Robert De Niro to open London hotel
Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro is to open a boutique hotel in London's Covent Garden, following on from the success of celebrity favourite The Greenwich in New York.
Mr De Niro, working with Capital & Counties Properties (Capco) and BD Hotels, has submitted a planning application for the proposed 83-room hotel, which will be called The Wellington Hotel.
The plans would see Mr De Niro, Ira Drukier and Richard Born - the team behind The Greenwich Hotel in New York's Tribeca district - open their first hotel outside of the US.
The Greenwich Hotel, which opened in 2008, is popular among celebrities for its hipster aesthetic and luxury facilities. Mr De Niro also owns the Nobu Hotel Manila in the Philippines.
The new London scheme will include spa facilities, two restaurants, a deli/café and a members' club, built around a central courtyard conservatory. The hotel would span a whole block of six adjacent buildings in the historic area of the capital.
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