Welcome To London Town Group

Founded in 1988, London Town Group, an established property investment company, owns and operates several hotels in the UK.

Founded in 1988, London Town Group owns and operates seven hotels in the UK, four of which are Mercure branded in locations such as London (Kensington & Paddington), Nottingham (Lace market) and the luxury boutique Mercure London Hyde Park. The group also has a presence in Derby (Travelodge Derby Cricket Ground Hotel) and in Sheffield (Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel).

Until a few years ago the portfolio consisted exclusively of London hotels but a priority was made to identify other key city centre destinations, which has so far included Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield. London Town Hotels Group will continue to expand its hotel portfolio through the addition of further operating leases, freehold site purchases and acquisitions of branded and unbranded hotels, with several ones currently in the pipeline.


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Hotelier of the Year Award sponsored by HT & Co Drinks

Winner: Koolesh Shah, Managing Director, London Town Group of Companies

Presented by Rupa Huq MP, Sanjay Thakrar, Director of HT Drinks, Koolesh Shah, Managing Director, London Town Group of Companies, Ramniklal Solanki CBE, Editor-in-Chief, Eastern Eye and Shailesh Solanki, Executive Editor, Eastern Eye. 

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Hotelier of the Year Award: Koolesh Shah

Hotelier of the Year Award (supported by HT Drinks): Koolesh Shah, founder of the London Town Group

Born and raised in Britain, Koolesh Shah has spent his entire life in the hotel business. The London Town Group was the first to launch IHG’s Indigo hotel brand in the UK, a measure of the reputation the group enjoys with the big franchise brands.

The group currently has seven hotels with a further two in development.

Shah is also an advocate of Sri Aurobindo, one of India’s intellectual and spiritual giants of the early 20th century, and has carried the cause to SOAS and the University of London as the chairman of the Sri Aurobindo Trust.


Nottingham's new secret bar Lost Property is in a cave under a hotel

Half the fun of visiting Hockley's newest cocktail and gin joint is trying to find it.

Curiously located at number 7 1/2 Carlton Street, Lost Property is a seriously 'secret bar' hidden in the caves under the Nottingham's oldest hotel - and even once you've found the entrance you won't necessarily know how to get in.

Once you do make it inside you'll find a bar, part speakeasy, part lost property office. Decorated with parrots, glitterballs, more than 1,000 keys, 150 lost suitcases, a countertop bar made out of pennies and VIPee bathroom. The brainchild of Daniel Brown of Curious Venues, Lost Property had its 'soft opening' on Wednesday night after months of restoration work. It is the second phase of the Curious Tavern project, which is located within the 200-year-old Mercure Hotel. 

"We are extremely proud of the venues, Curious Tavern and Lost Property. We are delighted to be working with Dan and his team at Curious Venues to offer such different spaces in Nottingham," says Koolesh Shah, managing director of London Town Hotels Group, who own the Mercure. 

Lost Property serves the Curious menu plus a selection of themed cocktails, tying in with some of the hotel's famous guests. What the Dickens is a tribute to the Oliver Twist author, who hired the placed for six months to recreate his plays. The original signed bill is still at the hotel. Jimmy Nail, a long-term guest when filming Auf Wiedersehen Pet in the city, is the inspiration for another drink.

Shah adds: "When we purchased this hotel in 2009, we always had a vision that this was a unique hotel. This vision has now come into flourish"