Hollywood star Robert De Niro has unveiled plans to build an 83-room hotel in London’s Covent Garden.
Facades will be retained although building heights will be raised with the addition of mansard roofs.
The plans would see boutique hotel pioneers De Niro, Ira Drukier and Richard Born – the team behind the internationally renowned The Greenwich Hotel in New York’s Tribeca district – open their first hotel outside of the US.
De Niro working with Capital & Counties Properties and his US hotel developer partners BD Hotels, has submitted plans to merge six historic buildings to form the upmarket boutique hotel.
Historic façades would be retained and incorporated into the new hotel to create a new space, as successfully implemented at The Greenwich Hotel in New York.
The new Wellington Hotel, located near the London Transport Museum, will include spa facilities, two restaurants, and a members’ club, built around a central courtyard conservatory.
If the plans are approved by Westminster City Council, work would begin on the development in 2017, with construction being completed in 2019.
Robert De Niro said: “London is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the world. It makes perfect sense to develop a hotel that represents all of that in the heart of this city in Covent Garden. The Wellington Hotel would honour the heritage of the area, while bringing the best of what we’ve done in New York to London”.