Travelling briefly back in time to the second half of the last decade, Jumeirah Beetham Tower was going to be a 261-room hotel in a landmark building on the southwest corner of Blackfriars Bridge, a plot that had been empty since 2002. Only 64 luxury residences would complete the mixed-use development. Cue an epic financial crisis and the project was shelved.
Almost a decade later, it looks like this ugly piece of bare land will finally be no more: the One Blackfriars project takes the original exterior design from architect Ian Simpson, but plans an all-residence tower and a 150-room boutique hotel instead.
The Mondrian and this as-yet unnamed hotel should bring some much needed life to this dreary corner; check out some construction shots - and a rather depressing alley - in the gallery below.
We did say fourhotels. As we were on our way to the Mondrian / Blackfriars site, we stumbled on a fresh Novotel sign. We had been wondering what this building was going to be, a quick search online tells us we can expect not only a Novotel but also an Ibis, another brand within the Accor umbrella. That tall building you see bottom left in the distance? That's the Shard at London Bridge.
Finally, a few blocks east, behind Tate Modern, there is a construction site that could possibly become the Hilton Bankside. Given that what information we could get our hands on had a 2012 opening date, construction hasn't started yet, and the hotel is nowhere to be found on the Hilton website, we won't hold our breath on that one...
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[All Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]