Birthplace of James Bond can now be yours for $8.1M

007 had it quite good. One of Britain’s most important historic structures, the palatial Old War Office in London where James Bond was ...


007 had it quite good.

One of Britain’s most important historic structures, the palatial Old War Office in London where James Bond was dreamed up by Ian Fleming and various Bond movies were filmed, can now be yours. 

For the first time in over a century, the 1906 UK landmark is undergoing a massive five-year transformation. It will be turned into a Raffles hotel along with 85 grandiose residences that start at $8.1 million, according to a press release.

The celebrated building was the setting where Fleming worked and thought up the slick private eye after his time with Britain’s Naval Intelligence Department.

But the impressive history this structure has doesn’t stop there. It also happens to be where Winston Churchill commanded the armed forces and spies, where secretaries of state walked secret tunnels and where the German bombs landed during WWII. 

A wide shot of the Old War Office building in London.
A wide shot of the Old War Office building in London where several James Bond films were filmed.
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Scottish actor Sean Connery posed smoking a cigar in character as James Bond on the set of the film 'From Russia With Love.'
Scottish actor Sean Connery smoking a cigar in character as James Bond on the set of the film “From Russia With Love” at Pinewood Studios in 1963.
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The grand staircase.
The grand staircase.
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The indoor pool.
The indoor pool.
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A study.
A study.
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A circular lounge in one of the residences.
A circular lounge in one of the residences.
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A suite with an expansive terrace for prime city views.
A suite with an expansive terrace for prime city views.
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A master bathroom.
A master bathroom.
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Most recently, the British drama and award-winning series, “The Crown,” was filmed there as well. 

Now dubbed the OWO Residences by Raffles, the historic building is set to be completed in 2022 and open to the public after 125 years of being closed down and used only for private occasions.

It is also a short stroll from Buckingham Palace, sitting adjacent to the 57-acre St. James’s Park.

A rooftop terraces, located in one of the residences.
A rooftop terrace, located in one of the residences.
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A spiral staircase.
A spiral staircase.
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A grand hallway.
A grand hallway leading to the living areas.
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The OWO residences horse guards.
The OWO residences horse guards.
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The formal dining room.
The formal dining room.
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Located in the heart of London’s Whitehall neighborhood, the Old War Office is across the street from The Queen’s horse guards and steps from 10 Downing St. It’s surrounded by grade II listed properties that once housed monarchs such as King Henry VIII and was home to the original Palace of Whitehall. Grade II properties in London are considered special buildings that warrant every effort of preservation. 

Pegged as “an unprecedented opportunity” that is set to create an “unparalleled lifestyle” for the site’s first generation of residents, the luxury building comes with several perks. It includes nine different restaurants and bars and an immersive spa. 

A grand suite.
A grand suite.
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The living space with build in bookshelves.
The living space with built-in bookshelves.
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The kitchen.
The kitchen.
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St James’s Park views from one of the turrets of The OWO.
St James’s Park views from one of the turrets of the OWO residences.
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The outdoor courtyard and gardens.
The outdoor courtyard and gardens.
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Each residence is designed differently and tailored to suit its location in the building. Designed by Studio 1508 London, kitchens are handcrafted from the British brand Smallbone of Devizes and include onyx marble. The residences each have oak paneling and mosaic flooring. 

Duplex, lateral and penthouse residences range in size from studios to five-bedrooms. In addition, two turret residences, elevated above the London skyline, boast panoramic views of the city. 

The building itself was initially completed in 1906 by British architect William Young. 

Prime Minister of Great Britain Winston Churchill makes his Victory In Europe Day Broadcast to the world on May 8 1945.
Prime Minister of Great Britain Winston Churchill makes his Victory In Europe Day Broadcast to the world on May 8, 1945.
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