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Raffles Plans London Hotel

(June 2017) posted on Thu Jun 15, 2017

Old War Office to be reborn

AccorHotels Group’s luxury Raffles brand has signed a deal with the owners of London’s famed Old War Office building to transform the property into a hotel and residential complex.

Raffles Old War Office
The exterior of the Old War Office building in London, which will house a Raffles hotel and residences complex. Image: Courtesy of AccorHotels Group

Located in the city’s Whitehall area near 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament, the historic building was constructed in 1906 and features 1,100 rooms across seven floors, as well as 2 miles of corridors. It once served as the office to many of the U.K.’s political and military leaders during the 20th century, including Sir Winston Churchill.

Hinduja Group of India and Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos (OHLD), a unit of Spanish construction company OHL Group, bought the building in December 2014 following a public bidding process. Planning permission was later granted for the mixed-use development. Plans consist of 125 guest rooms (40 percent of which will be suites), 88 private residences and several restaurants. The project is expected to take just over three years to complete. The identity of its interior designer was not immediately available.

“I am delighted to announce this long-term management contract with the Hinduja Group and OHLD,” says AccorHotels chairman and ceo Sébastien Bazin. “This is the start of an important partnership for Raffles Hotels & Resorts and will create a new and vibrant landmark for London. This is a significant step for Raffles and a strategic addition to the group's luxury portfolio.”


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