Nobu Hotel London Portman Square appoints new general manager as pre-opening GM moves to managing director role


Grant Campbell has been appointed general manager at Nobu Hotel London Portman Square, due to open in July, as pre-opening GM Matthew Beard moves to the role of managing director.

Campbell joins from Sanderson London, where he led the strategic development of the hotel for more than six years.

He also boasts experience at the likes of Mint Hotel Group and Hilton and was recently appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality.

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As a result of the appointment, Beard has been promoted to the role of MD and will be moving to Strand Palace, also owned by L+R Hotels.

Beard, who has been with the group for over three and a half years, oversaw the closure and refurbishment of the Nobu Hotel London Portman Square.

Beard has also held several senior positions in the UK prior to his work with L+R Hotels, including eight years as general manager of InterContinental Hotels Group.

Beard succeeds current managing director, David MacRae, who has been with Strand Palace for 21 years and is heading into early retirement.

Opening in a few months’ time, the 249-bedroom Nobu Hotel London Portman Square will be home to the flagship Nobu restaurant that is relocating from its current location on Berkeley Street.

Strand Palace is also undergoing a large-scale refurbishment, with a new restaurant, Haxells, having already been unveiled in 2019.

The transformation of all 785 guestrooms is due for completion by April 2020.

Desmond Taljaard, managing director, L+R Hotels commented: “We are thrilled to have Grant join us. He brings with him the right combination of operational, brand and commercial experience and extensive knowledge of the London hotel landscape. His strong leadership skills will also be invaluable in making the launch of Nobu Hotel London Portman Square a success. We congratulate Matthew on his much-deserved promotion and continuing his career with us at Strand Palace.”

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