Latest News and Press Releases

  • Queen Elizabeth II 21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022 09 Sep 2022
  • Beds & Bars Ltd take home Investors in People Platinum for a third time running!

    Mark Vaughan, Beds & Bars Ltd People Director is extremely proud to announce that they have attained their third platinum award from Investors in People. One of very few in the hospitality industry to have ever achieved this hat trick.

    07 Jul 2022
  • PubAid to host annual World’s Biggest Pub Quiz in May 2022

    PubAid and its charity partner Shelter will run its annual World’s Biggest Pub Quiz from 9-15 May 2022.

    11 Feb 2022
  • Europe summer 2021 travel: Hostels, tour companies prepare for a summer without Australians

    Beds and Bars’ Head of Digital Marketing, Dylan Lazarus, spoke to Australian Traveller about what a summer without Australian tourists will look like for youth hostels in Europe.

    25 Jun 2021
  • Despite Coronavirus, young adults upbeat about world travel

    St Christopher’s Inns released a ‘World Hostels Post-Covid-19 Reopening Survey’ in 2020 which was picked up by Forbes as looking positive for the future of youth travel.

    12 Jul 2020
  • Beds and Bars launches a COVID-19 relief scheme offering its employees a place to live

    The LifeHouse scheme was immediately created to ensure Beds and Bars’ team members felt safe and supported throughout the pandemic.

    02 Apr 2020
  • Enter the Vault: the ‘secret’ room at Edinburgh’s new hostel

    Beds and Bars gained coverage from a number of publications including The Guardian for the opening of St Christopher’s Inns Edinburgh Old Town hostel and its unique new private room: The Vault Room.

    04 Dec 2019
  • Help save a life: Live Your Life and Pinkspiration Week 2019

    Beds and Bars shows its support for Team Margot and the Atlantic Rowers during its annual Live Your Life and Pinkspiration Week 2019.

    30 Jul 2019
  • Beds and Bars set sail for charity in the 2019 Drinks Trade Regatta

    The event brings together brewers and suppliers from around the UK for a weekend of team building and networking with other companies in the industry, all for a good cause. A £1000 charity donation was generously provided by each of the participating companies.

    13 May 2019
  • Beds and Bars named as Sunday Times Profit Track 100 ‘Ones to Watch’ 2019

    Leading hostel and bar operator Beds and Bars, led by CEO Keith Knowles, has been featured in the Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 as ‘Ones to Watch 2019’. The accommodation operator is delighted with the recent news, being one of ten companies in the UK selected to feature in the listing.

    08 Apr 2019
  • St Christopher’s Inns Hostels wins Best Marketing at the British Youth Travel Awards 2018

    It was a great evening for St Christopher’s Inns who were up for two awards including Best Innovation and Best Marketing. The backpacker hostel operator won the Best Marketing award for their ‘Future of Travel: The UK’s First Capsule Hostel Campaign’ where the team gained fantastic results for their site in London Bridge. St Christopher’s also took home second place for Best Innovation...

    03 Dec 2018
  • Rising Stars 2018 was a huge success and for the first time in history we partnered with the Royal Navy

    Beds and Bars’ annual Rising Stars programme was a huge success. This year we saw a talented set of participants who were challenged more than ever before in Beds and Bars history. For 2018, we partnered with the Royal Navy for the first time to provide us with a tough leadership course that formed the first part of the 5 month programme.

    20 Apr 2018
  • St Christopher’s Inns’ award-winning capsule bed campaign gains international media coverage

    In 2018, St Christopher’s Inns unveiled the UK’s first capsule hostel beds in their flagship hostel The Village in London Bridge, gaining coverage from a number of publications.

    07 Feb 2018
  • St Christopher’s Inns wins Best UK Accommodation in British Youth Travel Awards 2017

    The number of entries in the 2017 competition grew by 41%, a competition record, making it even harder to place as a finalist this year. For St Christopher’s Inns to take the top spot in the Best Accommodation category is a massive achievement for the team, who have been working incredibly hard this past year to refurbish the London Bridge site completely to ensure it is the best it can be for guests.

    08 Dec 2017
  • Live Your Life Weekend

    You’re invited to join Live Your Life Weekend in partnership with Beds and Bars and Team Margot

    Friday 27th July - Sunday 29h July

    Hostel and bar-operator Beds and Bars led by CEO Keith Knowles is proud to announce that its upcoming annual charity event, Live Your Life, will be taking place this July, and for the first time ever it falls across a whole weekend Friday 28th July - Sunday 30th July.

    25 Jul 2017
  • Rising Stars 2017

    This April, Beds and Bars hosted its annual Rising Stars programme - and this year was perhaps our most successful yet. We saw everyone from a kitchen leader to assistant manager to head office personnel apply to be part of the project...

    12 May 2017
  • Old Emanuel Rugby Club seeks new members!

    New Malden’s Old Emanuel Rugby Club is recruiting for the new season! With something for everyone, RFU Accredited Rugby Club welcomes all ages, sexes, abilities for all forms of Rugby as well as Netball, Administration and Social.

    Tell your friends, family and anyone you think may be interested in getting involved because pre-season training has just begun! Training takes place every Tuesday & Thursday at 7.30pm with the weights gyms available for use throughout the week.

    30 Aug 2016
  • Beds & Bars awarded Investors in People Platinum accreditation

    Beds and Bars founded by Keith Knowles have become one of only seven companies in the UK to achieve the newly introduced Platinum Standard set out by the new Investors in People framework. Beds and Bars (then Interpub) first attained IIP status in 1998 when Franca Knowles started the initiative within the company.

    19 Aug 2016
  • Another successful Live Your Life Day

    The Beds & Bars team want to say a HUGE thank you to every single individual involved in our fantastic Live Your Life Day. We say farewell to another successful day that saw an overwhelming amount of awareness raised for blood cancer and how we can work together to combat this life threatening disease. We say ‘until next time’ because with your ongoing support, we stand an incredible chance of saving lives all over and changing many more forever with our annual celebrations.

    19 Aug 2016
  • The Dugout wins Best Sports Pub in London award

    We’ve always known that The Dugout Sports Bar in London Bridge serves up the ultimate experience for sports fanatics and devoted party go-ers alike. We know that it’s a one-of-a-kind venue that offers a bunch of committed staff and all-round fun to its customers. We don’t think that it’s one to be contended with but if it is, our incredible venue is sure to shine way in front. Winning the top award for ‘Best Sports Pub in London’ in the Matchpint Best Pub Awards certainly settles it then!

    27 Jul 2016
  • Live Your Life Day

    This year our massive Summer party will be offering a duo branded Live Your Life Day / Team Margot wristband with every pint sold and a mass balloon release across all sites from 8pm. Every potential donor will be gifted with a balloon to release and a wish, promise or message of your choice attached, in return.

    In addition to our party, we will be hosting an industry wide scavenger hunt around London which will include a number of stop offs at some of the city’s best pubs and bars. We will be encouraging everyone to join in with the fun and laughter; and hope to raise more awareness and understanding of the disease than ever before. For more information on how to take part, contact

    26 Jul 2016
  • ‘Live Your Life’ Award

    The termly ‘Live Your Life Award’, presented by Beds & Bars in Association with the Fly Navy Heritage Trust, was held last week in the Hercules Pillars pub near Covent Garden, London

    12 Jul 2016
  • Press story on The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200

    Beds & Bars are delighted to announce their position in the seventh annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200, coming in at number 133! The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 ranks the UK’s mid-market private businesses with the fastest growing international sales, measured over their last two years of available accounts.

    01 Jul 2016
  • Nosda Hostel from Cardiff joins the St Christopher's Network

    St Christopher’s Inns (part of Beds & Bars group) welcomes Wales’ largest backpacker hostel, Nosda Cardiff, as part of of its franchise network.

    01 Apr 2016
  • St Christopher's Inns Win Four Awards at the 2016 Hoscars

    At the recent 2016 Hoscar Awards (the Oscar awards of the hostel industry) St Christopher's Inns and it's franchise partner Copenhagen Downtown Hostel, took home four of the hardest fought for accolades.

    21 Jan 2016
  • Beds and Bars Champion Excellent Talent with Rising Star Programme

    Pan-European hostel and bar operator Beds and Bars, led by Keith Knowles has unveiled its first year intake of rising star employees; a pool of extraordinary talent selected from within the company.

    20 Jan 2016
  • Copenhagen Downtown Hostel Becomes a Franchise Member of the St Christopher's Network

    On November 20, 2015 the Copenhagen Downtown Hostel, became the first franchise member of the St Christopher's Network. The St Christopher's Network is the debut franchise option from St Christopher's Inns; Europe's largest independent chain of backpacker hostels without private equity backing.

    23 Nov 2015
  • Beds and Bars Win 2015 Dusk 'Til Dawn Award

    For the third consecutive year, Beds and Bars took home a gong from the prestigious Dusk 'Til Dawn Awards, celebrating the best late night operators in the UK hospitality sector.

    02 Nov 2015
  • BBPA Pub Chef Awards – A Message From Brigid Simmonds

    To help attract ambitious new people to the industry the BBPA has been involved in launching the Pub Chef Passion campaign.

    02 Oct 2015
  • Beds and Bars Announce Employee of The Year Award

    Pan-European hostel and bar operator Beds and Bars led by CEO Keith Knowles, has unveiled it's Employee of the Year after a vigorous search and interview process.

    02 Oct 2015
  • Team Margot International Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Awareness Day

    In advance of Wednesday 7 October, 2015 Beds and Bars are helping to spread the word about the Team Margot Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Awareness Day. Please do the same by downloading the dedicated poster.

    18 Sep 2015
  • Beds and Bars Listed in Sunday Times International Track 200

    In the 2015 edition of the Sunday Times International Track 200, Beds and Bars were listed among Britain's top private companies, based on the fastest rate of overseas growth.

    12 Aug 2015
  • Live Your Life Day – What We Accomplished Together on July 30

    On what would have been the birthday of People Director Franca Knowles, Beds and Bars joined forces with Yummy Pub Co, Faucet Inns, La Tasca, The Epicurean Collection and Glendola Leisure, to raise awareness about blood cancer, and the need to increase the database of potential bone marrow donors.

    05 Aug 2015
  • Live Your Life Day 2015 - Supporting Team Margot

    On 30 July companies across Britain & Europe will come together for one very important reason. To raise awareness about blood cancer and how we can combat the disease by increasing the size and potency of the bone marrow donor registers - all in support of the Team MargotFoundation.

    03 Jul 2015
  • Beds and Bars Raise Over 120,000 Pounds for Build Africa

    After almost four-years in partnership with Build Africa, Beds and Bars are proud to announce that the final and total amount raised in aid of the charity was £121,032.11.

    23 Mar 2015
  • Beds and Bars Win Best Accommodation at the Publican Awards 2015

    On Monday March 16, Beds and Bars were crowned winners in the Best Accommodation category, at the 2015 Publican Awards. At the event hosted by comedian and author David Walliams, Beds and Bars beat off stiff competition from Young's, G1 Group and the Lucky Onion.

    17 Mar 2015
  • Team Margot Foundation launches with amazing support from Beds and Bars

    The family of Margot Martini who lost her battle with Leukaemia last year, have set up a charity in her name to help raise awareness of how people can register their stem cells, save lives and give people more time with their loved-ones.

    09 Mar 2015
  • 12 Months of Milestones

    Thank you for your continued support this year. Here's a snapshot of our biggest achievements in 2014.

    20 Dec 2014
  • Beds & Bars Win Big at the 2014 BETA Awards

    Nominated as finalists in three hard fought categories, St Christopher's Inns backpacker hostels - operated by Beds and Bars, took home gold in two and silver in one.

    04 Dec 2014
  • Beds & Bars Celebrate 50-Years in Business

    Beds & Bars celebrated 50-years in the hospitality industry with an event at the Hercules Pillars.

    15 Apr 2014