Aubergine, Marlow Bridge

I was with my best friend, which perhaps intensified the romantic atmosphere of the Compleat Angler, as there was no pesky real-life man to spoil it. The restaurant that now houses Aubergine has been here for donkey’s years, since its low-slung, vaulted, leaded interior was the height of the mode. (The panels in the cocktail lounge have been there for four centuries, apparently. The restaurant itself feels like English heritage via the 1930s. You can…

Read more

Whole Foods Market, Kensington

We grew tired of building monuments to God, so in the boom we took to constructing cathedrals to food. Great vaulted expanses sprung skywards around every town, where we were invited to worship not purity, but freshness. The spiritual foundations of supermarkets were always, in truth, a little shallow. Adverts might have described a raspberry fool as “heavenly”, but it could just as easily have used devil’s horns as decorative motifs. The Lisbon earthquake of…

Read more

Lutyens opens in Fleet St.

Terence Conran is hoping to lure journalists back to Fleet Street with the opening of his latest venture with Prescott & Partners – a French restaurant and bar called Lutyens. The 130-cover restaurant in the former Reuters building in Fleet Street has been created by the same team behind Boundary & Albion in Shoreditch and includes a large bar with charcuterie counter, crustacea and sushi bar, members club and four private dining and meeting rooms….

Read more

Supersonic travel may return

(CNN) — Raoul Felder still remembers stepping off the Concorde without a trace of jet lag after it whisked him across the Atlantic at twice the speed of sound and wonders why there’s been nothing like it since. The high-profile New York divorce attorney was a Concorde frequent flier, relishing each time he arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport a mere three hours or so after taking off from the Big Apple. The journey takes at…

Read more

Belfast’s RevPAR strong

LONDON — Data from STR Global, the leading provider of market information to the world’s hotel industry, shows the decline of the Belfast hotel market being offset by surprisingly competitive recent revenue per available room. The year-over-year percentage change in RevPAR for the 14 hotels sampled by STR Global in Belfast—which includes a mix of independent, domestic and international branded properties—has been in accelerated decline since September 2008. Read more at HotelNewsNow.com

Read more

Barceló chief sees dismal summer

MADRID — Spain’s tourist outlook for the summer is dismal with sales dropping between five and ten percent as vacationers cut back on spending and the length of hotel stays, predicted Simón Pedro Barceló, president of Barceló Corporación Empresarial hotel and travel group. “This year is going to be very difficult as we’ve already seen from the 20-percent fall in industry sales during the first four months of the year, which was the low season,”…

Read more

Avis, HSMAI alliance for better service

Avis Norway and HSMAI Chapter Norway have signed an agreement aimed at improving service in Norwegian corporations. The agreement, initially to last for a year, will give Avis access to important resources within the fields of service, networking and other resources of importance for the business life, while HSMAI’s member gain from Avis’s service expertise. “We’re very pleased to be accompanied by just Avis, a beacon in the field of service,” says Ingunn Hofseth, HSMAI…

Read more

Joint venture from HSMAI Norway and Norway Trade Fairs

The Norway Trade Fairs foundation and HSMAI Chapter Norway have competed with the Norway International Travel and Meeting Fair B2B and The Meeting Exchange. As of now the two join forces in a major effort for meetings, events, conferences and business travel. The HSMAI Meeting Exchange will take place at the Norway Trade Fairs next year, as an integrated part of the Norway International Travel and Meeting Fair B2B, on Thursday 14 January 2010. The…

Read more
1 2