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London Keeps on Keeping On With All These New Hotels

May 21, 2013 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Will this be the Hudson London?

If you thought London would be taking a break when it comes to hotel openings after a rather frenetic Olympic year, think again: the next few years look to be filled with all sorts of exciting stuff to keep us happy. We’re listing the hotels we have our eyes on for you below, and stay tuned as we will be taking you inside when we can.

- A rebirth rather than a brand new hotel, the former St. John Hotel became One Leicester Street on May 1, including a refurbished restaurant and outdoor terrace

- Over in King’s Cross, the Great Northern Hotel also got a new a lease on life as part of the revitalization of the entire station, with sleeper compartment-inspired rooms called Couchettes

- South Kensington got a new boutique hotel contender this month in the form of the 99-room Xenia Hotel on Cromwell Road, not far from the Ampersand we showed you last year

- Affordable-chic brand base2stay is re-branding itself as Nadler Hotels, and its flagship The Nadler Soho will open on June 1, a stone’s throw from the likes of Dean Street Townhouse and Firmdale’s the Soho Hotel

- This isn't really a new hotel but it is newsworthy--The Waldorf-Astoria Syon Park has now been downgraded to just the Hilton London Syon Park. A Hilton Worldwide spokesperson told Business Insider that, "Having operated the property since March 2011, we've mutually agreed with our owner that the new positioning will be the best fit for the local market."

- Still mostly shrouded in mystery – despite some renderings we dug up a while back – the Chiltern Street fire station we expect to become The Mercer London is progressing towards opening this year. Here’s hoping…

- What can we say about Shangri-La at the Shard that we have not said already? We can’t wait to go up to the 34th floor to check it out for ourselves. Opening is scheduled for the fall

- Another one of our long-term obsessions, Edition London is still light on details in the lead up to the re-opening of the former Berners Hotel in September

- Rosewood is planning its return to London, taking over the (formerly Renaissance) Chancery Court Hotel, splashing millions on an overhaul to bring it to its liking, reopening in October on High Holborn

- Following on from last year’s small Dorset Square hotel, Firmdale should come back with a bang this year, opening its flagship known as the Ham Yard project. Right behind Piccadilly Circus, the site squeezes in between existing buildings and will have 90 bedrooms and 24 apartments among a host of other facilities. From what we saw a few weeks ago, there will be factory-style windows like the ones we love so much at Crosby Street in New York

- If Morgans Hotel Group can get past its recent mess, next year should have Sea Containers House transform into the Mondrian London. We’re seeing the first glass panels being installed in the façade, so things are moving ahead. As best as we can figure out, the picture up top is the future home of Hudson London, an Edwardian building formerly used by the Ministry of Defense, right around the corner from the Royal Horseguards and Trafalgar Square. We’ll have to wait until 2015 to find out if its 234 rooms will be any more spacious than its New York sibling though

- Our £1-favorite Hoxton Hotel has lots of things up its sleeve, from new complimentary bikes to a collaboration with Soho House Group for a different take on meeting & event space, but more importantly, a second London hotel – coming to Holborn in 2014

- citizenM will add two hotels by the end of next year (St. Paul & Holborn), but first up is in fact the United States, with citizenM Times Square due to land by November

- If rumors are indeed true that it is Armani that will take up the Admiralty Arch, two years from now you will be able to stay in Italian style while having head-on views of Buckingham Palace down Pall Mall

Think that’s not enough? There’s the question mark that is Art’Otel Hoxton, the unnamed hotel at the One Blackfriars project, the Hilton Southbank that is still a big hole in the ground, the replacement of now-closed Swissotel The Howard, a hotel inside the former Port of London Authority Headquarters at 10 Trinity Square, the rumored Four Seasons Heron Tower, and of course Nobu Shoreditch.

Know of another hotel you feel should be on our to-watch list? Let us know in the comments!

[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]

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