Langham London 1C Portland Place, London W1 RENOWNED for modern French cuisine and impeccable service, Roux at The Landau is the fine dining restaurant of The Langham—established in 1865 as the first ‘Grand Hotel’ in Europe. And here Roux père et fils have reigned for a decade over this elegant culinary establishment. The restaurant has its own private entrance from Portland Place, and is approached through an atmospheric ‘wine corridor’. One emerges from the dimly-lit, bottle-lined walls into a striking, airy, light-filled dining room, oval shaped, with tall windows overlooking All Souls Church, light wood panelling and a vaulted ceiling. It is all very comfortable and expansive, the distribution of tables making almost every table desirable—the highlights in this respect being two alcoves set at either side of the restaurant, which are almost diminutive private dining rooms, with small horse- shoe tables and banquettes encased by more wood stretching up towards Mediaeval-style chan- deliers. They rank among the best tables in London. As to the cuisine, this is excellent; it happens under the watchful eye of Roux protégé Chris King as Chef de Cuisine. His à la carte and tasting menus combine classic French with twists of modernity—typical Roux cooking. Added to which, the front-of-house team is gracefully led by the charming Franco Becci, famous here and from his former days at the Savoy Grill. As might be expected, the menu is classical, but with lighter, more modern touches in places. For you as a Club Member, 15% will be deducted from your entire bill. So, for example, if as now the set menu is £30 for two courses and £35 for three, your bill would respectively be £25.50 and £29.95). The same applies to à la carte dining, and often there are special pre-theatre and other menus to which your preferential rate would still apply. The wine list is large, and excellent, focusing on the French and with well-chosen New and Old World, with good French wine by the glass. And thinking of wine, Members also receive 15% off their bill in the excellent Artesian Bar, as well as Club rates at the Langham Hotel. ¶ See also London Hotels feature and To book, call us on 020 7399 2960. RouxatTheLandau 262