Re­vamp­ing Lon­don’s Icons Pasts are clev­erly re-edited in th­ese ho­tels.

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HIS­TORY IS EV­ERY­WHERE in the Bri­tish cap­i­tal. Brown’s Ho­tel in May­fair, for ex­am­ple, has been wel­com­ing guests since 1837, while nearby Clar­idge’s has been the place to stay for roy­alty, dig­ni­taries and the rich and fa­mous since it was es­tab­lished in 1854. Now, a se­ries of chic new ho­tels is open­ing in build­ings with fas­ci­nat­ing his­to­ries, many in struc­tures once used for another pur­pose en­tirely — in­clud­ing the Great Scot­land Yard Ho­tel, a £110 mil­lion ($179 mil­lion) de­vel­op­ment in the orig­i­nal (1829–1890) Westminster head­quar­ters of Lon­don’s Metropoli­tan Po­lice Force.

It’s sched­uled to open in late 2017 and will fea­ture 235 rooms — a top suite will set you back £10,000 ($16,250) a night.

The Ned, an 11-floor, 252-room ho­tel and pri­vate mem­bers’ club (www.thened.com), opened in April in a her­itage-listed build­ing as a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Soho House and the US-based Sy­dell Group, which op­er­ates lux­ury ac­co­mo­da­tion. Built in 1924, this for­mer Mid­land Bank was de­signed by ar­chi­tect Sir Ed­win ‘Ned’ Lu­tyens and many orig­i­nal fea­tures re­main, such as African verdite col­umns and wal­nut-pan­elled coun­ters. The bank’s vault, still fit­ted with 3000 safety de­posit boxes, has been trans­formed into a lounge bar, and there are eight other bars and restau­rants, plus a spa, rooftop pool and bar­ber.

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