The OWO by Raffles

Marcus Barnett Studio designed the gardens, terraces and courtyards at the iconic OWO – old war office, the latest Raffles hotel in London.

Garden Raffles at OWO London

The building that was arguably the most significant in the working life of Winston Churchill, has been transformed into one of London’s most luxurious hotels. Churchill spent much of his working life in the (Old) War Office. Initially as First Lord of the Admiralty for the Royal Navy, (October 1911 – May 1915), then as the Secretary of State for War (January 1919 – February 1921) and finally, as Prime Minister (May 1940 and July 1945). As Secretary of State, he would boom out his morning briefings from the Juliet balcony above the historic (Piastraccia marble) Grand Staircase topped with a cupola bearing the crown.

Ian Fleming, author of the Bond novels, also worked here for Britain’s Naval Intelligence Division during the second World War as liaison for the Secret Intelligence Services of the War Office.

Marking the rebirth of the iconic London landmark, the new hotel, opened it’s doors on the 29th of September revealing a world of ultra chique and sleek sophistication. Raffles London at The OWO has 120 guest rooms and suites, signature dining experiences and a grand ballroom. In addition, the OWO will also feature 85 Residences, nine restaurants and three bars, including a rooftop with panoramic views across StJames’s Park and The Mall.

In terms of outdoor spaces, a series of gardens, roof terraces and courtyards are punctuated throughout the building. According to their project outline, the Marcus Barnett garden design team is working to creating harmony between the spaces by echoing the historic architecture, whilst also bringing other areas up to date with sleek modern design and materials. The Resident’s garden is pictured and the Penthouse garden can be seen here. According to the OWO the Resident’s garden is “the perfect peaceful sanctuary and natural haven in the heart of the city”.