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
Parking on site
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Stately grande dame near Regent's Park that serves posh afternoon tea by day and killer cocktails by night
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.
The Langham, London
1C Portland Place
London, United Kingdom
How to Get There
The closest major airports to The Langham, London are:London (LCY-London City) - 13.5 km / 8.4 miLondon (LHR-Heathrow) - 21.8 km / 13.5 miLondon (LGW-Gatwick) - 40.3 km / 25 miThe preferred airport for The Langham, London is London (LHR-Heathrow). Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.