This winter might be one of Arctic chill but that doesn’t mean there’s not hot new hotels to get your wanderlust flowing.
The UK has welcomed a flock of incredible places to stay over recent months. Raffles London at The OWO has grabbed much of the attention, taking pride of place as part of the massive transformatin of an Edwardian Baroque building in the heart of Whitehall.
Outside the capital, a Lake District favourite has been given an exiting facelift, with Langdale Chase more delightful than ever, while Surrey’s grand mansion of Beaverbrook now has a sister in which to stay in the shape of The Village. In the West Country, one of Somerset’s top restaurants, Holm, has added a string of rooms – making it more destination dining than ever.
Here’s where to stay if you want to get away and experience something new.
Raffles London at The OWO
It’s been a bumper year for swish hotel openings in London, with the arrival of The Peninsula London, art’otel Battersea and The BoTree to name but a few. Latest to add to the list is the long-awaited Raffles London at The OWO, which has seen the Old War Office – an imposing Edwardian Baroque building in the heart of Whitehall – transformed by way of a seven-year, £1.5bn investment into the polished, ultra-elegant UK debut from Raffles Hotels and Resorts.
Fittingly, given The OWO was once an epicentre of British government, Raffles have enlisted a raft of today’s heavyweight creative talent to ensure fresh intrigue for guests. As well as restored original features, such as the photogenic marble grand staircase, 120 bedrooms – including plush heritage suites inside Winston Churchill and John Profumo’s offices – have been designed by the late Thierry Despont, who, during his career reimagined the Statue of Liberty and The Ritz, Paris.
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