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Will the Lalit London Hotel Actually Happen?

Where: Queen Elizabeth Street, London, United Kingdom
August 5, 2014 at 9:36 AM | by | ()

While the former Port of London Authority building at Tower Hill is being reimagined as 10 Trinity Square, directly across the river the St. Olave’s Grammar School at Tower Bridge might be a few steps further on its way to becoming The Lalit Hotel London.

A tipster pointed us to the project having picked up some steam, after being announced back in 2012 as the first European venture of the Indian hotel group, with a late 2014 opening no less. Grade-II listed, the school dates back to the late 1800s and was derelict for over a decade before conversion work began.

The building is now almost fully obscured by scaffolding (more shots below), with the concrete core you see peeking out behind and the ochre brick on the right both part of the One Tower Bridge development.

There isn’t much that we can find on the Lalit group website, but a little browse around the internet does reveal some shots and details of the classic interiors.

The exterior rendering is a view from the back, which suggests a smidge of green space will be added between the hotel and One Tower Bridge. We guess the interior shot is of the three-story main hall, which will be “used as a restaurant and event space”. Another shot shows a room with paneled walls and plaster ceiling referred to as the “governor’s room”, to be used as a cocktail bar, with the headmaster’s office to be converted to a suite.

An additional mezzanine floor will be inserted within the building to create additional space for hotel rooms – though from what we can read there will only be 70 rooms in total. When more details come out, we’ll let you know, but we wouldn’t expect opening before the middle of next year at the earliest.

[Photos: JasonD, Rendering & Interior Photo: Archer Humphryes Architects]

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