This London-based chain of restaurant bars has opened new venues in the city and in the home counties in recent years, bringing the total number of sites to 10. With its shabby-chic, boudoir-style décor and Berry Mojito cocktails, Grand Union, named after its original outlet in Camden, which backs on to the eponymous canal, targets the young professional market. On weekend nights, a DJ and a dance floor liven up the customers’ mood, turning the venues into bar-club hybrids. Founders and best friends Adam Marshall and Adam Saword worked as top chefs before deciding to go into business together. They set up the first Grand Union bar in 2006. Sales increased by 72% a year, from an annualised £1.2m in 2007 to £5.9m in 2010.
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