HOSPACE2017 is set to be first major hospitality conference and exhibition to be held at the new-look Lancaster London – following the September 2017 completion of the hotel’s £80m renovation. It is a renovation that includes the 50th anniversary reinstatement of the hotel’s original name, Royal Lancaster London.
Organiser HOSPA will also bring its Gala ‘Hospitality Professionals of the Year Awards’ dinner to the hotel on 2 November, which will re-enter the market as one of the largest and most luxurious hotels and meeting venues in Europe.
HOSPACE moves to the Lancaster following nine years at the Sofitel, London Heathrow at Terminal 5.
Commenting on the move to central London, Jane Pendlebury, chief executive of HOSPA, said: “Following the year-on-year growth in popularity of HOSPACE and feedback from our regular delegates and sponsors, the HOSPA team believed it was time for a change to an easily accessible, top quality central London meetings venue.
“We are very excited, therefore, that HOSPACE2017 will be the first major hospitality industry event to be held at the new-look and renamed Royal Lancaster London, following the September 2017 completion of the hotel’s current major refurbishment programme.”
Sally Beck, GM of Royal Lancaster London, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming HOSPACE.” She said her team would do everything “to ensure that guests have a fantastic experience within the hotel, we are now a market leader for conference, banqueting and events”.
The hotel’s new works include a new entrance façade and reception lobby, a new reception area for the hotel’s Nine King’s banqueting suite and the redesign of all 411 guestrooms and suites in the 18-storey tower.
The hotel has a total of 16 meeting spaces, catering for up to 3,000 guests at any one time.
The entire external entrance is being restructured with a curved 2.5m deep glass and bronze canopy, running the full length of the frontage. This will help to achieve a 60% increase in public areas on the ground level.
Photo: Artist’s impression of the new look exterior of the soon to be renamed ‘Royal Lancaster London’