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Ex-spy hotel given 16.3m refit

Royal Horseguards Hotel
Previous guests include William Gladstone and George Bernard Shaw

A London hotel used by the secret service in World War I is getting a 16.3m refit.

The Royal Horseguards hotel in Whitehall will have its 280 bedrooms refurbished by next year, when it joins the Guoman hotel group.

Built in 1884, the listed building was also partly occupied by government departments during World War I.

Famous ex-residents include playwright George Bernard Shaw and 19th Century prime minister William Gladstone.

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