The Langham, London has been delighting guests since 1865, when it opened as Europe’s first ‘grand hotel’. Located almost at the epicentre of London’s four famous villages of Mayfair, Soho, Marylebone and Fitzrovia, the hotel offers a quintessential London experience, combining history, style and modern amenities in a magnificent Victorian building.
The Langham’s history is long and rich. When the hotel first opened it established itself as a ground-breaking institution, offering the most contemporary features of the age. The largest building in London at the time, it was the first hotel in the world to install hydraulically operated lifts. From its opening, attended by the then Prince of Wales, right up to today, it has been a favourite haunt of the capital’s literati, political leaders, captains of industry and royals.
British traditions and contemporary innovation co-exist at The Langham and today’s guests are attracted by this symbiosis in the heart of the West End. The Langham Club Lounge, for example, is a unique concept among five-star hotels in central London, where guests can enjoy a private check-in, full breakfast, canapés throughout the day, free-flowing champagne and butler services. Extending across two floors, it also has private access for those who wish for a higher level of discretion.
Roux at The Landau, The Langham’s restaurant in partnership with Michel Roux Jr, was restyled during 2018 with an elegant dining counter and a new, pared-back and delicious menu, focusing on the provenance of the ingredients and complemented by a 525-bottle wine list. Roux also oversaw the creation of a menu of reinvented classic pub snacks for The Wigmore, the hotel’s luxurious take on an English tavern. Designed with rich colours and period details by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, The Wigmore has a great ‘London’ drinks list, including a saison made for the hotel by Bermondsey’s Brew By Numbers.
Some of the most memorable experiences are made at The Langham’s glamorous bar, Artesian. Here the cocktails are inventive and the atmosphere fun and welcoming. The Artesian Moments menu takes a metaphysical approach, centring around the flavours and feelings associated with key moments in one’s life – the kind of thoughtful creativity set to inspire cocktail lists of the future.
In Palm Court, SeasonaliTea is a must-try – a fresh new take on English afternoon tea based around the best seasonal ingredients, from Isle of Wight tomatoes in summer to fruit from the orchards of Kent in autumn. The Langham was the first hotel to serve afternoon tea when it opened in 1865, and today’s guests can still enjoy this delicious tradition in one of London’s most elegant settings. Come evening, Palm Court transforms into a romantic destination for food and music lovers, with a jazz duo to accompany your cocktails or dinner.
The Langham, London’s 380 rooms, suites and residences are skilfully designed to offer today’s guests contemporary style and convenience, without compromising on the Victorian charm of the setting. The hotel’s Signature Suites, which include a residential penthouse with six bedrooms, are an indulgence for even the most elite traveller.
THE LANGHAM, LONDON 1C PORTLAND PLACE, LONDON, W1B 1JA +44 (0)20 7636 1000