GameSec 2015 will take place in central London. The venue will be hosted by the Grand Royale London Hyde Park.
Originally built in the 1850s, the Grand Royale London Hyde Park was renovated in the early 1900s for owner Louis Spitzel by celebrated contemporary architects Mewes and Davis. The designers were responsible for a number of note-worthy London buildings, including The London Ritz and One Aldwych. Mewes and Davis created the lavish and intricate Edwardian interiors and fascia still present today. What was unusual about the renovation was the addition of a private theatre to the existing premises - and this is where the dwelling's history becomes intriguing. The Grand Royale London Hyde Park has been a continuous source of unofficial speculation: far from being a private house for an unremarkable client, it is rumoured to have been converted into a theatre by Edward VII for his mistress, the celebrated actress Lillie Langtry (1853-1929). The Jersey-born beauty's affair with the future monarch reputedly began in 1877; the conversion of this residence in a discreet but convenient quarter of Westminster was apparently commissioned by the Prince in the late nineteenth-century. The house became a hotel in 1966 and was reopened after refurbishment in 1972. The house front is of stone in an elaborate Franco-Flemish style which made it stand out in an area where the older buildings are all predominantly 'stucco Italianate'. However, the undisputed highlight of Grand Royale London Hyde Park is the mesmerising ornate theatre bar, which originally consisted of two rooms, the front circular and domed (the auditorium) area, the second (the stage) rectangular with a proscenium arch between them. Here is where Lillie used to perform and captivate her audiences, and her presence can still be felt today.
GameSec organisers have negotiated the following rates for conference attendees:
£120+VAT BB DOUBLE FOR SOLE
£110+VAT BB SINGLE ROOM
£140+VAT BB TWIN ROOM
(Cut off date to book bedrooms at the special rate is 4th October)
Guests to call reservations on +44 (0) 207 479 2266 and quote block id:1157243)