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Conran takes over at the People's Palace

10 November 2005
Conran takes over at the People's Palace

Conran is to open its 12th London restaurant with the takeover of the People's Palace at London's Southbank centre.

A spokeswoman for the Southbank said: "Southbank and Conran Holdings are discussing terms for the level-three restaurant at the Royal Festival Hall."

The Royal Festival Hall, which closed in July this year for a £91m refurbishment, is set to reopen in the summer of 2007.

Conran takes over from the Capital Group, which also operates the Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge and the two-Michelin-starred Capital Restaurant.

Capital Group managing director Joe Levin said: "We have decided not to continue with the bid [to renew the contract] in order to focus on the other areas of growth within the business."

Capital will continue to manage all bar operations at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.

A Conran spokeswoman declined to comment.

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