‘The health and safety of our staff and community is our primary concern,’ says hotel director.
The Londoner will delay its opening until next year because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 350-bedroom hotel, which is spread across 16 storeys, was due to open in June 2020 in Leicester Square.
Charles Oak, hotel director at The Londoner, said: “As the coronavirus situation sadly remains with us, more than ever the health and safety of our staff and community is our primary concern. We remain alert to advice and continue to adapt our best practices accordingly, particularly with the construction efforts of the hotel. Work is now continuing on site and our teams will advance the development to an early 2021 timeline.
“We are deeply disappointed that we have had to make this decision after all of the hard work and dedication from our partners to date and knowing how much excitement had built for the hotel’s launch this year. However, we know that this is absolutely the right thing to do to protect the safety and wellbeing of our community and we look forward to unveiling this hotel that we are so proud of next year.”
It will have 350 guest rooms, suites and a tower penthouse with panoramic views, two private screening rooms, a mix of six “concept eateries” – including bars and a tavern, alfresco dining on the ground floor and a contemporary Japanese lounge bar with a rooftop terrace and fire pit. It will also have a ballroom, gym and spa.
It is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Legend Collection, and is the latest project by Edwardian Hotels London, the hotel group behind the development of The May Fair Hotel, the newly opened The Edwardian Manchester and a collection of restaurant and bar brands, including May Fair Kitchen, May Fair Bar, Bloomsbury Street Kitchen and Peter Street Kitchen.
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