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Actor Robert De Niro to open luxury hotel in Covent Garden

De Niro, already owns the luxury Greenwich Hotel in downtown Manhattan in New York. Credit: PA

American actor Robert De Niro has been granted planning permission to open a hotel in London's Covent Garden.

Westminster City Council rubber stamped the application for the boutique Wellington Hotel.

73-year-old, De Niro, already owns the luxury Greenwich Hotel in downtown Manhattan in New York. The five-star hotel attracts an A-List clientele including Heidi Klum, Reese Witherspoon, Lea Michele and Bradley Cooper.

De Niro's five-star hotel in New York attracts an A-List clientele Credit: PA

Speaking to The Caterer in May, the Goodfellas actor spoke of wanting to expand on his hospitality business, bringing it to the capital:

London is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

It makes perfect sense to develop a hotel that represents all of that in the heart of this city in Covent Garden.

The Wellington Hotel would honour the heritage of the area, while bringing the best of what we've done in New York to London.

– - ROBERT DE NIRO, SPEAKING TO THE CATERER