Plans to convert Admiralty Arch, one of London’s most iconic historical landmarks, into a luxury hotel under the Waldorf Astoria brand are underway with the new Reuben Brothers ownership. The building, originally commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of Queen Victoria, offers unparalleled views of the Palace in one direction and across Nelson’s Column and Trafalgar Square in the other. Central to the updated plans is a newly developed two-bedroom suite boasting a sensational view of Buckingham Palace. The suite will sit at the very centre of the building and will be bookable for overnight stays and private events. Throughout history, Admiralty Arch has been home to leading figures of state and society, from Sir Winston Churchill to the author of the James Bond spy novels, Ian Fleming.
To this day, Admiralty Arch plays an integral role in many a ceremonial occasion, serving as the gateway to The Mall and linking the processional route to Buckingham Palace. The hotel’s design and characteristics, now incorporating an increased room count and exclusive spa, will pay homage to the building’s historical significance, drawing inspiration from its storied past to create an exquisite experience for guests. Additionally, the hotel will provide exciting restaurants and bars with world-renowned chefs. To take advantage of the incredible architectural beauty of the building and the impressive surroundings, the property will feature two outdoor spaces where guests will be able to sit overlooking St. James’ Park.