4/20 Update: Raffles London at the OWO will open in late summer 2023. We've added new photos to the post.
The New Raffles London at the Old War Office (OWO) Will Open Late Summer 2023, the first Raffles hotel in the UK and a highly anticipated opening in one of London's architectural gems. The landmark Grade II listed building, the War Office, completed in 1906 and designed by British architect William Young, served to administer the British Army until 1964, after which it was used by the Ministry of Defence under the name The Old War Office.
The OWO inspired the author Ian Fleming to write the famous James Bond series after he worked as a key liaison officer between the War Office and Britain's Naval Intelligence Service. The building featured in several Bond films: Skyfall, Spectre, License to Kill, A View to a Kill, Octopussy, and most recently, No Time To Die. The hotel's opening will be the first time the Old War Office is open to the public.
Raffles London Location
The Old War Office is located at Whitehall, by Whitehall Place, about a 5 minute walk from Trafalgar Square and 10 Downing Street, a 10-15 minute walk from London's West End theatre district, a ~20 minute walk to Buckingham Palace, and a 35-45 minute drive from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) without traffic.
The Raffles London isn't yet a Virtuoso member but is expected to become one. Once it opens, TravelSort Clients will be able to reserve the hotel with these benefits:
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Breakfast for two daily
- $100 hotel credit for use during the stay
- Complimentary WiFi
- Early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability
Raffles London Rooms and Amenities
Raffles London will be the culmination of a meticulous five-year renovation, with interior design led by renowned designer Thierry Despont, known for his work on Maison Cartier, The Getty Center, and The Statue of Liberty. Raffles London will have 120 rooms and suites. Signature suites at Raffles London will be in the OWO's most storied rooms, including former offices of Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George and John Profumo. Particularly coveted suites will be situated in the building's corner turrets, enjoying unparalleled views over Horse Guards and the stunning 57-acres of St. James's Park.
Raffles London's restaurants will include Cafe Laperouse for French cuisine; Paper Moon for Italian; and three new dining concepts by three Michelin star Chef Mauro Colagreco of Mirazur, whose previous stints were with Alain Passard at L'Arpege and Alain Ducasse at Hotel Plaza Athenee.
The UK's first Raffles hotel will also have an extensive wellness space including a spa, indoor pool, and state of the art fitness center.
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