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Recognised as 'One of the Leading Hotels in the World', The Langham Hotel is a very exclusive, legendary five-star institution in London. The hotel opened in 1865 as Europe's first 'Grand Hotel', and it has since had a coterie of famous guests, including American novelist Mark Twain, Napoleon III, Winston Churchill, Princess Diana, Wallis Simpson and Oscar Wilde. It has functioned as an army base during World War II, a Soviet spy moonlighting as a BBC worker stayed there during the Cold War, BBC radio show The Goonies was recorded in the ballroom and it has featured as a location in Bond movie Goldeneye. When you stay at The Langham, you will be immersed in London's recent history as well as some of the most luxurious surroundings in the area.
Whether you stay in the Classic Room or the Infinity Suite, you can be sure of a stylish boudoir, as the well-appointed rooms emulate the elegance of the hotel's early days. Rooms are outfitted in vintage-style furnishings, contemporary chintzes, and floral displays and include quirky touches such as writing desks, books on the nightstand and fruit bowls. For the most opulent surroundings opt for one of the hotel's stunning Suites, which have a palatial feel, with chandeliers and canopied beds. All rooms include a large flat-screen TV with cable and satellite, luxury toiletries, a mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities.
The Langham may be decked with traditional fittings and may be steeped in history, but it is also equipped to offer you everything you need to stay connected in a modern world. Complimentary Wi-fi is available throughout the hotel and the hotel's health and leisure club, the Chuan spa, offers state of the art TechnoGym equipment. Guests can also use a 15-metre indoor pool and personal trainers, so your exercise regime doesn't have to suffer just because you're on holiday. A range of up to the minute beauty therapies are also offered if you prefer something more relaxing.
The hotel's restaurant Roux at the Landau was conceptualised by a culinary legend and his son, Albert and Michel Roux Jr., which offers exquisite, imaginative dishes for eye-wateringly high prices. If you are on a budget and can forgo the designer patronage, The Riding House Cafe or Garfunkels restaurant nearby are good options for a cheap meal or breakfast. For a cheeky tipple, The Artesian bar offers exotic, oriental surroundings in rich colours, with comfortable leather banquettes and ornate wooden chandeliers. The bar is named after the 360ft deep Artesian well hidden under the hotel and offers patrons achingly stylish cocktails made using the latest in drink preparation technology.
With such impressive interiors, you wouldn't expect the hotel to be located anywhere else than a stone's throw from one of London's most affluent districts. If you want to indulge in some retail therapy you are exceptionally well placed for some serious shopping. One and a half miles of shops are located just a five minute walk away on Oxford Street and nearby Regent Street and Bond Street offer some of the most expensive boutiques in the city, with the highest rents for retail space than any other location. From your base at the hotel, you can reach Soho's incredible bars, Piccadilly's theatres, Regents Park and London Zoo within 15 minutes walk, so you can explore with ease.
The hotel is just a six-minute walk from Oxford Circus tube station, which services the Bakerloo, Victoria and Central lines. From here you have direct routes to all major travel hubs, to Paddington Station (where the Gatwick Express Train terminates); King's Cross St Pancras Station (where the Eurostar terminates); Victoria Station (where the Heathrow Express Train terminates) and many other areas of London. If you are driving to the hotel, it is situated just off the main A4 road, which can be accessed via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone. Valet and self service parking are available at the hotel for a fee, but the NCP car park in Great Cumberland Place, about ten minutes' walk away, may be a cheaper option.
If you want to make the most of your stay at Langham's, we recommend requesting a room on an upper floor for better views and a little more peace and quiet, and let the helpful and attentive staff know if you are celebrating a special occasion, because you might find a surprise waiting for you in your room, or be upgraded.