Londonís St. John Hotel Becomes One Leicester Street On May 1
Back in early 2011, Londonís West End welcomed the white spaceship that is the W Leicester Square in a whirlwind of celebs and experimental theater. The hotel made such a big splash that it was bound to overshadow the opening shortly after, of its small neighbor, the St. John Hotel.
Having struggled through several delays due to the unforeseen reconstruction needed to prepare the building for its new lease on life, the St. John unfortunately went into administration less than two years after opening. Following an acquisition by Singaporean hotelier Peng Loh, the man behind the Unlisted Collection, the hotel will officially become part of this group today under the new name One Leicester Street Hotel.
What does this re-branding mean? Some things will change, and some things will stay the same. Chef Tom Harris will stay with the restaurant (which previously earned a Michelin star), with a lunch and dinner menu that focuses on sharing plates, moving away from the traditional courses set up. Both the restaurant and the bar have been refurbished, and there will be a new terrace area (a rendering is on the hotelís Facebook page) on the pedestrian zone between the hotel and the W next door.
The hotel rooms, meanwhile, have remained open; the new website is still a sole landing page as we write this, so no word yet on actual live rates Ė we do expect these to be in the £200+ ($310+) range.
[Photo: The Penthouse as it was in the St John Hotel]