The Laslett, Notting Hill and Living Rooms Apartments Collection are pleased to announce Ian Telford as the newly appointed General Manager. Previously General Manager at Blakes Hotel for over two-and-half years, followed by a General Manager role at the Asbury Ocean Club in New Jersey – including a pre-opening stint for the groups’ London property – Telford brings with him a wealth of five-star hotel experience and over 35 years worth of knowledge within the travel and hospitality industry.
Within his career, Telford has received various accolades along the way. Gaining invaluable experience during his time at Morgans hotel group, he played pivotal roles at Sanderson and St Martins Lane Hotel, which led to a global position of Director of Guest Experience for the whole group. Ian’s most recent achievements also include being part of the opening team of Andre Balazs’ Chiltern Firehouse, where he played a crucial role in its success and developed innovative strategies to offer guests a world-renowned boutique experience.
Throughout his career, Telford’s areas of expertise have included a focus on premium guest experiences and food and beverage management: key elements which will be brought to The Laslett in Notting Hill.
Ian Telford, General Manager, The Laslett and Living Rooms Apartments states, “I am very excited to be joining The Laslett and Living Rooms Apartments team to bring new ideas and concepts to Notting Hill. Weekly and seasonal events and pop-ups designed to entertain and connect guests are always on our radar, and we’ll be bringing back some favourite concepts like our well-known Turntable Tuesdays and Oyster evenings. Having a personal and professional passion for food & drink, I am also working on launching new offerings at The Laslett, including a brand new brunch menu – a first for the property, a new Mediterranean sharing plates concept for lunch and dinner, and also looking to make some changes to our outdoor terrace. Lots of exciting things are in the pipeline and more news will follow in due course. The aim is to further establish The Lastlett as a lifestyle spot for foodies from the local area and all over London.”
The hotel – which was named after Rhaune Laslett, a local activist who organised the original Notting Hill Festival – is inspired by the area’s vibrant cultural heritage while also capturing its new wave of creative cool. The 51 bedrooms are more home than hotel, with modern furniture from British designers alongside more personal quirks – well-chosen books for bedtime reading, proper blankets, curiosities from local antique dealers, and curated photographs and artworks on the walls. A honeypot for championing London’s creativity, The Laslett’s library lounge is stocked with British art and design books while the lobby and restaurant house works from new and emerging artists – particularly those who have forged a personal or artistic connection with the area – with a rotation of exhibitions throughout the year.