Le futur Raffles Londres at the OWO. The future Raffles London at the OWO.

I promise you luxury and charm “: if Winston Churchill were still alive, he might have been paraphrasing his famous speech on the eve of the Second World War to evoke the future Raffles

in London. A luxury hotel intimately linked to history, as it will be located within the walls of the Old War Office Building. Used by the British government from 1906 to 1964, the man who was Prime Minister and member of the War Cabinet frequented the place between 1939 and 1945.

This monumental building in the Whitehall district, designed by the architect William Young in a classic Edwardian style, was only used by the staff of the British War Office. Its function inspired Ian Fleming and many Bond films have been set there, fromOctopussy to Skyfall

and

, more recently, No Time To

Die. Du marbre, des lambris, des stucs : la métamorphose de l'Old War Office Building en hôtel Raffles s'étend sur cinq ans.Marble, panelling and stucco: the metamorphosis of the Old War Office Building into the Raffles Hotel took five years.

Its conversion into a hotel had long been announced, since the building was acquired in 2016 by the Hinduja group, which entrusted its management to the prestigious Raffles brand, part of the Accor group

. With hundreds of craftsmen working on a meticulous renovation, its opening period is now becoming clearer, announced for late 2022. Further details have been released about the upcoming Raffles London at The OWO, with the new décor being designed by Thierry Despont, known for his reimagining of iconic buildings such as Maison Cartier, The Carlyle and the Statue of Liberty.

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With its timeless ambience and sophisticated offering, Raffles aims to set ” a new benchmark in hospitality

“. On the food and beverage front, the hotel intends to make a name for itself on the London dining scene with its 11 bars and restaurants, run by world-renowned chefs. Among these, and as is the current trend, a restaurant and bar will be located on the roof with a unique view of the Mall and Buckingham Palace. The relaxation dimension of the hotel will also be materialized by a vast wellness area.

Of its 120 rooms, all of which are of course luxurious, the hotel’s main suites stand out by being located in his

The hotel will also offer 85 residential apartments under the Raffles brand. The hotel will also offer 85 residential apartments under the Raffles brand.

We are very proud to be part of the magnificent five-year transformation of this historic building,” said Stephen Alden, CEO of Raffles Hotels & Orient Express. We have a world-class team overseeing its opening, in whose hands the experience Raffles offers in London will, I am sure, be unforgettable for our residents, guests and visitors.”