Great Scotland Yard Hotel to open after £75m revamp.

Great Scotland Yard Hotel to open after £75m revamp.

25/03/2019


£10,000 for a night in police custody..

Great Scotland Yard has been converted into a luxury five-star hotel with rooms expecting to go for up to £10,000 a night.  Although the opening has not been confirmed it is expected to be May 2019. 

A billionaire tycoon, Yusuff Ali, has completed the £75million makeover of the former HQ of the Metropolitan Police.  His Abu Dhabi-based company, Lulu Group International - whose annual turnover is £5.6billion, oversaw the renovation of the building into 153 rooms. 

Some of the suites feature views of Westminster Abbey, Nelson's Column and Buckingham Palace. 

Great Scotland Yard was chosen by former prime minister, Sir Robert Peel, as the headquarters for the Met police when it was formed in 1829 and until it moved to New Scotland Yard in 1890.

The history of the building hasn't been lost during the renovation and certain features give a subtle nod to infamous criminals from the past. 

A large chandelier made up of glass shards refers to the Forty Elephants, a 19th-century gang of female thieves that would smash jewellery shop windows to steal the goods inside. 

Old police cells have been turned into meeting rooms and workspace areas that can be rented.

Guests will be able to make use of a secret whiskey bar, a tea parlour, a ballroom and a restaurant that will be run by chef Robin Gill who trained under Marco Pierre White. 

Decorations include military uniforms and artwork by prisoners.  

The hotel is due to open this year and will be operated by the Hyatt group, joining the company's luxurious Unbound Collection as the first of its kind in the UK.  Unbound Collection hotels, which currently operate in the US, Continental Europe and Asia, are known for their luxury and grandeur.


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