Former London landmark and home to royalty revamped into residencies and a 125-room hotel

By Tempus | 17 Jun 2021 | Travel, Design

London’s historic Old War Office has been converted into a hotel and luxury residences

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One of London’s historic landmarks has been converted into luxury residences after undergoing an astonishing transformation taking five years. 

The Old War Office building, which was home to many monarchs including Henry VIII and served as an office to Winston Churchill, has been re is set to be completed in 2022. The landmark will also comprise a Raffles hotel dubbed The OWO, complete with 125-rooms and suites, a collection of nine restaurants and barsand an immersive spa.

Originally completed in 1906 and designed by British architect William Young, the landmark holds a great deal of history and was formally the site of the original Palace of Whitehall. 

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As well as being office to Winston Churchill, other prominent figures such as David Lloyd George and John Profumo also roamed the offices of the building. Major film and TV productions such as James Bond and The Crown have also used the grand site as a backdrop for filming in recent years. 

The newly renovated Grade II listed building offers duplex, lateral and penthouse residences which range in size from studios to five beds. The building also features two turret residences elevated above the London skyline. 

Featuring full length windows and ceilings that surpass four metres, the 85 residences boast classic Edwardian architecture with a modern touch. Oak panelling and mosaic flooring are displayed in many of the homes which also feature bespoke handcrafted kitchens from British brand Smallbone of Devizes, Waterworks brass ironmongery, and Onyx marble. 

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The residences feature interiors created by design studio 1508 London, while New York-based designer Thierry Despont is designing the interiors of the hotel. 

The Hinduja Group, an international multi-billion turnover group has partnered with Raffles Hotels & Resorts to launch the hotel and residences. The Group has also enlisted the help of experts including Historic England and Museum of London Archeology and appointed EPR Architects to oversee the redevelopment.

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