Former headquarters of MI5 could become luxury hotel and members club


A well-known property investor has lodged plans to redevelop the former headquarters of MI5 in London into a new luxury hotel and private members club.

As part of the proposed scheme by Robert Tchenguiz, Leconfield House in Mayfair would be converted into a new hotel with 78 bedrooms, a health club and spa, restaurant and bar, plus retail units and a screening room.

Documents submitted with the plan said the scheme wants to compete with some of the best five-star hotels in the capital, such as as Claridges or Chiltern Firehouse.

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The new plan could include a glass dome on the roof above the restaurant, as well as a living green wall for one of the building’s facades.

Leconfield House was built in 1939, and in 1945 MI5 moved in to occupy the building, located on Curzon Street, until 1976.

On the top floor was the Pig and Eye club, a bar for secret service staff. Tchenguiz’s property company Rotch bought the freehold of the building for £45M, although the purchase of the leasehold as well took his investment in the scheme to £140M. 

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