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
- 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
Having stayed at The Langham before I was excited to see what my return experience would be like. Would they remember me? Would they know what my favourite room is?
The answer to both was yes. I thoroughly enjoy coming back to The Langham, from the moment you arrive up until the moment you leave, it truly feels as if it's all about you (well it is after all, right? Ha!)
With a bottle of my favourite champagne as mentioned, in a fleeting comment when I departed last time, was eagerly awaiting my arrival. I absolutely love the personal touches, the preferred fruit (another passing comment which had been noted).
I thoroughly enjoyed the exclusive lounge access which is only available for use when booking particular rooms, where I enjoyed endless complimentary champagne and other food which was available for your enjoyment.
I love how peaceful and calm this hotel is, not to mention the decor throughout. Wonderful staff and an extremely relaxing lounge to enjoy away from the hustle and bustle below. Should you wish to venture downstairs for cocktails you can, however there was something serene about having an exclusive lounge upstairs.
Definitely a worth contender if you're looking for luxury in London.
The hotel is beautiful and the location exceptional to all the wonderful gems of London. However IMO the greatest asset of The Langham is the staff. From the time of our arrival, Neil was there to great us with a warm smile and helping hand. We arrived early, so our room wasn't ready. While exploring the hotel, Anna the Bar Manager took it upon herself to be our personal escort. She showed us everything and was lovely, setting us up for a wonderful lunch at The Wigmore (IMO one of the best pubs in London). Further more, my 8 yrs daughter loved Anna and we would visit her at the Artesian every chance we could. It was so nice to visit her and her staff after a long day at work.
We have traveled the world (6 of 7 continents multiple times) and experienced many different luxury hotels. The Langham London is a place that scored five stars in every area. Guest service foremost, beautiful and well appointed rooms, fast and lovely room service, delicious food in the restaurants, creative cocktails and friendly bartenders in the Artesian bar, and the list goes on and on. The Langham also helped to arrange very comfortable and luxurious Mercedes Benz sedan transportation to and from the airport for us. The hotel itself is very well located alongside Regent Street, blocks from Piccadilly, near the subway station and a block from the Hop On Hop Off tourist bus pickup which can take you to virtually every sightseeing spot in London at your own leisure. Many restaurants and high end shopping are nearby. A perfect location and exemplary staff. We will definitely stay here again next time we are in London.
This is one of the best hotels I have stayed in. The service is top notch, the decor of the hotel and rooms is lovely, and the location is perfect. During our stay, my friends and I visited the hotel bar, which is really fun and serves great appetizers. I 100% recommend this hotel to friends, families, couples, etc!
The Langham Has been my favourite hotel in London for a long time. I used to travel to London on business and always stayed there. The location (near Oxford Circus), the exceptional service, the nice rooms, are all reasons to go back. The history is fascinating - it was the largest and most modern hotel in the city in the late 1800s when it was built. My wife, daughter and I were there a few months ago, in a wonderful suite (they very nicely upgraded us from a junior suite). The room was great, spacious, well appointed. The lounge was spectacular. Great breakfast, champagne all afternoon and evening. Exceptional service.
And of course, you cant not mention the high tea in the Palm Court. And the terrific martinis!
When you stay at hotels like the Langham you have high expectations. The Langham does not disappoint.
Looking forward to come back next week!