Home Away From Home: The Langham in London Reopens

One of the largest, oldest, and best-known "grand hotels" in London, The Langham, reopened yesterday after a $130 million refurbishment. Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the hotel's managing director Katie Benson officially reopened the hotel yesterday with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. The historic hotel was built in 1865, and over the years, has been frequented by the likes of Mark Twain, Napoleon III, and Oscar Wilde, and even became the set of several of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. You'll find it in London's West End neighborhood, steps away from some of the city's best shopping on Regent Street, Bond Street, and Oxford Street, as well as Regent's Park.

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London-based architect David Collins was pegged to redesign the hotel's Landau restaurant, its private dining room, Postillion, and Artesian, its glamorous cocktail bar. The resulting designs are chic and romantic, with a rich sense of heritage as well as a fresh, avant-garde quality. Meanwhile, Richmond International created five new design schemes for the guest rooms and suites, as well as redesigned the renowned Palm Court, which has been serving afternoon tea since the hotel was founded. Richmond chimed in on the hotel's heavy sense of "Englishness," but used contemporary finishes and other decorative details to give it character. For instance, you'll see traditional artistry methods like glass-blowing and metalwork used to create modern light fixtures and hardware.