After the Americans swapped Mayfair for Nine Elms, the former US Embassy on Grovesnor Square is getting a new lease of life as a hotel. Rosewood Hotel & Resorts, whose other London property is home to Holborn Dining Room, is taking charge of the site and turning it into The Chancery Rosewood.
The building itself is Grade-II listed so the exterior being adapted by architect Sir David Chipperfield rather than being changed too much. Inside it will look very different, with 139 rooms and suites designed by Joseph Dirand (apparently the vibe is Art Deco mixed with British gentlemen’s club), a 750-person capacity ballroom, a wellness facility, five shops and a variety of formal and casual restaurants. This is a big ol’ project so it’s not going to be completed for a few years yet, with the current opening date set at 2024.
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