Matan Gilan, Panda London

The Luxe Lowdown: Matan Gilan, Panda London



Matan Gilan


CEO at Panda London

Where is home?


Three reasons you love where you live?

London is a multicultural and diverse city with many parks and green spaces to escape the busyness of life. It is bursting with exciting cultural and professional opportunities.



What do you do for a living?

I am the founder and CEO of Panda London and several other businesses.

Any upcoming or ongoing projects we should know about?

We have recently launched our revolutionary Hybrid Bamboo Mattress – the world’s most breathable mattress which will soon also be available in smaller variations as part of our Panda Kids range. This year, the Hybrid Bamboo Mattress will be introduced in more countries, delivering a perfect night’s sleep to all our customers around the globe.

What does downtime mean to you?

Going to the gym, warm showers and 10-minute power naps.


What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I started working in McDonalds when I was 13 and became the store manager of the biggest branch in the country by the age of 17. When growing up, my first ambition was to work my way up to become the CEO of McDonalds.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Walk your own path and be unique.

What is your greatest fear?

Doctors and any procedure relating to health.

Which living person do you admire most and why?

My mum. She is the person with the highest emotional intelligence I have ever met.



What is top of your bucket list?

To visit Tokyo, the city where I was born. I have three passports, lived in 10 different countries and travel almost on a weekly basis for work and family reasons. However, I never got the chance to visit Japan since I left when I was two years old.

What is your most treasured possession?

My ‘memory box’ which contains my school certificates, video and audio with precious footages of my family, photos and my old stamp and telecard collections.

What does the weekend mean to you?

Although I consider work as a hobby and love what I do, it requires me to be available 24/7. The weekend is when I can truly ‘disappear’ for a few hours without having to worry about anyone or anything.

A memorable holiday?

In Copenhagen with my childhood friends. Denmark is beautiful and friendships with people you grow up with are often most sincere.

Best dress?

Simple t-shirt and jeans.

Who would be your top three dinner guests?

Tamar Zoller – My grandmother who passed away recently.
Billie Joe Armstrong – A musician I admired in my teenage years.
Peter Jones – An inspirational businessman.

The last place you ate?

Coal Office, one of my favourite restaurants in London.

The last book you read?

I read Peppa Pig to my adorable nephew yesterday.

The last thing you listened to?

Elton John, live at Hyde Park.

The last thing you watched?

‘The Devil’s Confessions’ – a documentary about Adolf Eichmann which was produced by my talented partner.

Three luxe things in life?

Built in speakers in my house ceiling, vegan ice-cream and my 100% bamboo bedding by Panda.