UPDATE 1-Whitbread’s Premier Inn hotels boosted by London demand
All his fish comes from the south of England. He brings the same do-it-himself attitude to the meats he sells, shooting and dressing venison in Dorset for the market. Celia explores the imported foods in Burroughs as well, from the antipasti stalls, to the exotic meat burgers, as well as her favorite olive oil company that brings in the finest oils and balsamic vinegars from Sicily. She’s also passionate about British wines, and makes a pilgrimage to the Wine Pantry to explore the terroir of the U.K. Afterwards, she drops into the chocolate and coffee shop next door, for a final sweet taste and sip of Burroughs. 60 (about $94 US), celiabrooksbrown.com Walk Eat, Talk Eat,Brick Lane Tour of theEast End Like its Brixton counterpart, the East End is also a place for emerging food trends. Charli Matthews of Walk Eat, Talk Eat tours, guides visitors into the East End for a three-hour look at area’s intertwining history and food on the Brick Lane Tour. Less of a gourmet tour and more of a sampling of the tastes of a multicultural neighborhood, Charli’s tours offer an introductory look at the community. “I’m not a history buff, but a London geek,” Charli says. She meets groups at the Shoreditch-High Street overland rail station to take them to the Boxpark Shoreditch, which touts itself as the world’s first pop-up shopping mall. Constructed of shipping containers, Boxpark holds a panoply of local eateries and boutiques, including Simply Fish. She grabs a bag of hot fish and chips and talks about the East End’s changes. It’s one of the two times she sits her guests down, as her tours follow their name of talking and eating.
London Grammar’s Debut Album If You Wait Is Available Today
That compared to a 3.1 percent rise in the previous quarter. Total second quarter sales rose 10.8 percent. Like-for-like sales at Whitbread’s Premier Inn hotels grew by 3 percent in the period, with particularly strong demand in London where total sales were up 16 percent and revenue per available room (RevPAR), a key industry measure, grew 3.1 percent, well ahead of 0.3 percent for its industry peers. “This time last year we were in the middle of switching from the Olympics to the Paralympics so we don’t have the full impact, but you can see that with such a strong sales number and strong occupancy, the return of the UK businessman and the regular foreign tourist has more than compensated for the absence of the Olympics,” chief executive Andy Harrison said. He added however that the company had yet to see more positive signs in other parts of the UK. “Outside of London I would say that the UK consumer is still under significant pressure, the fact is that wages are rising slower than inflation, so outside of London the consumer has got less money to spend,” Harrison said. Regional sales at Premier Inn, which makes about 60 percent of its sales from business travellers, were weaker, with RevPAR growing 2.5 percent compared to 6.4 percent for its peer group. “The London performance is very impressive but the UK regions still account for 85 percent of the rooms so from a profitability perspective the regional performance is the one that people are focusing on,” Panmure analyst Simon French said. French added that Premier Inn may also be feeling the effects of resurgent rival Travelodge, which is reinvesting in its business after a period of restructuring. Warm summer weather in the quarter, a boon for many British retailers, meant customers also held off buying hot drinks at Whitbread’s Costa Coffee chains. UK underlying sales slowed from 8 percent in a chilly first quarter to 3 percent as expected, leaving it at 5.7 percent for the half.
Finance Tue, Sep 10, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT – U.S. Markets closed London Grammar’s Debut Album If You Wait Is Available Today US Tour Kicks Off September 25 With Sold-Out Show At Los Angeles’ Troubadour “Their songs are haunting to the point they rattle the nerves” – Pitchfork Press Release: Columbia Records 8 hours ago Print NEW YORK, Sept.10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –Columbia Records– UK-based trio London Grammar Hannah Reid, Dot Major and Dan Rothman has released its highly anticipated debut album. If You Wait is available digitally today via Columbia Records at http://po.st/IfYouWait . The album features 11 tracks (see tracklisting below) including latest single “Strong,” which Pitchfork praised noting “Reid’s voice washes over you, clean and perfectly,” and the ethereal, haunting “Hey Now” which received much critical praise upon its release late last year. If You Waithas received rave reviews, with London’s Evening Standard awarding the album 4 stars and describing it as “a collection of unhurried, immaculately constructed songs that showcase the wonder of Reid’s voice and the inventiveness of the duo behind her.” The Daily Telegraph praised the album’s “beautiful yearning melodies” and Pretty Much Amazing summed it up nicely, naming If You Wait “an enthralling, stunning, deeply emotive album that perfectly marries understated electronica to sublime vocals and melodies.” They continued the praise, noting “In a year dominated by titanic LPs, London Grammar have not only made the most perfectly formed debut album of the year they’ve made one of the best LPs, period.” London Grammar will celebrate the release of If You Waitwith a tour across the US and Canada, kicking off with a sold-out show at Los Angeles’ famed Troubadour on September 25. The tour will see London Grammar crossing North America with stops in cities including San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto and New York before ending in Boston on October 10 (see full itinerary below). For additional information on the tour please visit http://www.londongrammar.com/live . Since introducing itself with near anonymous posts of two songs (“Hey Now” and “Metal & Dust”) late last year, London Grammar quickly captured the interest and, more importantly, the imagination of music fans across the UK and beyond. The tracks catapulted the band straight into the spotlight, with music critics and fans eager to see what they did next. The trio released the acclaimed Metal & Dust EP in June, sold out two London dates, played with The xx at their Night + Day festival and secured slots at nearly all of the UK’s major summer festivals – including Glastonbury, Bestival and Festival Number 6. The band will return to the UK for its own sold-out headline tour this October. London Grammar is Hannah Reid, Dot Major and Dan Rothman. If You Wait Tracklisting: