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Peninsula Hotels to open a luxury hotel in London

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There was much excitement in the luxury hotel world last month when it was revealed that Peninsula has acquired a site in Grosvenor Place for its entry into the London hotel market.

Peninsula is a small but perfectly formed hotel group based in Hong Kong. If you have ever visited Hong Kong, you have probably seen the property there – an old colonial hotel, originally on the waterfront but pushed back a little by land reclamation, with a modern tower rising out it:

Peninsula Hong Kong

If you’ve been to Bangkok, you may also have seen their tower there – if you visited the Mandarin Oriental, the Peninsula is the tall hotel on the opposite bank of the river.

In recent years, they have opened in Tokyo (where I was fortunate enough to stay about 5 years ago) and in Shanghai, in what looks like a lovely art deco style new-build on the Bund. A Paris property is also in the works.

This is the site that Peninsula has acquired in London:

1 Grosvenor Place today

We can only hope full demolition will take place first.

To put this picture in context, the photo is taken from Hyde Park Corner. To the right of that building would be The Lanesborough, with (going around the roundabout clockhouse) Apsley House and the InterContinental Park Lane.

I also found this old picture of the site, which seems an improvement on the block above:

1 Grosvenor Place

Peninsula paid £133m for a 50% share in the buildings, with freeholder Grosvenor Estates coming in as their partner. There is no date yet for the opening, which will presumably depend on the scale of the plans they submit and the difficulty of obtaining planning permission. The final development will include both the hotel and a residential element.

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Comments (6)

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  • Thomas says:

    Have always thought that The Peninsula Beverly Hills is one of the world’s best.
    Very good news that they are finally opening in London.

    • Rob says:

      Agreed. We’ve stayed at Bangkok twice as well, and whilst the rooms needed a refurb everything else about the hotel is excellent. Tokyo was great in every way. Never stayed in HK although toured the lobby a couple of times!

      • thomas says:

        Hong Kong.. The rooms were very nice and the pool/spa area beautiful for the view.
        I hope the London hotel is not geared to just the eastern and middle eastern clientele.
        The groups charm has always been to have a very comfortable feel to their interiors

      • whiskerxx says:

        How long ago where you in Bangkok? Must have been a while, the rooms are excellent

        • Rob says:

          Last time would have been pre the youngest, so 6 years! May well have been redone. Ms Raffles still raves about their mango sticky rice!

          2nd time at the Pen we booked the Thai Suite, which is about 3-4 floors down from the top. Didn’t really work well, oddly – same size bedroom as a normal deluxe room, but a HUGE living area stacked with antiques. However, it was a very dark space because it was deeper than normal rooms and the sun didn’t penetrate. It also lost light because the roof line tapered out above us, to fit the helipad on. Still paid a relative pittance for it, though!

  • Lady London says:

    A fantastic addition to keeping London on the map of places with top world hotels.
    I have seen the one in Shanghai and it is truly beautiful.

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