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The Landmark hotel, London

Another enchanting events venue discovery by Lyssiemay Annoh

As a Londoner, I was pleasantly surprised to discover The Landmark hotel, London; a hotel whose previous owners either went bankrupt, into financial difficulties, or administration. I thought I knew every enchanting events venue in London until I was invited to an intimate dinner party at the London Landmark Hotel. I was mesmerized by the beauty of the building and gorgeous spacious rooms. The Landmark London, which is now owned by the Lancaster Landmark Hotel Company since 1995 has passed through many hands including the Ritz Carlton in 1986 and the Four Seasons in 1993.

The Landmark hotel, London

Opened as The Great Central Hotel in 1899 with 700 bedrooms, it is the last of the great Victorian railway hotels constructed during ‘the golden age of steam’ so, undoubtedly, I am expecting to discover a story behind the magnificent building together with a lot of character in its charming rooms - I was not disappointed.

The hotel was created by Sir Edward Watkins, a visionary entrepreneur, who dreamt of establishing a great rail network, linking his own Great Central Railway to Europe via a Channel tunnel ending at Marylebone Station (one wonders where Eurostar got their idea from?). In 1895, the Great Central Railway ran into financial problems even before the foundations were laid to build the hotel! This resulted in Sir John Blundell Maple, Chairman of the famous furniture company Maples, buying the site at a price of 4.5 pence per square foot to build the hotel. His Maples business went bankrupt in 1997 and was taken over by Allders which later sent Maples into administration in 2005.

The property has 11 beautiful flexible meeting and conference rooms all equipped with state-of-the-art technical facilities to cater for a wide range of events from meetings and conferences, corporate events, weddings and civil partnerships, private dining to any social function.

It is fair to say that the Landmark can host anything from very intimate events among 6 persons to even larger receptions for about 750 persons. The hotel has arguably the largest hotel events space in the capital. More details here:

For my intimate dinner, we were hosted in a unique classic style in the Tower Suite. The Tower Suite has a stunning glass roof offering a fantastic view over the delightful winter garden from the fifth floor or upwards towards The Landmark London’s original clock tower. The intimacy of the room creates the perfect ambiance for a special event or an exclusive dinner party for a maximum of 36 guests.

The Tower Suite at the Landmark hotel, London

The Landmark’s faithful Executive Chef who has worked at the hotel for over 14 years creates some mouth-watering carefully crafted menus for events. Click here for some sample menus.

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