Opened as Europe’s first ‘grand hotel’, The Langham, London has been delighting guests since 1865.
It’s opening was attended by the 23-year-old Prince of Wales, who commented to the Earl of Shrewsbury, ‘You have, my lord, a fine hotel’. To know some of The Langham, London’s history is to understand the unique position it occupies in today’s five-star hotel landscape. After opening, it rapidly became a magnet for London’s literati (Wilkie Collins and Oscar Wilde), opinion-formers (William Gladstone) and adventurers (Henry Stanley). The hotel stayed open during the First World War, and guests were invited below stairs to sit out the Zeppelin raids on cane chairs with cushions, while light refreshments were served. In the ensuing peacetime, the hotel kept abreast of the times, creating the neoclassical foyer in 1920, adding hand-stencilled wallpaper to the Drawing Room and installing lifts. It attracted the personalities of the day such as Noël Coward, who frequently took a suite.
During the Battle of Britain in 1940 the hotel was hit by a small bomb and the building was then used by the BBC until the mid-1980s when the journey began to restore the hotel to its former glory. A multi-million pound refurbishment followed and since then its elegance and splendour, combined with its state-of-the-art facilities and a vibrant cultural programme, have ensured its place as one of London’s finest luxury hotels.
Today’s cosmopolitan guest will be attracted by The Langham, London’s West End location in Marylebone, with Fitzrovia, Mayfair and Soho just minutes’ away. The hotel has 339 fully refurbished rooms and 41 suites, including its supremely elegant signature suites. There is also a 16m swimming pool and the recently relaunched urban retreat, Chuan Body + Soul. The Langham, London offers fabulous opportunities for drinking and dining, including Palm Court, famed for its afternoon teas; and The Wigmore, a contemporary take on the classic English tavern. Roux at The Landau, designed by David Collins Studio, will offer a refreshed, informal dining experience in 2018; and Artesian continues to set the standard for innovative and sophisticated cocktails.
The Langham’s residences come complete with provisions straight from Selfridges Food Hall, and it also offers magnificent reception space, including its Courtyard Garden, the
for social events of all sizes and styles. Original art has always been in The Langham, London’s DNA. Today, its collection contains photography by Norman Parkinson, collages, paintings and lithographs by international contemporary artists, handpicked from the owner’s private collection.
There are also frequent pioneering initiatives to host exciting cultural events within the hotel, as when Tennessee William’s Hotel Plays were staged in three bedrooms
to wide critical acclaim.
The Langham, London has over the decades established itself as a West End destination for every type of social event. Whether it is for an informal drink, a discreet special occasion, a private dinner, an outdoor drinks party in the Courtyard Garden or large scale glamorous event in The Grand Ballroom, guests can be certain that everyone at The Langham, London will continue to welcome them with natural warmth, creating memories to treasure.
THE LANGHAM, LONDON 1C PORTLAND PLACE, LONDON, W1B 1JA +44 (0)20 7636 1000