Here at The Handbook HQ, we’re planning ahead, if you want to too then is this one for your 2020 diaries. If The Ned was the most exciting opening of 2017 (so far, we never know what else this city might produce this year) then this is going to be the most exciting opening of 2020, because Raffles Hotels & Resorts have announced that they are opening their first UK hotel and they’ve teamed up with the Hinduja Group and Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos (OHLD).
Following in the footsteps of The Ned, they will be transforming one of London’s iconic landmarks, the Old War Office building in Whitehall, into a luxury hotel. Steeped in history (it was the office of Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George, Lord Kitchener, Herbert Asquith and T.E. Lawrence and was the HQ of the British Secret Service) the Grade II* listed building features 1100 rooms across seven floors with over two miles of corridor connecting them all. Whilst details are yet to be finalised we know that there’ll be 125 rooms with about 40% being suites, 88 private residencies and several restaurants.
Raffles Hotel & Resorts are most well-known for the Raffles Hotel in Singapore which was founded in 1887, named after the British statesman and founder of Singapore, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles – it was also where the Singapore Sling was created in 1915.
Admittedly you’ve got a while to wait, but as we know, time goes all too quickly (sometimes worryingly so) and soon the doors will be opening.
Raffles Hotel & Resorts’ London hotel is set to open in 2020