What is believed to be London's deepest hotel basement has been revealed in a "bottoming out" ceremony in Leicester Square, where Edwardian Hotels London is developing a £300m, 350-bedroom property.
The lowest point of the project, at more than 30m below ground level, has now been reached by the engineers Arup and developers McGee. Set to open in 2019, the hotel will incorporate restaurants, bars, two Odeon cinemas, a banqueting suite and leisure facilities in the six levels below ground.
At a ceremony to mark the event, a time capsule, containing newspapers and blue prints of the development, was placed in the basement of the hotel.
Iype Abraham, commercial development director at Edwardian Hotels London, said that following the opening of hotels in old properties, the company had wanted to develop its own site.
"This is an exciting hotel development in a cultural and entertainment hub of the capital," he explained. "It is our aim to continue to invest in Leicester Square, and complement the surrounding West End area, attracting both Londoners and tourists alike to the area."
Founded by Jasminder Singh in 1977, Edward Hotels London today owns and operates 11 Radisson Blu Edwardian hotels in the capital and Manchester, the May fair hotel in London and a portfolio of bars and restaurants.
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