Six Senses to raise flag in London

Former Whiteleys department store to be converted to luxury hotel and spa

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas will raise its flag in London at the site of a former department store which will soon wear the badge of Six Senses London.

The hotel, wellness club and spa mark the brand’s entry into the United Kingdom and will open with 110 guest rooms and suites, starting from 33 square-metres and celebrating the building’s origins, while making space for modern living, along with 14 branded residences.

The luxury hotel will take the site of the historic Whiteleys department store which dates back to 1863, located in Bayswater, West London. The store closed its doors in December 2018 but will be revived as part of a restored mixed-use development. The original Grade II façade, central courtyard and dome will all be preserved, as will the majestic internal staircase (modeled on the La Scala opera house in Milan), which features as the centerpiece on the ground floor of the hotel.

Six Senses London’s interiors will combine nostalgic nods to classical detailing and art deco along with modern streamlining. To add a touch of local culture to the preserved Great Exhibition mood, contemporary art from British artists will be showcased throughout the hotel.

The Six Senses brand philosophy of connection to people and nature is central to the convivial and biophilic tone of the ground floor. It features a cozy lobby bar and lounge, all-day dining restaurant with an open kitchen and seating area in the courtyard.

“I feel nostalgic when talking about Whiteleys. I grew up in the neighbourhood and my parents used to bring me here,” says Chief Executive Officer Neil Jacobs. “It is a wonderful opportunity to pay homage to this heritage and bring our brand values to life in this part of town, while celebrating our first port of call for Six Senses in the UK.”

The luxury property will feature a Six Senses Spa in a space reminiscent of an old-fashioned London underground station. The spa journey will mirror the different energies of the city life, from the sensory stimulation and movement of the street to the stillness and calm of a quiet café or park. Highlights include 325 square-metre space dedicated to fitness, a 20-metre indoor swimming pool, an Alchemy Bar and a relaxation room with vaulted ceilings.

On the second floor, residents and members will access a new kind of social and wellness club. Away from the density and intensity of the city, this space will feature a central bar and lounge, coworking spaces, a restaurant and wellness rooms, and offer pioneering programming to encourage growth, reflection and reconnection.

Six Senses London is slated to open in 2023.

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