London - New and upcoming openings
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.
April 2019: 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 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.
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.