3 JUNE 2019
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Last week The London Hilton on Park Lane, the first UK Hilton hotel, hosted an exhibition for guests and visitors as part of the 100 years of Hilton celebrations.
The exhibition showcased the iconic history of the hotel since opening in 1963 and explores the history of Hilton as a brand and the London Hilton on Park Lane as an institution across the hospitality and London landscape.
A hotel of many firsts, founder Conrad Hilton himself commissioned what was the biggest post-war hotel build in Europe, standing at a majestic 28 floors. Conrad Hilton had this to say: “I have a great affection for London; for its great past, its exciting present and its limitless future potential.”
The hotel is known to have had a significant financial impact on the London economy, cited at around £7m upon opening in 1963 and the hotel says it is proud to have helped redefine the UK’s event industry; one valued at an estimated £18.1bn today.
Michael Shepherd, the longest serving general manager of the London Hilton on Park Lane, commented: “In a city as globally significant and as popular as London, standing out isn’t easy or straightforward; for the Hilton to land here in the 1960s and immediately set the standard was quite a feat. To still be going strong and remain one of this city’s great hospitality settings is fitting to the work of the hotel staff, and shows that the Hilton brand is still timeless and appealing to guests around the world today”.
See also Hilton 100 years in last week's issue.
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