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Old 05-08-2012, 09:14 PM
 
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The Regent Plaza Hotel, London, United Kingdom


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This was posted by The Friends of The Regent Palace on Facebook.

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"The sign was taken down as part of the demolishment process sadly nobody wanted the sign itself but it could be reproduced easily if there are been a need to do so.

However it was iconic and landmark sign for many years and a meeting place for so many. It was first installed in the 1930 hence the art deco look and probably around the time that Oliver Barnard remodelled the
Restaurant on the ground floor which was latterly a Grill Room and Carvery There was also a lesser well know sign on the Sherwood Street side of the Hotel also arc deco and just the letters and words Regent Palace Hotel."
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:02 PM
 
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The Regent Plaza Hotel, London, United Kingdom


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This was posted by The Friends of The Regent Palace on Facebook.

The Friends of The Regent Palace - Hotel - London | Facebook

"The sign was taken down as part of the demolishment process sadly nobody wanted the sign itself but it could be reproduced easily if there are been a need to do so.

However it was iconic and landmark sign for many years and a meeting place for so many. It was first installed in the 1930 hence the art deco look and probably around the time that Oliver Barnard remodelled the
Restaurant on the ground floor which was latterly a Grill Room and Carvery There was also a lesser well know sign on the Sherwood Street side of the Hotel also arc deco and just the letters and words Regent Palace Hotel."
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Is the Hotel itself being demolished and why ? shame if it is, although it needed renovating.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:52 PM
 
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Is the Hotel itself being demolished and why ? shame if it is, although it needed renovating.
It is no longer a hotel. They destroyed most of the interior but preserved some of the facade.

Conversion of Regent Palace Hotel into £300m retail development completed | Business | The Guardian
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:09 AM
 
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As it is no longer a hotel removing the sign would also remove some confusion, lovely sign though it may be.

As far as the hotel goes, as I recall it was cheap and not particularly cheerful.

A friend of mine was one of many receptionists there and I remember going into the foyer and seeing scores of people queuing to check in.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:07 AM
 
Location: England
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I've stayed many times at the Regent Palace back in the 70s and 80s. It's location was fantastic. Spent many a great evening in the bar. Very sad to see it's no longer a hotel.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Yorkshire, England
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That old sign looked nice and everything, but I never noticed it at all!
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:20 AM
 
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Sad - although this was part of a much bigger scheme by crown estates designed to refurbish and enhance a lot of listed art deco buildings, and there are quite a few listed art deco buildings in London, ranging from hotels and theatres to Goldman Sachs building on Fleet Street (the Old Express Newspapers building) to the University of London's Senate House through to building such as the London Transport HQ and the Hoover building in London.

Conversion of Regent Palace Hotel into £300m retail development completed | Business | The Guardian

Britain usually looks after it's past and preserves a lot of such architecture and indeed signs. In fact just the other day twop petrol stations (of all things) received listed status.

BBC News - Today - Listed status for two petrol stations
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:54 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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It was a horrible hotel by the time I stayed there about 10 years ago - no tears shed by me at its demise...
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