London – long lead in news
2020: Raffles Hotels & Resort London, Westminster, central London
One of London’s most significant historic buildings, the Old War Office – once the office of Winston Churchill, and sections of the British secret service – is being transformed into a 125-room luxury hotel by Raffles Hotels & Resorts(link is external). It will be the company’s first property in Britain, and rooms will include 50 suites and 88 private residences.
Date TBC: Marylebone Lane hotel, Marylebone, central London
A brand new luxury 206-bedroom, nine-storey hotel operated by Shiva Hotels is planned for Marylebone. The proposed hotel will have a spa, swimming pool, café and club lounge.
Date TBC: Claridge’s plans new five-storey basement, London
The iconic luxury hotel has been granted planning permission for a five-storey ‘iceberg’ basement to modernise its historic site. Proposals include a subterranean gym, pool, sauna and wine store, plus two new rooftop levels to house 40 extra rooms. Dates are still to be confirmed.
Summer 2018: Cumberland Hotel to become Britain’s first Hard Rock Hotel, London
The 900-bedroom Marble Arch site is set to re-open in 2018 as the Hard Rock Hotel, complete with a lobby area hosting live music, as well as a Hard Rock Café, speakeasy bar, spa and ‘rock shop’ selling iconic merchandise.
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TBC 2018: Belmond Cadogan reopening, Knightsbridge, London
The luxury hotel group Belmond, is backing the £28million investment project in The Cadogan, the prestigious hotel on Sloane Street. Built in 1887 in the Queen Anne style, The Cadogan was the location of Oscar Wilde’s infamous arrest. Building on this colourful history, the historic property is undergoing a two-year renovation project, which reduces the number of rooms and suites from 64 to 54 to accommodate the needs of luxury travellers.
January 2019: Robert de Niro’s The Wellington, Covent Garden, London
In partnership with BD Hotels, Robert De Niro is opening his first London hotel: The Wellington in Covent Garden. Planning permission has been granted for the scheme, which will include 83 bedrooms, two restaurants, a members’ club, deli/cafe and spa and swimming pool.
TBC 2019: Art’otel at Battersea Power Station, London
Earmarked to open in 2019 in a building designed by Foster + Partners and set around the historic Grade II* listed Battersea Power Station, this will be a 160-plus bedroom luxury lifestyle hotel offering skyline floors boasting panoramic views. There will be a Roof Garden, an outdoor rooftop pool and bar overlooking the iconic chimneys, curated gardens, a signature destination restaurant and double-height bar with wrap-around views of the Power Station and London skyline. Guests will be welcomed by a public gallery; a multi-purpose creative space offering a rotating calendar of exhibitions, as well as cultural and artistic events supporting established and up-and-coming artists alike.
Refurbs and Expansions
May 2017: Multi-million pound refurbishment of Dukes London, London
Dukes London, located in the heart of Mayfair, is currently undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment. The London property will see a major upgrade to its public areas and bedrooms, which includes a partnership with Liberty London. The addition of a new food and beverage outlet will deliver an all-day casual dining concept. As part of this new concept, the restaurant is to be renamed GBR (Great British Restaurant).
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