Having served as general manager of Brown’s for 11 years, Stuart Johnson has spent the last two on a globetrotting secondment, largely developing the upcoming Westbund Hotel in Shanghai ahead of its opening next summer. Now, returning to his first love, he tells Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole about his plans for this historic property
The pleasure of a good cigar, paired with a distinctive whisky, is one of the finer things in life not to be missed and shouldn’t be restricted to old men in clubs.
Hyatt has entered into a franchise agreement with Resolution Property, which has teamed up with specialist real estate firm Berkeley Capital Group, to develop a Hyatt Place hotel at Black Lion House on Whitechapel Road in Aldgate.
The world-renowned Royal Opera House, a Grade 1 listed building, has undergone a transformative £51 million renovation and for the first time in its history will be open every day from 10:00, welcoming visitors to a new café, restaurant, bar, shop and free and ticketed events in its public spaces throughout the day.
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has formally opened Japan House London, the new cultural home of Japan in the UK. His royal highness was accompanied by Japan’s deputy prime minister, Taro Aso, and Koji Tsuruoka, ambassador of Japan to the UK.
Henning joins the five-star hotel from the United Arab Emirates where he successfully opened the St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
With international experience gained managing large hotels and resorts in the Middle East, as well as multi-award-winning restaurants, Robert Catlin will oversee all operations at the hotel when it opens in the spring.
Edwardian Hotels has unveiled the name for its latest property, the Londoner. Located on Leicester Square, this ambitious hotel is scheduled to open in 2020 and will be spread across 15 floors.
Sticking to Jules Verne’s legendary explorer’s tight schedule, Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration will throw open a window on to the world, complete with train carriage, map room and hidden wonders.