The Lanesborough London has a beautiful history. Having been a residence and hospital, it now welcomes guests as part of the Oetker Collection, and was reputedly the most expensive hotel in London in 2015. We were invited to see just what The Lanesborough had on offer for its guests, and were so excited to experience it all!
Having been to many events at The Lanesborough, the hotel is a familiar location, but I’ve never stayed there, and with the majestic pillars, thick carpet and welcoming doorman, I felt almost like royalty as we entered. That feeling became a familiar one during our stay as I discovered that every room has a butler and the rooms and suites themselves are simply stunning.
We were warmly welcomed by Joanna and shown to our room. It’s a fascinating place, as each floor has a different coloured carpet and the hallways get narrower, harking back to the days of different servants’ quarters. The walls are filled with the most beautiful paintings and there’s ornate porcelain and sculptures on display.
The Royal Suite
On the way to our suite we stopped off for a little peek at the Royal Suite. At £28,000 per night, it’s probably a little out of most price ranges, but it is glorious. Spacious and beautiful, it truly feels like a palace with ornate gold chandeliers, the most luxurious thick carpet and gilded wall panels. It even has a drawing room! If you can stretch to the price tag, it would make the most beautiful place to get ready for your wedding. Plenty of room, gorgeous views and so much space for you and your bridal party.
Our suite was no less beautiful, if slightly smaller! Pretty in yellow with lush carpets and thick silk curtains, our suite was luxurious and relaxing. In keeping with the hotel, all the rooms have a traditional style, with oil paintings adorning the walls and beautiful classic furniture. But it feels far from dated, with all the modern tech you need blended perfectly. The bathroom featured a tv/mirror, which is always fun, alongside lovely Roja toiletries and fluffy robes.
Once our butler had shown us around and provided us with a drink, we relaxed and settled into our beautiful room as he reminded us that no request was off limits, having been asked to fly a guest to Brighton for a morning coffee, and purchase La Perla silk pyjamas for every night of another guest’s stay. While we cooked up some ideas of our own, we enjoyed the treats left for us and looked out to the view.
We were high above central London, yet it was so quiet and peaceful as we could see the hustle and bustle that was going on below. The first thing to get to grips with was the tablet that controlled the room. Everything’s controlled by the device; curtains, lighting, hotel services, restaurant reservations, in-room dining, it’s all covered!
Then it was spa time. I pressed my ‘butler bell’ and he arrived to show me down to the spa in my fluffy robe and squishy slippers adorned with the gold Lanesborough crown. Everything is just so luxurious and top quality, from the attentive service to the little extras, they’ve created a haven where the best is standard.
The spa is stunning. I enjoyed the large hydrotherapy pool, perfect to relax before a wedding, and then headed to the waiting area to await my treatment. Warm and tranquil, with a fire burning and herbal tea and nuts on offer, it’s the ideal place to hang out for a little relaxation!
The treatment room itself was beautiful, dark and peaceful and I enjoyed a full body massage and then took a moment to enjoy a drink and a book before heading back upstairs. There are so many treatments to choose from – couple’s massages, facials, scrubs and manicures. A spa day here would be a wonderful experience.
Dinner was in the Withdrawing Room as there was a private event in Celeste, the restaurant. I managed to have a little peek in to the party before the guests arrived and it was spectacular. With a green eco theme, there were huge leaves and plants in glass jars as favours. The room was completely transformed, with only the familiar chandeliers still sparkling above.
The Withdrawing Room usually plays host to afternoon teas, but the low tables and silk cushions created such a lovely ambience and we enjoyed lobster tortelloni and a beautiful tiramisu, and were looked after so well by Michael.
The Lanesborough has a resident cat, Lilibet, who arrived in June 2019 and is a fluffy Siberian Forest cat. She is such a lucky little feline to live in such a beautiful place, and we enjoyed meeting her so much! You must seek her out if you visit The Lanesborough!
Turndown was beautiful and we slept soundly until morning, when it was our turn to experience the restaurant, the Michelin starred Celeste.
Breakfast & Lunch
You’d never have known that a mere few hours earlier it was a sea of green, the transformation was astounding, with fresh flowers and light streaming in through the domed glass roof. DaDa looked after us, serving boiled eggs, salmon and avocado, pastries and juice – just an incredible breakfast in wonderful surroundings.
We were also treated to lunch in Celeste as we hadn’t been able to have dinner there the previous night, so we managed to squeeze in another sitting at the beautiful restaurant. It has a completely different ambience at lunch time, and we saw some immaculate afternoon teas being served as the waiting staff communicated simply by looking at each other, it was almost like a seamless ballet.
Scallops to start were divine, then sea bass with spinach and potato was exquisite and then to finish, we were recommended the baked Alaska, with lemon and mandarin frozen mousse and fresh meringue, it was sublime.
Celeste can, of course, be hired for exclusive use for your wedding, and it would be the prettiest place for a reception. A truly English wedding at a beautiful Regency venue, it can accommodate 250 for a drinks reception ad 120 for a sit down meal.
We loved staying at The Lanesborough, it epitomises such graceful living where everyone is family and nothing is too much trouble. Such a beautiful place. We may even sneak back for the Peggy Porschen Afternoon Tea, launching in March. Welcoming spring in pastel hues and pretty pinks, Peggy will return to The Lanesborough, where she held her first prestigious pastry chef position in 1999 to create a treat for the senses. We can’t wait to see what’s on offer!