Interpub, the operator of bars and hostels, plans to convert The Royal Navy’s longest serving warship into a licensed retail venue. The group is to invest more than £10m in the project, converting HMS Fearless into a facility that will include a pub, nightclub, conferencing suites, hostel and museum. Crucial to the project is finding an appropriate berth for docking the vessel. The preferred location is London, on the River Thames. Keith Knowles, Interpub managing director, said that London’s successful Olympic bid for 2012 was a key driver in the decision but also stressed the importance of maintaining the ships’ history. Plans for the 520ft ship include restoring the chapels for weddings and christenings, using the mess deck as a catering facility, converting the tank deck into a gym, pool and squash courts, conference rooms on the dock, hostel-type accommodation for up to 700 backpackers as well as bridal suites and a nightclub. The two pubs on board would be given to the ship’s veterans to provide them with a facility and the operations room would be restored as a Falklands war museum and memorial. “This is the biggest thing the company has ever done,” Knowles told The Morning Advertiser. “Can you imagine the possibilities? You could have a wedding, 1,000 people at a conference, an open-air concert on deck and 700 young people staying on the ship learning about our history all at the same time.” Interpub operates St Christopher Inns, a chain of hostels, and Belushi’s pubs, often located on the same site as an Inn. venues include Brighton, Edinburgh, Newquay and London.