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There’s been lots of buzz in London as actor-turned-hotelier Robert De Niro recently announced plans for a hotel called The Wellington in Covent Garden. De Niro has teamed up with Ira Drukier and Richard Born—the same winning triumvirate behind New York’s Greenwich Hotel, a favorite hang-out for celebrities. An application was submitted this month and if approved by the Westminster City Council, work on the 83-room hotel would begin in 2017, for an opening date in 2019.
According to The Telegraph, the hotel would be housed in six adjacent buildings taking up an entire block. Situated around a courtyard conservatory, The Wellington would have a spa, two restaurants, a deli/café and a members’ club. For this project, the hoteliers are working with Capital & Counties Properties (Capco), which has owned Covent Garden for 10 years.
De Niro is not new to the hotel game. Besides The Greenwich, the Oscar-winning actor is also behind the Nobu hotels with celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa.