Waldorf Astoria London Admiralty Arch Opens 2025

Waldorf Astoria London Admiralty Arch Opens 2025

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Hilton should have a fantastic new luxury hotel opening in London, though we’ll have to wait a few years…

Admiralty Arch becoming Waldorf Astoria

The Waldorf Astoria London Admiralty Arch is expected to open in 2025. For context, Admiralty Arch is one of London’s most iconic landmarks — it was initially commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of Queen Victoria, and it’s located at the end of The Mall, opposite Buckingham Palace, offering views of Buckingham Palace, Nelson’s Column, and Trafalgar Square.

Admiralty Arch has been home to people ranging from Sir Winston Churchill (whose office was within the arch), to the author of the James Bond novels, Ian Fleming. Even today, it plays an integral role in many ceremonial occasions.

In 2012 plans were revealed for this landmark to be converted into a luxury hotel, thanks to a 250-year lease. This has moved at a snail’s pace, and in 2017 it was announced that this would become a Waldorf Astoria. However, earlier this year there was an ownership change, as Investors Capital Limited sold the property to Reuben Brothers.

Under new ownership, the plan is for this project to be expedited, and the Waldorf Astoria should open in 2025. Of course I imagine construction delays are likely, given how common they are with hotels, and this is an especially complicated project.

Admiralty Arch will become a Waldorf Astoria

Basics of the Waldorf Astoria London

Details about the Waldorf Astoria London Admiralty Arch continue to remain limited, and we don’t know exactly how many rooms the property will have. We do know that the hotel will offer “exciting restaurants and bars with world-renowned chefs,” two outdoor spaces (including a sixth floor rooftop terrace and a terrace on the ground floor), and a spa.

Here’s how Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta describes this project:

“Admiralty Arch is undoubtedly one of the most iconic landmarks in London and we are delighted to be working with Reuben Brothers on this magnificent hotel. With a legacy of preserving and enhancing incredible historical buildings, Waldorf Astoria is a natural fit for this development, and Reuben Brothers’ proven track record in delivering projects of this magnitude makes them a wonderful partner. Together we will write the next chapter of this exceptional building’s rich story and we look forward to expanding our partnership over the coming years.”

Meanwhile here’s how Jamie Reuben of Reuben Brothers describes this project:

“Transforming and restoring Admiralty Arch – a true London landmark – into a five-star luxury hotel with restaurants, bars, a ballroom, spa and residences is an incredible honour for us. We are excited to be working with our esteemed partner, Hilton, to bring the Waldorf Astoria brand to the heart of London, and revitalising the area for hotel guests, visitors and London locals to experience and enjoy.”

Bottom line

The Waldorf Astoria London is expected to open in 2025, as there are now new developers behind the Admiralty Arch landmark. This property sounds great, though details are very limited as of now.

It’s fantastic to see the number of new luxury points hotels coming to London, between this, the Park Hyatt, and the St. Regis, among others. The Waldorf Astoria seems like the most spectacular, though, purely based on the history of the building it’s located in.

What do you make of the Waldorf Astoria London?

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  1. Marc Guest

    Yes it looks very nice

  2. Su Guest

    I suppose that the building used to be the office of Churchill and occupied by James Bond's author was the OWO in Whitehall which will become a Raffles property, not here?

  3. Anonymous28287393 Guest

    100 rooms...

  4. Airfarer Diamond

    Only the Monarch is alowed to pass through the middle gate.

  5. Londoner Guest

    It remains owned by HM government and is under a lease for 60 years from 2012, as part of the Coalition (Conservative-Liberal Democrats) government’s efforts to reduce the cost of civil service buildings in Westminster (it has been the HQ of the admiralty; intelligence and more recently the Cabinet Office - Iincharge of the PM and civil service).

  6. Lee Guest

    This project has been delayed and delayed. The original developer ran out of funds. Under subsequent management, it was supposed to open in Spring 2021. Then Spring 2022. Then things went silent. Now, sometime in 2025. Perhaps the Waldorf in Manhattan will open at the same time. Ha.

    It is a great location and it is a beautiful structure. Tons of history.

  7. Khatl Diamond

    Just looking at the size/depth of Admiralty arch, this is gonna be a v small # of rooms

    1. Icarus Guest

      That’s just the section over the roadway. It’s considerably larger on the Spring Gardens side.

    2. Creditcrunch Diamond

      It’s surprisingly bigger than you can see from the picture, the Spring Gardens (West) wing is huge, the East wing is also quite large, the hotel will also occupy part of the Old Admiralty Building. They are also selling “residencies” which I assume will be in the main arch area. Back in the day this was were senior civil servants were given their “grace & favour” apartments.

  8. Anthony Diamond

    I'm sure the Curio next door (Trafalgar St. James) will love the Hilton competition (though maybe they will be able to increase their rates with a Waldorf nearby).

    Recently I have found myself staying at Hiltons (aforementioned Trafalgar, Biltmore Mayfair) rather than Marriotts (Edition) in London as prices/availability have been better. Looks like that may continue with this new add...

  9. LEGALIZE ALL DRUGS Guest

    Good! London is a much better place to visit than Tahoe. A lot more diverse, not overwhelmingly white.

    1. Never In Doubt Guest

      Sir, this is a Wendy’s.

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Creditcrunch Diamond

It’s surprisingly bigger than you can see from the picture, the Spring Gardens (West) wing is huge, the East wing is also quite large, the hotel will also occupy part of the Old Admiralty Building. They are also selling “residencies” which I assume will be in the main arch area. Back in the day this was were senior civil servants were given their “grace & favour” apartments.

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Marc Guest

Yes it looks very nice

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Su Guest

I suppose that the building used to be the office of Churchill and occupied by James Bond's author was the OWO in Whitehall which will become a Raffles property, not here?

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