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
- 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
The Lanesborough hotel, not only harbours one of best restaurants, their bar and tea room are equally amazing. The bar offers a cosy classic atmosphere with a wide selection of spirits and yummy cocktails. The tea room serves a wide selection of lovely teas and coffees. Don’t miss this seasons wonderfully decorated Christmas tree in the Hallway. Staff are always very friendly and their service is excellent. Great place to visit any time during the year. Winter time and Christmas makes it extra special. Do try their whiskey sour. It’s heavenly!
We spent 3 weeks here in September, and expected to tire of it by the end of our stay. The staff, location and attention to detail surpass any London hotel.
Over all hotels in this category in London this is our top choice, having stayed at most!
Was so looking forward to my first stay at the Lanesborough but it fell way short of my expectations. On arrival, just one doorman struggling, carried our own stuff in as he was calling for assistance whilst sorting our valet parking. We are used to much smoother greetings at rival hotels in London. Entered the beautiful lobby, nobody around, approached the two check-in desks, nobody there, carried on to Concierge desk and asked the chap, "We want to check-in please", he took us back to desks then a nice lady appeared and checked us in. Not the start we expected. Did relevant paper work, told room wasn't ready, no problem, taken across to the Withdrawing room and shown to a seat and offered a complimentary coffee. The lounge waiter wasn't aware that it was complimentary and was prompting us to pay for the two coffees once we'd finished, we didn't understand why he kept hovering with his cheque pad, we assumed that our complimentary coffee had been communicated to him by reception, as it should have been, but it hadn't, when he approached with the tab for the third time we told him that the receptionist had offered us complimentary coffee, we should not have to be explaining this, it should have been plain-sailing and communicated between the receptionist and the lounge waiter. Unprofessional and not befitting of such a hotel. The waiter then said he would go and check with the receptionist about our coffees and didn't return. shortly after the receptionist appeared and said our room (406) was ready. She took us up and introduced us to our butler, all good, butler gave us a mini tour of room and gadgets, very nice. Room was lovely, comfortable, but our wash basin took an eternity to drain. We told Butler we were going to quickly unpack then get into our robes and asked if he would show us down to the Spa, he told us to press the call-butler button when we were ready to go down, we did, but after half an hour there was no butler, so we rang down and head butler James came up and took us down to the Spa, A very nice chap. Spa awesome, only fault, vitality pool could do with being a degree or two hotter, hydro massage jets quite weak for such a new state of the art vitality pool. Also, would be better if poolside loungers were adjustable and could go flatter instead of permanently upright, although they were comfortable enough. We had room service on our first evening, burger and chips, arrived prompt but was disappointed that the chips were not hand cut but of the frozen variety, which is not good for a deluxe hotel. Room service waiter was as nice as could be. First morning breakfast, warm greeting at restaurant, beautiful surroundings, but all downhill from there. We ordered two English breakfasts, one with white toast and the other with wholemeal/granary brown, but we got two rounds of white toast. The bacon was so overcooked it couldn't be cut with the knife. Then had to ask for butter and the chap went and got one that had just come from the fridge and was too hard to spread on the toast. Staff were all lovely but these errors are amateur and shocking for the Lanesborough, which I'd always assumed would have food and beverage standards second to none. Things as simple as cooking bacon, making sure each breakfast table has spreadable butter and getting the toast orders correct should not be going wrong at one of the best hotels in London. Day two, we came back from the festival hall after a concert and decided to have in-room dining again, we ordered two spaghetti bolognese, two fries, one large cappucino and one large latte. The chap who took my order on the phone asked if we wanted the hot drinks put into pots and brought up with the meals as to keep them hot, I said excellent. Our in-room table arrived on time, but the two spaghetti bolognese meals were virtually cold, on cold plates, we were so hungry we just got stuck in, but it was really bad that cold meals had turned up. Then for the 'large' cappucino and latte, the lovely large pots contained just about enough in each to fill the small china tea cup. If this was large cappucino and large latte I'd hate to see the small ones. Not good. At this point I was left feeling that the Lanesborough has serious food and beverage issues. Then came our 2nd breakfast on morning of checkout, again warm welcome, beautiful staff, I simply asked for an omelete made with onion, tomato and mushroom, and with brown granary/wholemeal toast, which I got on this occasion, but I also got chopped ham in my omelete, which I hadn't asked for. I did not mind, the omelete was cooked well and was all good, but I couldn't help thinking that the staff just are not listening to what the customer asks for, or the chef isn't paying attention to what the waiter asks them to cook.. I could have been Jewish, or vegetarian, or seventh day adventist, only to be served pork ham in my omelete that I had not asked for. Again, I was OK with it and just ate it and it was lovely, I like ham, but the point is I had not asked for ham to be in my omelete. Also, I had asked for a pot of strong English breakfast tea, the young chap who is as pleasant as can be, brought my tea and began to pour what looked like hot water. I had to stop him and explain that it needed to brew first. I joked and said we English take our tea very seriously. It never did become a strong brew, even though i had asked the supervisor who took our order for a pot of strong tea. All they had to do was put an extra tea-bag in the pot. All in all, on reflection, it is with a heavy heart that I have to give this frank and honest account of the food and beverage side of the hotel, and rate this as very poor. The hotel itself is probably amongst the grandest in London, a truly beautiful palace-like 18th century building, as a customer in such a place, we expect virtual perfection and this was far from the case. I'm aware that sometimes mistakes may be made, but the mistakes were far too many. My usual choice of London hotel is the Mandarin, but was determined to try the Lanesborough when I'd heard that the hotel had finally built a Spa, plus the Mandarin is out of action at present. The hotel not having a Spa was the reason why I had never stayed at the Lanesborough before. I have to say that my previous stays at the Mandarin have been faultless from a food, beverage and service point of view, and the same applies for your other main rivals that I have stayed at recently. I so hope these problems can be ironed out as the Lanesborough deserves better and so do its guests. In London, the worlds most competitive deluxe hotel market, and with the Peninsular rising and looming ominously in your back yard, which will seriously raise the London hotel bar if Peninsular Hong Kong is anything to go by, I feel the Lanesborough will have to iron out the service issues I experienced pretty quickly.. I would love to say that the next time I am in London I will return to Lanesborough, as i have said the staff were all so nice, but on this experience I have to say that your nearby rival hotels have my vote because they are virtually faultless. Mark Drinkwater.
We"ve stayed at some of the greatest hotels all over the world and the Lanesborough belongs in their ranks.
The staff especially is warm, unbelievably efficient and accommodating. The location is excellent. The rooms and bathrooms are spacious and most comfortable. Breakfasts excellent and Bar service too.
Yes its expensive, but as someone said "If you don't go First Class then your heirs will !"
The Lanesborough is one of the best Hotels i have stayed at in London , From the car that receives you at the airport to the butler in your room everyone is very polite and is very service oriented. The concierge got all the reservations w needed and was very helpful suggesting things to do. This was our second dusty at the hotel after we were here two years ago and it is still the same with great service. Also very well located near most of the attractions and Knghtsbrdge, with Harrods and other very nice shops.