Quintessential British luxury: The Lanesborough Hotel
The Lanesborough has spared no expense in its 18-month makeover. From personal butlers to a fleet of Rolls-Royce Phantoms to access to rare cigars and cognacs, the hotel offers only the best to the guests staying in its 93 rooms and suites. Once the former home of Viscount Lanesborough, the hotel's interior was re-designed under the watchful eye of award-winning interior designer, the late Alberto Pinto.
With iconic neighbours such as Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and London's exclusive shopping district Knightsbridge just a stone's throw away, its isn't surprising that The Lanesborough is regarded as one of Britain's finest luxury hotels. Bringing to life the opulence of the Regency period, a team of over 300 expert craftsmen used materials that were made predominantly in Britain and specially crafted for this project.
Their age-old techniques are best seen in the Library Bar and the Withdrawing Room where a large portion of the 2,000 man-hours and 5,500 original stencils were said to have been used. Their focus, however, was on the restoration of the ceilings in the hotel's public spaces and guest rooms that saw award-winning British artisans restore original detailing and produce unique plasterwork.
The opulence of the hotel's rich British history does not stop with its design but extends to the selection of dining options in its five restaurants and bars. Serving cognacs that date back to 1770, paired with Cuban and pre-Castro era cigars, The Garden Room sets the tone for a fuss-free evening to unwind and relax. Celeste, The Lanesborough's new restaurant offers dining options for guests as well as the traditional English afternoon tea, a lovely interlude between a day of exploring London and the shopping districts.
The Lanesborough. Hyde Park Corner, London, SW1X7TA