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Opening team for five-star London hotel The Arch announced

24 November 2009 by
Opening team for five-star London hotel The Arch announced

The management team in charge of the opening of £25m, five-star London hotel The Arch has been announced.

With experience at Firmdale Hotels and the Franklin, former Acorn winner and St Julian's scholar Beccy Gunn will head up the team as general manager of the 82-bedroom hotel.

Head chef Shane Pearson, formerly of Soho House and the Electric, will oversee the kitchen, serving a simple all-day menu of dishes including eggs Benedict, lamb shank and pizzas from a wood-fired oven.

Alastair Burgess, ex-head bartender at Pegu Club in New York, has been named as head bartender and will also be in charge of the 90-seat restaurant Hunter 486.

Marketing manager Suzy Wardle has been appointed from Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Bharati Bagai joins as reservations manager from the Franklin Hotel, London, while Mary Shiromi Cooray, formerly of the Holiday Inn London Brentford Lock will be front office manager.

Part of AB Hotels, owned by this year's Hotel Catey Outstanding Contribution Award winner Willy Bauer, the Arch is set to open on 30 November.

Charles Morgan, the group's director of operations, said: "Everyone is passionate about what we're doing here and we have some of the best staff in London."

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