Plans have been unveiled for the first Peninsula hotel in London to open in Belgravia in 2021, at a cost of £500m.
Set to become the London sister of Hong Kong’s Peninsula, the Peninsula London will consist of 190 rooms with some boasting views over Buckingham Palace, designed by Marylebone-based Hopkins Architects.
Planning permission has been submitted to Westminster council to replace the office block on Grosvenor Place near Hyde Park, owned by Grosvenor, with the new hotel on the 1.5 acre site.
The plans include the creation of a colonnaded walkway and main public entrance on Grosevnor Place, as well as an internal ‘palazzo-style’ courtyard. The complex will then include a spa, a ballroom and up to 28 residential apartments.
The original Peninsula, owned by The HongKong and Shanghai Hotels, is the area’s oldest hotel, dating back to 1928.
If the plan for the London hotel gets the green light, the area will have one of the most concentrated clusters of five-star hotels in the world, with The Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, the Dorchester and 45 Park Lane, the Bulgari and the Berkeley all within walking distance of one another.
The Peninsula will be the third of Asia’s luxury hotel brands to open in London, following the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in Knightsbridge in 2000 and the Shangri-La in The Shard last year.
The company runs 10 hotels, but only one in Europe, The Peninsula Paris, which opened last year.
Clement Kwok, chief executive of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, said: “Each of our hotels embraces the local culture, style and history. As one of the world’s most important destinations for business and tourism, London will be an exciting addition to our global network.”