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Will Churchill’s war office become a 5-star hotel?

by Laura on December 18, 2014

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Yet another historic London building has been auctioned off, and rumour has it that this one will also be a hotel. The Old War Office, where Winston Churchill worked during the Second World War, was sold to the Hinduja Group for an undisclosed sum and could be turned into a hotel and apartments.

This year we’ve had 10 Trinity Square (the former Port of London Authority), several former magistrates’ courts (including Bow Street and Old Street) and the former Television Centre set to become hotels, at least in part.

The Old War Office, which has 1100 rooms across seven floors, has been sold to help the Ministry of Defence save on the upkeep of old buildings. Alongside the hotel, there will reportedly be residential apartments, private meeting rooms and a spa and fitness facility.

But part of the development may also be open to the public, a first for the building, which played a big part in World War Two.

An outdoor space is in the plans, as part of a commitment to allow public access. Hinduja Group will be granted a 250-year lease, to ensure that they preserve the heritage of the building. Most of the current staff in the offices will be moving to the main MoD building.

Although the conversion of listed buildings into luxury hotels is controversial for some, it’s reassuring to know that there will be an effort to preserve the Old War Office. And giving public access to part of the site is certainly a bonus.

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Photo credits: Arpingstone, smuconlaw.

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