Every hotel claims to be grand, but the Langham Hotel in London is the real deal. It was the first “grand hotel” in Europe, built in 1865. The guests attending the grand opening included royalty and high Victorian society. It was named after Sir James Langham, whose mansion was located in the centre of London. The hotel is an example of luxury, as it was the first to have electric lights and air conditioning. It continues its legacy of luxury with 380 rooms, fitness facilities, fine dining and cocktails, events, and spa. It has also been a retreat for the rich and famous. Emperor Napoleon III spent time at the Langham as did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Charles Dickens wrote up a review for the hotel in his London guide, claiming it was the place to go for large dinner parties. The Langham was even featured in Goldeneye.
Yet, this five-star hotel design is just as remarkable with its Victorian architectural style. Located in the West End of London on Regent Street, the Langham is steps away from shopping, the British Museum, Oxford Circus Underground, Cavendish Square and more. It houses the famed Roux at Landau restaurant headed by father and son team Albert and Michel Roux. If you are in the mood to cook, there is a cookery school in the hotel, Sauce at The Langham. The school has a “dream” kitchen with high-end equipment and talented instructors.
Celebrate your dish with a drink at Artesian. It was named “World’s Best Bar” by Worlds Best 50 Bars for its signature cocktails and multi-sensory experiences. The ice is noteworthy since it is made with the latest technology making it purer, denser and colder. The hotel’s afternoon tea has also won an award, the “Best Afternoon Tea,” by Timeout. And the best way to end your day (or stay) is with a trip to Langham’s new spa, Chuan Body + Soul. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just want a holistic spa experience, Chuan Body + Soul has just want you need. The treatments are designed to rejuvenate and refresh utilizing the five elements (e.g. water) and renowned products (e.g. Kerstin Florian skincare). Indulge in the wide range of services from the Chuan Ritual to The Lavender Dream.
The accommodations at the hotel are also high caliber. Out of the 380 rooms, there are 333 guest rooms, 5 apartments, and 42 private suites. There are a variety of layouts, such as a one bedroom and the Portland Suite, to suit your budget and/or special requests. The Langham Hotel is a mixture of old-world London with 21st-century touches. This is just one example of the many luxurious hotels in England.