The Langham, London, Europe's first "Grand Hotel," opened on June 10th, 1865. Amongst those at the hotel’s grand opening were the Prince of Wales and much of Victorian high society.
The Langham, London became well-known for its one-of-a-kind indulgences. Electric lights, hydraulic lifts, air conditioning, and other extraordinary innovations revolutionised the luxury hotel experience. No surprise that it was also the favoured venue for royalty, artists, and musicians from around the world.
A hotel fit for an emperor. Louis Napoleon III spent much of his enforced exile from France at The Langham, London.
Hotel Wentworth, in Pasadena, California, is purchased by railroad tycoon and art collector Henry Huntington. After renovations, the hotel reopened as The Huntington Hotel (now The Langham, Pasadena), an idyllic winter resort.
In 1922, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (now The Langham, Boston) is opened.
The Langham, London played a significant role during the war years. Not one to stand idly by, it served as a local first-aid and military post during World War II.
1950s - 1960s
After the war, the BBC bought The Langham, London and leased sections of the hotel out as offices. "Grand Hotel," the iconic radio programme, featuring the soothing classical sounds of the Palm Court Orchestra, was also broadcast from there.
Construction of the Mies van der Rohe skyscraper (now home to The Langham, Chicago) began. The sleek black tower is the last work of the famed architect, also credited for developing the modern skyscraper.
1990s - 2000s
The Langham, London continues to be frequented by the famous and the influential. HRH Diana, Princess of Wales, was a regular visitor to the hotel.
The Langham, Auckland, and The Langham, Melbourne join The Langham family.
The Langham Hotels and Resorts span four continents. Langham Place, Fifth Avenue, and The Langham, Chicago also join The Langham family.