Opening date: Late 2016
The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, India’s largest and fastest growing hotel portfolio, has chosen London as the site for its first overseas property.
Set to open in late 2016, the £50m five-star The Lalit London will be located in a Grade II-Listed property which was originally designed by Edward Mountford, the architect of the Old Bailey.
Built in two phases, in 1893 and 1896, the building was first home to St Olave’s Grammar School and more recently Lambeth College. Now it is being transformed into a 70-bed boutique hotel, and the culmination of a long-held ambition by Keshav Suri, executive director of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group.
The building’s renovation is being handled by EPR Architects, while Archer Humphryes is heading up the interior design.
The centrepiece of the project will be the former Great Hall, where the room’s timber panelling, vaulted ceiling and gallery is being restored to become the backdrop for The Lalit London’s pan Indian restaurant Baluchi.
The former Governors’ Room meanwhile, with its panelled walls and elaborate plaster ceiling, will be converted into a cocktail bar.
Each of The Lalit London’s 70 bedrooms will be different in design and layout, with the bedrooms on the top floor boasting 30-foot high ceilings. In addition, the Headmaster’s Room on the first floor will be transformed into a luxury suite.
The Lalit London will also house Rejuve – The Spa.
Dr Jyotsna Suri, the group’s chairperson and managing director said: “My family has a karmic connection with this city, in fact all of us have grown up or studied in London. My father passed away here in 2006 and since then my mother, Dr Suri, and I have wanted to fulfil his wish of owning a hotel in London and I am glad that is finally becoming a reality.”