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More Hotel Love Planned for London's Southbank

April 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM | by | ()

The Mondrian London is rising.

As far back as November 2010 we were listing new hotels in London to watch out for as we were starting to have trouble keeping track of all the new ones coming up.

Some of the hotels have opened (Hi Belgraves!) and some we are still waiting for with baited breath (who wouldn't after the daredevil preview from the top of Shangri-La's The Shard tower?).

Development is certainly not showing any signs of slowing down around town, and that includes the Thames river's Southbank. The Shangri-La will radically change the London Bridge area, and we've told you about the Mondrian London arriving inside Sea Container House, just west of the Tate Modern museum, next to the famous OXO Tower.

But that's not all, not one but as many as four new hotels could be popping up steps away from the Mondrian.

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...

Do you have any scoop on one of these hotels? Tell us in the comments below!

[All Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]

Archived Comments:

CitizenM too...

You missed CitizenM Bankside on Lavington Street....opening soon  I believe <a href="http://www.citizenm.com/london-hotels">http://www.citizenm.com/london-hotels</a>

Ahh...that's right!

We just hope the 2012 opening date sticks!