New and renovated hotels will help London cope with 18.7m tourists

The Goring - reopening soon

The Goring - re-opening soon Image by Orangefred / CC BY 2.0

The timely opening and re-opening of a series of hotels will help London cope with a projected 18.7 million tourists this year. The city will experience further boosts as England celebrates 800 years of the Magna Carta and gets ready for the Rugby World Cup with 17 games being played in the capital.

This March sees the re-opening of The Goring Hotel on its 105th birthday. The unveiling will showcase the new Front Hall by Russell Sage, reports Travel Pulse, the international travel on-line site. Other designers involved in the renovation include Jeremy Goring, Nina Campbell, Tim Gosling and David Linley.

The landmark hotel was opened by Otto Goring in 1910 and it’s London’s only luxury hotel still owned and operated by the family that originally opened it. "Over the past few years we’ve come through a long and sometimes tortuous process of total renovation, which includes every bedroom and suite, and all the public areas,” said Jeremy Goring.

Another well-known hotel, The Lanesborough, in Knightsbridge across from Hyde Park’s Constitution Arch, also re-opens following a two-year renovation. The 211-room CitizenM, a 10-story hotel in Shoreditch Village, a new retail, restaurant and business development is also due to open soon.

The 24-room Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone, will open in a Georgian townhouse on Seymour Street in London’s Portman Village. The 170-room Hyatt Place London Heathrow/Hayes will offer lodging just 15 minutes from the airport. And opening slightly later in the year come such properties as the 292-room Hilton London Bankside and the 51-room Laslett in Notting Hill.

The 242-room Tobacco Dock Hotel & Aparthotel, north of the historic docks, offers 63 apartments, a hotel bar, restaurant and café.

A number of other hotels are due to open in the autumn bringing close to an extra 1,000 bedroom availability.