The Lanesborough

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The Lanesborough Hotel
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The Lanesborough from Hyde Park Corner
The Lanesborough is located in Central London
The Lanesborough
Location within Central London
General information
Location Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, London
Coordinates 51°30′09″N 0°09′09″W / 51.5025°N 0.1525°W / 51.5025; -0.1525Coordinates: 51°30′09″N 0°09′09″W / 51.5025°N 0.1525°W / 51.5025; -0.1525
Opening 1991
Management Oetker Collection
Other information
Number of rooms 93 starting at USD $785 per night.
Number of suites 43 starting at USD $1,400 per night.
Number of restaurants 1

The Lanesborough is a 5-star hotel on Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, central London, England. The hotel is operated by the Oetker Collection. It is in neoclassical style and is listed Grade II*, and is a former hospital.[1]

Opposite are Hyde Park and Apsley House, the London home of the Dukes of Wellington. The hotel is next to Hyde Park Corner tube station.


St George's Hospital was opened in the original Lanesborough House in 1733. By the 1800s the hospital was falling into disrepair. Lanesborough House was demolished to make way for a new 350-bed facility. Building began in 1827 under architect William Wilkins. The new hospital was operational by 1844,[2] serving continuously as a hospital until transferred to Tooting, south London in the 1970s, leaving the Hyde Park Corner premises vacant in 1980. The Duke of Westminster took up an option to buy the building for £6,000 (its value in the nineteenth century).[3]

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts refurbished and re-opened the building as a hotel in 1991. Furniture was supplied by Arthur Brett and Sons. Ten years later the management contract passed to Starwood's St Regis operation, as its first and only hotel in England. Since November 2014 it is managed by the Oetker Collection.[4]

The Lanesborough was closed for renovation in December 2013 and re-opened in 2015.[5] In 2015 it was reputedly the most expensive hotel in London.[6]

Culinary awards[edit]

In 2009, The Lanesborough announced the launch of ‘Apsleys – a Heinz Beck Restaurant’. Chef Heinz Beck was the winner of three Michelin stars for his cuisine at La Pergola in Rome, Italy.[7] ‘Apsleys – a Heinz Beck Restaurant’ began service on September 7, 2009, and was awarded its first Michelin star on 20 January 2010. This is the current fastest time for a new London restaurant to get one, in less than 5 months.[8] The dining room was subsequently rebranded as Céleste,[5] and was again awarded a Michelin star.[9]

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External links[edit]

Media related to The Lanesborough at Wikimedia Commons