13 DECEMBER 2021


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Article from BTNews 13 DECEMBER 2021

Raffles for London

It is a long way off but to brighten up a rather gloomy pre-holiday week here is the first image of the new Raffles London set to open in about a year’s time.

Raffles’ owner Accor has set a tentative opening date of late 2022. The new 5-star property is in a spectacular setting within the former Old War Office (OWO) at the junction of Horse Guards Parade and Whitehall.

Plans for the UK’s first Raffles hotel and residences were first announced in 2017.

Raffles London at the OWO will offer 120 rooms and 85 branded residences, as well as extensive wellness facilities and 11 destination food & beverage (F&B) venues including a rooftop restaurant and bar.

Completed in 1906, the seven-floor property served as the office of political and military leaders including Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George, Lord Kitchener, Herbert Asquith and T.E. Lawrence.

Accor said that the five-year renovation programme would see key features of the building restored, including hand-laid mosaic floors, oak panelling, chandeliers and a marble staircase.


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