The Langham, London
What We Love
- In the heart of the West End, just off Oxford Street
- Chuan Spa, the only hotel spa in London to focus on traditional Chinese medicine
- Cocktail time in the sexy Artesian bar
- Langham Club Rooms include Langham Club privileges of breakfast, afternoon tea and drinks and canapés in the Langham Club Lounge, as well as late checkout and broadband access
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What To Know
- A 2013 Jetsetter Award winner
- Basic WiFi connection is free. Premium access is available for an additional cost of $38 (£24) per 24 hours
- Afternoon tea is costly, starting at $64 (£40), and you need book well ahead
- The hotel is extremely large — you can get lost wandering the halls trying to find the fitness center
- Some rooms are on the small side
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The Langham London is anything but ostentatious. Even after unveiling a five-year, $130 million renovation in 2011, the hotel still exudes a simple and understated elegance — as you’d expect from a classic English hotel with such a prestigious heritage. It traces its pedigree to 1865, when the Prince of Wales presided over the opening ceremony. The lobby has some impressive additions, including enormous marble pillars, hand-blown Murano glass chandeliers and Asian artwork.
Bed and Bath
The 380 guestrooms are simple but sophisticated. They utilize the finest fabrics, in jewel tones and slate grays (out with the floral carpets and drapes, in with minimalist-chic), and they have all the modern amenities you’d expect. Be warned: The signature Langham “Blissful Bed” may tempt you to sleep in, so request a wakeup call before lying down.
The beating heart of the hotel is the Palm Court, a mirrored room with elegant velvet-covered sofas and red leather club chairs where tea lovers nibble on scones and finger sandwiches (like poached Scottish salmon with crème fraîche). Like the afternoon tea, meals at the hotel’s restaurant, Roux at the Landau, should be lingered over. Chef Chris King, who trained at Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York, produces dishes that are not exactly traditional English — chorizo-filled rabbit legs with Scottish langoustines, for example — but are impressive nonetheless. The decadent Artesian cocktail bar is part Victoriana, part Oriental, with purple leather seats, chessboard tabletops, wooden chandeliers and pagoda-style cabinets that stock more than 50 types of rum.
How to Get There
We booked the Langham with high expectations, as it has received tremendous reviews and came highly recommended. However, The Langham exceeded our expectations ten-fold. The staff to guest ratio is outstanding, friendly and professional faces were always available to meet our every need. The restaurants and bars within were all fantastic, as well as, the hotels amenities. The overall vibe of The Langham has an unmatched positive energy. We look forward to returning in the near future!
I have stayed at many places in London over the years, but the quality and service of The Langham keeps me coming back. The staff really goes above and beyond to make you feel special and welcome.
Ian the doorman, is a true gem of this hotel. He gave some amazing recommendations and was so engaging and sweet. Every time we arrived back seeing his smile made us smile and we felt as though we were coming home. Not many properties offer you that home feeling.
We had included breakfast and the breakfast at Roux at the Landau was the perfect way to start our day. The staff here, especially the hostess and manager were lovely to interact with every morning, and any special request we had they happily accommodated us. They have some many delicious choices at the buffet and you can order off a menu too!
We enjoyed pre dinner cocktails every night at Palm Court, what a great atmosphere to kick off an evening. The cocktails were SPOT on and if I only knew the little crackers they serve you to enjoy with your drinks I would be on cloud nine. (They were the most delicious cracker I have ever had).
The Spa is a wonderful quiet oasis away from the hustle and bustle of London and if you need the most spectacular massage of your like ask for Nikita. She was just a pleasure and melted all of my stress away after long plane ride.
Housekeeping and turn down service were impeccable as always.
If you visit London, staying at The Langham is a must. Truly a luxury 5 star hotel and experience.
What’s is there to not like about this place. My wife and I have just spent another few days staying in this beautiful hotel. The location is perfect and the building has a classic feel yet with a modern twist, and it is always impeccably clean and well maintained. We like the Club rooms which come with access to the Club lounge, providing a beautiful area for everything from private check-in, breakfast, all day snacks, to a space that you simply can have a quite drink and chill for a while, all with instant friendly and personal service. However, what really makes the Langham special, is it’s people! The staff are amazing, making you genuinely feel welcome throughout your stay. The Club Lounge led by Christina and her team- Janet and Annie to name a few are fantastic, always ready to help, always smiling and clearly very passionate about their job. To be honest, this can be felt throughout the whole hotel, no matter where you meet a member of staff -front door, waiting staff, housekeeping, they all go out of their way to make your stay very special. We have stayed in several other 5star London hotels, but this is definitely our favourite and we now don’t consider anywhere else. It’s all about the experience you get, and as I’ve said, this comes from the people. Well done to the Management and Staff of the Langham- can’t wait to go back.