The Langham, London 150 Years

The Langham, London, over 150 years of heritage

The Langham, London opened in 1865 and immediately became London's first purpose built ‘Grand Hotel’, enchanting Victorian high society with comforts and luxuries which far exceeded their expectations.


The Langham continues to captivate today and is celebrating its 150th year with the opening of a Regent Wing with Deluxe Rooms for guests who prefer a more private stay, a new 6 bedroom suite, The Sterling Suite and an extravagant new Langham Club Lounge.

Prepare to be amazed and whisked away by The Langham, London as you enter through the doors and walk into over 150 years of history.




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. 


1870s - 1880s

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.



Charles Dickens noted in his London guide that The Langham, charged 14/6d (72½p) for a bedroom, breakfast with coffee and cold meat, dinner with soup and joint of meat. The Langham was the most expensive hotel meal to be had in London, but for large dinner parties there was nowhere else to go, claimed Dickens.



The Langham celebrated its silver jubilee and was immortalised in writing by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a frequent hotel guest, using it as the setting for several Sherlock Holmes stories.



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. During the air attacks, the Luftwaffe dropped a high explosive bomb which hit one of the towers of the Langham, wrecking much of the West Wing.


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.



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 unveiled the magnificent results of its five year and £80 million refurbishment that included a stunning new lobby, dazzlingly restored Palm Court, famed as the birthplace of traditional afternoon tea and resplendent Wedgwood Suite.


2012 - 2014

Artesian awarded ‘World’s Best Bar’ by Drinks International



The Langham, London turned 150th on the 10th June, to celebrate the exclusive Regent Wing was opened as well as a luxurious 6 bedroom suite, The Sterling Suite and a new Langham Club Lounge.



The Langham, London completes a remarkable restoration of all rooms and Suites.