The Old War Office was once home to Legends. Today, Raffles London at The OWO is an epic stage for modern tastemakers. Located in the heart of Whitehall, The OWO overlooks some of London’s most majestic landmarks. This commanding building has been home to many well known historical figures such as Sir Winston Churchill, Lord Haldane, Earl Kitchener and John Profumo, and was the inspiration behind Ian Fleming’s elusive James Bond. For the very first time, this former stage to many world-shaping events opens its doors to the curious and to the inspired and is a most powerful address to discover the truly remarkable city of London from an entirely new perspective.
The five Heritage Suites are situated in the building’s most storied rooms, formerly offices of influential political and military leaders that have been passionately and meticulously restored to preserve their many glorious heritage features. With spectacular views and incredible histories, the Heritage Suites are absolutely beyond compare.
The hotel interiors are by famed designer Thierry Despont, who had an impeccable pedigree for sensitively transforming landmark buildings and for cleverly reimagining spaces with history and heritage at their core.
The OWO and Raffles London take drinking and dining to new heights curating a diverse range of nine restaurants and three bars including three exclusive dining venues by acclaimed chef Mauro Colagreco. Raffles London is also home to The Guards Bar, a sumptuous wood panelled cocktail & champagne bar overlooking Horse Guards, and The Drawing Room, where London’s rich history and wide-ranging cuisine are honoured and inspired by tradition. For those seeking the more mysterious, The Spy Bar is the hotels subterranean bar, hidden in the depths of the Old War Office and accessed through halls once frequented by the clandestine Secret Service.
Spanning four levels, this urban sanctuary for holistic wellness strikes the perfect balance between the sumptuous indulgence provided by Guerlain and the highly bespoke training, nutrition and recovery programmes developed exclusively by Pillar. With nine treatment rooms, a 20-meter indoor swimming pool, vitality pool, sauna and steam rooms, state-of-the-art gym and movement studio, Raffles London is where the most exceptional well-being experiences are brought to life.
Raffles London at The OWO occupies a magnificent Grade II* Edwardian Baroque building in Whitehall, the epicentre of British Government. A sophisticated neighbourhood with a central location, Whitehall is close to Waterloo and Charing Cross train terminals, and accessible however you choose to arrive. The River Thames, Horse Guards Parade, Buckingham Palace, St James’s Park, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey are all within walking distance, and the West End theatres and the nightlife of Covent Garden and Soho are only a heartbeat away.
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