Admiralty Arch is getting a makeover
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” ― Samuel Johnson
It’s hard to argue with Samuel Johnson here when we consider just how many people tend to fly to The Big Smoke every day from Dubai international airport. London really does have everything, though Johnson’s reference to what one can afford can sometimes be a bit of an issue for most of us. Those London-lovers lucky enough not to be hindered by budget will likely be pleased with the news that Admiralty Arch, one of the most iconic buildings in London, is now being renovated and restored in order to convert the building into a 100 bedroom hotel, spa, private residences and private member’s club.
The landmark building has an impressive pedigree having previously been used by legendary figures such as Sir Winston Churchill, Lord Mountbatten, and James Bond creator Ian Fleming. News of this renovation has got the hotel industry palpable with excitement as 12 of the world’s top hotel groups have all been expressing interest in running the hotel.
Located on The Mall in the heart of London, the Arch is generally regarded as the gatehouse to Buckingham Palace, having been built in 1920 as a working monument to Queen Victoria. Designed by the world-renowned Sir Aston Webb, the Grade 1 listed building has been awarded a 250-year lease by the UK Government in order to transform it into a luxury hotel fit for royalty.
Not only that but four exclusive residences are also being created and will available for sale, allowing owners to enjoy an exclusive piece of prime property steeped in British history. Where else are you going to get the chance to sleep in the same bed as Winston Churchill? Each residence will supposedly comprise of several suites, 6-metre high ceilings, intricate crests, and original fireplaces and fittings from the Edwardian era. Swanky.
Overseeing the restoration is renowned interior decorator David Mlinaric, who has previously worked on the Royal Opera House, the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and British Embassies in Paris and Washington among many other high-profile projects. So rest assured the hotel is going to be looking just as good as it sounds.
Mlinaric himself has stated that “it will be quite unlike any other London hotel” yet still remain true to Sir Aston Webb’s original design. And the pressure is certainly on seeing as the Admiralty Arch has witnessed Coronations, Royal Weddings, grand state occasions and Presidential visits over the years. Maybe a visit from yourself can be added to that illustrious list, as building work and the restoration of Admiralty Arch is now underway, with the operator of the hotel expected to be chosen sometime in 2017.