Yesterday marked the topping out for London’s latest addition to the luxury hotel scene, now officially called The OWO, a 125-room flagship for Raffles Hotels & Resorts at the iconic Old War Office building (hence the name). Raffles also announced it will operate 85 luxury residences at this landmark destination on Whitehall, developed in partnership with The Hinduja Group and Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarollos (OHLD) as we reported in 2017.
All is on track for the project’s planned opening in early 2022, which will also include nine restaurants and bars, a destination spa and boutique retail, along with the 125 guestrooms and suites. All interiors are to be designed by New York-based Thierry Despont (his other London credentials include 45 Park Lane and The Dorchester).
The Grade II-listed Old War Office building, originally completed in 1906, is steeped in history. This architectural masterpiece has witnessed world-shaping events whilst influential political and military leaders, including Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George and Lord Kitchener, held office.
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