It’s one of the most storied sites in Westminster, a London location made mythical in books and film. (Most famously, the landmark inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in creating the character Sherlock Holmes.) And, now, the original headquarters of the Metropolitan Police is welcoming its first guests as a hotel called Great Scotland Yard.
Situated near Parliament and Covent Garden, the hotel is the result of a comprehensive restoration of the historic building, now housing 152 guestrooms, including 15 suites. The adjacent five-story townhouse serves as exclusive, stand-alone accommodations: A two-bedroom pad (named No. 1 Great Scotland Yard Townhouse) spread over five stories. We like the sound of the history-inspired decor like the wardrobes concealed behind faux bookcases.
Food is a focus here. The four unique establishments were conceived by chef-restaurateur Robin Gill. From the open kitchen at The Yard, the chefs send out contemporary British cuisine made with ingredients sourced from local micro-farmers. The Parlour is a tearoom, while two different cocktail bars pay homage to history: The 40 Elephants takes its name from the notorious female crime syndicate that operated in the 19th and 20th centuries, while Sibín is an Ireland-inspired speakeasy.
Other facilities include a 24-hour fitness center and a subterranean members space that can also be booked for events and meetings. The Great Scotland Yard Hotel is the first property in Great Britain for The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, and the sixth in Europe, joining Hotel Martinez in Cannes, Nish Palas in Istanbul, Hotel SOFIA Barcelona, Hotel du Louvre in Paris and Parisi Udvar Hotel Budapest.