The completed interiors of the Great Scotland Yard hotel in London have been revealed following a £75m renovation project ahead of its launch later this year.
Located in the St James’s area of Westminster, the Grade II-listed building has been converted into a 153-bedroom luxury lifestyle hotel, which will be operated by Hyatt under its Unbound Collection.
The seven-storey building was the original headquarters of the Metropolitan Police and nods to its former occupants can be found throughout the property, which is owned by Abu Dhabi based LuLu Group International.
The site had acquired by Galliard Group, who completed the £75m construction project, under a 125-year Crown Estate lease in 2013, which was exchanged for a forward sale of the hotel to LuLu Group for £110m in 2016.
Stephen Conway, executive chairman of Galliard Group said: “Galliard has delivered one of London’s most outstanding five-star hotels. With its iconic address and famous history, the hotel’s interior design cleverly references the building’s police and military past through the use of shields, emblems and historic details etched into glass and metalwork.”
Then home secretary Sir Robert Peel selected the building as the first headquarters for the Met in 1829. Crimes investigated in the building included the atrocities of Jack the Ripper, with it remaining the force’s home until 1890, when it would move to New Scotland Yard.
Inside the hotel secret doors will lead to a whiskey bar/clubroom, signature restaurant and private dining rooms. The restaurant will have Alex Harper at the helm as executive chef, with Robin Gill, who owns the Dairy and Sorella in Clapham, acting as consultant to Hyatt. The space has been inspired by industrial warehouse architecture with timber flooring, brick walls and vaulted ceilings.
Eleven suites include a converted former townhouse, which will have its own street entrance as well a family room, dining room, kitchen, private study, wine cellar and bedrooms arranged over several storeys.
Former basement cells have been converted into a gymnasium, conference spaces and a ballroom.
Don O’ Sullivan, chief executive of Galliard Group added: “Over the last decade Galliard has built 10 hotels and the Great Scotland Yard Hotel sets a new benchmark for high quality construction and exquisite design. Our vision was to deliver a world-class hotel of the quality of The Mercer or the Chateau Marmont, a place renowned for exceptional service, destination dining and leisure and outstanding luxury and quality.”
Hyatt’s Unbound Collection was created in 2016 and is a collection of upper-upscale and luxury, individual hotel properties. The brand currently operates in the USA, Canada and Uruguay
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, has a portfolio of more than 700 properties in more than 50 countries across 14 brands.
The hotel was originally due to open in 2016.