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Vogue Reviews: Raffles London at The OWO

Located in the center of London’s vibrant landscape, Raffles London at The OWO is where British history meets modern luxury.

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Previously known as the Old War Office, The OWO is one of the city’s most captivating landmarks just steps away from iconic cultural attractions. This isn’t just a hotel; it’s a landmark reborn, where the stories of British monarchs and politicians of the 20th century echo through its halls.

The Hinduja Group, orchestrating the transformation of the erstwhile Old War Office, has infused every corner with a sense of reverence for its past. From the hand-laid mosaic floors to the oak paneling and the glittering chandeliers leading to the grand marble staircase, every detail here whispers a story of time- honored elegance.

The late French architect Thierry Despont, known for his work on the Statue of Liberty, lent his vision to the 120 rooms and suites. Each is a blend of classical grace and contemporary comfort, like the Haldane Suite, once the office of Winston Churchill and now a piece of history. The Whitehall Wing can accommodate up to 12 guests and is one of the largest luxury hotel wings in London.

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For a truly British dining experience, The OWO includes an array of options. Chef Mauro Colagreco leads three dining experiences at the property, showcasing the UK’s best and freshest cuisine. Guests will experience Colagreco’s passion for sustainability through the taste of his locally grown and organic ingredients. Mauro’s Table features a cozier space situated around a dining table that holds up to 23 guests. Meanwhile, on days when the palate is craving something different, Saison offers an all-day Mediterranean- style dining experience.

A state-of-the-art Guerlain Spa spans 2 500sqm over four floors. Guests are invited to enjoy facilities that include a gym and movement studio, a vitality pool, and steam and sauna rooms. The hotel provides L’Atelier Guerlain’s creations, allowing guests to purchase from a curated selection of fragrances and makeup.

And when it comes to hosting events, Raffles London is perfect for stories yet to be told, from grand weddings to business gatherings. Whether guests are seeking to immerse themselves in history, indulge in culinary delights, or simply relax in serene surroundings, Raffles London at The OWO sets the stage for some lasting memories.

From £950 per night. 

Originally published in the April 2024 issue of Vogue Arabia

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