Six Senses has signed its first hotel in London,
The Six Senses London, scheduled to open in 2023, will be
located in the iconic building that housed the former department store, Whiteleys.
The hotel will open with 110 guest rooms
and suites, starting from 355 square feet (33 square meters).
There will also be 14 branded residences, with owners able
to tap into all the privileges that come with a Six Senses home,
including bespoke interior design, concierge service, dining,
housekeeping and wellness programming.
Whiteleys takes its name from
visionary entrepreneur, William Whiteley, who opened his first
drapery shop in Westbourne Grove in 1863. A little over a decade
later, the shop had grown to a department store described as “an
immense symposium of the arts and industries of the nation and of
the world”. Once a vibrant destination that formed the focus for
the surrounding residential neighborhood, Whiteleys was then
redeveloped in the 1980s into a shopping center with a cinema and
bowling alley. It subsequently closed its doors in December 2018
as its popularity diminished.
The redevelopment of
Whiteleys is being headed by a Meyer Bergman-advised fund, with the
preeminent residential real estate developer Finchatton as
development manager. In collaboration with the British
architectural firm, Foster + Partners, renowned for its eco
credentials and responsible design approach, this historic
landmark will become a sensitively restored mixed-use development.
The original Grade II façade, central courtyard and dome will all
be preserved, as will the majestic internal staircase (modeled on
the La Scala opera house in Milan), which features as the
centerpiece on the ground floor of the hotel.
Inspired by the building’s
origins, the interiors of Six Senses London are being designed by
internationally celebrated AvroKO in conjunction with executive
architects EPR, and combine nostalgic nods to classical detailing
and art deco along with modern streamlining. Contemporary
art from British artists will be showcased throughout the hotel.
Six Senses London will feature a cozy lobby bar and lounge,
an all-day dining restaurant with an open
kitchen and seating area in the courtyard, a Six Senses Spa, a
comprehensive fitness centre, indoor swimming pool, bar, and a
relaxation room with vaulted ceilings.
On the second
floor, residents and members will access a new kind of social and
wellness club. Away from the density and intensity of the city,
this space will feature a central bar and lounge, coworking
spaces, a restaurant and wellness rooms, and offer pioneering
programming to encourage growth, reflection and reconnection.
Chief Executive Officer, Six Senses Hotels Resorts
Spas, Neil Jacobs, said, “I feel nostalgic when talking about Whiteleys. I grew up in the neighborhood and my parents used to
bring me here. It is a wonderful opportunity to pay homage to this
heritage and bring our brand values to life in this part of town,
while celebrating our first port of call for Six Senses in the