Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro has submitted a planning application to create a new 83-bedroom boutique in London’s Covent Garden, which would mark his first hotel project outside the US.
Boutique Hotelier reported in January that the Hollywood star could be tipped to enter the hotel market in London and now an official planning application has been submitted to Westminster City Council.
The legendary actor, together with Capital & Counties Properties (Capco) and BD Hotels, already operates celebrity favourite The Greenwich in New York and is now bidding to imitate this success in the UK.
De Niro Ira Drukier and Richard Born – the team behind The Greenwich Hotel in New York’s Tribeca district – hope to start construction on the site in 2017 with a scheduled completion date in 2019.
The Wellington Hotel, as it would be known, would include spa facilities, two restaurants, a deli/cafe and a members’ club, spanning a block of six adjacent buildings in Covent Garden.
As well as The Greenwich Hotel, which opened in 2008, De Niro also owns the Nobu Hotel Manila in the Philippines.
De Niro said London was “one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the world”.
“The Wellington Hotel would honour the heritage of the area, while bringing the best of what we’ve done in New York to London,” he added.
Capco has owned Covent Garden for 10 years, and has brought a number of new leisure retailers to the area in recent years, including up-market restaurant Sushisamba, which is due to open later this year.
Sarah-Jane Curtis, director of Capco’s Covent Garden holdings, said the hotel would be the first landmark hotel for the estate.