London's Shoreditch neighborhood braces for hotel development

Shoreditch, an emerging and stylish neighborhood in the East End of London, is set for a hotel building boom, reports the Londonist. Seven new hotels are slated to open in the area in the next two years, in addition to the already-opened Ace Hotel (pictured). The number of new hotel rooms for the area totals more than 1,500.

The new properties include offerings from Nobu Hospitality Group and the Gansevoort Hotel Group. These are joined by new additions from chains CitizenM and Z Hotels.

Some hotels, like the Nobu property, have already begun work, demolishing the previous buildings.

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Local campaigners, however, have concerns over the influx of development, the Londonist writes. The concern is turning Shoreditch into a transient site.

The site quoted Rachel Munro-Peebles, co-chair of the Shoreditch Community Association, who said, "We have so many due to be built in the area, we wonder whether the council has forgotten about the people who live and work here, families, young couples… the extreme transient growth, along with the tsunami of licensed premises, may lose what we have to come to love so much."

Shoreditch currently has about 700 hotel rooms from existing properties, such as the Hoxton, Holiday Inn Express and Premier Inn.