Peadar McFadden is a native of Donegal, Ireland who moved to London after completing his BA in Hospitality business at the University of Birmingham.
A keen hospitality professional, Peadar has managed hotels at Heathrow Airport, Woking and the West End. Since 2015 Peadar has settled in the neighbourhood, managing the recently refurbished and re-named “DoubleTree by Hilton Angel Kings Cross” with the support of his fantastic team. The Hotel team were recently awarded the “Teaching Kids to Care” award from Hilton EMEA for volunteering work demonstrated with local schools and youth in the community. Peadar enjoys running and has run the London Marathon in 2016 & 2017, raising in excess of £6,000 for the Royal Society for Blind Children (RLSB). Other than running he enjoys networking and dining out in the local area.
1. When did you start working/socialising in the area?
My first experience of socialising in the King’s Cross area was back in 2001 when I lived off York Way for a short period. I had just moved to London then! I use to frequent some of the bars in the area, just off the Euston Road, namely the Boot and the Rocket! I moved back to the area in 2015 when I took up my new role at the DoubleTree Islington (Now DoubleTree Angel KX)
2. How has the area changed since then?
When I moved back to the King’s Cross area in October 2015 I was in awe of the changes. I had passed through on numerous occasions and could see the extent of the development, however upon finding Pancras Square and Granary Square I was immediately impressed with the transformation and how old meets modern London. The design and flow of the neighbourhood now clearly portrays enjoyable spaces to work, relax and socialise in.
3. What’s your favourite place in the area and why?
I’m quite a social person so I feel spoilt for choice but if I was to pick two F&B outlets, I would choose the German Gymnasium for the amazing architecture and most delicious food and Camino in the Regent Quarter as I love tapas and this was one of the first places I visited when I moved back to the area and I often go back there!
4. What do you love about our neighbourhood?
The neighbourhood reflects a leafy suburban feel yet is so central and so well connected by public transport. The amount of new firms and professionals coming into the area also bring a great vibrant feel. I love working in this area and find that there is a great sense of energy for working together, something I have not witnessed in other parts of London.
5. What’s your favourite community activity in the area?
If not enjoying a beer with friends in Pancras Square after work on a busy Friday eve, then a run along the canal network is what I find most relaxing.
6. What is your favourite aspect of the work Urban Partners does?
Helping young people develop confidence and skills, and integrating young locals into the multi-national workforce that now exists in the area.
7. What’s the best community initiative you’ve seen in the local area?
The Homework Club is a prime example of this and something that we are extremely keen to get involved in. At Doubletree Angel Kings Cross, our philosophy is all about CARE. Teaching Kids to Care plays a massive role in what we do to give back to our communities. Something we do already is arrange quarterly cinema days for local kids and their families through Centre404.
8. What challenges will the area face in the future?
Like the rest of the World, London and King’s Cross need to remain focused on sustainable solutions that counter the climate change concerns. Whilst ensuring the area remains buoyant and profitable, we need to work together on ensuring we continue to care for and improve the environment we work in. We also need to aim at eliminating poverty through strong and robust social schemes supporting health and education. Urban Partners is here to serve just that!
9. Where do you see our neighbourhood in the next ten years and what kind of image will it have?
A world famous travel hub, connecting London, UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
I am confident that the neighbourhood will continue to grow a reputation of being a great place to meet, live and work.
10. What famous quote would you use to describe Urban Partners and why?
“Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” (Roy Keane, Footballer & Coach)
The vision to create and deliver the Urban Partners initiatives is a great example of this quote, however as the area expands and challenges are greater, the amount of planning and effort will also increase.