By Emily Mathieson
June 29, 2015
Courtesy of The Lanesborough

One of London’s grandest old dame hotels will reopen this week, on July 1, following a multi-million dollar refurbishment. The Lanesborough, now operating under the Oetker Hotels banner (along with Le Bristol in Paris and Eden Rock in St. Barths), has been decadently restored for a new era by Alberto Pinto’s studio, which has created an authentic homage to the building’s Regency heyday.

Its 93 rooms and suites are furnished with rich velvets, gold leaf and antique armoires, while a new restaurant, Céleste, will be helmed by Florian Favario, a classical French chef who helped charm the inspectors from Michelin at Le Bristol. Collections of vintage cognac, fleets of cars and a 24-hour butler for every guest all nod to the eminence of the visitors it expects to attract.

Courtesy of The Lanesborough

A more under-rated (and lesser known) attraction is the hotel’s proximity to Buckingham Palace, just over the road. Guests staying in rooms ending in the numbers 10 or 12 (i.e., 210, 212, 310) can peel back their swagged curtains and look straight into the queen’s back garden (doubles from $905).

Emily Mathieson is on the U.K. beat for Travel + Leisure. Based in London, you can follow her at @emilymtraveled.