Cells where Kray twins were once held to become £20m hotel

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Plans for the £20m redevelopment of Covent Garden’s Bow Street Magistrates Court into a 99-bedroom boutique hotel have been given the go ahead.

The London Grade II-listed court, which once imprisoned Oscar Wilde and the Kray trins, were closed in 2006 after 267 years in operation. The neighbouring police station closed 20 years ago.

Developers, Austrian brothers Rudolf and Christian Ploberger, bought the hotel from Irish group Edward Holdings and plan to open the hotel in 2015, according to a report in the Evening Standard.

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Four bedrooms will be created from 10 of the existing police cells, while eight cells on the ground floor will form part of a police museum called the Bow Street Runners’ Museum.

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