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Langan's Brasserie
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Revel in the high-glam history of Langan’s Brasserie

Check out these photos of the recently reopened west London restaurant’s iconic heyday

Joe Mackertich
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Joe Mackertich
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It’s never a bad time for a dose of intoxicating glamour. The type of dangerous and beautiful old-world romance, wreathed in cigarette smoke, that today exists in short supply. The kind of thing that much-loved west London restaurant Langan’s Brasserie was downright synonymous with for decades.

Opened by the Irish-born Peter Langan in 1976, the restaurant attracted a clientele of musicians, artists, films stars and bon vivants. Langan’s Brasserie, on Stratton Street in Mayfair, was where you went to watch the rich and famous let their (impeccably coiffed) hair down. This wasn’t the C-list, either. We’re talking Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Mick Jagger, Francis Bacon and Muhammad Ali. Sadly, at the end of 2020, 44 years after its launch, Langan’s Brasserie closed for good. 

The good news is that Langan’s Brasserie is now back from the abyss, thanks to restaurateurs Graziano Arricale and James Hitchen. The menu represents a blend of classics from all over the world, including boneless veal rack Viennoise with eggs and capers, braised Iberico pork cheeks with hips cabbage, roasted cauliflower steak with tahini and the famous Langan’s fish pie, featuring salmon, haddock, cod, scallops and prawns. The ground floor now features a new raw bar (yellowfin tuna with yuzu and black truffle!) while upstairs houses an invite-only bar with a late licence and live entertainment. Intriguing.

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What’s also great news is that a new photobook exists (published by Richard Young Gallery), depicting genuinely iconic shots of Langan’s Brasserie (and its oft-sozzled customers) through the ages. Feast your eyes on these bad boys.

Jack Nicholson
Photo: Richard Young Gallery
Mick Jagger at Langan's
Photo: Richard Young Gallery
Peter Langan and Michael Caine
Photo: Richard Young Gallery
Langan's Brasserie
Photo: Richard Young Gallery

The photobook ‘Langan's Brasserie’ can be purchased from the Richard Young Gallery

Langan’s Brasserie, Stratton St, W1J 8LB.

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