Historic luxury in London
380 Rooms / 36 Suites
Europe’s first “grand hotel,” the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Langham, London opened in 1865. While back in the day this luxurious property was famous for high-tech amenities such as electric lights, hydraulic elevators and air conditioning, as well as a raft of celebrity and royal connections, today the Langham is best known for its outstanding drinking and dining opportunities.
Having recently undergone a major refurbishment, the hotel has never been in finer form: Marble floors and soaring ceilings in the foyer, purple leather banquettes and mirror detailing in the hip Artesian bar and guest rooms that combine the tradition of a Victorian building with all the comfortable modern touches we’ve come to expect from luxury hotels today. The Langham continues its grand tradition.
The 333 guest rooms boast an average of 366 square feet of living space. Recently, the average square footage in the 47 suites increased significantly with the addition of the spacious 4,844-square-foot Sterling Suite. London’s largest suite, the unit was inspired by the sterling heritage of English pageantry and includes private elevator access, three main bedrooms, en suite bathrooms, standalone bathtubs and dressing areas. The sophisticated space also consists of custom-made furniture with gold- and silver-leaf hand-painted finishes, gorgeous marble and antique mirror work. The center of the Richmond International-designed suite contains a luxurious drawing room (dual-tone piano, fireplace), private dining area and a separate home theatre lounge. The Sterling Suite allows for an expansion of up to six bedrooms that can occupy 12 guests, making it an optimal choice for families and large groups.
Many of the 10-story hotel’s other guest rooms offer breathtaking views of the London skyline, while a minority give onto inner courtyard, perfect for travelers who prefer a quieter outlook. All guests benefit from complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, plus handy touches such as U.S. and European power sockets and a discreet “do not disturb” system using buttons and lights.
The Langham Club
Another bold addition from Langham, London’s 2015 renovation is The Langham Club, an exclusive haven inspired by private lounges of the Victorian era. Guest who’ve reserved Executive Rooms, Junior Suites or One Bedroom Suites have access to The Langham Club. The exclusive invite comes with a chance to visit the Butler’s Pantry, a place where all of the hotel’s culinary offerings can be sampled. The Club also presents The Writer’s Corner, a working room with a specially curated library, and the fully equipped Loft event space. The new space is equipped to serve up to 72 guests with special concierge care and private butler services. The Langham Club operates between 6:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. every day.
The Food And Drink
There’s plenty of competition when it comes to great food and drink in London, but the Langham more than holds its own thanks to fine-dining restaurant Roux at The Landau and innovative cocktail lounge Artesian (which is often hailed as one of the world's best bars). The latter venue’s latest head-turning move comes in the form of Surrealism, a Salvador Dali-inspired menu led by the head bartender. The avant-garde roster presents each libation with a creative flair. Spring Drifting Into Summer (vodka, shochu, artichoke, coffee, yuzu, passion and coriander poured into a molten dish) and Suspended In Time (gin, lime, niaouli, yarrow and palmarosa held together in a scented, cocooned net attached to a blue crystal ring) are perfect examples of this brilliance behind the bar.
If the Artesian has evenings taken care of at the Langham, then afternoons are all about the Palm Court, a grand mirror-bedecked hall with a decidedly 1920s vibe and the birthplace of afternoon tea. The Wedgwood tea includes Wedgwood specialty blends served in bespoke Langham Rose Wedgwood crockery. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the Palm Court is transformed into a decadent jazz lounge where you can enjoy complimentary champagne and canapés.
Those enjoying Langham Club Lounge access can enjoy complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, unlimited Champagne drinks and more in an exclusive environment.