The Lanesborough hotel has announced that it will close for "an extensive renovation project" on December 20, reopening in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The hotel said that the refurbishment will see it have "new designs by world-renowned interior designer, Alberto Pinto", which will enhance all guest rooms and public areas and integrate the latest innovations while honouring the building's architectural heritage.
The Lanesborough will be holding an auction of "all existing furnishings and artefacts" between December 9 and 13, with over 3,000 lots including "original and reproduction period furnishings, [and] authentic art work reflecting the grand era of the Regency period".
In addition to the contents of the 93 guest rooms, including 43 suites, the auction will extend to areas of the hotel including private dining rooms, The Library Bar and Apsleys Restaurant.
Viewing is available to the public by appointment on Saturday December 7 and Sunday 8, and prior to the sale commencing each day at 1030. There is also the ability to do a "360-tour" of the rooms and the items being auctioned online at the website lanesboroughsale.com.
Geoffrey Gelardi, managing director of The Lanesborough, said: "This marks an unprecedented renovation project for the hotel which brings with it the opportunity to purchase a piece of the hotel's history at auction as we pave the way for a new chapter for The Lanesborough."
The auction takes place at The Lanesborough, beginning at 1030. Online bidding will also be available via a live webcast. Viewings take place from 1000-1600 on December 7 and 8 by appointment only.
Catalogues are available by calling +44 (0)20 7206 2690 or via download from thelanesboroughsale.com.
To read a Tried & Tested review of the property (from 2006), click here,