In the year 1865, the future King George V was born, the American Civil War was won, and the Langham Hotel was built as the first ‘Grand Hotel’ in Europe. The opening ceremony was performed by the then Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII, who entertained actresses Lillie Langtry and Sarah Bernhardt among others in the new and resplendent hotel. The Langham is still a luxury five-star hotel, one of the capital’s finest, and its £180 million refurbishments have recreated a palatial interior behind its already magnificent exterior, and we are delighted to announce that our Members now receive exclusive privileges and rates throughout this grand hotel.
Ever since its Royal opening, the Langham—which stands resplendent at the top of Regent Street—has attracted an internationally famous clientele. The literary crowd has included Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde and Noël Coward, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle setting Sherlock Holmes stories including ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ and ‘The Sign of Four’ at the Langham Hotel. The composers Antonín Dvořák and Arturo Toscanini were regulars, as was Sir Donald Bradman, the legendary cricketer. Guest Emperors have included Napoleon III and Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. Politicians and statesmen met here: Sir Winston Churchill entertained French grandee Charles De Gaulle. And Royal guests have continued to enjoy the Langham, it being a favourite hotel of Diana, Princess of Wales.
The building of the BBC’s Broadcasting House opposite the Langham ensured ongoing links with British broadcasting: The Goon Show was recorded there, its star comedians Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Sir Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine spending long hours in the Langham Bar. One BBC employee who stayed at the Langham was Guy Burgess, one of the ‘Cambridge Five’ spy ring who fed official secrets to the Soviets during the Cold War. A BBC internal memo reveals that upon being unable to access his room in the hotel late one night, Burgess attempted to break down the door with a fire extinguisher.
Notwithstanding Burgess’s behaviour and morals, today the Langham still welcomes international broadcasters in need of creature comforts. And the Langham has starred in various epic films, including the James Bond film GoldenEye.
As befits the grandest hotel in Europe, the 380 guest rooms were built on a lavish scale and are among London’s largest, even with the entry-level ‘Superior’ rooms and including the spectacular Infinity Suite—at 2,540 sq ft one of London’s largest two-bedroom suites—with colour-therapy and infinity-edge bath, high ceilings and views towards Regents Park.
Other rooms feature living areas and large marble bathrooms with Penhaligon’s toiletries. Beds are supremely comfortable. The room palette of dark browns and greys is accented by the hotel’s signature colour—a soft sugar-pink. Flourishes include an exotic pink flower, pink-edged stationery, pink-wrapped chocolates, a handy pink guide to Regent’s Park, even a pink-ribboned Ethernet cable in the desk drawer.
Important additional benefits are offered when you opt for a room with automatic Club Lounge access. Apart from a large and handsome room you receive complimentary breakfast and all-day refreshments. You may use the lounge at any time of the day for a homemade snack or drink, and you receive dedicated check-in and check-out service, a suit pressing service, broadband internet access, use of the business centre and two hours’ use of the Club boardroom for meetings of up to 10 people.
Several multipurpose rooms offer capacity for 10 to 165 people, including the elegant Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 375 for a reception.
Bars and Restaurants
The Palm Court has been serving afternoon tea since 1865. This, the centrepiece of the hotel, is famed as the place where the tradition of afternoon tea was born more than 140 years ago. In 2010 it won the Tea Guild’s Top London Afternoon Tea 2010, the Oscar of the tea world. The Palm Court also offers light dining all day and as the evening falls, Champagne. It opens daily from 6.30am to 11pm. A new 1800s ‘Gin Palace’ theme now takes over the Palm Court for gin cocktails with live jazz from 7pm to midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Our Members receive 15% off the final bill (excluding service charge) throughout the day and evening. To book, call Member Services on 020 7399 2960.
The hotel restaurant, Roux at the Landau (reopening soon), is home to father-and-son celebrity chefs Albert and Michel Roux Jr. Featuring a lavish yet elegant dining room created by designer David Collins, this is sumptuous fine dining on London’s famous Regent Street; the cuisine is superb, classic French with a contemporary twist. The restaurant has a superb reputation—and again our Members receive 15% off the final bill (excluding service charge) when lunching or dining. Full details, see the Dining Club. To book, call Member Services on 020 7399 2960.
Spa, Fitness and Pool
Additional facilities include the Health Club, a full-service spa and fitness centre with a 16-metre swimming pool, salt sauna and separate sauna and steam rooms, state-of-the-art techno-gym equipment, free weights and accessories, cardiovascular machines and personal trainers. To book, call Member Services on 020 7399 2960.
Club Members receive exclusive rates, saving literally hundreds of pounds per night, with complimentary room upgrades if available on arrival. We believe our rates to be the very best available anywhere.
Only CountryClubuk Members are eligible for these and other exclusive advantageous rates: to join the Club for yourself or your guests, saving you hundreds of pounds on Day One, please click here or call us on 020 7399 2960.
All subject to availability at the time of booking. To check availability and make your reservations, please call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or follow the link below.
1C Portland Place
PLEASE READ: CountryClubuk Club Rules and Terms and Conditions