Iconic luxury hotel brand Six Senses is to open its first London outpost in 2023, transforming the former Whiteleys Department Store into a new hotel and spa.
The building in Bayswater, London was redeveloped into a shopping centre in the 1980s, with a cinema and bowling alley and has been closed since December 2018.
Now in a project headed by Meyer Bergman-advised fund, and developer Finchatton, the landmark property will be sensitively restored into a mixed-use development in collaboration with British architectural firm, Foster + Partners.
The original Grade II façade, central courtyard and dome will all be preserved, as will the internal staircase, which features as the centerpiece on the ground floor of the hotel.
Once complete in 2023, Six Senses London will comprise 110 bedrooms, plus 14 branded residences and a spa, restaurants, bars and a ‘new kind’ of social and wellness club.
The interiors will be designed by AvroKO in conjunction with executive architects EPR.
“I feel nostalgic when talking about Whiteleys. I grew up in the neighbourhood and my parents used to bring me here,” says chief executive officer Neil Jacobs. “It is a wonderful opportunity to pay homage to this heritage and bring our brand values to life in this part of town, while celebrating our first port of call for Six Senses in the UK.”
The Six Senses Spa will take over 3,500 sq ft of space, with an area dedicated to fitness, a swimming pool, Alchemy Bar and relaxation room with vaulted ceilings.
On the second floor, residents and members will access a new kind of social and wellness club, featuring a central bar and lounge, co-working spaces, a restaurant and wellness rooms.
Meyer Bergman is a privately-owned real estate investment management firm with a portfolio of real estate projects across Europe and the US.
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas manages 18 hotels and resorts and 30 spas in 21 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas, and has signed a further 22 properties into the development pipeline.
Six Senses is part of the IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) portfolio.