The Hempel London Is No More, Contents Are On Sale
The second week of September will be a full circle moment for London hotels: just as both Ace and Edition are opening their doors to fight for the title of hippest place to rest your head, so will a former coolest spot in town meet its final moments under the auctioneer’s hammer. The London Evening Standard reports that The Hempel – vision of Anouska Hempel and once the hangout of every celeb, model, and wannabe – is having its entire contents auctioned off on September 12.
You can browse all available items here, but you better be quick as interest apparently is huge. Perhaps you’d like the bed David and Victoria Beckham once slept in? The rest of the Lioness Suite it was part of does come with that piece of celebrity history. Or The Beluga Suite that Michael Jackson favored?
The auction starts at 10am on September 12, with viewings the two days before. What is to become of the hotel? If you know at all what is happening in London these days, the answer will come as no surprise: luxury apartments. Despite soaring prices, appetite for residential real estate in the UK capital continues to be voracious. Given the location close to Notting Hill and Hyde Park, we have no doubt the apartments will sell like hot cakes once redevelopment has been completed.
For those looking for a hit of Anouska Hempel design with their hotel stay, there is still Blakes in London and – though re-branded – Dylan Amsterdam.
[Photo: The Hempel]