Langham Place, London

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The BBC's Broadcasting House in Langham Place and Portland Place.
Langham Hotel in Langham Place.
Interior of Queen's Hall on Langham Place in 1893.

Langham Place is a street in Westminster, central London, England.[1] It connects Portland Place to the north with Regent Street to the south in London's West End.

Buildings[edit]

There are several major buildings on Langham Place, including All Souls Church, Broadcasting House, and the Langham Hotel. Queen's Hall was also here until its destruction in 1941 during World War II. The area is associated with the architect John Nash, although all his original buildings except All Souls Church have since been replaced.[2]

All Souls Church[edit]

All Souls Church, on Langham Place at the top of Regent Street, just south of Broadcasting House, is a church with a distinctive circular portico topped with a stone spire. Completed in 1823 and consecrated in 1824, All Souls is the only surviving building in the area that was designed by John Nash.

Langham Hotel[edit]

Main article: Langham Hotel, London

The Langham Hotel on the west side of Langham Place was built between 1863 and 1865 at a cost of £300,000. It is one of the largest and best known traditional-style grand hotels in London.

Queen's Hall[edit]

Main article: Queen's Hall

Queen's Hall was a classical music concert hall on Langham Place. It opened in 1893 but was destroyed by an incendiary bomb in 1941. It is best known for being where the Promenade Concerts ("Proms") were founded by Robert Newman, with Sir Henry J. Wood, in 1895.[3]

Broadcasting House[edit]

Main article: Broadcasting House

The BBC's headquarters, Broadcasting House in Langham Place near the top end of Regent Street, was built in the 1930s in the Art Deco style. It was designed by the architect George Val Myer. Several of the BBC's national radio stations broadcast from the building.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 51°31′04″N 0°08′36″W / 51.5179°N 0.1434°W / 51.5179; -0.1434