To say we were ready for our Langham Hotel staycation was an understatement. As you get older, everyone says that time simply gets faster and faster, and Christmas simply seemed like a blink of an eye ago. Luckily enough we had a magical 24 hours inked into the diary based in this bastion of timeless London elegance.
Disclaimer: We were invited guests of the beautiful Langham Hotel but my (very many) opines on feather bolsters and rolltop baths are only ever my own.
On a grey, Sunday day we began with the farmhouse brunch in the Roux at the Landau, as all good everythings do (I was going to say weekends, but who would I be kidding?) before we gave in to the temptation of whisking our bags up to the plush comfort of our junior suite.
Checking in at the dedicated desk of the Executive Club lounge we clasped our room key and dimbled to our home for the evening. As an eternal tourist, I was elated by our view – over the iconic BBC building on one side, and the All Souls Church on the other.
Our junior suite was in immaculate order. Cushions plumped, macarons ready and lights beautifully soft – relaxation perfection. We dumped our bags in the entrance and sank our world weary toes into the plush pile surrounding the bed.
Our bathroom was enormous (especially by London standards) with marble topped cabinetry and underfloor heating that soothed away the cares of the day.
Featuring an enormous rain shower fully stocked with full sized Chuan Spa lotions and potions (including a heavenly smelling body scrub…
…thick fluffy towels and monogrammed toweling robes, the kind that hug rather than just dry you…
…and a glorious rolltop bath that you could watch the London world go by from.
As I sped around in glee, it did make me giggle to see that my instagram husband’s job is never done.
What really captured our hearts was the beautiful attention to detail. Every essential modern convenience you can think to need is available, from an individual coffee machine to crystal tumblers for enjoying a single malt (though with the Artesian Bar downstairs and free-flowing champagne in the executive club we were hard-pressed to settle in our room for long enough.)
A perk of booking a Junior Suite is all-day access to the executive club rooms – offering appointed butler service, private check-in and departure
services, continental and hot breakfast selection, early evening bar
service (with tapas), a sampling of afternoon tea, and 2 hours
complimentary use of The Langham Club boardroom & media room.
HRH Diana, Princess of Wales and Emperor Louis Napoleon III spent much
of his enforced exile from France here – were regular visitors;
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a frequent hotel guest, used the Langham as the
setting for several Sherlock Holmes stories and Charles Dickens adored
their dinner parties.
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 – and that really hasn’t changed in the ensuing 150 years.
At 50 m2 or 538 ft2 the junior suites really are a home from home.
My favourite moment? Returning from dinner, cozying back into our suite and simply drawing a bath. Sprinkling the bath salts into the warm water I soaked away a fair few of my cares. (And nibbled Macaron whilst reading a chapter of my book.)
But the best part of the evening? Realising that I had been left the TV remote. Ahhhh, married life.
It was so lovely to spend an evening revelling in my adoptive city –
though if truth be told, I didn’t leave those hallowed entrance doors
the entire time. That’s what the Langham does – envelope you in a cocoon of perfectly stated 5-starred opulence.
But wait, there is a little more to our lovely staycation…
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