The Langham’s location is the key to its appeal among the glitterati: it’s at the top end of Regent Street opposite BBC Broadcasting House, meaning that those with early or late shows at the Beeb get put up here. There’s a discreet indoor pool, a serene spa, swanky restaurant Roux at The Landau (due to reopen in the autumn) and Palm Court, which couldn’t be more English, having laid claim to the tradition of afternoon tea when the 380-room hotel opened in 1865. Past guests include Lady Gaga, Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie and, er, Gloria Hunniford. Note that lesser beings – Radio One DJs, say – can sometimes be spotted at the YHA Oxford Street around the corner (ouch). In addition to the location, it was initially famous for its one-of-a-kind features. Electric lights, hydraulic lifts, air conditioning, you name it, Langham hotel had it first.
Keeen on doing something of a celebrity safari? You’ve come to the right place. London overflows with the most famous names in the world of hospitality, all of whom know what’s what when it comes to looking after the wealthiest and most discerning (read: nightmarish) people in the world. From hidden spas and 24-hour butlers to heated loo seats and secret hotel suites, nothing is too much hassle. But what was hot five years ago may now have fallen out of fashion, so before dropping a month’s wages at a trendy spot plucked from London's best restaurants on the off-chance of seeing an A-lister, consult our list of the best hotels in London for star spotting. Whether you're looking to dine with the stars or to just kick back in luxury, glancing causally in the corridors and just generally pretending to live your best life exactly as they do, then we have something for you. They're not cheap, mind, especially that £27k a night penthouse...
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