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New hotel news: Old War Office and One Sloane Gardens.

by Laura on August 12, 2016

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It’s always exciting to hear about a new London hotel. This week there’s news of two luxury hotels in historical buildings on the horizon.

We wrote about the Old War Office, once used by Churchill, more than 18 months ago. The building was purchased by Hinduja and OHL, who plan to develop it into a hotel and 50 apartments. There are now rumours that the hotel may be operated by Raffles. Although nothing is confirmed, it would mean London would soon have its first Raffles hotel.

The hotel is OHL’s first project in London, and it’s a big one, with 54,000 square metres for them to manage. The building is in an excellent position, close to Buckingham Palace and other tourist attractions.

Raffles now belongs to Accor, who bought it along with the Fairmont and Swissotel brands. Whether the Old War Office will become a Raffles hotel is yet to be seen. But if it goes ahead, it will be the first of its kind in London. There are two hotels in Europe, in Paris and Instanbul.

Another new hotel coming to town is the property at One Sloane Gardens in Chelsea. Paris hotelier Jean-Louis Costes will be at the helm of the 40-bedroom luxury hotel, in partnership with Cadogan Estates.

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He has previously had success in Paris with Hôtel Costes, a favourite among celebrities and A-listers. This will be his first London hotel. The original building was designed by Edwin T. Hall, who also designed the Liberty store on Regent Street. Architects ReardonSmith are in charge of converting it, with François-Joseph Graf taking care of interiors.

The hotel at One Sloane Gardens will have its 40 rooms spread over 8 floors. The rooftop extension will feature a restaurant and coffee shop, while the ground floor will have a bar. The developers aim to create the authenticity of an Edwardian hotel with contemporary service and infrastructure.

These two magnificent historical buildings will soon find new life as hotels. However, we probably won’t see them open for a while yet.

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Photo credits: ChrisO, Mike Quinn.

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