Modern luxury in the heart of the West End: The Langham, London
The bright pink Langham and Union Jack flags swayed gently in the crisp late afternoon breeze; a subtle heralding of our arrival at one of the grandest and most historic entrances in the capital.
Coined as Europe’s first ‘Grand Hotel’, The Langham has been the master of ultimate comfort, modern luxury and personalised service since it opened its iconic Portland Place doors back in 1865.
Today, the grand building, set just a few metres from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus, heralds its latest chapter in the bible of ‘all things luxury hotel’. The recent addition of deluxe suites, a proper British tavern (The Wigmore), and the stunning and secluded Chuan Body + Soul spa, combine with their pioneering exclusive club concept, The Langham Club, and the acclaimed dining offering, Roux at the Landau, offering an exciting, welcoming and inspired London stay.
Being the proud occupants of a fifth-floor Executive room not only afforded us a large corner bedroom with king-size bed, partitioned dressing area, double marble vanity and luxurious bathroom, as well as incredible views of the BBC building and beyond to the beautiful Regents Park; but also access to The Langham Club.
Located across two floors, The Langham Club takes the private members’ club ethos and applies it to a luxury hotel setting. Dedicated check in, personal concierge and private butlers are paired with beautiful and relaxing lounges with open fires, The Butlers’ Pantry – a culinary collaboration with celebrity chefs Albert Roux OBE and Michel Roux Jr, to tempt club members with private breakfasts (the pancakes are a fluffy-pillow-of-heaven must!), award-winning afternoon teas (oh, those cakes) and evening canapés – and the intimate and secluded lounge, perfect for sipping on the seemingly endless top-ups of fine Champagne, or a tempting cocktail (or six) from the alluring menu.
In fact, The Langham Club was so good that there were only two temptations strong enough to make us leave: the spa and dinner!
The Chuan Body + Soul spa is a subterranean haven of bliss. Situated over two basement floors, guests have access to state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, a tranquil and secluded swimming pool, saunas and steam rooms, as well as a host of signature treatments designed to nurture, restore and balance the body and mind, underpinned by a philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine.
My Chuan Harmony massage began with a tailored questionnaire that uncovered which of the five elements was my current dominant element, and led to a uniquely tailored treatment using specially selected oils, acupressure and relaxation massage designed to induce calm. It was a totally recommended hour of utter bliss and restoration.
Where The Langham Club and Chuan Body + Soul are the perfect beginnings to a stay away, the perfect end has to be an exquisite dinner, and once again, The Langham didn’t disappoint with its showcase restaurant, Roux at the Landau. It demonstrates an ethos of provenance, seasonality and passion, but is also another example of the unfaltering service received at every point of The Langham journey.
The Langham doesn’t just promise exquisite service, modern luxury and exclusivity; it turns every stay into an art, and every element exeprienced was a master brush stroke!
The Langham, London
1c Portland Place