Inside The Grand Hotel Birmingham’s incredible star-studded launch party

Dubbed Birmingham’s Sleeping Beauty, The Grand Hotel Birmingham awoke from her slumber and stepped back into Birmingham society in spectacular style at a glittering launch party.

The iconic 141-year-old venue – which fell into disrepair and closed in 2002 – first reopened in May after a £45 million refurbishment.

However, due to Covid restrictions, its opening celebration plans were delayed until this month. But it was worth the wait.

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Guests gathered to toast the reopening of The Grand Hotel Birmingham, at an incredible party on Thursday ( September 9) .See our video above.

Attendees included; Roxy Horner, Lottie Moss, Amy Jackson, Joe Lycett, Lauren Crace, Carlos Acosta, Glynn Purnell, Kray Treadwell, Sophia Smith, Aktar Islam, Marverine Cole, Callum Mullin and Iga Wysocka.

The glam evening featured performances from singer Sophie Ellis Bexter as well as DJ sets from Jodie Harsh and Fat Tony.

Sophie Ellis Bexter performs on stage at the launch party for the Grand Hotel Birmingham
Sophie Ellis Bexter performs on stage at the launch party for the Grand Hotel Birmingham

On arrival, guests were greeted with Perrier Jouet champagne and an early supper in Isaac’s, the hotel’s New York-style brasserie where chilli avocado dip, chicken wings and fried mushroom ‘calamari’ starters and burger mains were served washed done with fine wine.

The party started with the first of many performances at the hotel’s glamorous Madeleine Bar where cocktails were served.

But the evening’s main action took place in the Art Deco Grosvenor Ballroom.

The room which features chandeliers dating from the early 1900 is the centrepiece of the hotel and has been carefully restored to every inch of its former glories.

See all the amazing pictures here:

Throughout the hotel’s rich history the stunning room has played host to dignitaries and VIPs from the UK and all over the world.

Famous figures who have attended events at the Grosvenor Ballroom include Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, The Rolling Stones and Malcolm X to name a few.

Most recently movie star Tom Cruise stayed at the refurbished hotel while filming the latest Mission Impossible film.

But sadly he left Brum before the party.

The Grand Hotel launch party

Champagne was also served in the new ‘secret’ garden terrace in the central courtyard – one of the big major changes to the new look hotel.

After the main performances guests made their way to Isaac’s to enjoy the after-party featuring a set from Friendly Fires followed by DJ Fat Tony.

If you were not one of the lucky ones to be invited to the party you can still soak up some of the Grand atmosphere by visiting The Madeleine Bar for cocktails or Afternoon Tea, book a table at Isaac’s, the New-York inspired brasserie-style restaurant.

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And of course, rooms are available to book if you fancy a luxury night in the heart of the city.

Room rates are from £129, to book hotel accommodation or a table in Madeleine, visit the hotel website.

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