CG rendering of the new six-star hotel on Pavilion Road.
Jane Imrie

£300m hotel scheme at site of Harrods ‘secret tunnel’ gets green light

Plans for a new hotel development in the heart of Knightsbridge have been given the go-ahead by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s planning committee.

The historic Pavilion Road car park site is set to become home to a new ‘iconic’ £300m six-star hotel by Singapore-listed City Developments Limited (CDL).

The site, which has a disused underground pedestrian and goods tunnel linked with the nearby Harrods department store, will become the site of a new 120-room hotel over eight floors.

In addition, the development will offer 23,000 sq ft of retail space as well as a spa and a bar on the top floor.

Say Kwek Leng Beng, executive chairman of CDL, said: “This site offers CDL one of the best opportunities to develop an outstanding hotel in one of the prime locations in central London.

“We are tremendously excited by this and the value it will bring to our London portfolio and our valued clients.

“London is the most popular tourist destination in the world, attracting around 30 million visitors every year from all over the world.”

A spokesperson for Harrods added: “There is a historic tunnel on this site, however it has been blocked up for twenty years – it will remain blocked up and will offer no access to Harrods.”

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