The Great Scotland Yard Hotel
Opening date: Early 2017
When news broke last year that the original Scotland Yard police station was to be turned into a new five-star luxury hotel for London, most people certainly sat up and took notice.
In a £110m deal, Galliard Homes acquired the lease for the iconic building in December 2013 and then secured the backing of the LuLu Group, a Middle-East business run by one of India’s richest men, Yusuffali Kadar to open Great Scotland Yard Hotel in early 2017.
The new five-star hotel will be created at a cost of £50m and once completed, will be home to rooms costing up to £10,000 a night.
The historic building served as the headquarters for the Metropolitan police from 1829 to 1890 and was put on the map thanks to novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was here that the Met Police pursued some its most famous cases including the Ripper investigation of 1888. More recently it was used by the Ministry of Defence as a library until 2004.
It was revealed in 2015 that the hotel will be operated by Steigenberger Hotel Group, which owns 18 hotels and operates 92 in 11 countries will run the hotel under its Signature brand.
The property will combine luxury bedrooms with two bars, a library and dining rooms.
“The Great Scotland Yard Hotel will be a brand synonymous with exceptional service and refined luxury and quality,” said Don O’Sullivan, managing director of Galliard, a London-based property group.