LuLu opens the iconic Great Scotland Yard Hotel in London

KOCHI: the hotel investment arm of LuLu Group International, Twenty14 Holdings , has completed investments of £ 300 million in the United Kingdom, with the inauguration of the Great Scotland Yard in London on Thursday. The hotel will be open to the public from December 9, 2019, according to a press release from the firm.

Four years ago, Twenty14 had acquired the property for Rs 1,025 crore, and the makeover of the hotel involved a further Rs 512 crore. In addition to the Great Scotland Yard, Twenty14 Holdings had acquired the celebrated Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - the Caledonian in Scotland in 2018.

the Great Scotland Yard Hotel , located in the St. James’s district of Westminster, will be managed by Hyatt under their Unbound collection portfolio. the Unbound Collection is an exclusive portfolio of properties and stays—from historic landmarks to storied resorts—designed for travellers willing to pay a premium for distinctive experiences.

Antigua residencia de the reyes de Escocia durante el período Tudor, el edificio ahora es famoso como la antigua sede del London Metropolitan Police force. In 1910, the building served as the British Navy Recruitment office and headquarters of the Royal Military Police.

Speaking about the new project, MA Yusuff Ali, Chairman and MD of LuLu Group International said: “ the hotel spotlights the city’s vibrant history, its several celebrated aspects and its status as a global melting pot”.

A Grade II listed building from the 1820s with Edwardian and Victorian architecture, the luxury 7-storey boutique hotel with an area of ​​93,000 square feet has 153 rooms and 15 suites, apart from a 2-bedroom townhouse VIP suite bedrooms created from original Scotland Yard police facilities

Adeeb Ahamed, Managing Director, Twenty14 Holdings, said: “Transforming one of the world's most historic addresses into an icon of modern hospitality, Twenty14 Holdings' focus remained steady right through, keeping the building's reputation in mind, every effort made in its rebirth had to be extraordinary, beyond expectations. ”

the hotel has partnered with the Koestler Trust, the UK prison arts charity, to showcase some of the award-winning pictures, ceramics, and sculptures by serving prisoners from the Trust’s annual competition.