Leeu Collection, the South African hotel group, has announced that it has acquired its first London property to transform into a new 100-bedroom boutique for the city.
The collection, for which former Firmdale chief Carrie Wicks is CEO, has acquired 55 Newman Street, a former office building in Fitzrovia, with detail planning consent for the boutique hotel transformation.
The property will be due to open in 2019.
Wicks said that the group’s first London hotel will ‘certainly not be the last’, as the Leeu Collection ramps up expansion in the UK.
The group comprises three five-star boutique properties in South Africa, and its debut UK acquisition, Linthwaite House in the Lake District.
The 30-bedroom four AA red star hotel was acquired in April 2016, while its second Europe property Leeu Villa Querce in Florence, a 70-bedroom hotel, was acquired this year and is due to open its doors in 2021.
Carrie Wicks, CEO of Leeu Collection, said: “The purchase of a London property is a very exciting development for Leeu Collection, as it marks the first acquisition for the group in a major city, but it will certainly not be the last.
“Leeu Collection continues to seek hotel opportunities in key locations around the world that reflect the Leeu ethos of creating unrivalled escapes for discerning guests.”