There follows a summary of some of the stories you may have missed during our newsdesk’s ‘extended’ summer break.

Bespoke Hotels are planning to open the new Sun Street Hotel in London in October 2022. Sun Street is a new five-star hotel located in a restored Georgian terrace in the heart of the City of London on the borders of Shoreditch and the City. Sun Street Hotel will have 41 bedrooms, a restaurant and a private member’s club.

The Crimson Hotel group has acquired The Trafalgar St. James Hotel in Central London with 131 bedrooms, several food and beverage outlets plus a rooftop bar.  The Trafalgar St. James is located at Trafalgar Square in the heart of London. It will be the second Hilton Curio Collection acquisition for Crimson Hotels, alongside 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel in South Kensington.

Locke, aparthotel operator, has announced plans to open a new location in London – Locke Kensington. Locke Kensington aparthotel is expected to open in June 2023. It will include 121 apartments, ranging from studios to one- and two-bedroom apartments. Locke Kensington aparthotel will feature a bar, restaurant, co-working space, meeting rooms and private gardens. The building was formerly the NH Kensington Hotel and is situated in Cromwell Road just north of Earls Court Tube station.

Closer to our base here in Birmingham, Aston Villa Football Club is planning a £100million investment at its Villa Park stadium. Plans envisage a brand new stadium which would include a new standalone multi-use entertainment, business, community and retail venue destination. If all goes to plan completion is anticipated late 2025.

Heythrop Park hotel in the Cotswolds has reopened following a £40 million investment. Heythrop Park hotel has 337 bedrooms plus three restaurants and a spa

The Landing Hotel is a new hotel opening at London Biggin Hill Airport in January 2023. It will include 54 bedrooms plus a restaurant, bar and a fitness suite.

The University of Manchester opens Oddfellows Hall in September, adding year-round meeting rooms to The University of Manchester’s venues portfolio. Oddfellows Hall is a Grade II listed building, a ten-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly station. It features 13 modern meeting rooms seating from six boardrooms to 50 classroom style.

The Albion is a new hotel which has just opened in Aberteifi in west Wales. The Albion is themed around Cardigan's maritime past. It has opened with 12 bedrooms (with more to follow) and is housed in a Grade II-listed former warehouses. The Albion is currently serving breakfast with full restaurant facilities plus an outdoor sauna in a private woodland glade behind the hotel, planned to open in December 2022.

Travelodge has opened its first two new-build “budget-luxe” hotels in the UK. The new properties are located in London’s Docklands and Hexham in Northumberland London Docklands Travelodge is located next to East India DLR station and has 350 bedrooms. It is also the group’s most sustainable property with solar panels on the roof, air source heat pumps and electric vehicle charging points.  Hexham Travelodge has 69 bedrooms

Accor has opened its first Tribe Hotel in the UK in London. Tribe London Canary Wharf has 320 bedrooms plus an all-day restaurant. It is located in Water Street around a five-minute walk from Canary Wharf tube station.

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