Updated: May 10, 2020
The stunning Edwardian Belle Époque building standing at 252 High Holborn, an incredibly historic thoroughfare dating back to Roman times, began life when building commenced on the central building in 1912 and completed in 1919 – a flamboyant styled building, designed by C. Newman. Over the following 50 years, the building was expanded upon in three further stages. The East block was designed by P. Moncton and built between 1929 and 1930, a South East extension built between 1954 and 1956 as well as the West block, built between 1959 and 1960 both designed by Bates and Sinning.
The Pearl Assurance Company Limited, moved into the property during the building of the first stage (Central Block) in 1914, which became their Headquarters. They remained the occupiers and custodians of 252 High Holborn until 1989, when they relocated their Headquarters to Peterborough.
In 1974, several years before Pearl Assurance moved to Peterborough, English Heritage designated the principal façades, interiors of the East and West Blocks as well as the impressive and iconic Italian Grand Pavonazzo marble staircase, which sits directly below the 166-foot-high cupola, as Grade II Listed.
The year 2000 rang a change to the life of the former office building, as the Marriott International Managed Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel opened, however, only 11 years later on 11thJune 2011, the relationship between Marriott International and Renaissance Hotels broke down and the Renaissance Chancery Court began trading independently, until being bought and closing its doors for the final time in 2013.
The buyers of this magnificent property, were none other than Rosewood Hotel Group. An extensive and lengthy restoration and refurbishment programme commenced immediately, all under the guidance of English Heritage, due to the listings in place.
Original designs were followed where possible during renovations and any missing details have been carefully replicated and replaced. The restoration process has created an ambiance of a historic London residence, with ample space and atmosphere for both intimate and large events. With heritage meeting rooms, boasting listed Cuban mahogany doors, of which have not been available to purchase now for over 35 years, along with rare types of marble, Rosewood London really has been fashioned from the finest materials and created to the highest standards throughout.
Opening in October 2013, this magnificent new addition to the London five-star hotel scene, features 262 guestrooms and 44 suites, with eight signature House Suites including the only suite in the world, to have its very own postcode, all designed by Tony Chi and associates. The hotels wrought iron gates, lead you through to the calming and peaceful inner court yard of the hotel, where you are greeted by fashionably clad concierge professionals and porters, as well as the hotels gorgeous dog Pearl – a name which connects the buildings history, to the present day. The extravagance of the rose bronze gallery and the luxurious lobby with its rich furnishings beyond, give you an immediate sense of the brilliance of the hotel and its interiors, which await you as you traverse through the unwinding story of this grand Edwardian building. The jewel box design of the Mirror Room, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, the Martin Brudnizki designed Scarfes Bar and Holborn Dining Room, along with the relaxing and rejuvenating tranquillity of the Sense Spa on the lower ground floor, really do lend themselves to creating a perfectly appointed central London hotel, whatever the occasion.
Whether you are looking for a spectacular London venue, for a once in a lifetime wedding or event with your family or work colleagues, Steven Pellier Weddings and Events recommend looking no further than Rosewood London.
The Salons – Five elegantly appointed rooms, which provide flexible breakout spaces and are very close to The Grand Ballroom.
The Dining Room– For unique culinary experiences from The Dining Rooms show kitchen, – a fabulous space to entertain up to 35 of your guests, just off of the hotels Mirror Room.
The Living Room– Also located just off of the Mirror Room, you will discover The Living Room, where you can hold business meetings, working breakfasts, lunches and dinners for up to 27 guests on three round tables. A great room that really benefits from natural daylight.
The Chairman’s Boardrooms– Rosewood London has three of these boardrooms, individually named Sir George, Sir James and Sir Geoffrey – a kind gesture and nod to the origins of 252 High Holborn, as the names belong to the three Chairman of the Pearl Assurance Company, during the time that the company occupied the now Rosewood London from 1914 – 1989. The boardrooms are grand, stately styled rooms with original architectural features, preserved French walnut panelled fireplaces and listed Cuban mahogany doors, overlooking High Holborn. These rooms can each host between 12 – 15 of your guests for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a board meeting.
Manor Club– A rarefied retreat on the third storey, the Manor Club is ideal for private functions, enriched with British heritage and refined elegance.
Photo Credits: Rosewood London
References: Rosewood London and Historic England