Edwardian Hotels London has appointed Charles Oak to the role of general manager 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.
A highly established professional within the industry, he has an exemplary background in luxury hotel management and fine dining, which includes positions at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, the Savoy Hotel in London, and more recently the country haven of 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 prestigious the Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle.
Commenting on the announcement 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.”
Oak will be responsible for curating the tone and character of the super boutique property.
The Londoner will deliver the very best in intimate luxury throughout its elegantly designed rooms and social spaces.
Spanning nine storeys above ground, with six levels below, it will boast 350 luxury bedrooms, including a range of suites and three stunning panoramic tower penthouses.
Guests will be able to choose to dine from six 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 state-of-the-art ballroom accommodating up to 864 guests, as well as spa and wellness centre, swimming pool and two Odeon cinemas available for private hire.