Opening Day for The Grand Central Hotel, Belfast

Brand New 7th Property for Hastings Hotels

The newest addition and the seventh hotel in the Hastings Hotels portfolio, Grand Central Hotel, Belfast is celebrating it’s opening today.

Standing 23-storeys high on Bedford Street, this will be Northern Ireland’s tallest hotel and promises to bring a new era of glamour and grandeur to the heart of Belfast. This Grand Central is the second of its kind; a contemporary reincarnation of a Victorian hotel with the same name that stood on Royal Avenue from 1893 to the 1970s. Inside, historic stories inspire contemporary design and luxury is elevated by local authenticity. The new branding for the hotel incorporates the Seahorse, a nod towards Belfast’s Coat of Arms and a celebration of the City’s Maritime history. A legend reborn, the Grand Central Hotel is a new jewel for Belfast with an old soul.

Budweiser pledges free beer for the nation if the FIFA World Cup™ trophy comes home – celebrating the fans who made it all possible

  • Official Beer of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ will give every adult aged 18 and over free beer to celebrate if the tournament trophy is brought back to England – and honour those who never stopped believing in their team
  • Former England captain Steven Gerrard launches the landmark gesture – and is formally announced as Budweiser’s World Cup Ambassador for the world’s greatest football tournament

Budweiser has today announced free beer for the nation. That is, if the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ trophy is won by England and brought back to the country for the first time since 1966.

Apply for the Master Innholders Scholarships 2019

Are you a hotel general manager or head of department looking to take the next step in your career? Would you like to challenge yourself with world-class training that will support your development both professionally and personally? The Master Innholders Scholarships offer the opportunity to attend first-class universities providing hospitality and business qualifications and applications are now open for the 2019 intake.

Wimbledon Afternoon Tea at The Arch London ~ The Perfect Serve ~

Guests will LOVE the edible gingerbread tennis racket, tennis court and tennis ball cakes on The Arch London’s brand new Wimbledon Afternoon Tea.

In addition to the array of gorgeous Wimbledon themed cakes, a classic PIMM’S & Cucumber Jelly and Strawberries & Cream will also be on offer.  The tea will be complete with warm baked scones and freshly made sandwiches.

Available from 12.30pm to 5pm, from 2 July until 15 July 2018, this winning tea will be served in the hotel’s chic Martini Library. The Wimbledon Afternoon Tea is priced at £29.95 or £39.95 with a glass of Taittinger Brut Reserve or PIMM’S Cocktail. The tea will be half price for children under 14 years old.

New survey reveals that 30% of businesses don’t have a social media policy

A survey conducted by leading regional law firm Howes Percival has revealed that 30% of businesses surveyed did not have a social media policy – potentially leaving them exposed to reputational damage, disclosure of confidential information and inappropriate or harmful content or behaviour.

The survey of 220 business leaders, representing a broad range of sectors and size of organisation, ranging from companies with a turn-over of less than £1m to global players with a significant sector presence nationally and internationally, was designed to examine the way in which businesses engage with social media.

A New Hotel for London’s South Bank

(London) Bankside is a design-forward hotel opening in October 2018 on the South Bank of the River Thames in the heart of one of London’s most dynamic neighbourhoods.  Just a stone’s throw from Tate Modern, British Film Institute and Borough Market, the 161-room hotel will be connected to the vibrant local community through its interiors, restaurant and bar and cultural events programme.

Dayna Lee of Los Angeles’ Powerstrip Studio is the design visionary behind this new six-storey hotel and has subtly embedded the historical ethos of its SE1 surroundings within the aesthetic. A film set art director-turned-hotel designer, Dayna approaches the design as a narrative and has taken a light-hearted and laid-back approach.  Dayna notes, “Our design for Bankside Hotel has art school style with added polish, an appreciation for mid-century collection and black line drawings.

London’s hottest new opening; Jin Bo Law Skybar

Experience cocktails in the clouds at London’s newest rooftop bar, Jin Bo Law. Bringing Asian-influenced flavours and glamour to the City, the Skybar is set to be London’s hottest spot this summer. Serving up a delectable menu of cocktails, where better to spend an evening than perched above the capital’s spectacular skyline?

Located on the 14th floor of the new Dorsett City hotel, Jin Bo Law offers panoramic views taking in key sights of London’s iconic skyscrapers such as the Walkie-Talkie, the Gherkin, and the Shard, alongside quintessentially London landmarks including Tower Bridge and the Thames.

The trend for industrial and vintage inspired lighting, it seems, shows no sign of dimming anytime soon.

Hitting the lighting scene in the late 2000s, industrial’s urban ‘unfinished’ look continues to be popular within the hospitality arena, perfectly complementing trends of exposed bricks and pipes, concrete flooring, and large open windows.

And vintage too remains popular. Moonlighting under the guise of ‘shabby chic’ during the early 2010s, vintage inspired lighting is now more fashionably recognised as upcycled; taking an old item and breathing new life into it.

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Our business is driven by our clients’ needs:  this is why we keep studying innovative and creative solutions that could fit their expectations and satisfy them.

Ibiza in June | weather, what’s on, cool things to do and more

Ibiza in June can be summed up in just one word.


But, seeing as you’re here, let’s get into it in a bit more detail, shall we?


Let’s go 🙂