THE BIG LONDON HOTELS UPDATE: MORE HOTELS ARE COMING TO LONDON, ALWAYS. HERE ARE 5 OF OUR FAVES
We could fill pages and pages with London hotels in almost every stage of construction and planning; our own list easily has over 50 projects on it. We just welcomed citizenM Tower of London and Shoreditch, we’ve told you what Soho House is cooking up at Bank and whatJean-Louis Costes is bringing to Sloane Square. There is the art’otel battersea (as well as a long-dormant project in Shoreditch), the Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square (and possibly in Mayfair), but today we’ll focus on just five: some we’ve mentioned before, others we feel are worth mntioning now so that they can be on your radar too.
When we talked about Nobu Shoreditch last year, there was nothing but an empty plot on Willow Street. A few additional renderings at the start of 2016, as nice as they were to see, did nothing to convince us that an April opening was going to be in the cards.
Clearly, it wasn’t, but look! So much has changed: serious construction and a building shape that shows pretty well how those renderings are going to translate into reality, including the way the façade almost collapses into the garden at the narrow end of the plot.
As a reminder, there will be around 150 rooms and suites inside upon completion, as well as a triple height bar and restaurant – all F&B of course being done by Nobu Matsuhisa. We’re still hoping for summer 2017?
Literally in between Rosewood London and The Hoxton Holborn, L’Oscar Holborn is a Jacques Garcia project in the Grade II-listed former Baptist Church headquarters and chapel. Without an official website, the tiniest bit of information can be found online, for instance here and here.Room count varies depending on where you look, from 41 to 67 – but no matter the exact number it will be small. Photos we’ve seen call for deep red walls in the bedrooms and a rather brooding vibe. Expect bar(s) and a restaurant of course, and if some of the gossip is accurate, more L’Oscar hotels in other European cities. As soon as we have more on this, you’ll read about it here.
Back to Shoreditch and Michael Achenbaum’s The Curtain – not just hotel, but hotel and members club. ‘Arriving early 2017’ it says on the website, which we’d love to be true: a recent walk by did show the hotel looks close to ‘topping out’, with the top floor of course having the ‘Moroccan-inspired’ rooftop pool, bar and café. The 120 rooms and suites will have du jour factory-style windows, there will be a spa and two restaurants.
Our fellow contributor Juliana asked the question ‘What is Project 1898?’ a few months ago, and some of you that attended LE in June will have had a chance to learn a bit more about the code name for what will be Principal Hotels, backed by Starwood Capital Group.
Starting in November with hotels in Manchester, York and Edinburgh, by summer next year the classic Hotel Russell (1898 being the year the Russell first opened) will return with a fresh new look and a new name: The Principal, London. Stay tuned for more – we know from 1 Hotels that Barry Sternlicht is not joking about making waves in the industry, so this will be interesting to watch.
It was meant to be the third Four Seasons hotel in London, but Heron Plaza (not to be confused with Heron Tower next door, home to Duck & Waffle and Sushi Samba) will in the end bring not just a new hotel but a new brand to the city, the UK and Europe: Pan Pacific (Four Seasons of course went on to announce Trinity Square as its third London hotel and then promptly walked away from Canary Wharf, bringing total count back down to two – never a dull moment in the hotel world).
It will be a little while before we’ll be taking the lift up to the Pan Pacific’s rooms (exact count, or design for that matter, to be confirmed) and inevitable bars / restaurants in the 43-story tower, as is evident from this photo. Completion will be 2019, so let’s say the end of the decade.
[Photos: Paul J DeVries]