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We best remember Scotland Yard from Detective Lestrade’s parrying with Sherlock Holmes. The old building, once home to the Metropolitan Police Force, has been opened to the public for the first time in 200 years, and given a new lease of life as The Great Scotland Yard Hotel.
Old-world charm meets quirky elegance in its 152 guestrooms and 15 suites, where no two rooms are alike. Guests can sample the hotel’s rich heritage as the hub of law in Westminster, as a former residence of the Kings of Scotland, and as a Regency-era icon. Built in the 1820s, the interiors play with neutral colours and weathered, warm tones, and has plenty of touches that tip the hat to its engimatic past as a gathering space for the pipe-smoking gentry. Wardrobes are hidden behind a bookcase-like façade, and robe hooks are shaped as keys. The hotel’s lower levels have sophisticated and exclusive members’ spaces, modelled off the English monarchy’s ‘grace and favour’ residences. Guests can socialise, entertain, as well as book these spaces for events.
Out of the hotel’s four food-and-drink spots, The Yard is their signature joint, offering modern British cuisine, produce from local micro-farmers and an open kitchen experience. The 40 Elephants, a dazzling cocktail bar and restaurant, pays tribute to a once-notorious female crime syndicate that roamed London in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its large glass chandelier is a nod to how the gang would shatter shop windows to make off with jewellery. The Parlour is a traditional, opulent and somewhat quirky place for light eats, g&t’s and afternoon teas; and Sibín, a speakeasy-inspired whisky bar hidden behind a secret door, is the place to unwind at night. All four joints have been curated by chef and restaurateur Robin Gill.
Hotel amenities include room service, concierge, laundry, free Internet access, a private members’ club and fitness centre. The property is also pet-friendly, for a non-refundable £150 pet fee that is applicable up to 7 days.
Located in a historic neighbourhood near the British Parliament, Covent Garden, The Household Cavalry Museum and Banqueting House, the old building was bought and revamped by Indian business magnate M. A. Yusuff Ali. He hails from Kerala, and is the founder of the multi-national LuLu Group in the UAE.
You can find the hotel at 3-5 Great Scotland Yard, London, England. Standard rates begin at £360. For more details, write to email@example.com or contact the hotel at +44 (0) 207 9254 700
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