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.
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Fabulous stay at this hotel. Great location, and the staff were fabulous. Excellent food served by very efficient staff. One downside dreadful pillow that prevented a good nights sleep but will not stop me returning
After trying several five star hotels in London this one is the final choice. For the first time in 10 years I booked the same hotel again as no other hotels combines so well the excellent location, beautiful architecture, health spa, but most of all a fantastic staff. I would recommend to book the executive room as you then have access to the executive lounge that is simply superb.
We spent 3 nights at the hotel
We enjoyed it very much. The junior suite we stayed in was large warm and welcoming. Staying at that sort of a room enabled us to enjoy the fantastic hospitality of the executive lounge with drinks and bites during most of the day a real advantage and fun.
We had an issue with a suite we got upon our arrival which did not satisfy our needs and cretirya but when we involved the manager on duty everything was solved to our most satisfaction.
Amazing service, food and experience here with our daughter for afternoon tea. Totally delicious sandwiches, scones to die for and we even got a cake to take home with us. My daughter was asked to choose a complimentary reading book. Staff were so friendly and accommodating despite there being a mix up with our booking at the start. The a la carte menu beckoned but we couldn’t manag it!
Our whole experience from booking, arrival, lunch, cocktails and everything in between our whole stay was an absolute joy. Well done the Langham. The level of service was superb. We will be back! Thank you 😊