27 JUNE 2011
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The Wellesley, 11 Knightsbridge, has set a date of November 2012 to open as a unique 36-guestroom boutique rendezvous. It claims it will be London’s first 6-star property.
Named after the Duke of Wellington (Arthur Wellesley – whose London home is directly opposite, across Hyde Park Corner) the property was originally a Piccadilly Line Underground station booking hall built in 1906. The Leslie Green-designed station building is notable by its ox-blood (protected) coloured tiles.
In the 1930s the site became a popular jazz venue, something the new owners have latched on to. The Jazz Room is expected to be a feature of the hotel. To complete its luxurious offering, The Wellesley will also encompass The Crystal Bar and the Oval Restaurant. Expect a mixture of contemporary and classic style that combine the building’s 1920s Art Deco history with elegant modern design. http://thewellesley.co.uk
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