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
Our second time staying here and we love it as always. The entire staff is so friendly and helpful, everyone from Andrew Booth head of rooms, to Daniel, Rob and Lee at the concierge desk, to Victor at the front door. Fantastic location as well. They make us feel at home, we'll be back!
Without a doubt the best, most luxurious hotel I have ever stayed in. Our room was amazing, the bed was super comfy and the room was so so quiet. I took my 5 year old son and there was cookies waiting for him, along with little slippers and a dressing gown and a teddy bear. We had our own private butler as to which nothing was too much trouble. I stay in the best hotels all over the world and am a member of the leaders of the world hotels and sometimes staff can be a little pretentious or a little cold, absolutely not here, they are friendly, genuine and down to earth. The spa is beautiful as was the breakfast. Didn't have time to book a treatment but will next time. The whole stay was relaxing and exactly what is expected of a five star hotel. I would like to thank Lydia Hailemariam, Fiore Di Vita and Paul (didn't get his surname but works on the cloakroom) all for looking after us and just being such lovely people. This type of customer service is what is making us look to return next month. The location is absolutely spot on. My son absolutely loved it, he was fussed over at breakfast and felt very much at home. My mum also loved it and i believe she has already been back for drinks, he exact words were "I could have sat in the bar, chilling and reading a book all day" The decor is spot on and immaculately clean. Thank you, you are absolutely worth every penny. See you very soon.
We had not planned to go to The Lanesborough but we found ourselves outside with a desire for a cuppa, so in we went. What a lovely experience we had. We had a table in lovely surroundings and were attended to by a group of professional staff. We had tea with scones which were excellent. Very enjoyable.