens’ results are very disappointing indeed – though not unexpected. Their profits have been impacted by a downturn in US wholesale performance, which led to their CEO deciding to step down a few months ago. 

“As a brand they are reliant on the brand equity they have generated in order to stand out from the crowd – particularly via wholesale – but in the US they have significant competition for consumer ‘share of voice.’ 

“Their DTC strategy of branded physical stores – which as a channel now accounts for over 60 per cent of sales – should help build brand equity in the long term, alongside increased marketing specifically in the US.”

Pressure on UK luxury

The plight of Dr Martens mirrors that of other renowned British brands such as Burberry and Mulberry. 

Unlike brands such as Hermes – which have outstripped rivals thanks to its recession-immune and Birkin Bag obsessed client base – Burberry’s accessibility has meant many of its customers are feeling the squeeze. 

Shares in the tartan scarf maker have more than halved in the past year, leaving the stock price back near the lows plumbed during the early stages of the pandemic.

The business is currently undergoing a transformation which will focus on Burberry positioning itself as a ‘Modern British Luxury brand’. 

Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell, said:  Burberry’s shares trade at their lowest level in more than a decade, thanks to a string of profit warnings and earnings disappointments. 

“The uncertain economic outlook in China is not helping here and the luxury goods industry overall is struggling to maintain the growth rates seen in the early part of this decade, especially as the combination of increased prices and the squeeze on consumers’ spending power from inflation may be pricing out more aspirational buyers of such products.”

He added: “Burberry’s shares are now valued at a huge discount relative to global peers such as Hermès, LMVH and Richemont and any sign of an upturn in trading could revive interest in the downtrodden shares.”

Trench coat inflation

Over 10 years ago, a trench coat at Burberry cost around £600, making it an accessible buy for the middle classes. 

The coveted jacket now retails for upwards of a grand, leaving it out of reach and unjustifiable for many shoppers. 

But that is not to say consumers won’t splurge. Parka brand Canada Goose has had little trouble shifting its £1,200 winter jackets, thanks to its appeal amongst young teenagers. 

The same goes for Mulberry, the 50-year old UK designer best known for its handbags. Its full year revenue fell by four per cent in the full year due to “challenging” trading conditions for designers. 

The company’s share price is also down around 30 per cent in the last year, as investors remain cautious about the brand. 

A recent study by wealth management firm Saltus showed 16.29 per cent of cash rich Brits had cut down on their personal spending due to financial pressures. 

Mike Stimpson, partner at Saltus, said: “While this reduction is not limited entirely to personal spending on luxury items, it is inevitable that brands like Burberry feel the impact, although different businesses will clearly respond differently to these pressures.” 

Amazon ramps up presence in takeaway market with Grubhub partnership

Amazon customers in the US can now order takeaway deliveries from Grubhub without leaving the tech giant’s app. 

The state side deal is part of a deepening relationship between the tech giant and Grubhub, which is a subsidiary of Dutch owned JustEat. 

Amazon customers in the US will have access to hundreds of thousands of restaurants in all 50 states with Grubhub directly on Amazon.com and in the Amazon Shopping app. 

Additionally, as long as a customer remains an Amazon Prime member, they will receive a free ongoing Grubhub+ membership worth $120 (£94)  a year, without automatically renewing into a paid Grubhub+ membership. 

The Jeff Bezos backed business has held a three per cent stake in Grubhub since 2022, but said this may increase to 10 per cent if the company reaches certain performance targets, such as increases in the number of customers. 

Amazon once ran a delivery service similar to Deliveroo and Just Eat, but shuttered the business as it turned its focus to its physical, cashier-less supermarkets.

Just Eat has continued to perform well in the UK and Irish markets, but its American arm has lagged behind. 

In the first quarter of 2024, Gross transaction value (GTV) dropped two per cent to €6.55bn (£5.58bn) as North America, Southern Europe and ANZ regions all underperformed.

Nightcap ‘disappointed’ and ‘unaware’ Revolution takeover could not be delivered

The board of Nightcap said it was disappointed its takeover offer for struggling Revolution Bars was rejected and that it was unaware the deal was “incapable of being delivered.” 

The statement followed a press release from London-listed Revolution on Tuesday, which said there were “a number of challenges to the delivery” of the Nightcap Proposal, and it described the deal as “highly conditional”. 

The owner of Barrio and Blame Gloria chains put forward an offer for the ailing business on 17 May, but it was ultimately turned down. 

Commenting at the time, Revolution said: “Following legal advice, the board has concluded that the Nightcap Proposal is incapable of being delivered, which was communicated to Nightcap last week. 

“There were a number of challenges to the delivery of the Nightcap Proposal, which was a highly conditional proposal and which was subject to multiple equity fundraisings by Nightcap, assumptions regarding the support of the company’s and Nightcap’s respective lenders, material due diligence, as well as significant time, material cost and potential untested legal and procedural issues”.

However, Nightcap—which wanted to merge the two businesses—said it received legal advice at “no point” suggesting that the non-binding proposal could not be delivered. 

“The non-binding proposal did not include a fixed fundraising amount as Nightcap did not receive detailed financial information to help identify the cash requirements of Revolution Bars and the enlarged business until 21 May 2024,” it said.

“The board of Nightcap believes that the Possible Offer, if it had been implemented, would have seen Revolution Bars’ highly dilutive £12.5m fundraising (announced on 10 April 2024) replaced by a merger of the two businesses, allowing for Revolution Bars’ shareholders to suffer less dilution and achieve more value from their investment.”

Revolution raised £12.5m in emergency funding to stay afloat earlier this year. 

It follows what has been a challenging few months for the hospitality business, which buckled under the pressure of customers spending less on nights out. 

Up to £3m of the investment is being funded by former Pizza Express and Channel 4 chairman Luke Johnson, while another £3m is coming from the German-owned Robus Recovery Fund II and £3.5m from three existing shareholders. 

Nightcap added: “Nightcap respects that the board of Revolution Bars wish to pursue a different outcome and as a result Nightcap today confirms that it does not intend to make an offer for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Revolution Bars.”

City A.M. has contacted Revolution for a comment.

Dr Martens: Profit dives as boot maker continues to feel the pain from lagging US market

Iconic British boot maker Dr Martens has reported a 42.9 per cent decline in profit before tax for its year to 31 March.

On Thursday, the 60-year-old brand blamed weak consumer demand in the US for the puncture in its earnings. 

America is one of the business’s biggest markets, but it has faced a number of challenges in the region, including the hangover from bottleneck issues in its Los Angeles warehouse. 

In the country, revenue declined 24 per cent to £325m due to shoppers holding off on buying the pricey shoes and issues with wholesale. 

Dr Martens said it doesn’t expect to see recovery in its US market until the autumn seasons of 2025. 

Across the whole of the group, profit before tax fell by 42 per cent on last year’s figure to £97.2m, while revenue slipped 12 per cent to £887m. 

It is a hefty drop from last year when it broke the £1bn barrier for the first time.

It comes as the departure of chief Kenny Wilson looms over the company. 

The Aberdonian will step down after six years and be replaced by the business’s chief brand officer, Ije Nwokorie.

Nwokorie – who joined as a non-executive director- will now be tasked with steering the ship. 

WIlson said: “Our FY24 results were as expected and reflect continued weak USA consumer demand. This particularly impacted our USA wholesale business and offset our group DTC performance, where pairs grew by seven per cent. We have achieved robust performances in EMEA and APAC, and our supply chain strategy continues to deliver good savings.”

“We are clear that we need to drive demand in the USA to return to growth in FY26 onwards and are executing a detailed plan to achieve this, with refocused and increased USA marketing investment in the year ahead. 

He added: “We are also announcing a cost action plan across the group, targeting savings of £20m to £25m. I am confident that the actions we are taking as we enter this year of transition will put us in good shape for the years ahead.”

Shares in the company rose by over five per cent in early trade.

Adam Vettese, analyst at investment platform eToro, said: “This has been another update that makes grim reading for Dr Martens, with revenues declining and US sales once again a weak spot. The firm has announced a raft of cost cutting measures and it seems they do need to pull themselves up by the bootstraps to get out of this financial quagmire.

“The new CFO is targeting savings of £20-25m news of which is being well received by the market this morning. This morning’s bid however is a drop in the ocean, given that the shares have pretty much been on the decline since the IPO in 2021.”

He added: “Consumers have been under pressure in this higher inflation environment and with their punchy ticket price, a pair of Docs is probably one of the first luxuries to make way. The numbers would back this up.”

Supply of houses reaches highest level in eight years as sellers remain confident ahead of general election

The amount of houses for sale is at its highest in eight years, according to a new report, but this could lead to house prices remaining flat for the remainder of 2024.

Property portal Zoopla said the supply of homes for sale is 20 per cent higher than this time last year, with £230bn worth of properties on the market. Housing sales were also up 13 per cent. 

Its monthly report showed UK housing inflation cooled to -0.1 per cent, resulting in the average price of a home sitting at £264k. 

In London, house price inflation reached -0.8 per cent to £526k, remaining the most expensive place to buy across Britain. 

The capital has seen a slower rebound in the stock of homes for sale than the rest of the UK, up nine per cent over the year. 

However, the city has the highest value of homes for sale at £79bn or one-third of the UK total. This is 30 per cent higher than a year ago

Richard Donnell, executive director at Zoopla said: “The growth in the supply of homes for sale is evidence of renewed confidence amongst homeowners, some of whom delayed moving decisions in 2023. 

“The quarterly rate of house price inflation has picked up in recent months as more sales are agreed and prices firm.”

He added: “The announcement of the election will slow the pace at which new sales are agreed while greater choice for buyers will keep house prices in check over 2024. 

“It’s essential that those serious about moving in 2024 price their homes realistically if they want to achieve a sale.”

In six weeks, voters will be asked to choose between conservative leader Rishi Sunak and Labour’s Keir Stamer as the country’s head of state. 

Zoopla said the “general election in early July is expected to have a modest impact on housing market activity”.

Tom Bill, head of UK residential research at Knight Frank, said: “Growing supply is one reason that UK house price growth this year will be limited to low single digits. 

“However, the main obstacle for buyers is stubborn services inflation, which is keeping mortgage rates high. Asking prices therefore need to reflect the fact that buyers have more choice and tighter budgets. 

“General elections don’t tend to impact mainstream property markets and if anyone is attempting to guess what happens next to house prices, I would suggest looking closely at the next inflation data rather than the manifestoes.”

What’s On in London in June 2024

Regardless of the weather, London is always the world’s top place to be in June. As summer takes hold, its parks, galleries, stages, restaurants and venues become vibrant entertainment hubs, offering a plethora of events.

This guide will help you navigate the best of what’s happening, ensuring you make the most of the long, sunlit days. Dive into our selection of top events and places to experience in London in June.

Art and Culture in London

Over 150 of London’s leading contemporary galleries will come together on 1 and 2 June for London Gallery Weekend, offering special events, late-night openings & more. Navigate the Gallery Weekend in different locations via a series of curated routes by world-leading art figures. See all the details here.

London Square Open Gardens

Over one summer weekend, 8-9 June, have access to over 100 hidden green spaces not normally open to the public. You’ll be able to check out the gardens of Downing Street, Belgrave Square, the Royal College of Physicians Medicinal Garden, and many more.

View all the details here: www.londongardenstrust.org

Pride in London 2024

A world-famous celebration of LGBTQ+ with revellers of all genders, sexualities, races and faiths. On 29 June, following the array of events, the colourful Parade culminates in central London with free performances at Trafalgar Square.

Find out more: www.prideinlondon.org

Summer Exhibition

The Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts is the world’s oldest open submission exhibition – which means that anyone can enter their work to be considered for inclusion.

The works are selected and hung by Royal Academicians, who also exhibit their own works, creating an eclectic mix of work by established artists alongside emerging talent and first-time exhibitors. From 13 June.

Tickets and details are available here.

Princess Diana: Accredited Access Exhibition

See behind-the-scene life of The People’s Princess at this intimate exhibition, on display during the whole month.

75 life-sized photographs tell an untold story of how Princess Diana changed the world – through the lens of her official photographer.

Tickets: www.princessdianaexhibit.com

Sport

UEFA Champions League Final

A spectacular sports event coming to London! The best of the best will be crowned on the ultimate stage when the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League season concludes. Don’t miss how the highlight of European football’s calendar returns to Wembley Stadium.

Get tickets officially and safely at www.wembleystadium.com.

UEFA Euro 2024

London offers many fantastic spots to watch the Euro 2024, catering to all sorts of preferences, from lively sports bars to more relaxed pub atmospheres. The Skyline London by Blue Orchid Hospitality is among top recommendations to watch the Euro 2024, with London’s skyline making a stunning backdrop. Enquire here: www.theskylinelondon.com

Food & Drinks

Cento Alla Torre

Without booking a flight to Italy, you can dine in an authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of London. Cento Alla Torre uses only the best of local market ingredients for its artisanal homemade pasta, masterfully crafted cicchetti menu, and exquisite tasty dolce options.

Book your table now for unforgettable summer evenings: https://www.centoallatorre.com/

Cocktail Workshop

On 27 June, take part in a Cocktail Workshop in Tower Suites by Blue Orchid Hospitality where you’ll learn how to shake, stir, and mix delicious drinks like a pro. The experienced mixologists will guide you through the process. Grab friends or colleagues and ensure a night of fun in the City. Register here.   

Taste of London

From 12 to 16 June, Regent’s Park is taken over by a next-level food-fuelled garden party. This annual event usually joins 55,000 Londoners to devour the taste of the city. Details: www.london.tastefestivals.com

Festivals & Music

Chaka Khan’s Meltdown

The iconic musician Chaka Khan curates the 29th edition of Meltdown, the UK’s longest-running artist-curated music festival. Catch it in the Southbank Centre from 14 to 23 June. Details and tickets: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Raindance film festival

The largest independent film festival in the UK will take place at 19-28 June across West End. Experience the world-renowned program of the best movies and attend engaging networking talks.

Website: www.raindance.org/festival

London Indian Film Festival

This year the festival comes from 26 June to 3 July and celebrates its 15th anniversary with a dazzling array of Indian and South Asian premieres that you will not want to miss. The programme also includes classic movies, emerging filmmakers’ shorts, web series and exciting forays into VR and computer games.

Find out more: www.londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk

BST Hyde Park

Last year’s hit summer location is about to return! The 2024 line-up includes performers like SZA, Robbie Williams and Andrea Bocelli. The festival takes place from 28 June in Hyde Park.
Details and booking: www.bst-hydepark.com

Theatre

Mean Girls

A highly-anticipated premiere coming to the Savoy Theatre on 5 June. That’s a hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team including writer Tina Fey. The famous plot is about surviving in the cruelest of jungles – High School. Get tickets here.

Player Kings

Catch Ian McKellen, named “One of the world’s greatest actors” by Times in the Noel Coward Theatre until 22 June. He plays Falstaff in a new version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, adapted by the award-winning writer and director Robert Icke. This play shows England as a divided country, with leadership crumbling and corruption in the air. Get tickets here.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

The Regent’s Park Open Theatre has already become an integral part of London’s summer cultural scene. Sit in the stunning outdoor setting and enjoy enriching theatre that provides a lens to the here and now. Catch an exciting production of Twelfth Night, kid’s favourite The Enormous Crocodile, and a musical classic Fiddler on the Roof. The full programme can be found here: www.openairtheatre.com

West End LIVE

On 22 – 23 June enjoy performances from London’s most celebrated West End musicals and discover exciting new shows at West End LIVE, live and free in Trafalgar Square. Theatre’s biggest stars will perform snippets and songs from London’s leading musicals and must-see new shows at this free two-day festival known as ‘Glastonbury for musical theatre lovers’.

The event is non-ticketed, see the program here: https://www.westendlive.co.uk/

With so much to see and explore in London, finding the right accommodation is essential. Stay in London longer to enjoy everything this summer has to offer by checking out CLA’s guide to some of London’s best hotels for extended stays, offering the comforts of home alongside the convenience of hotel services. So, whether you’re planning a business trip, an extended stay, or even a short visit to the capital, this carefully created guide ensures that your accommodation in London experience is your home-away-from-home