UK Hospitality Sector Is on the Up!
Reports of its demise are exaggerated: the UK hospitality sector is thriving. Nowhere is this more clearly evidenced than with the forthcoming reopening of a historic Bloomsbury hotel following an £85 million refurbishment.
Originally named the Hotel Russell, the hotel is famed for its Titanic connections. Not only did several of the passengers destined for the ill-fated voyage stay at the hotel prior to travelling to Southampton but the same architect – Charles Fitzroy Doll – designed both the Grade II* listed building and the Titanic’s first class dining room. Renamed Principal London, the hotel is set to reopen on 16th April 2018, 106 years and one day after the Titanic’s tragic loss. It now boasts interiors designed by Tara Bernerd and Russell Sage Studio, and a restaurant run by the owners of Elliot’s in Borough Market and The Richmond in Hackney.
Principal London is far from the only significant new arrival on the capital’s hospitality map. Television fans may be on the edge of their seats in anticipation of Soho House’s latest boutique hotel, which is to be housed in the former BBC Television Centre in White City. All the rooms will be located within the central ring of “the doughnut” (as the building is popularly known), with many of them overlooking the famous forecourt.
Outside London, new and refurbished hotels to watch include the Artist Residence in Bristol’s cultural quarter, set to open in November 2018, and the University Arms in Cambridge, which is scheduled for reopening in the summer.