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I’m an unabashed fan of most Park Hyatt properties so I’m always especially happy when news of a new property drops into my inbox. Last year saw the announcement of a new Park Hyatt for Los Angeles and now we’re getting details that London will be getting a new Park Hyatt within a couple of years.
Today, Hyatt announced that it has entered into a management agreement with R&F UK for a new 203-room Park Hyatt in London’s Nine Elms area. The ‘Park Hyatt London river Thames’ is expected to open in 2022 and will form part of one of the biggest development projects in London. The hotel will be situated within the first 18 floors of a 43-floor “River Tower” building with the remaining 25 floors taken up by 109 residential apartments.
Nine Elms is probably best known for being the site of the famous Battersea Power Station (which will soon be home to Apple’s European HQ), but it’s also the site of the new US Embassy as well as being an area where thousands of residential homes are being built.
The Park Hyatt London River Thames will sit as part of a new series of developments by R&F UK, consisting of eighteen buildings which, according to Hyatt will include “2,300 high-quality apartments, more than 120,000 square feet (11,150 square meters) of commercial space, and numerous shops and restaurants”.
Right now, Nine Elms is poorly served by public transport (it’s truly dreadful!) but an extension to London Underground’s Northern Line is currently being built which will link to Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms and leave the Park Hyatt within minutes of Waterloo, Charing Cross, and the very heart of London’s theatre district. The Northern Line extension is scheduled to open in autumn 2021 but, given the year we’ve just had and the fact that rail infrastructure projects in England almost never run to schedule (just look at Crossrail), it’s more likely to be 2022 before it opens.
Hyatt is finally bringing its Park Hyatt band to London with the property expected to open in 2022. The Nine Elms location isn’t as central or as convenient as I suspect most Hyatt loyalists would have liked, but that shouldn’t take away from the fact that we’re getting a beautiful new Hyatt in the center of one of London’s biggest and most modern regeneration projects. As someone who remembers what Nine Elms was like in the 80s and 90s, the thought of a luxury Park Hyatt hotel in the area is nothing short of mind-blowing.
Featured image is a rendering courtesy of Hyatt