Chef Aiden Byrne Announced as Chef Director of new D&D Location

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The popular, UK-wide restaurant group, D&D London has announced that Chef Aiden Byrne has been appointed as the Chef Director of a brand new restaurant. The restaurant, 20 Stories will be opening in February 2018 and will be located on the 19th floor of the No.1 Spinningfields building.

Chef Aiden Byrne was formerly the Chef Patron at Manchester House, the renowned chef will be joining the team at D&D London with a wealth of in depth knowledge of the Manchester area, as well as a great deal of Chef experience, having worked in a number of different Michelin-starred restaurant. Aiden has in the past worked at establishments such as Adlards, The Commons Restaurant, Dansfield House and Spa and the Tom Aikens restaurant.

20 Stories, the new Manchester restaurant will offer a 360 degree view of the city’s skyline and will offer a modern British menu that celebrates local produce and suppliers. The produce used in the menu will be sourced no more than 50 miles away from the city when possible. The 15,263 development on the rooftop of No.1 Spinningfields has will offer a restaurant and a more casual brasserie that will serve dishes mainly from the grill. The bat at this new location will offer a unique and innovative list of modern cocktails and craft beers to enjoy alongside the amazing food on offer. The restaurant will also have a spectacular rooftop garden which will have two story high trees and an outdoor lounge bar.

The name of the restaurant, 20 Stories pays homage to its skyscraper location and also highlights the original use of the building. Northcliffe House was, in the past, a renowned hub for the printed word and was the ewell-known location of Manchester’s centre of news containing a number of printed press publications, including The Guardian and Manchester Evening News.

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Cunard will add fourth ship to its fleet

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New generation of ship announced on 50th anniversary of launch of legendary QE2

Luxury cruise brand Cunard today announced it is adding a fourth ship to its fleet. This investment is part of the company’s ambitious plans for the future of Cunard globally.

Carnival Corporation & plc – the world’s largest cruise company and parent of the Cunard brand – has signed a memorandum of agreement with Fincantieri S.p.A., Italy, to build a new ship that will join the Cunard fleet in 2022.

The as yet unnamed ship will join Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth as the fourth member of the Cunard fleet, the first time since 1998 that the luxury cruise brand will have four ships in simultaneous service.

The iconic and unparalleled luxury cruise brand is going from strength to strength, having seen crowds of more than one million people gather in 2015 to celebrate the company’s 175th anniversary. Cunard has subsequently invested over £120 million refurbishing the flagship Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria.

Alongside an array of exciting new itineraries featuring new destinations and special event voyages for 2018 and 2019, Cunard has also continued to evolve the guest experience to meet the needs of the luxury consumer by introducing new bar and dining signatures, entertainment offerings and brand partners across the fleet.

Simon Palethorpe, Senior Vice President, Cunard said: “We have only recently marked the 50th anniversary of one of Cunard’s much loved ocean liners, the legendary QE2. What better way to celebrate her important role in Cunard’s past than by announcing our commitment to Cunard’s future with the commissioning of a new ship. Cunard offers unrivalled luxury ocean experiences and the new ship firmly underpins our plans to continue our growth across international markets.”

Cunard will be revealing exciting details about the new ship during the course of 2018 and through to the ship’s launch.


  • The new 113,000 GRT (Gross Registered Tonnage) ship will carry 3,000 guests and will be launched in 2022
  • This will be 249th ship to fly the Cunard flag
  • Cunard’s first new ship in 12 years, since the launch of Queen Elizabeth in 2010
  • The first time since 1998 that the luxury cruise brand will have four ships in simultaneous service

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New Amenities Include Free Laundry Service and In-Stateroom Lunch and Dinner Service from The Grand Dining Room

Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, unveiled enhanced Concierge Level Stateroom amenities which include free laundry and in-stateroom dining service from The Grand Dining Room during lunch and dinner.

“The last thing you want to worry about on vacation is doing chores such as laundry, you want to be relaxing. So, we’ve solved that problem and we’ve provided an even greater incentive to relax in the comfort of your stateroom – lunch or dinner from the Grand dining Room. The laundry is done and lunch and dinner are taken care of, what more could you ask for?” stated Bob Binder, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises.

After a long invigorating day of exploring ashore, guests may indulge in the luxury of ordering room service from The Grand Dining Room dinner menu, enjoying favorite courses such as the Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb with Vegetable Ratatouille & Gratin Dauphinois and the mouth-watering Papuan Chocolate Volcano with a passion fruit center all in the exquisite comfort of their stateroom. Need a few items of clothing washed for later in your voyage? The staff will take care of that too so guests can spend extra time relaxing. It’s all included with the newly expanded amenities in our Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms.

NEW Concierge Exclusive Privileges

  • NEW – Room service from the Grand Dining Room menu during lunch and dinner
  • NEW – FREE laundry service – up to 3 bags per stateroom
  • Priority noon embarkation
  • Aboard Marina and Riviera, exclusive card-only access to private Concierge Lounge staffed by a dedicated Concierge and featuring complimentary soft drinks, coffees and snacks throughout the day
  • Unlimited access to Canyon Ranch SpaClub® private Spa Terrace
  • Complimentary welcome bottle of Champagne
  • Priority online specialty restaurant reservations
  • iPad® upon request for your enjoyment onboard
  • Free Unlimited Internet
  • Complimentary Oceania Cruises logo tote bag
  • Cashmere lap blankets, perfect for relaxing on the veranda
  • Complimentary pressing of garments upon embarkation
  • Complimentary shoe shine service

About Oceania Cruises
Featuring a fleet of intimately luxurious ships, Oceania Cruises offers an unrivaled vacation experience renowned for the finest cuisine at sea and destination-rich itineraries spanning the globe. Seasoned world travelers are drawn to Oceania Cruises’ expertly crafted voyages, which call on more than 370 ports across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and the Americas. Spacious and elegant accommodations aboard the 684-guest RegattaInsigniaNautica, and Sirena and the 1,250-guest Marina and Riviera invite guests to explore the world in unparalleled comfort and style.

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Dukes London to Forms Partnership with Pommery Champagne

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Dukes London, the award-winning hotel located in Mayfair has announced that they have formed a brand new partnership with the heritage Champagne brand, Pommery. Guests of the five-star hotel will now be able to enjoy the luxurious drinks brand in the chic GBR, the go-to restaurant in Mayfair.

Visitors will be able to enjoy the deluxe drink offering in a number of more familiar spaces such as DUKES Bar, the Drawing Room and as a part of room service as well as in the newly opened GBR. The new popular restaurant opened in May and in order to celebrate the new collaboration with Pommery, GBR will be launching a series of ‘Pommery Experiences’. The first of these is the Christmas-themed Pommery cocktail, the Christmas Cranberry Cocktail which has been created to add an extra level of glitz and luxury to any occasion.

The new partnership that has been created between Dukes and Pommery is another reason to visit this fantastic hotel, and to dine at the GBR restaurant. Located at the heart of St. James’ and a short distance from Piccadilly Circus and the West End, an ideal central London break location. The all-day dining venue attached, GBR is the perfect location to stop after a day’s Christmas shopping. Alternatively, those wanting a location to catch up with family and friends can spoil them with a truly luxurious Champagne Afternoon Tea. Those going to the theatre can enjoy lunch or dinner pre or post performance without having to worry about missing the show.

This partnership between Dukes London and Pommery has been announced during a time when the hotel is making a number of changes to its public areas and bedrooms. These changes have come as a part of a multi-million-pound refurbishment programme. The final changes to the hotel will be completed by Spring 2018. The refurbishment works will also coincide with the 110th anniversary of Dukes. It seems a perfect way to celebrate such a historic anniversary, with the partnership with a 19th Century French Champagne house.

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