Mayfair celebrity hot spot Hakkasan plans Las Vegas-style MGM hotel

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The 6,852-room hotel achieved movie fame when it was one of the casinos robbed in the 2001 George Clooney film Ocean’s Eleven, and it has hosted boxing matches including Mike Tyson v Evander Holyfield and Oscar De La Hoya v Floyd Mayweather.

Now a MGM branded hotel could open in London as part of a tie-in with the Hakkasan Group, named after the Michelin-starred restaurant in Hanway Place.

Neil Moffitt, chief executive of Hakkasan, said the partnership would see Hakkasan venturing into hotels for the first time.


Mr Moffit said: “In London we are seen as a restaurant brand, but in the US we are far more lifestyle. Bringing the MGM to London will be a real statement for a brand that started life as one restaurant on Hanway Place, but the MGM name is truly international and bringing it to a unique city like London will be a real coup.”

 Locations are being scouted for a possible site in Mayfair, Soho or Knightsbridge and it is likely to open after the partnership’s first hotel on Dubai’s Palm Islands in 2017. The Hakkasan Group also plans to bring US restaurants Herringbone and Searsucker to the UK, with Fulham, Chelsea and Notting Hill likely sites.

Mr Moffitt, who is married to wife Heidi, said: “We are bringing the company back its roots, London had dropped off a few years ago, but now every high-end global name wants to be here.”

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January 24, 2015 |
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