Hollywood star Robert De Niro has announced plans to build an 83-room hotel in London’s Covent Garden area.

The actor has submitted plans to Westminster City Council for the development which will be constructed on the site of several existing buildings.

The Wellington Hotel, as it will be called, will include a luxury spa, two restaurants and a central courtyard if it is granted planning permission.

The star of Taxi and Goodfellas said: “London is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

“It makes perfect sense to develop a hotel that represents all of that in the heart of this city in Covent Garden.”

Constructing the hotel will involve knocking through six adjacent buildings, three of which are Grade II listed.

De Niro says he will respect the history of Covent Garden in his plan, which involves retaining the historical facades.

Wellington Street and Tavistock Street

Wellington Street and Tavistock Street, Covent Garden

He added: “The Wellington Hotel would honour the heritage of the area, while bringing the best of what we’ve done in New York to London.”

The building would be surrounded by Wellington Street, Tavistock Street, Burleigh Street and Exeter Street and be just yards from the famous market building and Royal Opera House.

Work is scheduled to begin in 2017 if plans are approved, with construction due to to finish in 2019.

The application is a joint venture by De Niro with two other developers – UK property firm Capco and America’s BD Hotels.

De Niro already works with BD’s billionaire owners in New York where they co-own the Greenwich Hotel.

The actor has been branching out into business in recent years, running the Tribeca film festival in New York and launching several other hotels and restaurants, including celebrity hangout Nobu.