London’s Westminster Council is to grant more late licences to bars and restaurants in the capital in a three-month window surrounding the 2012 Olympic Games. The move is an effort to maximise the business potential the Olympics will bring to the capital. Other measures in place include a ban on building work in central London between June and August, and agreement from Transport for London to run more buses and potentially the Tube into the early hours. The decision follows news early this month that pubs across the UK would be allowed to extend their opening hours around the royal wedding at the end of April. With the London Olympics getting ever nearer, M&C Report is proud to be hosting a special event at the end of this month to help operators maximise the opportunity the games afford. Speakers at the event include: John Penrose, the Minister for Tourism; Vince Fihosy, Games Co-ordinator, Mayor of London's office; David Fairhurst, Chief People Officer, McDonald's Europe; Guy Parsons, CEO, Travelodge; Ufi Ibrahim, CEO, British Hospitality Association; Len Olender, Director, Sportsworld Group; Steve Richards, CEO, Novus Leisure For more information on this event, which takes place in London on January 31, visit To secure your tickets please call Sharon Dickinson on 01293 846582.