Pan Pacific London has pushed back its opening until early next year, as a result of construction delays brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

The hotel had been due to open in the fourth quarter of 2020, and recently appointed British-born Lorraine Sinclair as its the executive chef.

But in a statement provided to Business Traveller Anne Golden, general manager at Pan Pacific London, said:

“The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the world of travel and hospitality to an abrupt standstill. Every opening is a challenge and as we ride through Covid-19, this is certainly a new one we’re facing.

“Gradually, and in line with directives from local authorities, construction operations are now continuing on site and early 2021 is a realistic timeframe for opening. Despite the delay, the hotel is well advanced and will grow into a formidable hospitality player in the UK.”

As reported last year, the 237-room Pan Pacific London is set to open within the mixed use One Bishopsgate Plaza development close to Liverpool Street station, and will mark the brand’s entry into Europe.

The hotel’s interior’s will be designed by Yabu Pushelberg, responsible for projects including the Four Seasons Toronto, W New York Times Square and the St Regis San Francisco.

Facilities will include an 18th floor Signature Suite, an indoor infinity pool, spa and fitness centre, and a ballroom accommodating up to 370 guests, which Pan Pacific says will be “the largest ballroom in the square mile”.

Other forthcoming London hotels which have been forced to push back their openings include the Nobu Hotel London Portman Square, and Leicester Square’s The Londoner. Both were set to be unveiled this summer but are now expected to open in late 2020.