Plans to build a 240-bedroom hotel above a cinema in London’s Leicester Square have been given the go-ahead by Westminster City Council.
Leicester Square Co-ownership Group’s bid to build the four or five star hotel above a new state-of-the-art Odeon cinema are part of plans to regenerate the south west corner of the London square.
Four cafe/restaurants and a rooftop restaurant are also included in the plans, drawn up by architects, Make, who designed The Cube in Birmingham.
Work on the new mirror-fronted building, currently on the site of the Odeon West End cinema, will start next summer.
A spokesperson for the Leicester Square Co-ownership Group said: “This will be a major focal point for Leicester Square – bringing new life into a neglected corner of one the London’s landmark destinations and drawing people down to the National Gallery and Trafalgar Square.
“The plans centre on a new high quality 4 star or 5star hotel, with a state of the art facility for Odeon, as well as restaurants and cafTs where people can enjoy the surrounding open space. We also expect the rooftop restaurant, with its prime West End location and spectacular views over London, to be especially popular with residents and visitors and we are looking to start discussions with an operator shortly.”