Trocadero, the tourist-trapping West End sinkhole, could be transformed into a "pod hotel" under plans that will be considered by Westminster Council this week. The building's late-19th century facade would be preserved, but the interior would be cleaned out, replaced by a warren of "compact windowless rooms" measuring between 12sqm and 17sqm.
The departure of high-profile clients in recent years, including Planet Hollywood, Nickleodeon, Segaworld, and (for those who came of age in the Nineties) the terrifying Alien War, has left the once-bustling Troc bereft of all but the most confused class of tourist who seldom make it beyond the outer limits of Leicester Square.
This is hardly a new idea — it's been mooted since 2005 at least — but this might be coin dropped into the slot for the troubled complex. Where, though, will our ADD-riddled teens go for their daily fix of neon and flashing lights?
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