England’s iconic Admiralty Arch—a Grade I–listed historic building located in one of London’s most desirable districts—will soon be transformed into a 100-bedroom hotel. Built in 1910 as a monument to the British Navy and a memorial to Queen Victoria, the legendary landmark serves as the gatehouse to Buckingham Palace. Located in Westminster, the residence formerly housed the likes of Sir Winston Churchill, James Bond creator Ian Fleming, and Queen Elizabeth II.
The private firm Prime Investors Capital is restoring and renovating the archway building, with plans to convert it into a hotel complete with a spa, private residences, and a private members club. Four residences—each featuring 20-foot ceilings, original fireplaces, Edwardian-era furnishings, and several suites—are available for purchase. Overlooking the Mall, Buckingham Palace, and Trafalgar Square, the residences provide owners with access to a 24-hour concierge service and security team, valet parking services, and a lifetime membership to the private members’ club. At least 12 premier hotel groups from around the world have expressed interest in managing the property, and a pick is expected to be finalized next year. (admiraltyarch.co.uk)