Hospitality in Westminster
In August 2022, Whitbread announced it had acquired 5 Strand for a hub by Premier Inn hotel. The 700-bedroom development will create one of the largest budget hotels in central London, a stone’s throw from Nelson’s Column. In this exclusive EG podcast, the team behind the £125m acquisition will lift the lid on why they were so attracted to the location, how the opportunity came about and the task of planning for such a large hotel in the heart of the West End. What will it bring and how does it align with Westminster City Council’s goals for sustainability and a fairer economy?
• Jonathan Langdon, senior acquisition manager, Whitbread
• David Morris, board director, DP9
• Andrea Williams, senior assistant director, Westminster Property Association
Senior acquisition manager, Whitbread
Langdon is focused on growing Whitbread’s portfolio of Premier Inn and hub by Premier Inn hotels in central London. During his 10 years with the UK’s largest hospitality business, Langdon has added 6,000 new budget hotel rooms to Whitbread’s growing network of hotels in central London and brought the budget brands to many of the capital’s most interesting and vibrant locations. From St Martins Lane in Covent Garden, via Berwick Street in Soho and on to Marylebone and Paddington, the impact of his work is clear to see through many successful Premier Inns and hub by Premier Inn hotels. Having led the team that originated, acquired and planned the new 700-bedroom hub by Premier Inn hotel on 5 Strand for Whitbread, Langdon brings to the podcast discussion an inside view of that significant acquisition and the hospitality trends that are playing out in central London.
Board member, DP9
Morris is a chartered town planner with more than 20 years’ experience. He sits on the board at DP9. Morris joined DP9 shortly after its inception and specialises in complex development projects in London and the South East across the commercial and residential sector. He contributes to the teaching programme at the University of Westminster’s urban and regional planning MA and works alongside a number of charities offering town planning advice.
Senior assistant director, Westminster Property Association
As a member of the senior team at Westminster Property Association, Williams specialises in the development of the organisation’s communications and policy workstreams and responses covering areas essential to the real estate sector in Westminster, including planning and sustainability. Most recently she helped to develop Westminster City Council and WPA’s Sustainable City Charter, which aims to reduce carbon emissions from commercial buildings. Prior to this, Williams held senior positions at communications consultancies SEC Newgate and Good Relations.
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