The former home of the Metropolitan Police has had a £120 million revamp transforming it into a luxury five-star hotel. Classic glamour is the theme at Great Scotland Yard which is reflected in the design and décor. The iconic site provides a mix of luxury bedrooms, two bars, restaurants, lobby and private meeting room, entertaining and dining rooms complete with 24/7 concierge service.

Jack the Ripper’s crimes were investigated here and the Alice in Wonderland author, Lewis Carroll was one of the suspects. Suspended above the hotel entrance is a huge, deconstructed time piece reading six o’clock, which is apparently the time Carroll was interviewed. Throughout the building there’s historic nods and artifacts cleverly juxtaposed with contemporary, bold artworks by Nicola Green and Cornelia Parker.

Stories of an infamous female crime gang is the focus for the 40 Elephants bar, named after them, it features a huge glass chandelier representing the shattered windows from their numerous smash-and-grab crimes. The glass top tables in the bar showcase some of the swag seized as evidence from the 40 strong all-girl gang. Pull up a chair, order one of their signature cocktails and take in all the tales of crime and corruption.

Sibin is a speakeasy hidden in a corner of the lobby, accessed only by those in the know via a bookshelf. Here you can relax on one of the plump velvet sofas and discover the world of whisky through their curated collection which consists of over one hundred bottles from around the globe. Perfect for a lock-in.

Throughout the summer you can take in the Whitehall skyline and enjoy a cold glass of Veuve Clicquot at the hotel’s Champagne Terrace. This rooftop hideaway is located on the top floor and serves Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut and Rose by the glass or bottle.

When it comes to dining The Yard brings Michelin starred chef Niklas Ekstedt’s signature style of wood fired ‘old Nordic’ cooking to the UK for the very first time. With a focus on farm-to-table expect a menu of signature dishes, alongside an inventive cocktail menu and extensive wine list.

The Parlour is a chic, light and airy all day dining lounge also serving afternoon tea. Savour a sumptuous multi-sensory experience designed to take you on a journey through history, nobility and perfumery with our Bouquet de La Reine afternoon tea in collaboration with royal-warranted perfumery, Floris London.

The hotel boasts 152 rooms and seven different suites. The neutral rooms are modern and compact in comparison to the large marble bathroom with huge walk-in shower. The MET theme continues throughout with police uniforms reflected in the carpet, cupboards disguised as bookshelves and intricately designed room doors. The Townhouse is the hotel’s equivalent of a penthouse suite, with two bedrooms and living and dining areas sprawled across five storeys, plus a private entrance from the street.

Every element of the hotel design has been carefully considered and curated, the building is seeped in so many iconic crime stories you would need to visit again to soak it all in. Just a stone’s throw from the River Thames, Covent Garden and some famous tourist destinations, Great Scotland Yard is the ideal base to relax in luxury. Rooms start from £295 per night.

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