The former headquarters of the Metropolitan police is to become a luxury hotel with rooms costing up to £10,000.
The building has an official address of 4 Whitehall, but with a public office for the police on Great Scotland Yard, from which it drew its name. It will now become a five star hotel with 235 rooms. The site was originally chosen Robert Peel, who was Home Secretary when the Met first formed in 1829.
Chief executive of the Galliad Group Stephen Conway, the firm that is redeveloping the building, told the Times (£): "These buildings were designed to impress visitors and have grand façades and high quality interiors."
It was not until 1890 that the force's home move to New Scotland Yard - recently it became the Ministry of Defence library.