Six Senses is to continue its expansion into urban locations with the arrival of a hotel in London.
The first property for the brand in the UK, the Six Senses London will be part of a redevelopment of the former Whiteleys department store in Bayswater being undertaken by Meyer Bergman.
The developers also own mixed-use developments such as London’s Burlington Arcade, The Bentall Centre in Kingston and Exchange Ilford in Essex.
The firm’s purchase of large parts of the Queensway district in west London also included the Queensway Estate, location of an ice skating rink, and Queensway Market, as well as some retail units opposite the building.
Close to Hyde Park and Kensington Palace, Six Senses London will open with 110 guest rooms and suites and 14 branded residences, as well as a new “club” concept, which may well be a part of future Six Senses hotel projects in cities.
Situated on the second floor, residents and members will be able to access “a new kind of social and wellness club”, featuring a central bar and lounge, co-working spaces, a restaurant and wellness and treatment rooms.
Taking care of the look for the new project within the historic landmark will be architect firm Foster + Partners, while AvroKO will be responsible for the interior design.
The original Grade II facade, central courtyard and dome will all be preserved, as will the majestic internal staircase, which was initially modeled on the La Scala opera house in Milan.
The hotel project is not due to open until 2023, but will have a “biophilic tone” on the ground floor, in keeping with the Six Senses philosophy. Contemporary art from British artists will also be showcased throughout the hotel.
The Six Senses Spa will be “reminiscent of an old-fashioned London underground station”, with 3,500 metres dedicated to fitness, a 20-metre indoor pool, the Alchemy Bar and a relaxation room.