The Langham

1C Portland Pl., London, W1B 1JA, England

Hotel pedigrees don't come much greater than this one; built in 1865, the Langham was the original luxury hotel in the city, all but inventing the very image of what a great London hotel looked like. Good fortune didn't last: it closed in the 1940s, and spent much of the 20th century being used as office space by the BBC, before finally reopening in 2010 after a renovation that was rumoured to cost nearly £100 million. The public spaces are flawless, from the spectacular, light-filled atrium, with its soaring marble pillars, to the restored ballroom, which now houses Roux at the Landau, Michelin-star chef Michel Roux's outstanding modern French restaurant. Guest rooms are spacious and modern, with sumptuously comfortable beds, although bathrooms in the basic rooms are small.

PROS

  • beautiful historic building
  • outstanding service
  • great restaurant and bar

CONS

  • price rises considerably once cheapest rooms sell out
  • bathrooms in basic rooms are somewhat utilitarian

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical, Romantic, Service
Sophisticated
Central
Grande Dame

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 020-7636–1000

HOTEL DETAILS

331 rooms, 47 suites
Rate Includes: Some meals

What’s Nearby


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