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of secrets The Langham, London turns 150 this month. Lauren Romano goes behind the scenes with managing director Duncan Palmer to find out what the future holds

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harles Dickens was partial to breakfast in the dining room, Oscar Wilde often dropped by and Arthur Conan Doyle set some of his Sherlock Holmes stories here; The Langham, London was where the 19th-century literati liked to come and go. More recently, a 20th-century fly on the wall might have spied the likes of Winston Churchill, Noël Coward and Wallis Simpson in the check-in queue. Built in 1865 as Europe’s first grand hotel, it survived a Blitz bomb, which wrecked much of the west wing, and the demolition plans of later owners, the BBC, who wanted to make way for an office block designed by Norman Foster. But a number of BBC journalists who stayed at the hotel during the corporation’s three-decade tenure were not so unscathed. According to reported sightings, room 333 is a popular haunt for a number of ghosts, while Napoleon III is said to stalk the basement. It’s lengthy history has had many twists, but this year, on 10 June, The Langham, London turns the ripe old age of 150, a momentous occasion which won’t pass by without a fuss, if managing director Duncan Palmer has anything to do with it. Rather than settle for cutting a cake and throwing a party, Palmer and the team are gearing up to launch three major new projects. First up, there are the 47 new rooms of The Regent Wing. Next, the hotel is poised to open the largest suite in London: the Sterling Suite; a sprawling 450 sq m space with up to six bedrooms, filled with bespoke furniture, artwork from fashion photographers Tim Walker and Norman Parkinson, a media lounge and a personal butler on call to second-guess your every need.

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Vantage Magazine June 2015  

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