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The Langham, London has stood proud on Portland Place since 1865, so there’s a lot of history behind those vaulted walls, but here are five notable things you should know about the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel:
1. Its afternoon tea is special. The Langham was the first hotel in London to introduce the concept of afternoon tea at the Palm Court nearly 150 years ago. Here you can enjoy scrumptious afternoon offerings at several seatings. Check out the Bijoux Tea, which features cakes and pastries inspired by the latest jewelry collections from the shops on nearby Bond Street (think Asprey-inspired cakes).
2. Its drinks are spectacular. The luxury hotel bar Artesian has won accolades for its stellar cocktail program. Try the signature punch, which comes with a flaming sugar cube, or one of the excellent martinis and gin and tonics.
3. Guest rooms are small and cozy. Square footage is always a bit of a squeeze in London, and the rooms — especially those that haven’t yet been renovated — are definitely snug. We suggest booking one of the refurbished suites.
4. It’s historic. When The Langham, London was built, it was the largest and most modern hotel in the city, boasting 600 rooms and 300 water closets, as well as the first air conditioning and hydraulic lifts in England. Over the years, it’s played host to countless dignitaries, royals and celebrities. Oscar Wilde even wrote The Picture of Dorian Gray while in residence, and certain Sherlock Holmes stories take place in the Four-Star hotel.
5. It’s Asian-inspired. Although the London hotel is as quintessentially British as they come, you’ll notice Asian-inspired furniture and artwork throughout, notably in the elevator foyers. That’s because the hotel is now owned by Langham Hotels International, which is based out of Hong Kong.