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perspectives places london Photo courtesy of OETKER COLLECTION By JoAnn Greco and Jennifer Franklin (COMO) 1. The stately exterior of the recently renovated Lanesborough, which is housed in an early 19thcentury building. BRITISH INVASION Post Olympic growth continues in the English city The supremely popular 2012 Summer Olympics in London spurred approximately $15 billion in tourism and infrastructure developments, with old staples unveiling major updates, while newcomers like Thompson, W, and Waldorf Astoria found their way into the crowded market. Not even five years have passed and things seem better than ever, with the British capital welcoming a record 5.1 million global visitors between April and June of 2015, 6 percent more than the same period the previous year, according to the Office for National Statistics International Passenger Survey (IPS). According to HVS, some 7,000 hotel rooms are coming online this year, double last year's openings. From the continued expansion of British budget stalwarts such as Travelodge, to upscale openings like InterContinental London - the 02, all spectrums are represented. "The demand is immense," says Russell Kett, chairman of HVS London, "and with markets like the middle class of China and India still in first gear, it can only grow." One trend he's seen across the board is a preponderance of "boxes that have basic sleeping rooms upstairs and vibrant lobbies downstairs-from the relative luxury of citizenM to hostels like Generator to budget chains like Premier Inn, which introduced a line of pod-type rooms called Hub." Another, he says, is the "acceptance of neighborhoods, such as Shoreditch and Bankside, that were formerly hotel backwaters." Luxury properties continue to reinvent themselves, such as the forthcoming 25-room No. 11 Cadogan Gardens, which was once co-owned by actress Elizabeth Hurley, and is receiving an update by locally based firms ReardonSmith Architects and JSJ Design. ReardonSmith also worked on the 18-month gut renovation of the Lanesborough, which just reopened with Regency-inspired interiors and a lightened palette. Paris-based Alberto Pinto reintroduced details and moldings that had long gone missing from the early 19th-century building for the feel of "a typical British country residence," while ReardonSmith worked with the likes of some 300 craftspeople to add faux finishes and trompe l'oeil touches in the lobby and entrance. And this summer will see the reemergence of another Knightsbridge neighborhood icon, the Berkeley hotel, after a renovation by British architect Lord Richard Rogers that includes new suites and a freshening of its Blue Bar and Caramel Room- which will be redubbed the Collins Room after the late David Collins. With space tight in Greater London, much of the pipeline is focused on adaptive reuse. Hotels under development include a transformation of an Edwardian-era court and police station by London architects Goddard Manton into the 128-room Old Street Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch; the 100-room Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, located inside the restored 1920s-era Port of London Authority building; the conversion of the original Scotland Yard into a 235-room hotel by Abu Dhabi-based LuLu Group; and a 70-room boutique property from Lalit Hotels of India in a former school building near the Tower of London. One eagerly awaited new build is Nobu Shoreditch, under construction with interiors by Jacques Garcia. The building was originally designed by architect Ron Arad Associates; London-based Ben Adams Architects is currently charged with completing the project. Here's a look at a handful of other new or recently updated properties. May 2016 159

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Hospitality Design - May 2016
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From the Editor
People: HD Summit
People: CitySCENE Atlanta
Business Sense: Mergers
Sustainable Studio: Toscana Resort Castelfalfi
Inspiration: Zaha Hadid Superyachts
Trends: Airport Lounges
Trends: Extended Stays
Places: Austin
Places: London
Interview: Brad Wilson
Interview: Chip Conley
Interview: Alan Faena
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Interview: Pacifica Hotels
5 Questions for Dan Flannery
Profile: Thom Filicia
Trends Custom Art
ICFF Preview
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The Camby Hotel + Axiom Hotel
Seamarq Hotel
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Soho Farmhouse
Generator Amsterdam
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