Lovers of spine-tingling crime stories with deep – very deep – pockets, this hotel is for you. Great Scotland Yard, an historic landmark where London police once tried to solve the grisly murders carried out by Jack the Ripper, will be turned into a luxury hotel, where rooms will cost a whopping £10,000 ($A21,360) a night.
The building is set to undergo a major £50 million ($A108 million) refurbishment that will turn London’s first police headquarters into an ultra-luxurious hotel property that will span seven storeys. Opulent suites, two bars, restaurants, a library, lobby and entertaining room will occupy more than 8,550 square metres of space.
Developers say they’ll preserve the building’s Edwardian Imperial red brick and stone facade, as well as its name, The Great Scotland Yard, in order to build on the landmark’s storied history. Inside, the decor will be 'contemporary and stylish'.
The hotel is scheduled to open in early 2017. The project is a £110 million ($A235 million) collaboration between Abu Dhabi-based property conglomerate Lulu Group International and London developer Galliard Homes.
In addition to a 5-star setting, the hotel will aim to attract guests with its rich history: It was here that, in the late 19th Century, British police officers pored over notes and revisited the grisly murders committed by Jack the Ripper.
The station is also immortalised by novelists such as Charles Dickens and Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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