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The Waldorf Hotel

Aldwych

The Waldorf Hotel is a grand Edwardian Grade II Listed building and an established feature in the architectural heritage and character of Aldwych. As Architect and Interior Designer our contemporary design set out to restore and enhance The Waldorf Hotel’s historic splendour.

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The refurbishment of the hotel was both challenging and complex due to the hotel remaining operational throughout the works, with phased construction and temporary entrances. Our brief involved the refurbishment and re-planning of the public areas, restaurants, bars and back of house areas. We were also asked to consider the sensitive restoration of the Listed Grand Palm Court, a room considered by English Heritage to be an important historic example of the Edwardian era.

This magnificent space is the centrepiece of the hotel with its marble terrace and glass roof and was made famous by the afternoon tea dances still held there today. English Heritage required numerous investigations, paint analysis and archive research to establish its original features so that we could sympathetically restore the Palm Court to its original splendour.

The most significant part of our design was the installation of a clear glass façade that dramatically changed the hotels street presence, providing a much-needed view into the hotel. This frontage has improved The Waldorf’s outlook enormously and given The Waldorf more prominence, resulting in increased footfall in the hotel.

Client: Royal Bank of Scotland | Services: Architecture + Interior Design | Size: Public areas only