IN AN almost comparable way, The Londoner, Singh’s latest flagship London hotel, in Leicester Square, will herald a new era – in the same manner that his other great glamourous London hotel, The May Fair, ushered in the 1920s.
Then too, this newly built hotel captured the spirit of the Roaring Twenties in London after a similar global health crisis (in the Spanish Flu) and a country and society gallantly and energetically trying to renew itself following a bloody and drawn-out war (1914-1918).
Brexit might not have been a war, but for some it was a lurch backwards rather than forwards and in the capital itself, the decision remains an unpopular and a backward-looking move – at least once the dust settles over the pandemic and respective vaccine rollouts across Europe.
But the past is precisely that – and The Londoner is at a stroke a vision of Global Britain writ large – and metaphorically, the lights coming back on after a terrible pandemic which has claimed more than 125,000 British lives.
The success of the UK’s vaccination programme and the gradual lifting of lockdown restrictions meant at the time of going to press – The Londoner was readying for its official unveiling this Spring.
It had originally been earmarked for a December 2020 launch – but a lockdown in the capital put paid to that and since then all plans were put on hold.
Jasminder Singh’s Edwardian Hotels London, which has developed the old Odeon Cinema site, comprises several leading establishments in the capital and one in Manchester.
Singh, now the billionaire owner of the group, started out as a qualified accountant, investing in a rather run-down property in Kensington, west London and began to build a portfolio of hotel properties that developed into Edwardian.
He had first come