September 18-19, 2024 9/18/2024 3:01:05 PM 7/19/2024 3:01:21 PM Europe/London


The leading industry news resource; industry awards and international b2b conference and exhibitions for the sector 5 - 7 Tavistock Place London, WC1H 9SN International Hospitality Media
Mary Ward House, Bloomsbury, LONDON LONDON

Festival Schedule 2024

The region's only investment and leadership conference for urban innovators at the cutting edge of contemporary hospitality and real estate.

Exclusive Property Tours: Experience first hand some of the most exciting properties and developments in the King's Cross area of London. Immerse yourself in the city's dynamic real estate and hospitality landscape and witness innovation in action on our curated walking tour of some of the best hospitality and living sector properties

**Limited places available**

A sign-up form will be sent to all confirmed ticket holders approximately two weeks before the event.

Join us as lots of hospitality and real estate industry professionals across the urban living landscape converge.

There will be plenty of networking opportunities with lots of hospitality and real estate leaders, including IHM's Editor-in-Chief, George Sell, Editor, URBAN LIVING NEWS and Serviced Apartment News ; Eloise Hanson, Editor, Boutique Hotel News and Paul Stevens, Editor,, over a drink or two - an evening not to be missed!

PLUS, we will announce the first EVER winners for 2024 of the Urban Living Impact Awards - a night not to be missed!

Confirmed attendees only will receive an online sign up form link, please fill in to secure your place. If you are registered and have not received the form, please email to resend the link.

A great opportunity to take coffee and a pastry and network whilst meeting our exhibitors to discover innovative ways to grow your business.

Investors, developers and industry figures from across the living and hospitality sectors discuss the challenges and opportunities inherent in funding and delivering new projetcs.

• Balraj Birdi, head of residential investment, Eversheds Sutherland
• Ami Kotecha, co-founder and group president, Amro Partners

Balraj Birdi

Eversheds Sutherland

Ami Kotecha

Amro Partners

Presentation: The state of the nation, BTR inventory, pipeline and market outlook

A detailed look at the Greater London Authority's recent planning guidance note and its implications for coliving in the capital and beyond.

Richard Ward, head of research at sets the scene for the PBSA stream with a comprehensive overview of the UK student accommodation sector, covering demand, demographics, rates, supply and more.

Richard Ward


As planners increasingly opt for renovations rather than new-builds, what are the latest adaptive reuse trends among hospitality investors and developers, and what are the challenges and opportunities inherent in giving a building a new purpose?

- Moderator: Aubrey Calderwood, managing director, Gateley Capitus
- Eric Jafari, founder and managing director, AENDRE

Aubrey Calderwood

Gateley Capitus

Eric Jafari

AENDRE Limited

Industry advocates and leading representatives from trade associations come together to discuss the importance of lobbying for fair, proportionate STR regulations in global markets, as well as addressing what "smart" policies entail and dispelling some of the false narratives that are perpetuated about the sector.
 - Andy Fenner, chief executive, STAA
- Matt Curtis, Smart City Policy Group

The impact of artificial intelligence is being felt in every aspect of our lives and across all industries, but what does its inexorable advance mean for the living and hospitality sectors?

Single family rentals accounted for 42 per cent of all UK BTR investment in 2023, and its investor appeal shows no signs of abating. How is the sector likely to evolve over the next few years?
Moderator: Richard Berridge, CEO, UK SFA

Richard Berridge

UK Single-Family Association

In a sector which is still in its infancy, how can new entrants to coliving build a scaleable platform. The disuccsion will cover strategies for growth, brand differentiation, and operational efficiency.
• Alex Gibbs, co-founder and director, Built Asset Management
• Bart Sasim, co-founder, Coliving Ventures

Bart Sasim

Coliving Ventures

A look at what makes a trio of exemplar PBSA assets the best in their class.

Business travel has fundamentally changed, and whilst volume is down there's opportunities to capture new demand. Forward-thinking operators will adapt to the shifting business travel landscape by offering flexible stays, rolling out sustainability initiatives, deploying technology and more.

- Moderator: Clive Wratten, Chief Executive of The BTA

Given the constant evolution of the tech landscape and as the rate of adoption of artificial intelligence [AI] accelerates, this session will analyse how leading tech vendors, property managers and OTAs are seeking to disrupt the STR space with revolutionary solutions, while enhancing the guest experience and driving operational efficiencies.
 - Nolan Mondrow, CEO, Remotelock

Panel: The next government and the real estate industry’s wish list
Moderator: James Pargeter, director of policy and engagement, UK SFA

James Pargeter

UK Single Family Association

Design and operations - adapting to the evolving needs of renters
As the BTR market matures and looks to new audiences who are seeking alternatives to home ownership, how can developers, operators and architects ensure that the projects they deliver offer the optimum resident experience?
- Sam Smith, director of operations and leasing, Dandara Living
- Dheraen Quick, general manager, Coppermaker Square
- Russell Markou, head of living strategy and operations, Ringley Group

Sam Smith

Dandara Living

Becoming an institutional asset class

Moderator: Barry McKeown, real estate partner and BTR lead, Shoosmiths
- Zafar Bhunoo, CEO, Limitless
- Jenna Harris, head of coliving, Harris Associates

Zafar Bhunoo


Jenna Harris

Harris Associates

Barry McKeown


Catering to the specific needs of international students

This session will present the latest market data and insights from STR, a leading provider of hotel industry data and analytics. Expect an overview of trending KPIs and forward-looking data.

Fragmentation is natural in a vertical that is as disruptive and transformative as the short-term rental sector is, but further consolidation is inevitable as large, well-backed companies aim to enhance their tech stack or increase their footprint. This session will explore what the future holds for investment prospects and consolidation, and what is capturing investor attention.

Panel: road map to net zero in construction and operations

The amenity arms race - have we declared a truce?

Conversion opportunities - hotels and offices

Gen Z and Gen Alpha - are you ready?

Presentation by Sarah Canning and Deenie Lee, co-founders of The Property Marketing Strategists

Sarah Canning

The Property Marketing Strategists

Deenie Lee

The Property Marketing Strategists

Owners and investors are diversifying beyond hotel rooms to cater to changing guest preferences and fierce competition. This session will explore the coworking, BTR and student housing sectors, providing an insight into the challenges and opportunities of broadening investment portfolios.


Jarkko Härmälä, franchise and international development, VALO Hotel&Work

Jarkko Harmala

VALO Hotel&Work

This session will give a digestible overview of all the key booking trends and behaviours thanks to a data provider, a property manager and a booking platform, enabling attendees to take actionable insights back to their day-to-day businesses.

Presentation: Building climate resilient cities
Simon Chinn, VP research & advisory services, Urban Land Institute

Simon Chinn

Urban Land Institute

As the BTR sector in top tier markets becomes increasingly competitive, lease up rates are slowing. How can operators streamline the process using proptech as well as looking to new market verticals to fill inventory during a building's early stages?

Moderator: Lesley Roberts, managing director, Monogram Living
Freya Richard, director of operations & Leasing, Vertus

Lesley Roberts

Monogram Living

Traditional and innovative funding solutions for delivering later living schemes

How is the PBSA sector affected by planning issues, development finance costs and investor sentiment? Do supply and demand fundamentals override these obstacles and what does the future hold?
Moderator: Jamie Harris, head of student accommodation, Harris Associates
- Joe Flaherty, director, Beaufort Capital Management

Jamie Harris

Harris Associates

Joe Flaherty

Beaufort Capital Management

The cost of financing is one of the biggest challenges for hoteliers, with the IMF forecasting global inflation to steadily decline to 4.5 per cent in 2025. Maturing loans are prompting sales activity, where this session will feature a short presentation on finance and investment trends with a follow up discussion amongst active investors and lenders. 

- Moderator: Tom Oakden, senior development advisor UK, Meliá Hotels International

- Dave North, Head of hotels, real estate and housing, Lloyds Banking Group 

Dave North

Lloyds Banking Group

Tom Oakden

Meliá Hotels International

Investment and finance for the workspace sector

Workspace content host - Zoe Ellis-Moore, CEO & founder, Spaces to Places

SFR - refining the housebuilder/investor/operator relationship
Moderator - Rupert Bates, editorial director, Show House

Rupert Bates

Show House

What do later living buyers and renters really want?
Moderator: Rebecca Shafran, director, alternative markets - research, BNP Paribas Real Estate
• Ali Powell, Founder and CEO, Commercial Acceleration

Rebecca Shafran

BNP Paribas Real Estate

Ali Powell

Commercial Acceleration

Going green: eco-friendly practices, energy efficiency, and responsible resource management in student housing

As local governments and banks increasingly prioritise ESG goals, the hospitality industry faces mounting pressure to reduce its environmental impact. Expect strategic insights on setting realistic and measurable targets, managing supply chains, navigating financing options and incentives, and more.

Rebecca Hollants Van Loocke

Frasers Hospitality UK

Benedetta Cassinelli

Considerate Group

As office clients demand more flexibility, how is the relationship and deal strucrture between landlords and operators evolving in response?
Moderator: Aceil Haddad, founder, Matt PR
Will Kinnear, director, Hewn

Tech focus - how technology is revolutionising building design, construction processes and property management

- Moderator: Dominic Grace, principal, Dominic Grace Limited

Dominic Grace

Dominic Grace Limited

Branding and franchising - what is their place in the living sector?

Why doesn’t the government get BTR?
- Moderator: Brendan Geraghty, CEO, ARL

Brendan Geraghty

The Association for Rental Living

Data-driven management and optimising resident experience

Building strong university partnerships: Strategies for collaboration between developers, operators, and universities.
Moderator: Sam Bailey-Watts, programme director, The Class Foundation
- Paddy Jackman, CEO, Unipol Student Homes
- Scott Lewis, COO, Homes For Students
- Chris Owens, legal director, Pinsent Masons

Sam Bailey-Watts

The Class Foundation

Paddy Jackman

Unipol Student Homes

Chris Owens

Pinsent Masons

Scott Lewis

Homes For Students

Three innovative tech companies will take the stage, each presenting a solution to a challenge faced within hospitality. Following each five-minute pitch, two seasoned technology experts will lead a short Q&A with the presenters. The session will end with an audience vote. 

- David Molofsky, product manager, IRIS Software Systems Ltd

David Molofsky

IRIS Software Systems Ltd

The rise of the industry-specific workspace
- Moderator: Zoe Ellis-Moore, CEO & founder, Spaces to Places
- Jane Sartin, executive director, Flexible Space Association

Zoe Ellis-Moore

Spaces to Places

Jane Sartin

Flexible Space Association

Open forum - ask the experts

Open forum - ask the experts

Gen Z - the digital natives born between the mid-1990s and 2010s - are a bigger generational cohort than Millennials with a spending power of $44 billion (credit: PION). Following a short presentation on key stats and behavioural insights, a follow up discussion amongst operators will place Gen Z within hospitality and explore how the industry can adapt to their unique needs and preferences.

The user perspective - blue chip and SME talk flex

A deep dive with hospitality and real estate innovators shaking up the industry with new approaches and attitudes in products, services and experiences.

“Attending the Urban Living Festival afforded me a refreshing approach to the operational real estate sector with a variety of sub-sectors being discussed and with debate around not only today’s challenges and opportunities, but also those of tomorrow.”

Joe Persechino, head of residential and student accommodation, AXA IM Alts – Real Assets