South Place - the first hotel from restaurateurs D&D London - intends to feed people in time for the Olympics and welcome its first overnight guests at the beginning of September.
Situated between Moorgate and Liverpool Street in the City of London, the 80-bedroom hotel, which is being developed by D&D's property partner, Frogmore, is intended by its operators to be "more meet than sleep" than most of the capital's hotels.
South Place's general manager, Bruce Robertson, described the property as a hotel created by restaurateurs. "It derives its inspiration from many of the things that make London buzz: cultural diversity, local neighbourhoods, understated wit and an easy sense of self."
The hotel will feature two restaurants - Angler restaurant, focusing on seafood and shellfish on the seventh floor, with a rooftop terrace, and 3 South Place, an informal, all-day eaterie on the ground floor - and three bars. Executive chef Tony Fleming, formerly at One Aldwych, will oversee the food and beverage operation.
There will also be a residents' games room, La Chiffre, and a gym with beauty and wellness treatments.
Specially commissioned work by contemporary London artists will be a key feature of the hotel, with the first winner of the annual South Place Hotel Art Prize having their work displayed in a dedicated window on the ground floor.
D&D London currently operates more than 30 restaurants in London, Paris, New York, Copenhagen and Tokyo, and intends to launch a number of restaurants and bars in the redeveloped Old Bengal Warehouse in New Street, off Bishopsgate, London, in September.
By Janet Harmer
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