BUILDING A NEW LUXURY HOTEL OUT OF A PIECE OF LONDON’S HISTORY
It is an iconic building steeped in British criminal history once home to the London Metropolitan Police force but the former Great Scotland Yard has now been converted into city’s newest five-star luxury hotel.
Purchased back in 2015 by Indian billionaire Yusuff Ali for £110million and following a £75million makeover the former HQ of the Metropolitan Police where the famous crimes of Plaistow Marshes (1864) and Jack the Ripper (1888) were once investigated will now play host to that of the super wealthy with reservations for a hotel room expected to cost up to £10,000 a night.
The seven-store hotel, located at 1-5 Great Scotland Yard will provide 153 bedrooms and suites. The 11 suites, including a spectacular townhouse suite, are created from part of the original Scotland Yard Police premises and will feature views of Westminster Abbey, Nelson’s Column and Buckingham Palace.
The history of the building has been sympathetically preserved during the renovations with certain features give a subtle nod to infamous criminals from the past. A large chandelier made up of glass shards which hangs in the main cocktail area refers to the Forty Elephants, a 19th-century gang of female thieves that would smash jewelry shop windows to steal the goods inside.
The old police cells have been transformed into meeting rooms and workspace areas which can be rented there will also be a main cocktail bar, palm court style lounge, signature restaurant, library, gymnasium, 120 seater main conference room/ballroom, meeting rooms and function/private dining rooms and a secret whisky bar.
Set to open later this year the hotel will be part of the Hyatt Unbound Collection the first UK property to join the collection of upscale and luxury individual hotels which focus on the history and experiences of some of the world’s hidden gems.