Yesterday marked the topping out for London’s newest addition to the luxurious lodge scene, now formally referred to as The OWO, a 125-room flagship for Raffles Hotels & Resorts on the iconic Old War Office constructing (therefore the title). Raffles additionally introduced it’ll function 85 luxurious residences at this landmark vacation spot on Whitehall, developed in partnership with The Hinduja Group and Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarollos (OHLD) as we reported in 2017.
All is on monitor for the challenge’s deliberate opening in early 2022, which will even embody 9 eating places and bars, a vacation spot spa and boutique retail, together with the 125 guestrooms and suites. All interiors are to be designed by New York-based Thierry Despont (his different London credentials embody 45 Park Lane and The Dorchester).
The Grade II-listed Old War Office constructing, initially accomplished in 1906, is steeped in historical past. This architectural masterpiece has witnessed world-shaping occasions while influential political and army leaders, together with Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George and Lord Kitchener, held workplace.
In different luxurious lodge information, a wave of thrilling new eateries have opened or reopened in iconic properties. Davies and Brook launched at Claridge’s, the primary London restaurant for chef Daniel Humm of Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park. Ironically, Claridge’s was the place he began within the kitchen on the tender age of 15. He returns with three Michelin stars from New York, the place he’s introduced over some signature dishes, comparable to his duck glazed with honey and lavender, however largely new dishes reflective of the London culinary scene (suppose: sea bass ceviche with avocado and cucumber, buttermilk fried rooster and poached halibut with shiitake mushrooms and garlic). Top tables: Center four-tops.
The “grill” eating places at The Connaught and The Dorchester are each new-looking and with new cooking. The new vibe is discreet at The Grill at The Connaught—the room has no signage; you observe a hall to the crisp, rosewood-paneled, 46-seat room designed by interiors architect John Heah. The delicacies is extra daring, overseen by internationally famend chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (who additionally has an eponymous restaurant within the lodge) and govt chef Anshu Anghotra. The menu has British classics like roasted meats and veg, every day pie specials (from Shepherds to a extra daring Oxtail and Bone Marrow). Top tables: The cosy leather-based cubicles. Meanwhile, The Grill at The Dorchester has been throughout Instagram since reopening in November with a brand new, up to date look and a daring, younger head chef Tom Booton, who’s getting reward for his tackle Lobster Thermidor, Scotch Egg and an open-kitchen type Pudding Bar. Top desk: Center four-tops, that are half chairs and sales space seating or the Pudding Bar to see the 26-year-old chef in motion.
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