Longshot, the business led by entrepreneurs Joel Cadbury and Ollie Vigors, which owns the Bel & The Dragon chain, is reportedly set to invest £20m in building the UK’s first large-scale education-based theme park for children. According to the Financial Times. KidZania, where children pretend to work as vets or firefighters in order to earn “money” to pay for leisure activities such as racing cars, is expected to open a 50,000sq ft site in London by 2014. There are currently seven KidZania developments across the world, including one in Portugal. The first was launch in 1999 in Mexico. Longshot plans to build two more venues if the venture is successful. Last December, the company announced plans to develop Cherkley Court in Surrey into a country retreat complete with hotel, restaurants and health club. The group, which acquired the site in early 2011 off an asking price of £20m, plans to convert the former home of Lord Beaverbrook near Leatherhead into a c.50-bedroom hotel, with two restaurants, a health club and a cookery school. It acquired the niche four-strong Bel & The Dragon business from Orchid Group back in 2010 as a foothold into the pub-restaurant market.