A huge fire has broken out at a luxury hotel in central London a week after “the most extensive restoration in its 115-year history” was completed.
Plumes of smoke could be seen rising from the five-star Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge after firefighters were called just before 16:00 BST.
About 120 firefighters and 20 engines have been sent to the scene in William Street, London Fire Brigade said.
The cause of the fire is not yet known, a spokesperson confirmed.
Both the ambulance service and the Met Police are also attending the scene, although there are no reports of any injuries, the fire brigade said.
After the blaze broke out, staff were evacuated from the 12-storey building to Hyde Park, where they were given bottles of water.
Knightsbridge has been closed between Sloane Street and Grosvenor Place and a number of nearby buildings, including high-end department store Harvey Nichols, were also evacuated.
Patients and staff were evacuated from W One cosmetic clinic next door to the hotel, according to Dr Terry Loong who said she and her team were ordered to leave the premises at about 16:00 by the London Fire Brigade.
Source : BBC News