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Conran takes over at the People's Palace

10 November 2005

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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