Raffles to Manage New Hotel in London’s Old War Office?

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There’s never a dull day on the London hotel scene- with exciting new openings (The Ned), makeovers (like The Berkeley), and more. The latest buzz concerns Raffles Hotels & Resorts, which is rumored to be the preferred operator for a new luxury hotel inside London’s Old War Office.

Bloomberg reports that there’s a potential agreement in the works for the building at 57 Whitehall, which was occupied by Winston Churchill during World War II, and is currently being redeveloped by the Hinduja Group and Spain’s Obrascon Huarte Lain SA, who bought it last year from the U.K. Ministry of Defence for $457 million.

If Raffles is chosen to operate the London hotel, it will become the third Raffles Hotel in Europe (after Le Royal Monceau- Raffles in Paris and the Raffles Istanbul Zorlu Center). The Edwardian style building is a prime piece of London real estate, not far from Buckingham Palace and the House of Commons, Westminster Abbey, and Downing Street.

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