What We Love
- The magnificent Library Bar has a London gentlemen’s club atmosphere
- A 24-hour butler delivers a daily newspaper and your buffed and polished shoes along with your morning coffee
- The authentic feel of a British house, with creaky floorboards, oil paintings hung on wood paneling and fresh flowers everywhere
What To Know
- Fitness fanatics would be better off going for a run in neighboring Hyde Park than using the hotel's small, basic gym
- Such a central location makes the Lanesborough a popular meeting place for breakfast, so book your table ahead to ensure you won’t have to wait in the morning
- If you've come for the Knightsbridge shops, be prepared for a 10-minute walk
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Originally designed as a country retreat for the 2nd Viscount Lanesborough and later remodeled by renowned architect William Wilkins (who also designed the National Gallery), the Lanesborough has long been a landmark of Regency London. Its grand classical façade gives way to warm interiors with open fireplaces, muted colors, gleaming oil paintings, deep leather armchairs, inviting sofas and a real home-away-from-home atmosphere.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 43 suites and 50 guestrooms has its own style and character, adding to the private house ambience. Regency period furnishings are found throughout the rooms, with silk wall fabrics, parquet flooring and handmade rugs. Handsome antique desks come complete with discreetly placed laptops and personalized stationery. Bathrooms, while sometimes small, are lined with Carrara marble and filled with bespoke Lady Primrose amenities of dusting silk powder and honey bath gel.
Apsleys, a Heinz Beck restaurant, delivers superb modern Italian food in resplendent Venetian style, with Art Deco surroundings courtesy of designer Adam Tihany. More than worthy of its one Michelin star, it serves such dishes as Beck’s signature fagottelli carbonara, from his three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Rome, La Pergola, along with favorites such as pigeon with crispy polenta and salt-crusted sea bass with artichokes. Breakfast offers English staples — kippers, black pudding — as well as healthy fruit and yogurt options. A traditional English afternoon tea of scones and clotted cream is served at Apsleys, and smokers can indulge in London’s finest cigar bar, the Garden Room, which boasts the capital’s largest humidor, Cuban and pre-Castro cigars, and a selection of the finest cognacs.
In the Area
London lies at your feet, with the best shops and museums a mere stroll away. Summer visitors should dip into Hyde Park, catch the changing of the guard or take a tour around the state rooms in neighboring Buckingham Palace. To catch up on the capital’s culinary hot spots, start with Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, just down the road, where dishes such as the acclaimed mandarin meat fruit, are inspired by Britain’s gastronomic past. For shoppers, the hallowed halls of Harrods and Harvey Nichols beckon, and just beyond that are the children’s wonder worlds of the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.
How to Get There
We have eaten at the Lanesborough before but recognised that this has to be a special treat because of the cost. However I spotted on their website that they were offering a set menu lunch at £42 per head plus a glass of sparkling wine for on-line bookings. I sometimes find I pay nearly that at country pubs! Note though that there is a 15% "discretionary" service charge.
I booked for two and quickly received an e-mail confirmation followed a day or so later with a telephone request for confirmation and also to establish if there were any allergies or menu problems for us.
We arrived on time and were received in a very courteous and friendly manner. We were able to choose our table - the restaurant was very quiet on our arrival - and our sparkling wine was quickly served. The menu was as expected very limited but thoughtfully composed.The the food was superb - beautifully presented and served with ingredients rich in colour and exquisite taste. Portions were substantial and despite having healthy appetites both of us left feeling full.
As expected additional drinks are expensive but there is a wonderful choice of wines with many served by the glass.
The service continued to be friendly and efficient and the whole experience was delightful.
Highly recommended - highest quality surroundings, food and service at an affordable price.
Attendant staff very attentive to our needs and very welcoming.
Our table was well positioned and we had a good view of the elaborately decorated room.
Good selection of tea available. Chocolate brownie tea is an acquired taste. The early grey tea was good.
A varied selection of savouries, different from the usual finger sandwiches, offered unusual flavours and textures and were delicious. We had a second round of all of them. Favourites were chicken bonbon and smoked salmon bun.
Scones were warm and freshly made. Good variety of pastries but leave the best for last, namely the mont blanc and black forest.
Live piano music added to the ambiance.
Definitely a delightful way to spend a couple of hours with the one you love.
Spending the weekend in London we fancied afternoon tea. We had a fabulous time with a choice of canapes that were inventive and different from the usual finger sandwiches. Service was superb, food was plentiful and the cakes... enough cakes to take back home and the family to enjoy.