A formal London port to become a luxury hotel, read more at hotelchatter
While we work down our list of London hotel openings to look out for this year, the preliminary one for 2015 is steadily growing. If all goes as planned, this should be an interesting addition to that list: the restoration and conversion of the Grade-II listed former Port of London Authority into a mixed-use complex with 120-room hotel, restaurant, club, spa, and 41 residences.
Located at Tower Hill, next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, it was originally commissioned in 1911 and completed just over a decade later, following delays due to World War I. Plans have been floating for the better part of a decade, with a fancy event organized as early as 2011 to celebrate approval being granted.
Key part of the restoration is bringing back the original rotunda, which was damaged in WWII bombings, with a centerpiece of ‘twisted fins’ to reflect light. The above rendering doesn’t quite give the same impression of the perfectly circular roof that is visible in the floor plan and aerial view below, but we get the idea.
This rather intricate floor plan (which may or may not be final) shows a lay out that based on the room numbers suggests it being the 2nd floor. A vast boardroom, part of a section of function space (in blue) overlooks the pillared front entrance, with a range of guestrooms (light purple) facing both the streets around the hotel and the courtyard.
We count three Royal Suites on the left, ranging from 120 sq m (1,300 sq ft) to 355 sq m (3,820 sq ft), all with circular bathtubs. All other rooms look to have both a separate (oval) bathtub and shower too.
Whether the hotel will just be called 10 Trinity Square, or a big name brand will be added to that we do not know for sure at this point. The website is currently a single page with an enquiry email address. A change in ownership of the building resulted in a number of companies involved in the project being replaced as recently as last year, so we hope that won’t result in any further delays. We’ll keep you posted when we find out more.