Raffles London, At The OWO


From young ministers, Lords and Ladies to actors and operators, the Old War Office was once graced with the echoes of these legendary protagonists.


Lord Kitchener, face of the iconic ‘Your Country Needs You’ campaign which enlisted two and a half million volunteers for WWI


John Profumo headed the War Office from 1960-63 before the

scandalous Profumo Affair ended his political career.


T. E. Lawrence, latterly known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’,

who served as a draughtsman.


Sir Ian Fleming, creator of 007 James Bond and one-time Commander of Naval Intelligence during WWII.


Sir Winston Churchill, the iconic British Prime Minister,

served as Secretary of State for War from 1919-21


Set to open in late 2022, Raffles London at The OWO and The OWO Residences by Raffles will be the brand’s first opening in London. Raffles will operate a 120 room and suites flagship hotel at the iconic Old War Office building along with a collection of 85 exceptional branded residences at this landmark destination on Whitehall. The Grade II* listed Old War Office building, originally completed in 1906, is steeped in history.


Its transformative journey will see the building reborn as The OWO, a new destination which will include 11 distinct restaurants and bars, an immersive spa with a 20-metre indoor pool and separate vitality pool, and a 620 seated-capacity grand ballroom. The OWO Residences by Raffles will be the first in the UK and Europe, and will ensure the service hallmarks of Raffles - gracious and intuitive staff, personalised attention and a timeless ambience – will be delivered seamlessly to our residential owners. Located opposite Horse Guards on Whitehall, the property is a stone’s throw from St James’s Park and the Mall.


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