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Langham, London Hotel: The Original Grand Hotel, Reborn for the 21st Century

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A Look at The Langham, London: The First Grand Hotel
Langham, London Hotel: The Original Grand Hotel, Reborn for the 21st Century

A grand entrance to a grand hotel: The Langham, London.

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The Langham, London is an elegant Victorian hotel with 380 rooms and suites. It offers a quintessential London hotel experience for visitors who wish to enjoy British tradition and culture.

The Langham, London opened in 1865, and is considered Europe's first grand hotel. It reopened in 2009 after a three hundred million pound refurbishment. Celebrities who have been drawn to The Langham, London over the years include Oscar Wilde, Antonin Dvorak, Winston Churchill, Noel Coward, and Diana, Princess of Wales. The hotel is the flagship of a Langham Hotels International, headquartered in Hong Kong.

Visitors arrive at The Langham, London amidst British fanfare. At night, the façade of The Langham, London is festively and alluringly lit. Any time, the most flavorful way to arrive is in a traditional London cab, Taxis enter a circular porte-cochere once used to greet horse-drawn coaches. The uniformed footmen are still there for you.

Location of The Langham, London

The Langham, London is situated on a quiet corner at 1 Portland Place in central London's Marylebone district. The hotel is steps from:

  • Bustling Oxford Street and its shops
  • Oxford Circus, a main London Underground ("Tube") station
  • The BBC is across the street; the hotel has long been an informal clubhouse for legendary BBC announcers and reporters
  • Bond Street's bespoke tailor shops
  • Tranquil Regent's Park is a few minutes'pleasant walk away

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