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NRI hotelier Emerges London Court into New Luxury 5-star hotel

London, April 20, 2005

In London a historic landmark has opened as a cleverly renovated luxury hotel by NRI hotelier Joginder Sangar. Mr. Sangar acquired the court house (the second oldest court in the UK) after tenders were invited from developers in April 2000. Courthouse Hotel Kempinski occupies a prime position on Great Marlborough Street, opposite Liberty’s of London and Carnaby Street, just off Regent Street

The Great Marlborough Street Magistrate's Court, where John Lennon faced an obscenity trial and Mick Jagger stood trial for alleged pot possession, Oscar Wilde had his 'Queensbury' case hearing, was closed in December 1999, became The Courthouse Hotel Kempinski London.


Courthouse Hotel Kempinski has 116 rooms and suites. The 13 suites are located in the former judges’ robing rooms and the spectacular Lalique Suite is sited within the former London residence to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner. The 103 rooms are housed in a brand new wing built on the site of a former police station, holding cells and a shooting range

The erstwhile police commissioner's London bedroom at the Court House has now been converted into a rooftop terrace, the tariff for which is 2,500 pounds per night.

Joginder Sangar is already running three hotels including 'The Washington' at Mayfair, 'Bentley' near Gloucester and 'Thorncliffe'.

Sangar got agreement with International hotel group Kempinski to run Courthouse Hotel Kempinski under their brand name and its sister hotel The Bentley Kempinski, are represented by Kempinski Hotels & Resorts, Europe’s oldest and most established luxury hotel management group. The addition of these two hotels of distinction in London marks an important step in the international expansion of the Kempinski group, with luxurious palaces, landmark city hotels, world-class resorts and refined residences in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. The group will grow from its current 37 hotels to over 60 under operation within the next three years.

Restaurants & Bars

There are three dining areas; ‘Carnaby’s’ with separate street entrance, offers all day dining with a lively, buzzy atmosphere. ‘Silk’ is located within the infamous No. 1 Courtroom where the great and not so good have pleaded their cases in previous years. This is fine dining at its most special with cuisine following the ancient Silk Route, flavoured by radical inspiration from Europe by head chef, Elisha Carter, formally of Lola’s in Islington. The ‘Waiting Room’ is transformed into an elegant palm-filled atrium in which to relax and enjoy breakfast, light meals and afternoon tea.

‘The Bar’s’ clubby atmosphere is emphasized by low seating, a wall-length glass bar and a monochrome design scheme of black and white leather. The three former Ladies Cells are retained, though upgraded, to offer intimate, private booths, complete with bunk bed and ice-bucket charmingly fashioned from the original Victorian lavatory! The ‘Roof Terrace’ is the ultimate retreat and an exclusive rendez-vous, from where to enjoy light meals and exquisite cocktails, overlooking Liberty’s.

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The Spa has a fully equipped gymnasium, which is separated from the stunning wet areas by a glass wall. The wet areas comprise a hot tub and a large square swimming pool. There are two aluminium treatment rooms with glass floors, one of which is suspended over the pool (though swimmers please note, you cannot peep inside!).


The hotel has seven meeting rooms, catering for a maximum of 130 people (theatre style) in the largest room. Release, the hotel’s extravagant private screening room, seats up to 100 people and is the largest of its kind in London. With aubergine walls and large apple green leather chairs, the room can be used as a dramatic meeting room when not in cinematic use.

NRI owns the 'best' hotel in London

PTI[ SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2003 03:32:07 PM ]


The Bentley, a 64-room luxury hotel, jointly owned by a leading NRI entrepreneur Joginder Sangar and a Turkish developer has become London's "exclusive and the best hotel."

Formally launched on Diwali day, the hotel, worth 40 million pounds, boasts of 600 tonnes of marble throughout its rooms and suites, Frette linen, jacuzzi baths, Penhaligon's toiletries and Ginori china imported from Italy.

Besides, crystal chandeliers, Louis XV furniture and beautiful silk fabrics, also find place in the hotel. Fit to serve Kings, Presidents and Prime Ministers, The Bentley, originally built in 1880 as four private residences, has undergone a 10-year refurbishment.

"No expense has been spared on the interiors of this swish addition to London's hotel scene," commented Days Out a leading magazine on hotels here.

"Once in a while, a hotel comes along to challenge the hegemony of designer minimalism. This season's contender is The Bentley, a fondant-white Victorian residence in South Kensington and might have been made for outri Fashion Week mavens," Evening Standard observed in its latest issue.

The spacious Imperial Suite, with a grand piano and a dining room which can accommodate upto twelve guests, costs 4,000 pounds a night. "But the guest will have a chauffeur driven Bentley car at his or her disposal during the period of stay in the exclusive and best hotel in London," Sangar said.


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