Updated 20/12/21 with first chef announcement
Another of London's well-known historic buildings is being turned into a hotel (along with plans for Admiralty Arch and the old American Embassy). This time it's the turn of the Old War Office in Whitehall which is becoming Raffles London at The OWO.
it's very much a luxury affair, with 120 rooms and 85 "residencies". Looking after the design inside is Thierry Despont, who has also worked on The Getty Centre, Maison Cartier, The Carlyle and the restoration of the Statue of Liberty - so he certainly has an impressive CV.
As for the food and drink, even we admit to being taken aback by the number of places to eat and drink. The hotel is creating 11 new restaurants and bars! At least one of them will be a rooftop restaurant and bar that will overlook Whitehall and the Mall, so expect that to be a hot ticket of the future. As for the food itself, they say the restaurants will be "led by world-class chefs and restaurateurs" from around the world. Expect them to be unveiled throughout 2022 - we'll update this page as that happens.
1. Three Mauro Colagreco restaurants
The first big name chef to come on board at The OWO is Colagreco whose South of France restaurant Mirazur topped the World's 50 Best Restaurants list in 2019. He'll be running not one, but three dining spaces at the hotel. Described by Raffles as "a brasserie with a twist, a fine dining restaurant, and an avant-garde private Chef’s Table. The restaurants will work with the UK's finest organic producers for "a culinary journey through the seasons, showcasing peerless produce sourced at its seasonal peak".
More about Raffles London at The OWO
Where is it? Whitehall, London SW1A 2EU
When does it open? Late 2022
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