When one of London’s most luxurious hotels undergoes a multi-million pound refurbishment, you know it’s going to cause a bit of a stir. Now managed by the Oetker Collection (who also look after world-renowed properties like the Bristol in Paris, Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa in the Cote D’Azur and Palais Namaskar in Marrakech), the Lanesborough will soon be one of London’s most talked about hotels again. I was very lucky to be invited on a tour of this beautiful five star hotel and then for dinner at the brand new French-inspired restaurant Céleste. I was beyond excited, as it’s not every day that you get to eat at such a fine establishment.
The Lanesborough is an elegant London Regency landmark, which sits slightly back from busy Hyde Park Corner.
The hotel has 93 guest rooms and suites, and rooms start from £715 per night. But their standard rooms are far from ‘standard’; you can expect the most stunning warm coloured rooms and marble bathrooms, with Ipads which control everything in the room – from the lighting to the temperature. As the Laneborough was built as a home, not a hotel, all the rooms are different in size and shape, and also in design – which I love.
Alberto Pinto is responsible for all the interiors, and he has done a phenomenal job. They stripped all interiors and, so everything has been redone, to the finest detail. The Royal Suite is certainly one of the most impressive suites I’ve seen – it can combine to be seven bedrooms, complete with a huge sitting room and dining room with wonderful views of Hyde Park.
I also loved the Garden Room, which stays heated all your year, so you can enjoy a cigar (or just a drink) outside in the winter.
Dinner at Celeste was the main highlight though. We were treated like royalty by all the staff (at one point we had five people serving us at one time!), who were all very friendly and attentive. The room is majestic, with Venetian decor, beautiful chandeliers and a domed glass roof which lets in plenty of light.
We opted for the five course tasting menu (which was sneakily actually seven courses, if you count the delicious cauliflower amuse bouche and a pre-desert sorbet palate-cleanser). The food was exquisite: from the Home County Lamb to the unbelievable cheese selection (French & British) to the Guanaja Chocolate desert. My favourite dish? The Heritage tomato salad. I know that sounds odd, but this was a tomato salad like no other (see photo below).
We met the head chef Florian Favario, who seemed not only very approachable but very humble considering his expertise. He explained that lunch at Celeste was a very different experience, more casual and laid back. It’s also more moderately priced (Norfolk blackleg chicken is £22, the Wild Scottish Salmon £26), so I highly recommend it!
I will be returning to the Lanesborough next week for Afternoon tea, which I’m naturally very excited about.
Celeste at the Lanesborough
Hyde Park Corner
London SW1X 7TA