If like us you are in need of a little refined luxury to get you through the end of summer and into the festive season, then take a look at the autumn offering from 5 star hotel The Langham, London for a little inspiration.
Our UK travel writer, Rachel McAlley packed her bags for a couple of nights in one of London’s finest hotels, she headed off with a swing in her step.
Upon arrival at The Langham, London, I was greeted by the doormen dressed in tails and top hats, who looked every bit the top class doormen that they are. The entrance once inside is as elegant as you would expect from such a renowned hotel nestled in the heart of London’s four villages of Marylebone, Fitzrovia, Mayfair and Soho.
I was there to experience ‘Autumn Style’ at The Langham, London. The hotel is synonymous with quintessential British style, and this autumn they have partnered with two equally quintessentially British brands, Amanda Wakeley and Turnbull & Asser and have since launched the autumn style package, which includes complimentary gifts from the brands.
Autumn Style is available for stays from 1st September 2018 until 31st October 2018 and includes one gift from Turnbull & Asser or Amanda Wakeley per person as well as daily English breakfast for up to two adults. It is priced from £325 per room per night.
Turnbull & Asser is a gentlemen’s bespoke accessories and shirt maker and Amanda Wakeley is a woman’s fashion designer and an established favourite of Royals, both situated just a stone’s throw away from The Langham, London.
For hotel guests wishing to enjoy personal shopping in Turnbull & Asser, Amanda Wakeley or other stores in London, the hotel’s concierge team can arrange this or any other experience to ensure that all guests’ time in and out of The Langham, London is unforgettable.
While at the hotel my daughter and I were treated to lunch at the relatively new acquisition at The Langham, The Wigmore a modern British tavern on Regent Street. We dined on an array of starters including; buttered crumpets with steamed cock crab, fat chips in bloody mary salt (please note these were utterly moreish), and xxl stovetop three cheese and mustard toasties, which were then followed by leek and Ticklemore cheese quiche served with mixed salad, and dessert was a divine cereal and chocolate crunch. My daughter opted for the kid’s junior chicken fillet burger and a bucket of thrice-cooked chunky chips, so we were both in food heaven, and she devoured the lot, which is most unusual!
The food menu at The Wigmore is overseen by Michel Roux Jr. and it highlights and defines British pub fare, using seasonal ingredients from producers that are leaders in their field, all prepared simply in the kitchens and sympathetically cooked with keen attention to detail.
We took the decision to relax in our executive room for a short while post-lunch, watch a little TV, unpack the luggage and send a few emails. We always knew that at some point of our visit we would use the hotel’s swimming pool, so we ventured down a few floors, through the myriad of wide open corridors and arrived underground to the Chuan Spa and Health Club, a serene calming environment to relax and unwind from the city hustle.
My daughter, aged 7 was in her element swimming in the pool, practicing her strokes while I read a magazine and lounged at the side of the pool. We had it to ourselves, 5pm on a Saturday afternoon and it was silent, tranquil even, and as far from the busyness of central London as you could possibly imagine.
Dinner was going to be served in Roux at The Landau that evening, however with a tired mini me in tow this was never going to happen, so we chose to have a carpet picnic and order room service in our beautiful fifth floor room. Room service of chicken burger with French fries (priced at £24), and children’s cheese toastie with French fries (priced at £7), and a cheeseboard (priced at £14) arrived and it was most definitely not a carpet picnic affair, it was dinner table quality, completely resplendent with a beautiful rose, freshly baked bread, crisp white linen and wonderful polished silver cutlery. This was a great way to end a restful first day at The Langham, London.
For breakfast we took the opportunity to visit The Langham Club Lounge, a private amenity for guests booked into executive rooms and above. The Club Lounge is open between 6.30am and 10pm and offers a sumptuous culinary offering from breakfast to afternoon tea, cocktails to canapés, plus drinks and snacks throughout the day. Guests can enjoy a private check-in and check-out, complimentary garment pressing, complimentary Internet access, plus a private dressing room, private library, complimentary local phone calls, and the option to use a private boardroom.
The personal breakfast chef in the Club Lounge cooked our eggs to our liking and made fresh fluffy pancakes for my daughter, again another triumph by the hotel’s hospitality team. We enjoyed exotic fruits, freshly baked pastries, cheeses, meats from the charcuterie and sumptuous hot dishes.
Before we knew it the afternoon had encroached rapidly, and it was time to experience afternoon tea at Palm Court within The Langham. The dazzling Palm Court is famed as the place where the tradition of afternoon tea was born over 150 years ago, an indulgence which still lives on to this day.
We chose The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood (priced at £55), and The Langham Children’s Afternoon Tea with Hamleys (priced at £29), which came with a teddy from renowned children’s store Hamleys. Both afternoon tea’s were exceptional, from the dainty finger sandwiches on my plate, to the jigsaw shaped sandwiches on my daughters plate, they were all quaint and flavoursome, especially the classic English cucumber, cream cheese and chive sandwiches and the La Latteria’s fresh mozzarella and Isle of White tomato chutney on basil bread. A selection of beautifully presented pastries inspired by the Wedgwood collections were served shortly followed by perfectly warmed scones both plain and fruit, with strawberry jam, prune jam, and Cornish clotted cream – an afternoon tea worth remembering. I opted for a hot tea that I have never tried before, Orange Blossom and I must say that it was an ideal match for the Madagascan vanilla infused cream pastry with passion fruit swirls and sable.
The Children’s afternoon tea was served on a giant wooden board encompassing a DIY selection of sweets from lemon cream, and meringues to strawberry yoghurt and crunchy bagged cereal, plus a mini glass filled with Valrhona chocolate and dipping grissini. A messy affair full of fun and frivolity – perfect!
We took our leftover cakes and sandwiches to the room to enjoy at a later time that evening – in fact my daughter didn’t make it back to the room before she continued to finish the cheese jigsaw sandwiches.
After an excellent night’s sleep we needed to pack our luggage and check out, but not before one final swim in the pool, or breakfast at Roux at The Landau.
Breakfast was a sight to beholden, the dark wooden wine cellar which we walked through to reach the restaurant took us deep into the realms of high society dining, and through to a beautifully dressed restaurant, where the scent of freshly baked bread greeted us like a bolt of lightening. Is there any better morning aroma?
The truly marvelous maître d’hôtel was an absolute pleasure to talk with. She explained the menu in detail, and left us in the capable hands of her team. We walked around the central charcuterie counter where boxes of shiny fruit lay alongside numerous breads from around the world, locally produced meats, glass jars filled yoghurts, and freshly prepared granola. I chose Eggs Forestière with creamed mushrooms and chives, and my 7yo opted for poached eggs and toast, both of which arrived with a vast bowl overflowing with juicy blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries – a very unique touch and one that didn’t go unnoticed. The eggs were cooked to my personal preference, which when sliced open they coated the creamed mushrooms like hot molten lava – they really were absolute perfection.
Sadly it was time to vacate the hotel and make our way across London for a train back to Yorkshire, but not before saying a very big thank you the Club Lounge agents who looked after our every need, and to the rest of the exceptional staff at The Langham, London. This hotel is 5 star for a reason.
To find out more about booking into The Langham London for their Autumn Style package visit www.langhamhotels.com or contact the reservations team on 020 7636 1000.
Rachel and her daughter were hosted by The Langham, London for 2-nights for the Autumn Style package at £325 per night including breakfast and complimentary gift from either Amanda Wakeley or Turnbull & Asser. Extra costs incurred included lunch at The Wigmore, an Executive Room upgrade charge with access into the Langham Club Lounge, room service dinner, and afternoon tea at Palm Court.