Sunday, June 18, 2017

Raffles Hotels to open in London

The Old War Office in London

Raffles Hotels & Resorts, the top luxury brand of AccorHotels Group, today announces the signing of an historic partnership with the Hinduja Group and Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos (OHLD) to transform the iconic Old War Office building in Whitehall in London into the most unique hotel and deluxe residences in London.

The Raffles Hotel in London will be the heart and soul of this exciting landmark destination in such strategic city and location.

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ABOUT RAFFLES HOTEL SINGAPORE


Steeped in history, the first Raffles Hotel was opened in 1887 in Singapore, named after the British statesman and founder of Singapore, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles.

The Raffles Hotel Singapore was celebrated by Nobel Prize winner, Rudyard Kipling in his 1889 book, From Sea To Sea and in 1915, Singapore's most famous cocktail, the Singapore Sling was created at the hotel.

ABOUT RAFFLES HOTEL LONDON


In London, the Grade II* listed Old War Office, with its 1100 rooms across seven floors, and two miles of corridors, was completed in 1906. It was the office to many of the United Kingdom's most important and influential political and military leaders of the 20th century, notably Sir Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George, Lord Kitchener, Herbert Asquith and T.E. Lawrence.

It was also the haunt of the British Secret Service who had their own more discreet entrance. Close to London's major attractions and places of interest such as 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, the Old War Office was bought by Hinduja Group and OHLD in December 2014 following a public bid.

Planning permission was granted for a multi-purpose development including 125 rooms (of which 40% are suites), 88 private residences, restaurants and other amenities. Completion is expected in just over three years.



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