History

1994 - Longshot began with the acquisition of The Goat in Boots pub, Fulham Road, London and subsequently opened The Kings Club, a private members club, and the Andrew Robson Bridge Club. Founding shareholders included banker Rupert Hambro (Hambro’s Bank, J O Hambro etc.) and hotelier, Giles Shepard (The Savoy Group, The Ritz etc.).

1995 - Longshot founded London’s first 24 hour restaurant, Vingt Quatre.

1996 – Longshot acquired SWXI, a fully-fitted restaurant out of liquidation. Operating losses meant Longshot’s original plan was unsuccessful, but the site was sold to ‘All Bar One’ for over 7 times the purchase amount.

1999 - Longshot entered the neighbourhood restaurant business, with the acquisition of 2 sites: The Admiral Codrington and The Salisbury Tavern. By combining a classic pub with a good restaurant at both sites, Longshot created two key neighbourhood venues.

2000 - Longshot led a takeover of The Groucho Club (OFEX Listed) for £11.6m. Longshot subsequently took the company private and sold off the non-core assets: Groucho St Judes in Scotland and 192 Kensington Park Road restaurant in Notting Hill. Investment was made in the operating business and the freehold property, before initiating a phased refurbishment plan.

2001 - In the late 1990s, Longshot foresaw unique potential in the health & fitness industry and so acquired a site to create their new concept ‘The Third Space’. Opened in 2001 and setting a new industry standard, The Club boasts numerous unique features, including a fully integrated medical centre, The Third Space Medicine.

2002 - Longshot created the property company ‘Longshine’ to acquire the headlease for the entire building in which The Third Space is situated.

2004 – Longshot plc agreed a £16.6m integrated debt and equity package with The Bank of Scotland Corporate Banking to develop new restaurants and refinance existing debt.

2006 – May, The Admiral Codrington, The Salisbury Tavern and Vingt Quatre were sold.

2006 – June, Longshot sold The Groucho Club to the private equity firm Graphite Capital.

2007 – The Third Space was sold in a Management Buy Out.

2010 - Acquired Bel & The Dragon group of Restaurants and Country Inns. Longshot Country Inns already have seven restaurants under the Bel & The Dragon brand.

2011 - Acquired Cherkley Court. Set in 400 acres of rolling landscape, Beaverbrook will be the first proper country club in the UK, including a world class golf course, 40 exquisite rooms, a spa & health club, two restaurants, a cookery school and much more.

2011 - Acquired the franchise to build the UK's first KidZania, a 75,000sq.ft child-size city where kids are in charge.

2015 - KidZania London opened in Westfield London in June 2015.

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