Commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of Queen Victoria and finished in 1910, the iconic property could hardly boast a more blue-blooded British pedigree, having hosted British giants including Winston Churchill and Bond author Ian Fleming. The unbeatable location boasts views down The Mall to Buckingham Palace, as well as vistas across Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column.
Waldorf Astoria beat out 11 other top luxury brands in the bid to stamp its signature timeless elegance and reverence for landmark heritage sites on arguably the hottest address in the city. The extensive restoration and refurbishment of the former government property will result in a 96-room and suite luxury hotel complete with three world-class restaurants, a rooftop bar (just think of the views!), and state-of-the-art spa; as well as private residence and exclusive members’ club.