London's Metropole Buildings to become hotel

20 June 2007 by
London's Metropole Buildings to become hotel

London's Metropole Buildings, the Government offices on Whitehall that have stood vacant since 2004, are to be transformed into a hotel.

Property agent CBRE Hotels is handling the sale of the offices, expected to raise in the region of £100m, on behalf of owner the Crown Estate.

A spokesman for CBRE said: "We are expecting major interest from international hotel developers and operators, in anticipation of the rapid market expansion associated with the forthcoming London 2012 Olympic Games."

The Metropole was built as a hotel in 1883 but was requisitioned to provide accommodation for government staff during World War One.

Despite returning to hotel status in the inter-war years it has been held in government hands since the Second World War.

• The 55-bedroom Balmer Lawn hotel in Hampshire is for sale through property agents Christie & Co. The 19th century property, which is set on 2.61 acres of landscaped grounds in the New Forest has traded as a Hilton for the past 20 years.

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By Christopher Walton

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