The Londoner, the latest project from Edwardian Hotels London, has delayed its original opening due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 350-key hotel, spread across 16 storeys, will now open its doors in early 2021.

The revised timeline is due in part to restrictions around the number of construction workers on-site.

“As the Coronavirus situation sadly remains with us, more than ever the health and safety of our staff and community is our primary concern. We remain alert to advice and continue to adapt our best practices accordingly, particularly with the construction efforts of the hotel. Work is now continuing on site and our teams will advance the development to an early 2021 timeline,” says Hotel Director Charles Oak.

“We are deeply disappointed that we have had to make this decision after all of the hard work and dedication from our partners to date and knowing how much excitement had built for the hotel’s launch this year. However, we know that this is absolutely the right thing to do to protect the safety and wellbeing of our community and we look forward to unveiling this hotel that we are so proud of next year.”

Set in the heart of Leicester Square, The Londoner will feature interiors by Yabu Pushelberg and architecture by Woods Bagot. Along with its guestrooms, suites and a tower penthouse with panoramic views, the property comprises two private screening rooms, six concept eateries – including bars and a tavern, al fresco dining on the ground floor and a contemporary Japanese lounge bar with a rooftop terrace and fire pit – plus an expansive ballroom, a variety of meeting spaces, and a gym and spa.

Opening as a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ Legend Collection, the project joins the privately-owned hotel group’s growing portfolio, which includes the newly opened The Edwardian Manchester and F&B brands such as May Fair Kitchen, May Fair Bar, Bloomsbury Street Kitchen and Peter Street Kitchen.