So, here’s one to file under ‘quite ambitious’.
The Grade-II listed old war office building on Whitehall, which was sold back in 2016 for a cool £350 million, is being revamped & refurbished by Raffles and turned into a hotel with eleven bars and restaurants inside it.
And a trio of them are coming from chef Mauro Colagreco – he’s the man behind Mirazur, which has achieved the rare double crown of winning both three Michelin Stars and snatching up the No.1 spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list (in 2019). Originally from Argentina, he’s the first non French chef to ever get three Stars in France, which tells you quite a lot about his skill and ambition. And now Raffles are handing him the keys to three totally new eateries.
One of Mauro Colagreco’s signature dishes: beetroot & caviar
So what’s he going to do with this creative & professional freedom? Apparently we’re in for “a brasserie with a twist, a fine dining restaurant, and a private Chef’s Table”. Which sounds like it’ll cater to three different price points, starting in the middle, heading to the top, and peaking in the upper stratosphere.
There’ll be eight other places to back it up, so there are likely to be a couple more surprises in store for us all. And the hotel itself will have 120 rooms and 85 private residencies all ready for hungry tourists to come and stay in them…
NOTE: Raffles London at The OWO is set to open in late 2022. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can find out more at the website right HERE.
The OWO | Whitehall, SW1A 2EU
Speaking of ambitious, multi-restaurant hotels opening in 2022… 100 Shoreditch would like a word.