Charles Oak to run "super boutique hotel" in London

George Sell By George Sell
15 May 2019 | Updated 15 May 2019

UK: Edwardian Hotels has announced the appointment of Charles Oak at The Londoner on Leicester Square, due to open in 2020.

With a hospitality career spanning three decades, Oak has held several senior management positions in numerous hotels within the group's portfolio, including its five-star flagship The May Fair Hotel.

Oak has held positions at The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, The Savoy Hotel in London, and more recently Heckfield Place in Hampshire. 

He also brings significant experience of curating high-quality hospitality experiences, establishing new and exclusive restaurants, bars and private members clubs such as the The Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle. Educated at the University of Westminster, he has also completed the Advanced Management and Leadership Programme from The University of Oxford's Saïd Business School. In recognition of his wide-ranging expertise and career success, he has recently been made an FIH Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality. 

Oak said: "The Londoner is an exciting, ambitious development in the heart of the capital. Completely unlike any other hotel in the city and in a category of one, it is set to transform the hospitality scene. It will embrace the drama and heritage of the West End and I feel privileged to be creating a world-class landmark for our guests and employees."

Jasminder Singh, chairman of Edwardian Hotels London, added: "Charles is passionate and determined. He is the perfect leader for The Londoner and will be leading and developing a team of up to 600 talented people as we prepare to open this incredible development." 

Oak will be responsible for curating the tone and character of the "super boutique" property. The Londoner will feature 350 luxury bedrooms, including a range of suites and three panoramic tower penthouses. Guests will be able to choose from six dining concept eateries, including a signature rooftop bar serving cocktails and Japanese-inspired small plates. In the subterranean levels there will be a variety of bespoke event and meeting spaces, including a ballroom accommodating up to 864 guests, as well as spa and wellness centre, swimming pool and two Odeon cinemas available for private hire.

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