February 2009- Following a two year restoration, The Langham London www.langhamhotels.com is proud to announce that it will be reborn, after an £80 million refurbishment, restoring the hotel to its elite status of London's luxury hotels.
The hotel will re-emerge with 382 larger luxurious rooms (reduced from 425, as some of the smaller rooms have been combined to create spacious Grand Rooms), updated Palm Court Restaurant, a restored Grand Ballroom, new state-of-the-art meeting rooms, and Europe's first Chuan Spa (set to open early 2010). The transformation of these areas will be completed and be presented to the public for a soft-opening in April 2009.The Langham London remains fully operational throughout this period of restoration, with a reduced number of rooms and suites and a temporary entrance and lobby located on Regent Street.
The first phase of the multi-million pound refurbishment was completed in 2007 which resulted in the opening of Artesian, the chic and glamorous bar and a stylish restaurant, The Landau, both designed by David Collins Studio. Both great successes lauded not only for their design but chef Andrew Turner's now famous grazing menus and the award winning wine and cocktail lists at the bar and restaurant.
Originally opened by the Prince of Wales (later, King Edward VII), in 1865, The Langham, London was not only the capital's first purpose built Grand Hotel, but also the first in Europe. When it opened, it had the accolade of being one of the largest public buildings in London, 7 floors, containing 600 rooms, and the first ever hydraulic lifts. Situated at a commanding position on Portland Place, at the top of Regent Street, The Langham has been at the forefront of sophisticated and glamorous hospitality for over a century.
The dramatic rebirth of the hotel is being overseen by Managing Director, Duncan Palmer who has worked at the highest level of hospitality in the UK and internationally.
"I have the most wonderful opportunity to work with the owners and management team I have appointed, together with the experienced staff, to re-establish this iconic hotel as one of the most popular, luxurious, independent and service-orientated hotels in London – an exciting challenge," said Mr. Palmer.
The Langham London is the flagship property of Langham Hotels International which operates the luxury Langham Hotels brand and other hospitality brands all over the world including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Melbourne, Boston and Pasadena.
This major development will fully reinforce the hotel's position as one of the most important properties in the world as well as one of the most luxurious, innovative and iconic hotels in London.
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About Langham Hotels International & Affiliates
Langham has a legendary hotel heritage dating back to 1865 when The Langham in London originally opened as Europe's first Grand Hotel. For over 140 years, this flagship hotel has been at the forefront of sophisticated and gracious hospitality. Today, all Langham Hotels worldwide inherit the same philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses creating a truly unique hotel experience.
The group is pursuing an aggressive portfolio growth strategy using its distinctive brands and affiliate – The Langham, Langham Place and Eaton. Currently, 15 hotels, including affiliates, are open or in the pipeline across four continents.
The Langham is where guests can enjoy service with poise and be enchanted by our innovation and traditions while Langham Place, the fun sibling of The Langham, is about living the 21st century through design, technology and attitude, epitomizing stimulating and artistic hospitality
Eaton, a premium four-star affiliate property, aims to surprise and delight our guests with a value-for-money proposition that delivers a stylish, modern level of comfort with spirited, can-do service.
Langham Hotels International is a wholly-owned company of Great Eagle Holdings (Stock Code: 0041) which was founded in 1963 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972.