Admiralty Arch welcomes Waldorf Astoria to London
Commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of Queen Victoria, and designed by Sir Aston Webb, Admiralty Arch is one of the capital’s most treasured landmarks. Since 1910, the iconic monument has been home to great national figures, such as Sir Winston Churchill, and in 2022 it will be home to a new Waldorf Astoria hotel. Work is already underway to restore the building’s original features, and the Waldorf Astoria brand is no stranger to protecting and enhancing historical buildings. Its flagship New York hotel, which dates back to 1893, is currently undergoing a comprehensive refurbishment to protect the art deco building for future generations.
Leading the design team on Waldorf Astoria’s London restoration are Michael Blair and David Mlinaric. Blair’s work includes the restoration and extension of The Ritz, The Connaught and Claridge’s hotels, while Mlinaric is a decoration consultant for the historic estates Chatsworth House and Waddesdon Manor. Once complete, the hotel will have 96 guest rooms and suites, three restaurants, a rooftop bar, private meeting and event spaces, and a spa. Additional facilities will include private residences, a members club and exclusive food and beverage venues.
And since all royal processions start from Buckingham Palace, the hotel will inherit a unique vantage point from which to watch the carriages come up The Mall on their processional route to arrive at Westminster Abbey or St. Paul’s Cathedral. Get ready to book your room with a view.