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The Raffles OWO

Where: London, UK

When: March / April 2023

The Old War Office on Whitehall (OWO) is undergoing a meticulous restoration to create the Raffles’s first UK hotel. 120 rooms and suites, nine restaurants, and three bars including one gracing the rooftop with panoramic views across Whitehall, The Mall and on to Buckingham Palace. Hundreds of artisans have been commissioned to restore the historic interior of hand-laid mosaic floors, oak panelling, chandeliers, and a sweeping marble staircase. Soon you can book the ballroom, which has seating for up to 600 people, for private events. A wellness space features a luxurious Guerlain Spa, PILLAR training programmes, a 20-metre indoor swimming pool, saunas and steam rooms, all designed by Thierry Despont.

The Old War Office dates back to 1906 and is famed for influential political and military leaders, including Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George and John Profumo. And inspired Ian Fleming to write the James Bond series after working here as a key liaison.

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