One of London’s most iconic buildings, The OWO Residences by Raffles will be Europe’s first Raffles branded residence.
A rare piece of Winston Churchill’s legacy, 85 homes are available in the impressive Grade II* listed former Old War Office building, which has been closed to the public for over a century.
Having undergone a monumental and painstaking transformation over the last five years, the London landmark is set to complete in 2022 and will also comprise the capital’s first Raffles hotel with 125-rooms and suites, a collection of nine restaurants and bars, and an immersive spa.
The OWO directly faces Horse Guards and is adjacent to the stunning 57-acres of St. James’s Park. Residents, hotel guests and visitors will be a short stroll from Buckingham Palace, The National Gallery, The Tate and The Royal Academy, as well as the sought-after shopping streets of Regents Street, Bond Street and Jermyn Street.
History of The OWO
Situated at one of London’s most historically important and powerful addresses, the Old War Office, originally completed in 1906 and designed by British architect William Young, is steeped in history. Formerly the site of the original Palace of Whitehall, the building has witnessed world-shaping events whilst influential political and military leaders including Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George held office.
It was also John Profumo’s base when he was Secretary of State and inspired Ian Fleming to write the infamous James Bond series after working for Britain’s Naval Intelligence Service.
The OWO Residences
Grand in both size and stature, with ceiling heights in residences that reach up to 4.4m and full-length windows to match, the interior proportions reflect classic Edwardian architecture that has been adapted for modern living. The unwavering attention to detail in each residence demonstrates the years of craftsmanship that have been applied to every aspect of the majestic building. Each residence is unique and specifically tailored to suit its location in the building; duplex, lateral and penthouse residences range in size from studios to five-beds. In addition, two spectacular turret residences, elevated above the London skyline, offer a home like no other.
At the helm of The OWO project is the Hinduja Group, an international multi-billion turnover group founded in 1914 and passionately committed to the building since its acquisition in 2014. It has worked with a team of experts including Historic England and Museum of London Archaeology, and appointed EPR Architects to oversee the intricate redevelopment. The hotel interiors are being designed by New York-based designer Thierry Despont. The Hinduja Group has partnered with world-renowned Raffles Hotels & Resorts, who will be operating the 125 room and suite flagship hotel at The OWO, as well as the 85 branded residences. The service synonymous with the prestigious Raffles brand – gracious and intuitive staff, personalised attention and a timeless ambience – will be delivered seamlessly to the residents of The OWO and will set a new benchmark in London.