Oscar Wilde and Kray twins slept in these prison cells – now you can too


If it’s a hotel with history you’re after then it can’t get better than this.

Covent Garden’s Bow Street Magistrates Court, where Oscar Wilde and the Kray twins were imprisoned, is now in line to be converted into a 99-bedroom hotel.

Due to be completed in 2015, the £20m redevelopment will also feature a police museum called the Bow Street Runners’ Museum.

While 10 existing police cells will be converted into four hotel bedrooms, eight police cells will be part of the museum.

Developers behind the project are Austrian brothers Rudolf and Christian Ploberger who bought the 267-year-old site from Irish group Edward Holdings.

Speaking about the plans, Chris Miele, heritage and culture planning specialist at Montagu Evans, told the Standard: “Bow Street, the site of the famous ‘Runners’, has stood vacant for too long. The hotel and museum attraction will be unique in Covent Garden.”