Thomas Kochs departs Claridge’s to join Café Royal as MD


Thomas Kochs has left his role as general manager of Claridge’s to join Café Royal, London, as managing director.

Kochs has been at Claridge’s, part of the Maybourne Hotel Group, for the last five years, where we was credited with continuing to build the hotel’s heritage and bringing chef Simon Rogan to the hotel where he started ‘Fera at Claridge’s’.

Now he will take the position of MD within the Café Royal in London, which is part of The Set hotel collection alongside Conservatorium, Amsterdam and the Lutetia, Paris.

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Prior to Kochs’ role with Claridge’s, he was a part of the Maybourne Group for 15 years, holding management positions in two of the company’s properties including the relaunch and opening of The Connaught.

Thomas Kochs says: “I am excited to be joining the team at Café Royal, one of the most beautiful buildings in London with fascinating heritage and history to work with. Café Royal is already ‘London’s Living Room’, a place for minds to come together and creativity to flourish, where guests can connect to and enjoy the hotel’s offering. Café Royal as a hotel is three years young and at this point is clearly ready to take the next step in its journey. There are exciting things to come, which I am thrilled to be a part of”.