Indian businessman completes £300m-conversion of old Scotland Yard HQ into Hyatt luxury hotel

by | 23 Dec 2019 | Portfolio

A London icon with a new purpose: The Great Scotland Yard Hotel. (Picture: Hyatt)

Yusuff Ali’s LuLu Group opens the new Great Scotland Yard Hotel in London’s Whitehall after extensive renovation and refurbishment.

An iconic London police building has been transformed into a luxury hotel where rooms come with a hefty price tag of £430 a night.

The hotel will form part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection and will have a police theme that respects its classic Edwardian architecture.

We find out more.

Old Scotland Yard becomes new luxury hotel

Indian entrepreneur Yusuff Ali’s LuLu Group came into possession of the old Scotland Yard headquarters in 2015, when they set about investing £300m into converting the former police HQ into a luxury hotel, the transformation of which has just been completed.

The building is an Edwardian gem in the central London district of Whitehall which is also famous for being home to Downing Street and Trafalgar Square.

This new hotel will be opened by British culture secretary Nicky Morgan, who says, “One of the government’s straplines in this election is ‘unleashing Britain’s potential’ and here, it is this building’s potential that has been unleashed. It will become a very important part of London.”

Exterior view of Great Scotland Yard

Steeped in history

The building has centuries of history embodied in its fabric – in the 15th and 16th centuries, Scottish kings used to stay there, and up until a few years ago, it was the headquarters of the UK’s most important policing branch, Scotland Yard.

The newly completed hotel will boast 152 rooms, 15 suites, a separate two-storey townhouse and four eateries. There is a heavy focus on law enforcement and getting around the law as a theme, and the hotel is adorned with artworks produced by inmates, as well as lots of secret doors and passageways to create an air of mystery and intrigue.

Shafeena Yusuff Ali, Director of Twenty14 Holdings and daughter of the LuLu Group Chairman, said, “We wanted to create a hotel that will inspire and ignite your senses and also your soul.”

Her father, Yusuff Ali, added, “London is one of the world’s greatest cities and the Great Scotland Yard Hotel represents its illustrious past as well as its modern significance. The hotel spotlights the city’s vibrant history, its several celebrated aspects and its status as a global melting pot.”

“In essence, we have curated an unmatched experience for every guest while recreating the historic premises into a symbol of ultimate hospitality and a landmark hotel in London,” Mr Yusuf Ali concluded.

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