Belfast Telegraph

De Niro given green light for Covent Garden hotel

By Eleanor Bley Griffiths

Hollywood star Robert De Niro has been granted planning permission to open a hotel in London's Covent Garden.

The boutique Wellington Hotel has been given the go-ahead by Westminster City Council.

Goodfellas actor De Niro (73) already owns the luxury Greenwich Hotel in downtown Manhattan in New York.

The five-star hotel attracts an A-list clientele including Heidi Klum, Reese Witherspoon, Lea Michele and Bradley Cooper.

Commenting on the plans in May, De Niro told The Caterer: "London is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

"It makes perfect sense to develop a hotel that represents all of that in the heart of this city in Covent Garden.

"The Wellington Hotel would honour the heritage of the area, while bringing the best of what we've done in New York to London."

Writing in support of the application, the nearby London Film Museum's chief executive, Jonathan Sands, said: "The association with one of the most famous actors in the world will also add interest to the film and theatre offering, helping to ensure Covent Garden remains on the 'to do' list of every visitor to our capital."

De Niro is not the only celebrity to have ventured into the hospitality industry. Wimbledon champion Andy Murray owns Cromlix, in Perthshire.

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