Students from the Hospitality Imagineering module of the International Hospitality Management MSc course joined Dr Ioannis S Pantelidis and students from the International Hospitality Management BA(Hons) course for a field trip to London.
The group first enjoyed the hospitality of Adam Rowledge General Manager of the Georgian House Hotel – a unique boutique hotel just ten minutes walk from Victoria Station. The hotel features the smallest cinema in London and a hidden entrance towards their wizardly themed rooms of the lower floor.
The team next made their way to the Shangri-La at the Shard, where they were hosted by Kieran Roberts the Executive Manager in charge of the Rooms Division. Shangri-La at the Shard occupies floors 34 to 52 of the Shard and is a 5-star hotel with floor to ceiling windows providing breath-taking 360 degree views. The infinity pool on the 52nd floor delivers an even more impressive image and the Gong Bar adds to the luxurious elegance of the hotel.
Dr Pantelidis and the students concluded the day at London’s Borough Market.
See a short film of their day:
Here are a few quotes from the day:
“This was an enlightening opportunity that showed us how diverse, quality and customer care in hospitality can truly be. It was an amazing experience!”
Jackson Britton, International Hospitality Management MSc
“An amazing experience, to see two hotels with such distinct character in one day and to get the chance to talk to the masters students studying in the same field. This trip is something that I will fondly remember, when I look back at my time at the University of Brighton.”
Irina Martinez Panina, International Hospitality Management BA(Hons)
“Thank you for organising last Friday’s field trip which turned out to be very informative and a fantastic day out. For me it proved to be a great insight into London’s hospitality landscape, in particular how “traditional chic” and “contemporary sophistication” hotel styles coexist so harmoniously in a city as cosmopolitan as London. The General Manager of the Georgian House Hotel was really generous with his time and hospitality and his experience and advice shared, further reassured me of the great career possibilities ahead after graduation.”
Maria Almeida , MSc International Hospitality Management Class of ’17
“I had a fantastic day, it has always been a bucket-list item for me to go and see the Shangri-La at the Shard. At the Georgian House Hotel, we met Adam, who may hopefully be my future mentor through the Springboard Gems program. He is a brilliant man and it really is inspiring to know that there are individuals out there willing to work with and help students grow in their careers.”
Sarah Waddington-Azambuja, BA (hons) International Hospitality Management