Hollywood actor Robert De Niro doesn’t often ask permission to do anything. But in this case, he’s looking to open a boutique 83-room hotel in central London’s Covent Garden in 2019–that’s if he gets permission to go ahead.
According to sources at Travel Mole, De Niro has applied to Westminster City Council for permission to build the luxury boutique, which he’d like to call the Wellington Hotel, on the corner of Wellington Street and Tavistock Street.
The hotel will house a luxury spa, two restaurants, a central courtyard, and a members-only club, but in order to build it, De Niro will need to have his crew knock through six adjacent buildings, including three that are Grade II listed. The star knows a thing or two about knocking heads–and also about getting his way–but it will be interesting to see how the process goes for him across the pond. For the record, he has promised that the building will retain its historical facades.
De Niro described London as ‘one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the world’ and he’s thrilled to have the opportunity to see The Wellington break ground.
The project is a joint venture by De Niro and UK property developer Capco and America’s BD Hotels.
The two-time Oscar winner is the co-owner the Greenwich Hotel in New York with BD Hotels, runs the Tribeca Film Festival and co-owns the popular NOBU restaurants. Oh, and does a little acting on the side.