Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
9:00 AM 31st July 2020

Unique Hotel Delays Opening To 2021

What’s claimed to be the world’s first super boutique hotel, The Londoner in Leicester Square, is to delay its opening until early next year due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus.

The 350-bedroom hotel, spread across 16-storeys, is the latest project from Edwardian Hotels London, one of the UK’s largest privately owned hotel groups featuring a raft of upscale five- and four-star luxury properties.

The revised timeline is due in part to coronavirus-related restrictions, which have led to a reduced number of construction workers on-site.

Charles Oak, Hotel Director at The Londoner, said, “As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation sadly remains with us, more than ever the health and safety of our staff and community is our primary concern. We remain alert to advice and continue to adapt our best practices accordingly, particularly with the construction efforts of the hotel. Work is now continuing on site and our teams will advance the development to an early 2021 timeline.

“We are deeply disappointed that we have had to make this decision after all of the hard work and dedication from our partners to date and knowing how much excitement had built for the hotel’s launch this year.

"However, we know that this is absolutely the right thing to do to protect the safety and wellbeing of our community and we look forward to unveiling this hotel that we are so proud of next year.”

A brand-new build in the heart of London, The Londoner will open in Leicester Square complete with 350 guest rooms, suites and a tower penthouse with panoramic views, two private screening rooms, a mix of six concept eateries - including bars and a tavern, alfresco dining on the ground floor and a contemporary Japanese lounge bar with a rooftop terrace and fire pit – plus an expansive ballroom suited for any occasion, a variety of meeting spaces and a results-driven gym and spa.