Which hotel was used by the Ministry of Defense during both World Wars?
If you guessed the The Royal Horseguards (1884) located in London, United Kingdom, you guessed correctly.
The gracious French château-style façade of this 1884 gem has been preserved in all its glory. Its breathtaking interior reflects a thoroughly modern sensibility blended with bespoke hospitality.
The Royal Horseguards began life as the National Liberal Club, offering its members a moment of tranquility from Westminster politics. The block of luxury residential apartments was designed by Alfred Waterhouse, whose architectural legacy in London includes the Natural History Museum. It has played the unrivaled host to some of Britain’s greatest historical figures, including George Bernard Shaw, Lord Kitchener, Winston Churchill, and William Gladstone. In fact, the foundation stone in its cellars was laid by William Gladstone himself, one of five Club members who went on to serve as Prime Minister. The building was taken over by the Ministry of Defense during both World Wars and was used by the MI5 and MI6 secret intelligence organizations. Today the historic hotel continues to be used by politicians as a critical meeting place.
The Royal Horseguards has a grandeur and opulence to match its prestigious Whitehall address, and guests of this hotel will find a rare sense of classic elegance and contemporary comfort.
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