Spy hotel opens after 16 million pounds revamp

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The Royal Horseguards Hotel is connected to Whitehall by underground passages used during the war.

Guests will now be offered guided tours of the building to learn about its secret past.

The 280-bed hotel on the River Thames will mark its reopening with a charity fundraiser on Thursday evening.

The hotel tours will also take in Gladstone Library, the National Liberal Club, as well as the passages used by politicians to secretly enter the Grade I listed building.

Former prime ministers Winston Churchill and William Gladstone, and writers such as HG Wells and George Bernard Shaw, have stayed at the Royal Horseguards, which was built in 1884 in the style of a French chateau.

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