One of the UK’s largest independent 4-star hotel groups is to open a hotel in spring in the historic Temple area of London
The Apex Temple Court hotel will have 184 guest rooms, the Chambers bar and restaurant, a gym and an Executive Lounge. The building is being converted from offices and the development is being planned to cause as little environmental impact as possible.
The area known as the Inner Temple dates back to the mid-12th century when the Military Order of the Knights Templar built Temple Church by the Thames. In 1312 lawyers occupied the site. Their Inns of Courts offered accommodation and education to lawyers and their students. Many buildings were lost in the 1666 Great Fire of London. Their replacements were destroyed during World War Two, but rebuilt by 1959.
The area is close to the City, Covent Garden, the SouthBank centre and the West End theatres, and is popular as a location for movies and television productions. The Da Vinci Code, the BBC’s Oliver Twist and Pirates of the Caribbean 4 are among the many films featuring the Inner Temple.
The entrance to the hotel will be through a courtyard off Fleet Street, which for many years was the traditional home of the UK’s national press.