February 2009—Following a two year restoration, The Langham London is proud to announce that it will be reborn, after an £80 million refurbishment, restoring the hotel to its elite status. 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), an 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.
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 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.