Raffles London At The OWO: Owned By London’s Richest Indian Family, All About This Uber-Luxe Hotel

by Mallika Khurana
Raffles London At The OWO: Owned By London’s Richest Indian Family, All About This Uber-Luxe Hotel

London, the city where history breathes through every cobblestone street and majestic facade, has just witnessed the grand transformation of a true historical treasure. Over eight years ago, the visionary Indian-origin Hinduja Group embarked on a mission—one that would redefine luxury and hospitality in the heart of London. Their destination? The OWO, a landmark on Whitehall, stands opposite Downing Street. A relentless pursuit of excellence led them to partner with the renowned Raffles Hotels, transforming this iconic building into an extravagant haven. 

Raffles London At The OWO Finally Opened Its Doors

Today, The OWO stands tall as a tribute to heritage and a celebration of opulence. With its luxurious residences, fine dining establishments, and rejuvenating spas, it is truly a wonderous place. The momentous occasion of its grand reveal bore witness to regal elegance in the form of Princess Anne—the Princess Royal. She graced the event with her presence, officially unveiling the plaque for The OWO. This glittering launch event drew an illustrious guest list, including none other than British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. The presence of parliamentarians, entrepreneurs, hoteliers, and stars from the realms of film and television added a touch of glamour to the evening.

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Historic Significance:

  • The OWO is located in the iconic Old War Office building, once inhabited by notable figures like Sir Winston Churchill and Lord Haldane.
  • Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was also a frequent visitor here. In fact, scenes from the 007 movies were filmed here as well.
  • The building’s history is closely associated with espionage, as both MI5 and MI6 had operations here during the 20th century.
  • Situated in Whitehall, the heart of the British Government, The OWO offers a central location within walking distance of Buckingham Palace. St. James’s Park, Westminster, art galleries, theatres, and the vibrant nightlife of Soho and Covent Garden are also within reach.

Exclusive Whitehall Wing:


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  • The Whitehall Wing of The OWO occupies the iconic main facade, offering stunning views over historic Whitehall.
  • This wing is home to six opulent suites, including the historical Haldane Suite, which was once the office of the Secretary of State for War and was later used by Sir Winston Churchill.

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Monumental Transformation:

  • Spearheaded by the Hinduja Group and Onex Holding, the hotel underwent a meticulous renovation.
  • Originally constructed in 1906, it has hosted influential political and military leaders throughout its history.
  • Raffles London at The OWO represents the first UK hotel of the Raffles brand and features design work by Thierry Despont. He was a respected architect, particularly celebrated for his work behind Statue of Liberty’s restoration.

Luxurious Accommodations:

  • The hotel offers 120 guest rooms and suites that provide stunning views of iconic London landmarks.
  • Additionally, 85 uniquely crafted residences, managed by Raffles, provide exclusive amenities and separate entrances.

Dining and Wellness:


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  • The OWO boasts nine exciting restaurants and three iconic bars, along with Guerlain’s first London Spa.
  • Active wellness services by Pillar Wellbeing are also provided here.

Ownership Legacy:

  • The transformation of the Old War Office building into The OWO was led by the Hinduja Group.
  • Gopichand Parmanand Hinduja, a key figure in the group, views this uber-luxe hotel as his legacy to London for future generations to enjoy.

The Raffles London at The OWO is a blend of historic significance and modern luxury, offering guests and residents an unparalleled experience in the heart of London’s prestigious Whitehall district.

Where: 57 Whitehall SW1A 2BX London
Check-in time: 3 pm onwards
Cost: Starting at ₹105591/night

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