Charles Oak, who was general manager at Heckfield Place in 2010 but left before it opened its doors, has been appointed GM at The Londoner, a new property from Edwardian Hotels set to open in 2020.
Oak’s career spans three decades having held several senior management positions in hotel’s within the group’s portfolio including The May Fair Hotel, as well as roles at Gleneagles and The Savoy.
He was appointed as the first general manager at Hampshire hotel, Heckfield Place in 2010, as the building was undergoing a multi-million pound renovation spearheaded by its billionaire owners the Chan family.
He left two years later without one guest to manage.
The Londoner will launch in Leicester Square next year and comprise 350 bedrooms spanning nine storeys, and six concept eateries including a rooftop bar serving Japanese-inspired small plates.
There will also be a ballroom able to accommodate up to 864 guests, as well as a spa and wellness centre, swimming pool and two Odeon cinemas.
Commenting on the announcement Charles Oak, The Londoner, 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 OBE, 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.”