Beds and Bars

Led by CEO Keith Knowles operates 21 award-winning backpacker hostels, bars and pubs across Europe spanning 13 cities and 9 countries with over 750 employees. St Christopher’s Inns, Belushi’s and The Flying Pig are just some of the well-known brands within the company. As a result, Beds & Bars has been featured in the Sunday Times Top 100 fastest growing companies in the UK and and in 2016, the company achieved IIP Platinum status. Beds and Bars was born in Hammersmith in West London in 1964 by Keith’s father, where the family owned pubs in the area in the 60s.

Beds and Bars is a leading operator of tourist accommodation and entertainment venues in Europe. With backpacker hostels, bars and traditional British pubs, in 10 cities and seven countries, the diversity of our offer mirrors the diversity of our customers. At the core of what we do are the four cornerstones of the experience we strive to deliver – one that is Safe, Secure, Fun and Value for money. When we get this right, the beds fill the bars and the bars fill the beds.

We both come from pub industry backgrounds and, between us, we have over 65-years of experience. In the beginning we identified a niche in the budget accommodation market and focused on the backpacker sector. Over the last two-decades we have taken the original model of 50-beds above a pub and evolved it into a concept that involves bespoke buildings with more than 500-beds.

We are always searching for opportunities to introduce our brands to new markets, and establish businesses at home in the UK, and abroad. This makes perfect sense to us – given that our sector is set to grow and outperform the more established accommodation markets. To that end we are currently considering partnerships around the world.

We seek to enhance, develop and enrich our team, and customers alike. We never lose sight of the important people in our lives. The fun factor of life is our priority.